2008 Year in Review

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2008 news of the world from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe


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Conditions Deteriorate in Afghanistan | India Rocked By a Wave of Terrorist Attacks | Iraq on the Path Toward Effective Leadership | Hopes Are Dashed for Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians Under the Bush Administration | Kosovo Declares Independence | Changing of the Guard in Pakistan | Putin Retains Power | Russian-Georgian Conflict | Turmoil Within South Africa's Ruling Party | Elections Fail to Bring Change or Hope to Zimbabwe

North Korea Continues Roller Coaster Diplomacy

North Korea maintained its unpredictable course in 2008. The country raised hopes that it was on the path toward denuclearization when it allowed international inspectors into its nuclear facilities and turned over thousands of pages of documents detailing its efforts to reprocess plutonium for nuclear weapons. Months later, however, any progress seemed to have ground to a halt as North Korea rescinded the offer to inspectors and said it would restart its plutonium reprocessing plant at Yongbyon. The miasma was further complicated by reports that President Kim Jong-Il had suffered a stroke, leaving many to question who was calling the shots in the famously secretive country.

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