1. SABER RATTLING

    N. Korea Preps Nuke Test

    North Korean shout slogans as they gather at Kim Il Sung Square in central Pyongyang, North Korea, for a rally denouncing South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Friday, April 20, 2012. North Koreans said Lee's radio comments about North Korea last week "hurt the dignity" of the North Korean people. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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    North Korea has almost finished preparations for a third test of its nuclear capabilities, a source close to the operation has revealed. The news comes just weeks after another failed rocket launch that intensified hostilities between the impoverished regime and the United States. This is the first time a senior official has confirmed a planned test; previous tests happened in 2006 and 2009.

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