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Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with his North Korean counterpart Kim Yong-il during their meeting in Pyongyang, October 4, 2009, in this picture released by North Korea's official news agency KCNA.

Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with his North Korean counterpart Kim Yong-il during their meeting in Pyongyang, October 4, 2009, in this picture released by North Korea's official news agency KCNA.

Announcing: the new leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud. Unfortunately he was not killed, as was speculated, in leadership battles after the death of Baithullah Mehsud. In a statement to journalists, he railed against American drone attacks and swore revenge against Pakistan and the United States. (Al Jazeera)

A suicide bomber, dressed like a member of the Pakistani Frontier Corps., attacked the World Food Program Headquarters in Islamabad. He killed four people including himself. (BBC)

The U.S. Supreme Court is back in session and, clearly, corporate constitutionality is at the forefront.  Prediction is Justice Sotomayor may rule differently than Souter on corporate cases. (NYT)

And, in case overlooked: NPR legal correspondent Nina Tottenberg gave a very helpful rundown on shifting justices and the upcoming docket on Morning Edition.

China formally vows to strengthen ties with isolated, impoverished North Korea — with no mention of the country’s nuclear program — in a renewed effort to frighten comfort the West. (Reuters)

A rare visit: And so,  a look at Chinese-North Korean relations in context. North Korea’s Kim Jong-il greeted Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Sunday, who, many hope, will test the North’s stance on nuclear disarmament. (Reuters FACTBOX)

Staff

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