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NKorean soldier defects to SKorea across border

A North Korean soldier killed two of his officers Saturday and defected to South Korea across the countries' heavily armed border in a rare crossing that prompted South Korean troops to immediately beef up their border patrol, officials said....


Missing athletes may have defected

The seven missing in London. That's what the headlines in the West African nation of Cameroon call the athletes who walked away from the Olympic village at the London Games.


Syria premier defects to anti-Assad opposition

Riyad Hijab

Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab has defected to the opposition seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, a spokesman for Hijab said on Monday, marking one of the highest profile desertions from the Damascus government.


Syria hit by diplomatic defection as U.N. battles divisions

Syria's ambassador to Iraq defected on Wednesday in protest over President Bashar al-Assad's violent suppression of a 16-month uprising as the U.N. Security Council remained deadlocked over the next steps in the crisis.


Stalin's only daughter dies at 85

Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's daughter, whose defection to the West during the Cold War embarrassed the communists, has died at 85.


Libya's foreign minister defects, friend says

Libya's foreign minister defects, friend says

Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa has defected upon landing in London, a close source to the minister told Reuters on Wednesday.


Top Russian spy defects after betraying U.S. ring

The head of Russia's deep cover U.S. spying operations has betrayed the network and defected, a Russian paper said on Thursday, potentially giving the West one of its biggest intelligence coups since the end of the Cold War.


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