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MARK GARRISON: Thanks, Mike. Zimbabwe's rival political parties are talking in South Africa. President Robert Mugabe's reps are meeting with the Movement for Democratic Change party. But the opposition leader says not to confuse talking with negotiating. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton has more.

OFEIBEA QUIST-ARCTON: As a first step, Zimbabwe's opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, insisted that his negotiators were setting out conditions under which talks with President Mugabe's representatives could take place, after his disputed reelection last month. Tsvangirai said nothing could happen until Mugabe's party militias ended state-sanctioned violence and repressive legislation designed to silence the Zimbabwean people. He also demanded the release of more than 1500 political prisoners. And Tsvangirai called for an expanded mediation team to include a permanent envoy from the African Union. Mugabe has insisted that any negotiations with the opposition must first recognize his controversial reelection as president. The West has called for U.N. sanctions against Zimbabwe.

GARRISON: NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reporting. The Zimbabwe talks are about political power. In China, they're talking nuclear weapons. Talks on North Korea disarming are into their second day. The U.S. and four of North Korea's biggest Asian neighbors are there. Earlier, North Korea agreed to cooperate on its nuclear program in exchange for energy and other aid. Now, time to talk details. North Korea says it hasn't gotten the promised power help. In turn, the U.S. says the North has a ways to go on disclosure.

A shooting in North Korea is further complicating relations with its southern neighbor. A soldier in the North shot and killed a South Korean tourist. She apparently wandered off a resort into a military area. The tourist was there as part of a government program to increase cross-border ties. That program now on hold while the South investigates. News of the shooting just hours after South Korea's president gave a nationwide address calling for more contact between the two Koreas.

Tourist concerns in Britain as well. The issue there, sex tourists. Larry Miller is in London with more on tough new legislation there.

LARRY MILLER: The new British law will be used to prosecute those who carry out sexual activities that are legal abroad but illegal at home. A government official says the law sends a tough message designed to deter traveling sex tourists. Britain has signed agreements with international police and child-protection agencies to share information, especially about known child-sex offenders.

GARRISON: Larry Miller reporting from London. The Federal Communications Commission chief is slapping down Comcast on Internet access. He wants them punished for blocking access for certain users. The complaint is Comcast restricted access for customers using file-sharing software. Comcast says it was just trying to manage traffic to make sure heavy files swappers didn't slow things down for other customers. That is your news for now. It's online all the time at

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