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Compiled by Carlyle Laurie for CNN
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(CNN) -- The Washington Post focuses on a study conducted by a team of American and Iraqi epidemiologists, which suggests that 655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have died if the invasion had not occurred.

"Of the total 655,000 estimated 'excess deaths,' 601,000 resulted from violence and the rest from disease and other causes, according to the study."

Korean stalemate

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter writes in The New York Times that the Korean stalemate should be solved "one step at a time."

"The current military situation is similar but worse than it was a decade ago: We can still destroy North Korea's army, but if we do it is likely to result in many more than a million South Korean and American casualties.

"What must be avoided is to leave a beleaguered nuclear nation convinced that it is permanently excluded from the international community, its existence threatened, its people suffering horrible deprivation and its hard-liners in total control of military and political policy."

The Los Angeles Times leads with the headline: "North Korea isn't our problem."

"North Korea must be treated as a regional problem to be managed by a regional concert of powers, with China in the lead. The U.S. role in all this should be sympathetic -- and distant."

The Times of India asks: "Would the North Korean move compel China and South Korea, that have long been in favor of engagement with Pyong-yang, to take more stern action by way of sanctions and breaking trade and aid links with Kim Jong-Il?

"This may actually prove to be the only meaningful step, apart from mouthing the usual platitudes of condemnation and outrage.

"The recent nuclear test once again showcases their fatal attraction as a means of deterrence for national security, source of prestige, and a useful chip for political bargaining."

Staying with the North Korean Nuclear tests, The Guardian in the UK says "U.N. security council members were split yesterday over the sanctions to be imposed against North Korea in response to its claimed nuclear weapons test."

The paper reported a Security Council source saying there was the usual "shoving and pushing." "But members unanimously rejected broad sanctions that would hurt the already impoverished population."

Moving east, Japan's Asahi Shimbun conducted a survey to gauge public response to the tests. It randomly contacted people by phone and received 1,023 responses.

The paper said 44 percent of voters contacted "feel strongly threatened" by North Korea's proclaimed nuclear test, while 62 percent said sanctions, not dialogue, should be prioritized to deal with the reclusive state.

In another article it describes the test as being "relatively small." "The seismic wave pattern monitored by the South Korean government showed several large seismic waves, indicating that Monday's test was not "an ideal nuclear explosion.

"Even so, the government has decided to strengthen its monitoring of radioactivity to check if a nuclear test was actually conducted and to determine what effects such emissions could have."

Report: Al Qaeda Web master arrested

The Times of India says German police arrested an Iraqi man on Tuesday who they suspect aided al Qaeda by posting messages from Osama bin Laden and other leaders of militant Islamist groups on the Internet.

"The 36-year-old suspect, identified only as Ibrahim R., broadcast numerous audio and video messages from al Qaeda chief bin Laden, his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri and the late leader of al Qaeda in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi on the Web."

Germany's Expatica news website says: "More than a dozen police detained the suspect at dawn at the family's first-storey apartment in a shabby red-tiled building in Georgsmarienhuette, a small steel-mill town in the north of Germany."


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