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WORLD IN BRIEF: Video shows Pakistan Taliban boss is alive

KABUL -- The leader of Pakistan's Taliban appeared in a video Monday threatening attacks against the U.S. three months after American and Pakistani officials believed he died in a U.S. missile strike.

Hakimullah Mehsud's emergence occurred as a suicide bomber attacked the gate to a CIA base where seven agency employees were killed last December. The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for that bombing, and Monday's attack could have been aimed at showing that the group was back in business despite months of setbacks from relentless U.S. missile strikes and a Pakistani military offensive.

Iraqi politicians bicker over vote recount

BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi prime minister's coalition cried foul just one hour into a partial vote recount that began Monday and demanded the process be halted, the latest political tussle delaying the formation of an Iraqi government in the aftermath of the close election.

The recount of roughly 2.5 million votes cast March 7 in the capital was demanded by Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law coalition, which narrowly lost to a bloc led by former prime minister Ayad Allawi that enjoyed heavy Sunni support. It has further stalled any formation of a government, raising fears that violence will increase as U.S. forces withdraw this summer.

Raider Visser, who closely follows Iraqi politics for the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, said it is doubtful the recount will alter the outcome.

Clinton says it's time for strong Iran penalties

UNITED NATIONS -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, accusing Iran of ''flouting the rules,'' called Monday for a strong international response to Tehran's alleged development of a nuclear weapons program.

Earlier in the day, the first in a monthlong conference reviewing the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected such allegations, saying Washington has offered not ''a single credible proof.''

Because of suspicions Iranian uranium enrichment is designed to produce bombs, the U.S. is negotiating with other Security Council nations here to impose a fourth round of U.N. economic sanctions against Iran.