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WASHINGTON (AP) — Viewers of the latest Republican presidential debate didn't get a straight story from the candidates on U.S. taxes vs. the world, the state of the health insurance marketplace under "Obamacare" or what might happen if that law is taken away.
Republican candidates for the White House held their eighth debate ahead of the all-important New Hampshire primary election, which takes place Tuesday. "If I get elected president, head out tomorrow and buy a seat belt, because there's going to be so much happening in the first 100 days, it's going to make your head spin," Ohio Governor John Kasich told the audience. Ben Carson, after rumors circulated -- and were spread by during the Iowa Caucuses by the campaign team of rival Ted Cruz -- that he was pulling out of race.
North Korea hailed an "epochal event" but its latest long-range rocket launch Sunday prompted international anger and plans for talks on a US missile defence system for the peninsula. Pyongyang's state TV announced it successfully put a satellite into orbit, "legitimately exercising the right to use space for independent and peaceful purposes". Many others saw a clear defiance of multiple UN resolutions -- a disguised test of a ballistic missile which could one day deliver a warhead as far as the US mainland.