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Palin draws fire with North Korea gaffe

Sarah Palin greets fans and supporters as she signs her book 'America by Heart' during a book signing event at a Barnes & Noble store on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, in Phoenix. Sarah Palin greets fans and supporters as she signs her book "America by Heart" during a book signing event at a Barnes & Noble store on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
November 25, 2010

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WASHINGTON—Sarah Palin is drawing criticism from around the world after declaring that the United States has to stand with "our North Korean allies."

Palin's gaffe, made Wednesday during an interview on Glenn Beck's syndicated radio show, was quickly corrected by her host. But it drew immediate fire from liberal bloggers, who cited it as an example of the 2008 vice presidential candidate's lack of foreign policy expertise.

Newspapers in Asia and Europe are repeating the criticism. The Times of India says Palin "did it again," while London's Daily Mail says she "may want to brush up on her geography."

The conservative U.S. website The Weekly Standard came to Palin's defense, pointing out that "she correctly identified North Korea as our enemy literally eight seconds before the mix-up."

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