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North Korean Nuclear Scientist Who Defected to China Commits Suicide After Forced to Return

North Korean Nuclear Scientist Who Defected to China Commits Suicide After Forced to Return

🕔14:37, 29.Dec 2017

A North Korean nuclear scientist who fled the country while taking time off from work to deal with “anxiety over his research projects” has killed himself inside a prison cell after being recaptured in China and sent back over the border, according to a report. “He killed himself only a few hours after he was placed in solitary confinement at the State Security Department in Sinuiju city” the source said.

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‘Comfort Women’: True Story of Women Forced to Perform Sexual Acts for Japanese Armed Forces During WWII

‘Comfort Women’: True Story of Women Forced to Perform Sexual Acts for Japanese Armed Forces During WWII

🕔12:00, 29.Dec 2017

In every large-scale armed conflict, women are victims of sexual violence. In most cases this is kept quiet – by victims, perpetrators and government leaders. A few years later, when an attempt was made to turn it into a film, Occupation censors intervened again and ordered the rewrite of the script for a total of eight times. As a result, in the film, its main character was changed from a comfort woman to a singer visiting soldiers in a war zone. Lee Ok-Seon spent three years in a Japanese military brothel in China against her will during WW II. Nearly 70 years after the surrender of Japan, she visited Germany to make her story known about the ‘Comfort Women’.

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After Trump Criticism, China Says No Illicit Oil Sales to North Korea

After Trump Criticism, China Says No Illicit Oil Sales to North Korea

🕔09:53, 29.Dec 2017

China on Friday denied reports it has been illicitly selling oil products to North Korea, after U.S. President Donald Trump said he was not happy that China had allowed oil to reach the isolated nation. Trump said on Twitter the previous day that China had been “caught” allowing oil into North Korea and that would prevent “a friendly solution” to the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear programme.

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Nanking Massacre: The Rape of Nanking (Nanjing)

Nanking Massacre: The Rape of Nanking (Nanjing)

🕔12:23, 28.Dec 2017

Once one of China’s most prosperous cities and industrial centers, Nanking (Nanjing) took decades to recover from the devastation it experienced. Abandoned as the national capital in 1949 for Beijing, it grew into a modern industrial city during the communist period and today is home to many of China’s largest state-owned firms.

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Husbands Who Instantly Divorce Their Wives Could Be Jailed in India

Husbands Who Instantly Divorce Their Wives Could Be Jailed in India

🕔11:33, 28.Dec 2017

The Indian government on Thursday introduced a bill in parliament aimed at prosecuting Muslim men who divorce their wives through the “triple talaq”, or instant divorce, which women complain violates their right to equality. In August, the Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional the law, which allows Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering the word “talaq” three times.

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South Korea Says ‘Comfort Women’ Deal Flawed, Japan Insists On No Change

South Korea Says ‘Comfort Women’ Deal Flawed, Japan Insists On No Change

🕔11:27, 28.Dec 2017

The announcement threw ties into doubt as both countries, important U.S. allies, seek to rein in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. “The agreement cannot solve the comfort women issue,” Moon said, calling the deal a “political agreement that excludes victims and the public” and violates general principles in international society, according to a statement issued by his office.

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Aung San Suu Kyi Biography and Profile

Aung San Suu Kyi Biography and Profile

🕔18:21, 27.Dec 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi is the state counsellor of Myanmar and winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize for Peace. Born in Yangon, Myanmar, in 1945, Aung San Suu Kyi spent much of her early adult years abroad before returning home and becoming an activist against the brutal rule of dictator U Ne Win.

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Vladimir Putin Of Russia Registers Re-Election Bid

Vladimir Putin Of Russia Registers Re-Election Bid

🕔13:21, 27.Dec 2017

President Vladimir Putin formally registered his re-election bid on Wednesday, submitting the necessary documents to Russia’s central election commission in person ahead of a March 18 vote.

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US Sanctions North Korean Missile Experts, Russia Offers to Mediate

US Sanctions North Korean Missile Experts, Russia Offers to Mediate

🕔12:20, 27.Dec 2017

Asked to comment on the offer, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, Justin Higgins, said the United States “has the ability to communicate with North Korea through a variety of diplomatic channels”, and added: “We want the North Korean regime to understand that there is a different path that it can choose, however it is up to North Korea to change course and return to credible negotiations.”

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Russia Declares ‘No War’ in Donbas. Myths and Reality

Russia Declares ‘No War’ in Donbas. Myths and Reality

🕔15:16, 26.Dec 2017

Today there is no reliable information about the precise number of units of heavy military assets possessed by armed insurgents. However, the experts and international commentators agree that such number is constantly increasing due to armored elements and arms supplies from Russia – Russian humanitarian convoys still cross the Ukrainian-Russian border without any inspection.

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China Calls for Constructive Efforts to Ease Korean Tensions

China Calls for Constructive Efforts to Ease Korean Tensions

🕔15:49, 25.Dec 2017

China, with which North Korea does some 90 percent of its trade, has repeatedly called for calm and restraint from all sides and for a return to talks. The North’s old allies China and Russia both supported the latest U.N. sanctions.

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