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Defectors speak of North Korea horrors

Dec 12, 2014

Defectors speak of North Korea horrors

When Yeon-Mi Park was 9 years old, she and everyone in her North Korean village were forced to watch in horror the execution of a woman for the crime of watching illegal DVDs, she says. The victim was the mother of one of her ...

Dec 11, 2014

Timeline of Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

Hong Kong police swooped on the city’s main pro-democracy protest site on Thursday, clearing away tents and barricades after more than two months of rallies. Here is a timeline of key dates in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement: June 10: Beijing issues a “white paper” ...

Hong Kong police arrest protesters in main camp

Dec 11, 2014

Hong Kong police arrest protesters in main camp

Hong Kong police on Thursday took away demonstrators who refused to leave the main prodemocracy protest camp and tore down their tents in a final push to retake streets occupied by activists for two and a half months. The first person arrested was carried ...

Dec 10, 2014

Thai junta propaganda film stuns with Hitler scene

An officially sanctioned propaganda film commissioned by Thailand’s junta has caused outrage and bafflement after viewers noticed it used imagery of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. The short film — one of a series commissioned by Thai generals to promote “Twelve Values” it wants the ...

Abbott's 'shirtfront' is Australia's word of the year

Dec 10, 2014

Abbott's 'shirtfront' is Australia's word of the year

“Shirtfront,” an aggressive Australian sports term used by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to challenge Russia’s Vladimir Putin, was picked Wednesday as the National Dictionary Centre’s word of the year, beating “man-bun.” Abbott vowed in October to “shirtfront” the Russian president — an Australian Rules ...