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A U.S. federal appellate court rejected Tuesday for the second time a damages suit filed by 15 Asian women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during the war, citing Japan’s immunity from such suits in the U.S.

The rejection followed an order by the U.S. Supreme Court to rehear the case after the same court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, upheld a 2001 district court ruling that dismissed the case filed under the Alien Tort Claims Act.

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