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100,000 North Koreans sent abroad as ‘slaves’
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100,000 North Koreans sent abroad as ‘slaves’ Tom Phillips 20 February 2015 Tens of thousands of impoverished North Koreans have been sent abroad to work as “state-sponsored slaves” whose wages are confiscated and used to buy luxury goods for the regime, human rights activists have claimed. The practice, used since the 1980s to help fill the hermit kingdom’s coffers, has reportedly accelerated under Kim Jong-un, who took power following

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ISIS May Have Committed Genocide Against Iraq Minorities, Report Says
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ISIS May Have Committed Genocide Against Iraq Minorities, Report Says 27 February 2015 Time   "Many minority communities continue to live under the threat of mass killing in Iraq," an advocate said The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has systematically targeted minorities in Iraq and may be guilty of committing genocide, a new report from human rights groups says. The report aims to shed light on the atrocities committed against

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George Clooney on Sudan’s Rape of Darfur
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George Clooney on Sudan’s Rape of Darfur The New York Times 25 February 2015 By George Clooney, John Prendergast, and Akshaya Kumar   In the early 2000s, a brutal conflict in western Sudan between the government and rebels led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Darfuris, with millions displaced as refugees. In 2004, the United States declared Sudan’s actions a genocide.   After that spike in attention and concern, the world has largely

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Story of North Korean school from a teacher who is North Korean defector
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Story of North Korean school from a teacher who is North Korean defector Moon Eun Shin 3 March 2015 In North Korea, there are also day care center and kindergarden as well as South Korea. Babies aged from 1 to 4 years old go to day care center, but not everyone is allowed to go. Only ones with working mom are able to be taken by the facility. Kids aged more than 4 years old go to kindergarden which consists of 2 year course. They learn about Korean,

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Syria: 19 Christians Have Been Released by the Islamic State, Local Leaders Say
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Syria: 19 Christians Have Been Released by the Islamic State, Local Leaders Say HWAIDA SAAD and ANNE BARNARD 1 March 2015 Nineteen of the Assyrian Christians seized by Islamic Statemilitants last week in northeastern Syria have been freed, and they met with church officials in a cathedral in the city of Hasaka, local leaders said Sunday. Three of those freed were women, and according to videos and photographs, some appeared to be elderly men. Dawoud

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U.S. Seeks to Deport Bosnians Over War Crimes
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U.S. Seeks to Deport Bosnians Over War Crimes ERIC LICHTBLAU 28 February 2015 WASHINGTON — Immigration officials are moving to deport at least 150 Bosnians living in the United States who they believe took part in war crimes and “ethnic cleansing” during the bitter conflict that raged in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. In all, officials have identified about 300 immigrants who they believe concealed their involvement in wartime atrocities

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Fighting in Ukraine Has Killed Over 840 Since Mid-January, U.N. Says
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Fighting in Ukraine Has Killed Over 840 Since Mid-January, U.N. Says NICK CUMMING-BRUCE 2 March 2015 GENEVA — The United Nations said on Monday that a sharp escalation in the fighting in eastern Ukraine from mid-January to the middle of last month had left at least 842 people dead and over 3,400 wounded, with hundreds missing and many buried without their deaths being recorded. Ivan Simonovic, the United Nations assistant secretary general, told

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A Catch-22 in Kenya: Western Terrorism Alerts May Fuel Terrorism
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A Catch-22 in Kenya: Western Terrorism Alerts May Fuel Terrorism 23 February 2015 The New York Times   MOMBASA, Kenya — Every morning at the Tides Inn, a waiter trudges down from the restaurant to the beach with a huge blackboard advertising the daily specials — deep-fried fish and masala prawns, pepper steak and pizza, all listed in chalk and illustrated with cute drawings. But nobody ever comes by, not even for a gander. Up and down the

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How We Learned to Kill
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How We Learned to Kill 1 March 2015 The NY Times   THE voice on the other end of the radio said: “There are two people digging by the side of the road. Can we shoot them?” It was the middle of the night during my first week in Afghanistan in 2010, on the northern edge of American operations in Helmand Province, and they were directing the question to me. Were the men in their sights irrigating their farmland or planting a roadside bomb? The

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Rwanda urged to take criminal action over BBC genocide film
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Rwanda urged to take criminal action over BBC genocide film 28 February 2015 BBC Africa   An inquiry in Rwanda has recommended that the government initiate criminal and civil proceedings against the BBC over a documentary which questioned official accounts of the 1994 genocide. Inquiry head Martin Ngoga found that the documentary failed to meet the BBC's own editorial standards. The BBC says it is "extremely disappointed" by the findings. Rwanda

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