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U.S. urges strict U.N. sanctions until North Korea acts on denuclearization

via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.N. Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley sit together during their meeting with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres at U.N. headquarters in New York on Friday. | REUTERS

The United States called on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday to act on his promise to give up nuclear weapons and said ...

China to invest in North Korea infrastructure; U.N. diplomats say aid would violate sanctions

via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Beijing in this undated photo released June 20. | KCNA / VIA REUTERS

China has decided to invest 600 million yuan ($88 million) in North Korean infrastructure such as roads around a border bridge, sources in both countries ...

Thai secretary to Myanmar’s Rohingya panel quits, citing lack of progress

via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

Rohingya play soccer at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia, Bangladesh, on Thursday. | AFP-JIJI

The Thai secretary to an international panel set up by Myanmar to advise on the Rohingya crisis has quit his post, dealing another blow to ...

Top CIA official says China waging ‘cold war’ to replace U.S. as leading global power

By Jesse Johnson
- via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

In this undated photo, a Chinese H-6K heavy bomber is seen on patrol over the South China Sea. | AP

A top CIA official for Asia said Friday that Beijing is waging a “cold war” against Washington and seeking “to replace the United States as ...

Hong Kong tribunal gives Haruki Murakami’s latest novel an ‘indecent’ rating

via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

The latest work by novelist Haruki Murakami was banned from Hong Kong’s annual book fair after it was deemed “indecent” by the Obscene Articles Tribunal, ...

U.N. diplomats: Russia puts ‘hold’ on U.S. requests over North Korea oil sanctions breach, with China backing

via The Japan Times    Jul 20, 2018

This Feb. 16 photo released by Japan's Ministry of Defense shows what it says is the North Korean-flagged tanker Yu Jong 2 (bottom) and the Min Ning De You 078 lying alongside in the East China Sea. Diplomats say Russia has asked for additional time to investigate U.S. allegations that North Korea is smuggling refined petroleum products into the country beyond the quota of 500,000 barrels per year allowed under U.N. sanctions. | JAPAN'S MINISTRY OF DEFENSE / VIA AP

Diplomats say Russia has asked for additional time to investigate U.S. allegations that North Korea is smuggling refined petroleum products into the country beyond the ...

U.K. politicians accuse government of breaching trust after minister reneges on maternity leave voting agreement

via The Japan Times    Jul 20, 2018

Jo Swinson, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, is seen arriving at the party's annual conference with party leader Vince Cable in Bournemouth, U.K., on Sept. 19, 2017. | BLOOMBERG

U.K. Cabinet ministers were infuriated this week by an apparent government breach of a protocol that prevents ill or heavily pregnant politicians from being forced ...

China’s ‘reeducation centers’ draw attention in Kazakhstan trial of former worker at Xinjiang camp

via The Japan Times    Jul 20, 2018

Omir Bekali looks at a computer to trace the location of the Chinese internment camp where he was held, during an interview in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on March 30, 2018. Since 2016, Chinese authorities in the heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang have ensnared tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of Muslim Chinese, and even foreign citizens, in mass internment camps. The program aims to rewire detainees' thinking and reshape their identities. Chinese officials say ideological changes are needed to fight Islamic extremism. | AP

Secretive “reeducation centers” allegedly holding hundreds of thousands of people in a Muslim-majority region in western China are the focus of an explosive court case ...

Global slavery report slams North Korea and other repressive regimes

via The Japan Times    Jul 20, 2018

Modern slavery is most prevalent in North Korea and other repressive regimes, but developed nations also bear responsibility for it because they import $350 billion ...

London’s mayor wants residents to put on their walking boots, boost health

via The Japan Times    Jul 20, 2018

Shoppers walk along Regent Street in London last December. | REUTERS

Londoners were urged to reach for their walking shoes Thursday as the government launched its first action plan to get more people moving around the ...

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