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South Korea Shuts a ‘Comfort Women’ Foundation as It Looks to Reassess WWII Sexual Slavery

(SEOUL, South Korea) — South Korea said Wednesday it will dissolve a foundation funded by Japan to compensate South Korean women who were forced to work in Japan’s World War II military brothels.

The widely expected decision effectively kills a controversial 2015 agreement to settle a decades-long impasse over the sexual slavery issue and threatens to aggravate a bitter diplomatic feud between the Asian U.S. allies over history.

Seoul’s Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said in a statement that it will take legal steps to dissolve the foundation. Lee Nam-hoon, an official from the gender equality ministry, said Seoul’s Foreign Ministry plans to consult with Tokyo on what to do with the 1 billion yen ($8.8 million) Japan funded to the foundation that was formally launched in July 2016.

“After considering diverse opinions over the ‘Reconciliation and Healing Foundation’ based on victim-centric principles, we have decided to push for the dissolution of the foundation,” Gender Equa..

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Saudi Arabia Beat and Tortured Activists in Detention, Amnesty International Says

(DUBAI, United Arab Emirates) — Several activists imprisoned in Saudi Arabia since May, including a number of women who campaigned for the right to drive, have been beaten and tortured during interrogation, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia has detained at least 10 women and seven men on vague national security allegations related to their human rights work. Those detained include Loujain al-Hathloul, Eman al-Nafjan and Aziza al-Yousef, who had campaigned for the right to drive before the decades-long ban was lifted in June.

Amnesty said that according to three testimonies it obtained, some of the activists were repeatedly tortured by electrocution and flogging, leaving some unable to walk or stand properly. In one instance, an activist was hung from the ceiling. Another testimony said one of the detained women was subjected to sexual harassment by interrogators wearing face masks.

The kingdom is at the center of an international firestorm after the brutal killing of ..

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‘Beyond Belief.’ Facebook Under Fire After a Child Bride Was Auctioned in South Sudan

Rights groups are taking aim at Facebook after a teenage bride in South Sudan was auctioned on the platform in what a humanitarian group called a “barbaric use of technology.”

An October post on the social networking site advertised the sale of the 17-year-old girl, according to Plan International. Five men reportedly participated in the auction, including high-ranking South Sudanese government officials.

“This barbaric use of technology is reminiscent of latter-day slave markets,” George Otim, Country Director of Plan South Sudan, said in a statement. “That a girl could be sold for marriage on the world’s biggest social networking site in this day and age is beyond belief.”

Plan called for the South Sudanese government to investigate the incident and “suspend any officials who took part in the bidding.”

Facebook told CNN that it removed the online auction on November 9 as soon as the company became aware of the post — 15 days after it went up. It wasn’t soon enough: the girl had a..

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ČSSD uvažuje o ultimátu pro Babiše. Buď odchod premiéra, nebo rezignace ministrů

Napětí před středečním jednáním širšího vedení ČSSD roste. Vlivná pražská organizace odhlasovala usnesení, v němž vyzývá grémium, aby vůči problémům premiéra Andreje Babiše (ANO) přitvrdilo. Buď odejde Babiš z postu premiéra a resort spravedlnosti se přesune pod kuratelu ČSSD, nebo mají ministři za sociální demokracii rezignovat.Další články k tématu:Babiš by měl odstoupit, míní Maláčová. Dalším ministrům vysvětlení kauzy Čapí hnízdo stačíZeman se setkal s Babišem. Premiéra ujistil, že má jeho podporuUstojí Babiš kauzu Čapí hnízdo? O nedůvěře vládě se bude definitivně hlasovat pátekSchůzka opozičních stran proběhne v úterý, Okamura se nezúčastní. Za komunisty míří BabišZeman přijme Babiše, mluvit budou o kauze spojené s jeho synem

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A Dead Whale Washed Ashore With 13 Pounds of Plastic in its Stomach

A dead sperm whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had nearly 6 kilograms (about 13 pounds) of plastic waste in its stomach, park officials say.

The 31-foot whale was found late on Monday in Wakatobi National Park in Sulawesi province. It had ingested 115 plastic cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, a nylon sack, two flip-flops and more than 1,000 other assorted pieces of plastic, park chief Heri Santoso told the Associated Press.

Rescuers in Indonesia were alerted to the scene late Monday after learning from local environmentalists that villagers had surrounded the dead whale and were beginning to butcher the rotting carcass, Santoso said.

“Although we have not been able to deduce the cause of death, the facts that we see are truly awful,” said Dwi Suprapti, a marine species conservation coordinator at WWF Indonesia.

She said that the animal’s advanced state of decay made it hard to determine whether the plastic had caused the whale’s death.

In June, a pilot whal..

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