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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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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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Read Trump’s Full Statement on Standing With ‘Steadfast Partner’ Saudi Arabia After Jamal Khashoggi’s Killing

The following is the text of a statement from President Donald Trump on “Standing with Saudi Arabia” after the killing of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto leader, ordered the Oct. 2 killing.

The statement was released by the White House.

America First!

The world is a very dangerous place!

The country of Iran, as an example, is responsible for a bloody proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen, trying to destabilize Iraq’s fragile attempt at democracy, supporting the terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon, propping up dictator Bashar Assad in Syria (who has killed millions of his own citizens), and much more. Likewise, the Iranians have killed many Americans and other innocent people throughout the Middle East. Iran states openly, and with great force, “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” Iran is considered “the world’s leading s..

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The Quick Read on the Ongoing Brexit Chaos and Theresa May’s Future

What Happened This Week:
In finally unveiling her Brexit deal compromise to the public last week, British Prime Minister Theresa May set off a political firestorm, complete with cabinet resignations and calls for her ouster from members of her own party. This week has been quieter by comparison, but May is now preparing to travel to Brussels at the weekend to see if there is any room left for negotiation with the European leadership about the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union, due on March 29 next year.

Why It Matters:
Because it’s nearing crunch time for Brexit. The next few weeks will likely determine whether Britain leaves the E.U. in an orderly, amicable way, or if it crashes out and burns itself—and Europe—in the process. Absent a fundamental change to the proceedings, the U.K. is heading towards the binary choice of either opting for May’s Brexit deal or no deal at all.

Are there still ways for fundamental change to happen at this point? Absolutely. The first woul..

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China’s President Xi Jinping Visits the Philippines to Deepen Ties With the U.S. Ally

(MANILA, Philippines) — Chinese President Xi Jinping received a red-carpet welcome in the Philippines on Tuesday, as he paid his first visit to the U.S. treaty ally with offers of infrastructure loans and new accords to prevent clashes and possibly explore for oil and gas in the disputed South China Sea.

Xi was met by top officials as a military brass band played in Manila, the last stop in a three-nation swing through Asia in which he’s offering infrastructure loans and aid and championing free trade in a rivalry for influence with the United States.

Classes were suspended in Manila and thousands of police were deployed to secure the overnight visit of Xi, who Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte once called “a great president.” More than 300 protesters with placards that read “Philippines not for sale” and “Hands off our land and seas” rallied in front of the Chinese Consulate in Manila.

Xi’s visit to the Philippines is the first by a Chinese president in 13 years.

“We have reope..

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A Spanish Commuter Train Was Derailed by a Landslide, Killing One Person

(MADRID) — One person died and dozens were injured Tuesday after a landslide derailed a commuter train traveling toward Barcelona, Spanish authorities said.

The regional civil protection agency said that two train cars of a convoy of six came off the tracks at 6.15 a.m. local (0515 GMT) near Vacarisses, some 45 kilometers northwest of Barcelona.

Firefighters and emergency workers evacuated 131 commuters and sent five of the 41 people injured to hospital, according to the civil protection agency.

Spanish railway operator spokesman Antonio Carmona told local media that heavy rain in the area over the past few days could have caused the landslide.

Recent downpours have battered Spain. A woman died Sunday after a river flooded its banks in the northwestern Galicia region. And on Monday, huge waves swept away the balconies of a sea-side apartment building on the Canary island of Tenerife.

The heavy rains have also caused travel disruption and damage to farmland across the country.

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Airbnb Is Removing Rentals in Israeli-Occupied West Bank Settlements Following Criticism

Airbnb has announced that it will delist rental properties located in Israeli-occupied West Bank settlements following criticisms that accused the company off profiting off contested territory.

The holiday rentals giant, which had previously hosted approximately 200 West Bank properties on its platform, acknowledged Monday that “there are conflicting views” regarding the ethics of conducting business in the West Bank. The territory is the subject of a decades-long conflict between Israel and Palestine, and is largely controlled by Israel.

“Many in the global community have stated that companies should not do business here because they believe companies should not profit on lands where people have been displaced,” the company said in a statement. But after consultations, Airbnb “concluded that we should remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.”

“We are most certainly not the experts when it comes to the historical disputes in this region,” Airbnb added.

Airb..

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See the Results of the TIME Person of the Year Reader’s Poll

TIME readers voted on who they want to see as the 2018 Person of the Year — the person or group of people selected annually for having the greatest influence on the events of the past 12 months.

While TIME’s editors will ultimately decide who is named the 2018 Person of the Year, the poll provides valuable insight and gives readers a chance to weigh in with their pick. See the results below.

The 2018 TIME Person of the Year will be revealed in December.

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An AP Cameraman Was Shot in Gaza While Wearing a ‘Press’ Vest

(GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) — An Associated Press cameraman was shot and wounded Monday while covering a demonstration in the northern Gaza Strip, witnesses and medical officials said.

Rashed Rashid, 47, was hit in the leg during a weekly protest next to the Israeli border. Doctors said he suffered multiple bone fractures above the ankle and would need surgery.

Witnesses said he was about 600 meters (1,969 feet) from the fence, far from the protesters. He was operating a live camera on an elevated area overlooking the protest and wearing a blue helmet and brown protective vest with the word “PRESS” written in white.

Co-workers said the fire appeared to come from the Israeli side of the border. The Israeli military said it was investigating the incident.

Najib Jobain, the AP’s senior producer in Gaza, said he was speaking on the phone to Rashid when he was shot.

“While with me on the line, I heard him shouting ‘I’m hit, I’m hit,'” recounted Jobain, who said Rashid told him the pro..

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U.S. Charges Venezuelan Tycoon Close to Maduro’s Government for Bribery

(BOGOTA, Colombia) — U.S. prosecutors unsealed an indictment against a Venezuelan media tycoon close to President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government on Monday, accusing him of paying $159 million in bribes to top officials in exchange for lucrative foreign currency deals and then hiding the proceeds in luxury Manhattan and Florida real estate.

It was unclear why the three-month old charges against Raul Gorrin for money laundering and foreign corruption were unsealed Monday. A separate court document said he was now considered a fugitive.

Gorrin helped purchase Globovision in 2013 and softened anti-government coverage after becoming president of the popular TV network.

Prosecutors in Miami said in the August indictment that beginning around 2010, Gorrin paid bribes to two finance officials in exchange for the right to conduct foreign currency transactions for the government.

He also allegedly paid on the officials’ behalf expenses related to three jets and the veterinary services..

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