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North Korean defector Shin Dong-hyuk retracts large swathes of his past

His mother beat him, and he viewed her as a competitor for food. His father, who was allowed by guards to sleep with his mother just five nights a year, ignored him. His brother was a stranger. Children in the camp were untrustworthy and abusive. Before he learned anything else, Shin learned to...

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Japan acts sluggishly as time ticks for second ISIL hostage

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Just weeks after the latest terrorist attacks at France's weekly satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, comes another outburst of Islamist extremism: the capturing of two Japanese nationals by ISIL members. France, with its large Muslim population of about 5 million people, felt pressed to set a...

Dwarfing the Great Wall - a glance at China's latest megaprojects

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Megaprojects in China have always been a part of the nation's DNA: the terracotta army built in the late third century to guard Emperor Qin in his afterlife is composed of more than 8,000 life-size soldiers and 520 horses, each portrayed with individual characteristics. The Great Wall, built for...

Japanese ships set toward Antarctic "for science's sake"

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As Japanese ships set out towards Antarctic waters just days ago, anti-whaling activists have once again criticized Tokyo's plan to conduct its annual “research” hunting, RT network reports. These ships, which will be heading to the Antarctic without harpoons due to a recent international ban...

Obama foists new sanctions on North Korea

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Following the round-robin of cyber attacks between North Korea and the North American branch of Sony Pictures, U. S. president Barack Obama has ratcheted up tensions by imposing a new set of sanctions on the Hermit Kingdom, BBC News reports. The sanctions, which can be read in full on the U. S....

Sony to release "The Interview" on Christmas Day despite North Korean threats

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It all started when North Korea threatened to even the score over the imminent release by Sony Pictures of a Hollywood movie called The Interview. The movie's fictitious plot portrays James Franco and Seth Rogen who, landing an interview with an unforeseen fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un,...

Massively popular series Naruto comes to an end

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The internationally acclaimed Japanese manga which debuted in 1999, Naruto, officially came to an end on November 4th, 2014, after 71 volumes Asahi News reports. Naruto, by author Masashi Kishimoto, first appeared in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump comic anthology fifteen years ago, when the author...