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Koreans In U.S. Have Mixed Reaction To North's Threats

Southern California is home to one of the largest Korean populations in the United States. Some in this community have been especially alarmed by North Korea's latest threats of a nuclear attack, but many think the North's provocations are a lot of bluster.
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Iran's Political Scene Is Sketchy For Cartoonists

Political cartoons have a long history in Iran and give voice to critics of the authoritarian regime. Lately cartoonists have been increasingly persecuted for their work. A recent book, Sketches of Iran, pairs 40 political essays with cartoons depicting life in Iran today.
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Japan Marks 'Restoration Of Sovereignty' For The First Time

The day marks the end of the allied occupation of the country following its defeat in World War II. The day was an election pledge by the prime minister, who in recent weeks has adopted a more hawkish security stance.
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Deadly Bangladesh Collapse: Building Owner Arrested

Cheers broke out at the scene of collapsed factory when news was announced of his arrest near the Indian border. The death toll from last week's collapse now stands at 377, and is expected to rise.
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Iraq Pulls 10 Broadcasters' Licenses Over Sectarian Violence

Iraqi officials have suspended the right of several TV broadcasters to operate in the country, as media regulators say the stations' coverage of sectarian conflicts incites more violence.
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For Afghan Policewomen, Danger Often Comes From Colleagues

Afghan policewomen face a high risk of sexual assault, and often it takes place in police bathrooms and changing rooms, a human rights group says.
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N. Korean Refugees Tell Tales of Ordinary, Desperate Lives

Sokeel Park assists refugees from North Korea adjust to their new lives in the South. He hears first hand accounts of everyday life in the oppressive country — a life that can be poor, dangerous and rigidly controlled by the state.

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