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South Korea Splurges On Sister Of Kim Jong Un; Drops His Name From Border Broadcasts

Pic: ReutersSEOUL: South Korea spent around 240 million won ($223,237) on the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and her entourage during their three-day visit for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, a government official said on Thursday.

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Bahrain: Five Years In Jail For Nabeel Rajab's Tweets

A court in Bahrain has convicted political activist Nabeel Rajab and sentenced him to five years in prison, for his comments online denouncing Saudi Arabia's role in the war in Yemen and for criticising prison abuse in his country.

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Hundreds Dead In 'Relentless Bombing' Of Eastern Ghouta

Syrian forces backed by Russian warplanes have continued to hit the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, with at least 27 killed on Wednesday. This brings the number of civilian deaths to more than 270, including 60 children, over the past three days.

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Israel Jails First Asylum Seekers Refusing Deportation

Seven Eritrean asylum seekers have been transferred to an Israeli prison indefinitely after refusing to be deported to Rwanda, Israeli human rights groups reported.

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Husband Of Briton Jailed In Iran For Spying Wants Talks

The husband of the British-Iranian woman arrested in Iran has left letters on the doorstep of the Iranian embassy in London in a bid to secure a meeting with a visiting Iranian official.

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Weinstein Uses Quotes From Female Celebrities In His Defense

LOS ANGELES — Harvey Weinstein wants a judge to dismiss a federal sexual misconduct lawsuit against him and invoked the words and actions of Oscar-winning actresses in his defense.

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Canada's PM Trudeau Denies Support For Sikh Separatists

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reaffirmed Canada's support for "a united India" in a meeting with an Indian official who has accused the Canadian leader of supporting Sikh separatists.

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Senator: Rodrigo Duterte's Drug War Has Killed 20,000

An opposition senator in the Philippines said the death toll in the government's war on drugs has now surpassed 20,000 since President Rodrigo Duterte came to office in 2016.

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Hate Groups In US Grow For Third Straight Year: SPLC

The number of hate groups operating in the United States grew by four percent in 2017, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an Alabama-based monitoring group.

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UN Demands Halt Of 'Monstrous Campaign' In Syrian Town

Top UN officials demanded an immediate cessation of aerial attacks on Syria's devastated Eastern Ghouta with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calling the rebel-held enclave "hell on Earth".

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