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US prostitution ring case shines light on sexual exploitation in southern India’s film industry

An Indian couple have arrested by authorities in the US for allegedly running a prostitution ring.  At least five actresses associated with southern India’s Telugu-language film industry known as “Tollywood”, travelled to the US under the pretence of attending cultural events.  But they were then prostituted by Kishan and Chandra Modugumudi, according to recently disclosed federal charges. …

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North Korea cancels annual ‘anti-US’ rally as relations improve following Trump-Kim meeting

In a sign of detente following the summit between leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump, North Korea has decided to skip one of the most symbolic and politically charged events of its calendar: the annual “anti-US imperialism” rally marking the start of the Korean War.  Fist-pumping, flag-waving and slogan-shouting masses …

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North Korea to move artillery out of range of Seoul as part of peace talks, South Korea suggests

The rival Koreas are discussing the possible relocation of North Korea‘s long-range artillery systems away from the tense Korean border, the South’s prime minister said, as the countries forge ahead with steps to lower tensions and extend a recent detente.  North Korea has deployed an estimated 1,000 artillery pieces along …

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Trump claims North Korea has started ‘total denuclearisation’ but officials say there is no evidence

Donald Trump claimed North Korea was blowing up four of its big missile test sites and has “already started” a process of “total denuclearisation.” However, officials said there was no evidence to back up the US president’s claims. On Thursday, Ms Trump told a cabinet meeting in the White House: ”They’ve …

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North and South Korea to reunite families separated by war 70 years ago, Seoul announces

North and South Korea have agreed to reunite families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War. The temporary reunions will take place at North Korea’s Diamond Mountain resort from 20 to 26 August, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said. The countries will each send 100 participants to the reunions, it added. Read more Those with …

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Defence secretary says he is ‘not aware’ of any steps North Korea has taken to denuclearise

Defence Secretary James Mattis said he is “not aware” of North Korea taking action to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme after Donald Trump met with Kim Jong-un earlier this month. The Singapore summit on 12 June resulted in a vaguely worded agreement which critics have said did not fully define what …

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Japanese officials issue apology on national TV over worker who left desk 3 minutes early to buy lunch

Japanese officials have apologised in a televised news conference after it emerged a civil servant occasionally took his lunch break three minutes early.   The unnamed 64-year-old, an employee at the waterworks bureau in the city of Kobe, was docked half a day’s pay over the “habitual” slipping away from his desk just …

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