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North Korean defector’s decomposing remains found by Seoul police
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North Korean defector’s decomposing remains found by Seoul police

Seoul, South Korea CNN  —  South Korean authorities have launched an investigation after the decomposing remains of a North Korean defector were found in the capital Seoul last Wednesday. The defector was a woman in her 40s who escaped to South Korea in 2002, according to police and South Korea’s Unification Ministry. The woman had...

North Korea put on notice: Nuclear test would draw “unprecedentedly strong” response
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North Korea put on notice: Nuclear test would draw “unprecedentedly strong” response

The United States, Japan and South Korea warned Wednesday that a North Korean nuclear test would warrant an “unprecedentedly strong response,” vowing unity after a blitz of missile launches from the hermit state. Following talks in Tokyo, the three nations’ deputy foreign ministers said they would ramp up their deterrence in the region. “We agreed...

US, allies warn decisive response if North Korea tests nuke
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US, allies warn decisive response if North Korea tests nuke

TOKYO — Officials from the United States and its Asian allies Japan and South Korea suspect North Korea is preparing for a nuclear test, and vice foreign ministers from the three countries said Wednesday their joint response would be “decisive.” Cho Hyundong, South Korea’s First Vice Foreign Minister, said the trio is bolstering their defense...

Former North Dakota tribal official pleads guilty to bribery
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Former North Dakota tribal official pleads guilty to bribery

BISMARCK, N.D. — A former government official of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation accused of accepting bribes and kickbacks from a construction contractor pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges in North Dakota. Randall Phelan, 58, of Mandaree, North Dakota, was an elected representative of the governing body of the Three Affiliated Tribes from the...

US vows full military defense of allies against North Korea
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US vows full military defense of allies against North Korea

TOKYO — The United States will make full use of its military capabilities, “including nuclear, conventional and missile defense,” to defend its allies Japan and South Korea, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said Tuesday as she warned North Korea against escalating its provocations. Sherman said North Korea’s repeated firings of ballistic missiles and...

North Carolina, Gonzaga lead men’s college basketball preseason poll
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North Carolina, Gonzaga lead men’s college basketball preseason poll

The college basketball season tips off in just a couple of weeks. Preseason polls are of course imperfect indicators of who might be cutting down nets next spring, but they do provide followers of the sport with a general idea of which teams have elevated expectations as competition gets underway. With that in mind, it...

New England’s North Atlantic right whale numbers drop to about 340
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New England’s North Atlantic right whale numbers drop to about 340

Comment on this story Comment For more than 40 years, a group of researchers in New England have kept tabs on hundreds of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales they’ve come to know by name. They’ve taken millions of photographs of these whales by sky and sea, often tracking when they have given birth, been...

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Two-thirds of cattle farms in north Devon cause river pollution | Farming

The government’s efforts to protect UK rivers have been labelled an “abject failure” after two-thirds of farms in Devon were found to be causing pollution when inspected by the Environment Agency. Between 2016 and 2020, the agency visited more than 100 cattle farms in north Devon to check levels of compliance with environmental regulations, particularly...