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South Korea: World's longest protest over comfort women

South Korea protest over 'comfort women'For the past 25 years, Koreans both young and old have gathered in front of the Japanese embassy in central Seoul every Wednesday - 1,300 times - making it the world's longest-running protest.

South Koreans demand that the Japanese government apologise and compensate the estimated 200,000 female victims - known euphemistically as "comfort women" - forced into sexual slavery by imperial Japan.

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Human rights body urges Argentina to find missing activist

Human Rightst Commission urges Argentina to find workerThe Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is urging Argentina to find a missing activist last seen when police evicted a group of Mapuche Indians from lands owned by Italian clothing company Benetton.

The commission's president said Friday that Argentina should investigate the Aug. 1 disappearance of 28-year-old Santiago Maldonado and make its findings public.

Maldonado's family says border police detained him when he and others were blocking a road in Chubut province, in the southern region of Patagonia.

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Psychologists Behind CIA 'Enhanced Interrogation' Program Settle Detainees' Lawsuit

Psychologist behind 'advanced interrogation lawsuitsTwo psychologists who were paid more than $80 million by the CIA to develop "enhanced interrogation" techniques — which others have called torture — have settled a lawsuit brought by men who were detained.

The list of brutal methods devised by Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell for use by the U.S. included waterboarding; the tactics were meant to condition detainees into a state of helplessness. Mitchell has said he was told by U.S. officials that the idea was to "walk right up to the edge of the law."

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Around the country, ICE is arresting immigrants when they show up to court

ICE deporting immigrants who go to courtThe courthouse is supposed to be a place where justice is not only meted out to the perpetrators of crimes but offered as protection to its victims.

But around the country, immigrants showing up for their day in court — as defendants, witnesses, or victims seeking redress — are encountering a different face of the law instead: They’re being arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers seeking to deport them after they leave the courthouse, or even when they’re still within its walls.

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Feeling unwanted and unwelcome, African migrants hit by new tax in Israel

African migrants in Israel hit with taxNine years ago, Teklit Michael fled Eritrea to avoid military conscription, survived a perilous journey across the Sinai peninsula and sought asylum in Israel.

The 29-year-old Eritrean community organizer now works as a cook at a restaurant in south Tel Aviv -- alone, without family and in legal limbo, awaiting a response to his asylum request.

Since May, Michael's life has faced another challenge with new tax rules that force his employer to put part of his salary in a fund which he can access only if he leaves Israel.

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State: Iraqi refugees who aided U.S. not categorically exempt from Trump travel ban

Trump Iraqis who provided assistance to the U.S. military, military contractors and American news outlets will not be automatically exempt from the 120-day, global halt President Donald Trump has imposed on refugee admissions through his travel ban executive order.

Asked whether individuals in the Direct Access Program for U.S.-Affiliated Iraqis would be categorically exempt from the version of the travel ban the administration began implementing Thursday, a State Department official said that such refugees will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

TVNL Comment:  Returning these people to Iraq would guarantee their deaths.  This administration is the least informed and most inhumane in history.

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Chelsea Manning joins NYC Pride March

Chelsea Manning joins NYC Gay Pride paradeChelsea Manning celebrated her freedom from a military prison by joining the NYC Pride March on Sunday.

Manning, a transgender U.S. army soldier, beamed in front of a giant rainbow colored heart sashayed with an American Civil Liberties Union banner.  She was sentenced to 25 years in prison after admitting to leaking more than 700,000 classified documents in 2013.

President Barack Obama commuted her sentence and she was released from Fort Leavenworth prison in May.

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