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After 40 years in captivity, escape from North Korea

More than 40 years after he was abducted from a fishing boat and taken to North Korea, a South Korean fisherman has escaped, returning to his native country, the state-run Yonhap news agency reported Friday, citing a government official.

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The Loop: Walk, don’t walk…

Welcome to the Loop, the Magazine’s weekly letters column, including the best of your thoughts on Twitter and Facebook.

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How do child refugees cope?

I never imagined I would find myself in Lebanon, on the outskirts of the brutal civil war in Syria. As a 32-year-old woman from Chicago, I didn’t know what to expect.

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BJP’s Modi named Indian PM candidate

Controversial Indian politician Narendra Modi is named as the prime ministerial candidate of the main opposition party for elections next year.

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Abdul Qadir Khan dissolves Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz Pakistan

LAHORE: Dr Abdul Qadir Khan, renowned as the father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, has officially announced the dissolution of his political party the Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz Pakistan (TTP), Express News reported. Khan said he had taken the decision after consultation with his companions, and would file the termination documents to the Election Commission today. He further professed that politicking through small, isolated groups was ...

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‘In the name of God’: CJ asks courts to be wary of pardons

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday sought legal opinions on ‘out of court’ settlements of murder cases, particularly pardons that are done ‘in the name of God’. Referring to the much-talked about murder case of Shahzeb Khan which saw the parents of the victim pardoning the convicts in the name of God, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said: “We should not ...

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African conservationists honoured

Two African conservationists receive awards from Prince William for helping local communities co-exist with wildlife in Kenya and Zimbabwe.

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Theatre pulls Hillsborough musical

A Liverpool theatre pulls a musical about Hillsborough after deciding it was “inappropriate” to host the production.

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‘Rush’ relives F1’s death or glory days

F1’s wacky races run during the 1970s provided the sport with some of its most celebrated and reviled moments which are now the subject of two feature-length films released this autumn.

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Sentence echoes across India

Anticipation hung heavier than the sultry air outside the massive court complex Friday afternoon. Here and all across India, people awaited the decision from Courtroom No. 304.

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Ofcom ‘should not govern’ BBC

The chief executive of Ofcom says the media regulator is not best placed to take over governance of the BBC or act as the custodian of the licence fee.

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Thirty-seven missing after Russian psychiatric hospital fire

MOSCOW: Thirty-seven people were missing after a fire raged through a psychiatric hospital in north western Russia early on Friday, an Emergency Situations Ministry official said. The official, Oleg Voronov, said on Ekho Moskvy radio that some of the missing may have escaped the hospital in the Novgorod region and survived but Itar-Tass news agency cited a regional official as saying ...

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