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GOP Sees ‘Hypocrisy’ As Obama Goes After States On Refugees But Not Sanctuary Cities
Republicans accused President Obama this week of “hypocrisy” after his administration sent threatening letters to states warning they could lose federal funding if they don’t cooperate with his plan to resettle 10,000 refugees this fiscal year. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said that was stunning because the president has repeatedly refused to pull federal funding from locales that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation agents — so-called sanctuary cities. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: States should stand firm against Obama threats.

Fact Check: Did Donald Trump Predict The 9/11 Attacks?
At a rally in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Tuesday, Donald Trump said his list of accomplishments includes the fact that he predicted the 9/11 terror attacks. He was alerted to this fact by a friend who called him and said his 2000 book, "The America We Deserve," proved, 'you're the first guy that really predicted terrorism." Here's a look at some of Trump's claims from the rally and how they stacked up against his book - and what actually happened. Claim: "In my book, The America We Deserve - I said Osama Bin Laden, better watch him, bad guy...In my book, before the World Trade Center . I said Osama bin Laden, I said you better take him out." The record: Trump did mention bin Laden by name in Chapter 4, called, "The Foreign Policy We Deserve." However he merely pointed bin Laden as an illustration of haphazard foreign policy -- not to predict that bin Laden would be responsible for the next attack against the U.S. CBS

Paul Campaign Slams CNN, Says Emails Show Reporter 'Colluding' With Clinton Aide
Rand Paul’s presidential campaign slammed CNN on Wednesday after emails were released that the campaign claimed showed a reporter “colluding” with a Hillary Clinton aide to “attack” the Kentucky senator. The CNN global affairs correspondent, Elise Labott, already has been suspended over a separate incident – a tweet last week criticizing a House bill limiting Syrian refugees. But her communications with then-Clinton State Department official Philippe Reines turned up Tuesday in a batch of emails obtained and published by Gawker. In those January 2013 emails, Reines appears to give Labott suggestions for tweets. Phil Kerpen, president of the conservative American Commitment, first flagged the exchange about Paul. Fox News
VOA VIEW: CNN has no integrity and little public confidence in their reporting.

ATMs Are Moving Inside Some Branches, Replacing Tellers
How’s this for innovative banking? Move the ATMs inside the lobby and station the tellers outside. It’s happening here through an infusion of technology, and it’s aimed at creating more face time between bankers and their customers. Those are real tellers chatting with customers in the drive-through lanes at the Wyandotte Plaza and Blue Springs branches of CommunityAmerica Credit Union. The conversations happen remotely over a video hookup using an interactive teller machine, or ITM. Kansas City Star

Talks Continue Over How To limit but still expand gambling in Florida
The deadline has passed for the Seminole Tribe to complete its negotiations with the state over whether it will be allowed to continue operating lucrative blackjack games at its Hard Rock casinos but the cards are still on the table. The stakes are so high for all the parties involved in Florida’s complicated gaming landscape that legislators and the governor’s office are trying to negotiate a way to turn a deal on the card games into a blueprint for gaming across the state by the onset of the legislative session on Jan. 12. Among the issues: the prospect of another slots casino in Miami, slot machines in Palm Beach and Fort Myers, a requirement that future gambling licenses get statewide voter approval, and the promise of $3 billion in gaming proceeds directed into the state treasury over the next 7 years. SF Gate

Donald Trump Mocks Reporter's Disability
Trump waved his arms in an awkward manner to lampoon Serge Kovaleski at a rally in South Carolina Tuesday night. Kovaleski has a chronic condition called arthrogryposis, which limits the movement of his arms. The New York Times was offended. "We find it's outrageous that he would ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters," a spokesperson told CNNMoney. Trump's performance was prompted by a story Kovaleski had written in 2001 that refuted claims that thousands of Muslims in Jersey City cheered the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. CNN
VOA VIEW: The big question is, did Trump purposely mock the reporter?

Vietnam Passes Law Abolishing Death Penalty For Crimes
Death sentences imposed on corrupt Vietnamese officials will now be commuted to life in prison if they pay back at least 75 percent of the illegal money they made. The online newspaper VnExpress said the new regulation was part of the revised Penal Code that an overwhelmingly majority passed in the National Assembly on Friday. Under the revision, which takes effect July 1, 2016, the country also will abolish the death penalty for seven crimes: surrendering to the enemy, opposing order, destruction of projects of national security importance, robbery, drug possession, drug appropriation, and the production and trade of fake food. Charlotte Observer

Produce In Costco Salad Linked To E. Coli Is Being Recalled
Federal officials say a business is recalling a vegetable mix believed to be the source of E.coli in Costco chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states. Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. of Tracy, California, has recalled a mix of diced celery and onion used in Costco chicken salad and other foods containing celery "out of an abundance of caution," the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement Thursday. The foods range from Thai-style salads to packaged dinners and wraps, and they are sold at Costco, Target, Starbucks and many other outlets, the FDA said. Costco says it uses one supplier for those vegetables in the chicken salad sold in all its U.S. stores. San Diego Union


White House On Lockdown After Fence-Jumper Caught
The White House was on lockdown on Thursday after a person jumped the fence, CNN reported, adding that the jumper was immediately caught. Despite the quick capture, the presidential mansion was still on lockdown as the U.S. Secret Service conducted a security sweep of the area, ABC News and other media outlets reported.
Representatives for the Secret Service could not immediately be reached for comment on the incident. The Thanksgiving Day incident comes amid heightened security concerns in the United States and other Western countries following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which targeted a concert hall, a stadium and a cafe. Reuters

Another Laser Strike Reported Near Love Field
In the latest incident, a Southwest Airlines pilot saw a green laser coming from the ground about three miles northwest of Dallas Love Field at about 6:16 p.m. Wednesday, the FAA said.  There were no injuries. On Sunday, the FAA reported eight other laser strikes, including seven on Southwest Airlines planes. One of the pilots in those incidents reported an eye injury as a result of the laser strike. Earlier this month, pilots flying into Love Field reported six strikes in two nights, three each on Nov. 11 and 12. Police have been searching for the person or people responsible for the laser strikes. So far, no one has been arrested. MSNBC

The Turkish Wild Card In Syria That Russia And U.S. Both Need
Turkey just reinforced its role as a wild card in the Syrian civil war, and one that both sides of the conflict ultimately have to deal with. After becoming the first NATO country in more than half a century to shoot down a Russian warplane, it sent the alliance scrambling to deescalate tension with Moscow as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to continue to protect his country’s airspace. It was a reminder of how Turkish priorities for Syria, its southern neighbor, remain out of step as its unflinching opposition to Kurdish separatists and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad overshadows the fight against Islamic State. Bloomberg

Trump: I Didn't Mock Reporter
A DAY AFTER he was widely rebuked for mocking a reporter with a physical disability, business mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump yesterday denied that he had done so and accused the reporter of "using his disability to grandstand." Trump also demanded an apology from the reporter's employer, the New York Times, which earlier in the week issued a statement condemning Trump for ridiculing "the appearance of one of our reporters." The incident occurred Tuesday at a rally in South Carolina, as Trump was defending his recent claim that he had witnessed thousands of Muslims cheering in New Jersey on Sept. 11, 2001, as the World Trade Center towers collapsed. On stage, Trump berated Times investigative reporter Serge Kovaleski for his recent recollection of an article he wrote a few days after the attacks, which Trump has been citing to defend his claim. Philadelphia Inquirer
VOA VIEW: Trump knows how to stand his ground and fight back, while Obama fails to defend the nation.

Moscow Ready To Coordinate Over Syria, Putin Says
Russian President Vladimir Putin said late Thursday that he was ready to coordinate strikes against the Islamic State with the United States and its allies but warned that acts such as the Turkish downing of a Russian jet could destroy any chance of collaboration. After talks with French President Francois Hollande at the Kremlin, Putin said: "We are ready to cooperate with the coalition which is led by the United States." It was the most forthright commitment to a joint effort between Russia and the West since Moscow's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. But it was far from the declaration of a new grand coalition in Syria, potentially under United Nations auspices rather than American leadership, that Putin has proposed. The deep disagreement between Russia and the West over the future of the embattled Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has not been put aside. Philadelphia Inquirer

Russians Buzz Macy’s Parade With Drone
A bone-headed father-son duo obliviously flew their toy drone over the highest-security event in the nation today — the Macy’s Parade. Despite heightened security levels, the Russian tourists were flying the potentially threatening contraption above the parade around 10:30 a.m. at the starting point at Central Park West and W. 77th St., police sources told The Post. The dumbfounded 14-year-old son – who lives with his mother in Florida – told The Post that the police “thought I was a terrorist” while his 41-year-old father?, visiting from Russia,? ushered him out of the 20th Precinct. ?He was slapped with a summons, but the pair got to keep their drone, authorities said. Police also found the drone flight over the parade a strange choice. NY Post

Man Passes Security With Stolen Boarding Pass
A sex offender with a stolen boarding pass got through airport security in Salt Lake City and checked in at a gate for a flight to California before he was caught this month, authorities have disclosed. Michael Salata, 61, was arrested on Nov. 5 after boarding the Southwest Airlines flight, according to jail records obtained Thursday.
He had grabbed a boarding pass that a woman accidently left at a check-in kiosk and used it to get through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, said Craig Vargo, chief of airport police. "He tried to make it seem like it was a mistake, that the boarding pass printed incorrectly, or that he grabbed the wrong boarding pass," Vargo told the Deseret News, a Salt Lake City newspaper that first reported the story. It's unclear why the incident was not disclosed by authorities until 20 days after it happened. Las Vegas Sun


Troopers On Food Stamps, Taking Second Jobs Amid Pay Fight
State troopers suing North Carolina for millions of dollars in back pay say the state's broken promises have forced them into tough spots: working second jobs, moving in with parents, even going on food stamps. About 800 troopers — equivalent to half the force — have joined a class-action lawsuit arguing that the state promised a schedule of regular pay increases when they were hired, but reneged because of budget problems. Many took pay cuts when they were recruited from other agencies, expecting to catch up quickly because of raises traditionally given about once a year. "I don't think people understand the hard times we're going through," said Master Trooper Rick Quinones, who lives with his wife and two young daughters in a spare bedroom at his parents' house. ABC

Queen Elizabeth II Opens Commonwealth Meeting In Malta
Queen Elizabeth II opened the Commonwealth summit Friday on the Mediterranean island of Malta — a meeting that this year will focus on climate change and the threat of extremist violence. The 89-year-old British monarch praised the accomplishments of the Commonwealth during her address to the other leaders of the 53-nation organization. "Prince Philip and I first came to live here in Malta in 1949, the year the Commonwealth was founded," she said, hailing a vast advancement in freedom and human rights in the decades since then. "I have been privileged to witness this transformation and to consider its purpose." Tampa Tribune

Pope: Education, Jobs Will Prevent Radicalization
Pope Francis said Friday that education and jobs will prevent young people from being radicalized and heading off to join militant groups. The pontiff, who is visiting Kenya’s capital Nairobi, was asked what young people can do to prevent their friends and relatives from joining militants, such as the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab, based in neighboring Somalia. Kenyans make up most of foreign fighters in the extremist Islamist group's ranks. “If a young person has no work, what kind of a future does he or she have? " the pope said. "That’s where the idea of being recruited comes from.” USA Today

Marijuana Arrests On Rise In Va., Blacks Arrested Three Times More Than Whites
While the trend in much of the United States is moving toward decriminalization or legalization of marijuana, Virginia is heading in the opposite direction: With sharply rising arrest totals for the possession of pot and a disproportionate number of black people arrested in the Commonwealth, according to a new study based on state data reported to the FBI. Although marijuana arrests dropped 6.5 percent nationwide between 2003 and 2014, possession arrests in Virginia increased by 76 percent during that period, according to research by the Drug Policy Alliance in New York. And arrests of black people in Virginia for marijuana increased by 106 percent from 2003 to 2013, accounting for 47 percent of the state’s arrests even though Virginia’s population is only 20 percent black. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: No discrimination - blacks have a greater propensity to break the law.

Famed Conde Guitars Still Handmade In Madrid
Spanish flamenco guitars are known for their lightness, rich wood colors and full-bodied, crisp musical tones. Within this world, guitars made over the past century by luthiers of the Conde family in Madrid are among the most revered, with orders coming in from as far away as the United States and Japan. World-renowned musicians like the late Paco de Lucia and Leonard Cohen have enjoyed guitars made by members of the Conde family, as have Al Di Meola, David Byrne and Lenny Kravitz.
Carrying on the family tradition is Mariano Conde, who operates out of his workshop in downtown Madrid where he and his son, also called Mariano, build their hand-made, individually sounding, classical and flamenco guitars. Houston Chronicle

Poland Will Not Extradite Roman Polanski To The US
Poland will not extradite Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski to the U.S. in an almost 40-year-old case after prosecutors declined to challenge a court ruling against it. Prosecutors in Krakow, who had sought the extradition on behalf of the U.S., said Friday they found the court's refusal of extradition to be "right" and said they found no grounds to appeal it. Polanski's lawyer, Jan Olszewski, told The Associated Press that Polanski's reaction was of "great relief" and of "satisfaction" that the irregularities in the U.S. procedure have been exposed. Polanski spoke to his lawyer over the phone from Paris, where he lives with his family. Houston Chronicle

Burkina Faso: 'Large-Scale Attack' Thwarted Ahead Of Vote
Burkina Faso's security minister says soldiers have disrupted a "large-scale attack" in the west of the country, arresting 13 suspects and seizing weapons and bomb-making materials. Alain Zagre told state radio Friday the arrests were linked to the investigation of an attack last month near the border with Mali that killed three military police officers. News of the arrests comes two days before the West African nation holds presidential and legislative elections, capping a turbulent year that began with a popular uprising in October 2014 and a brief, failed coup in September. Zagre said the 13 suspects were from Burkina Faso and Mali, raising the possibility of involvement of Islamic extremist groups active in Mali. The assailants who perpetrated the October attack are believed to have crossed over from Mali. Atlanta Journal

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Wheelchair Users More Likely Than Other Pedestrians To Die In Car Crashes
Pedestrians in wheelchairs have a 36 percent higher risk of being killed in road traffic collisions over other types of pedestrians, a new study found. Some 76,000 pedestrians are injured and 5,000 are killed in traffic collisions each year, according to U.S. Department of Transportation data. Using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, or FARS, and details from news articles, researchers from Georgetown University's School of Medicine found 528 pedestrians using wheelchairs were killed in road traffic collisions between 2006 and 2012, often at intersections. According to the data, those in wheelchairs are killed 36 percent more than other pedestrians. In addition, wheelchair-using men ages 50 to 64 have a 75 percent higher risk of death in a traffic collision than similarly aged pedestrians. UPI

Paris Pledges Could Limit Most Extreme Warming Scenarios
The pledges made by more than 150 nations in the lead-up to a major climate change summit in Paris next week could limit the likelihood of the most extreme global warming scenarios, a new study says -- but only if countries meet or exceed the targets they've set for themselves in coming decades. The pledges, or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, include the United States' commitment to bring down greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 26 to 28 percent over the coming decade. The U.N. Climate Change Conference will begin Nov. 30 in Paris and run through Dec. 11. MSNBC

Laquan McDonald Case: Obama 'Disturbed' By Dashcam Video
In a Thanksgiving message on Facebook, the president paid tribute to Chicago protesters for keeping the peace. Four people were arrested overnight as demonstrators marched through the city. The protests were not as widespread or as tense as Tuesday night, which began moments after police released the dashcam video showing the incident. Mr Obama said on Facebook: "Like many Americans, I was deeply disturbed by the footage of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. "This Thanksgiving, I ask everybody to keep those who've suffered tragic loss in our thoughts and prayers, and to be thankful for the overwhelming majority of men and women in uniform who protect our communities with honour." BBC
VOA VIEW: Protesters did  not keep the peace - they incited violence, as Obama's tribute promotes future disturbances and rioting.

Donald Trump Called Out For Appearing To Mock Disability
An advocacy group is offering Donald Trump sensitivity training after the Republican presidential candidate appeared to mock a reporter with a disability. At issue is what The New York Times interprets as Trump’s attempt Tuesday to “ridicule the appearance” of journalist Serge Kovaleski. Trump challenged recollections by Kovaleski and others about the 9/11 aftermath during a speech. Trump has made unsubstantiated claims that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey were seen celebrating the attack. Trump said, “Poor guy, you oughta see this guy,” then gestured in a jerky fashion as if imitating Kovaleski’s movements. The Ruderman Family Foundation says Kovaleski has a congenital condition affecting joint movement. The foundation offered Trump sensitivity training sessions to help him better understand people with disabilities. Washington Post

Marco Rubio: Airstrikes Against ISIS Should Target Oil Plants
The United States has conducted thousands of air strikes against ISIS, but Sen. Marco Rubio said that they're not "well targeted" and should focus more on destroying the oil infrastructure controlled by the extremist group."The rules of engagement - it's not allowed [airstrikes] to be as successful as necessary," Rubio said in an interview with NBC that aired Thursday morning. "They've unnecessarily avoided taking strikes because they're concerned if they blow up the oil plant, there might be civilians, even one, killed. That's a legitimate concern we have, but we must destroy the revenue source, which is the ability to generate oil." CBS


Millions Of Americans Begin Thanksgiving Holiday Amid Ramped Up Security
Millions of Americans started their Thanksgiving getaway Wednesday by taking to the roads and airport security lines, undaunted by terrorism fears as officials continue to stress there are no “credible” threats in the wake of the Paris terror attacks earlier this month. President Obama said at the White House there is no "specific and credible" intelligence indicating a plot against the U.S., while assuring anxious Americans, "While the threat of terrorism is a troubling reality of our age, we are both equipped to prevent attacks and we are resilient in the face of those who would try to do us harm." Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson echoed Obama's statement that there are no specific, credible treats to the homeland ahead of the 2015 holiday season. Fox News

Added Progesterone No Help To Pregnant Women With Miscarriage History
Progesterone supplements given to pregnant women who have had multiple miscarriages may not prevent another miscarriage, according to new research from the University of Birmingham. A five-year study of 826 women with unexplained recurrent miscarriages showed those who received progesterone supplements in early pregnancy were no less likely to miscarry than those who received a placebo. The findings, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, said the same was true no matter what age, ethnicity, medical history or pregnancy history. UPI

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Pope Francis Delivers Stern Warning Ahead Of Paris Climate Conference
Pope Francis celebrated a historic Mass in Kenya Thursday before delivering a stern environmental warning to the world, just days ahead of a potentially pivotal climate change conference in Paris. "It would be sad, and I dare say even catastrophic, were particular interests to prevail over the common good and lead to manipulating information in order to protect their own plans and projects," the Pope said, urging nations to reach agreement over curbing fossil fuel emissions. He said politicians must work together with the corporate and scientific worlds as well as civil society leaders in finding solutions to stop environmental degradation. No country, said the Pope, "can act independently of a common responsibility. If we truly desire positive change, we have to humbly accept our interdependence." CNN

U.S. Runs New Rule Over Catfish Suppliers, Giving Vietnam Time To Comply
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued new rules for catfish suppliers on Wednesday, requiring on-site inspections of farms and processing plants for both domestic and foreign producers, mostly from Vietnam, to ensure they meet the same standards. The long-awaited change puts in place rules similar to decades-old safety requirements for beef, pork and poultry, and shifts responsibility for the inspections to the USDA from the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates all other seafood imports. The rule is expected to become effective in March 2016, and will be phased in over 18 months, giving foreign suppliers time to make changes needed to comply with the USDA's requirements. Reuters

Hollande, Putin Call For ‘Broad’ Coalition To Fight Terrorism
French President Francois Hollande and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin called for a “broad coalition” to fight Islamic State militants in Syria, even amid fading chances that a wave of terrorist attacks will become the catalyst for a united front involving Russia and the U.S. “We must build this broad coalition that I have mentioned to hit terrorism,” Hollande said at the start of talks with Putin at the Kremlin on Thursday. “I am in Moscow with you to see how we can act together, to see how we can coordinate to hit this terrorist group and at the same time find a political solution for Syria.” Putin said that Russia has also suffered from terrorism and understands France’s experience. “All of this is forcing us to combine efforts against a common enemy. We are prepared for this cooperation, Mr. President.” Bloomberg

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Looking Ahead To Potential Conflicts, Gaza Northern Brigade Drilling Airlifts Faster Than Ever
Medical crews from the IDF Gaza Northern Brigade are holding weekly airlift-to-hospital drills to reduce the time it takes to get injured soldiers to medical care.
Lt. Noga Katzav, medical officer for the Gaza Northern Brigade, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that the time required by helicopter airlifts held in cooperation with the air force has been reduced. Wounded soldiers can now be airlifted to a hospital in about 30 minutes, although the time required would be extended in the event of a full-scale conflict in Gaza, where helicopters would have to deal with threats of shoulder- fired missiles. Using CH-53 and Black Hawk transport helicopter squadrons, the brigade has been holding weekly mass-casualty exercises in which doctors and medics practice treating injured soldiers and evacuating them, much as they did on dozens of occasions during last year’s 50-day conflict with Hamas. Jerusalem  Post

Legal Adviser Examining Possible Breach Of Trust In Rabbinical Court Appointment
A controversial appointment to a rabbinical court in Jerusalem has been flagged as a possible breach of trust and is being scrutinized by the legal adviser to the Religious Services Ministry. Rabbi Eliyahu Amar, the son of Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, was appointed as a rabbinical judge in the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court for Property Claims of the Jerusalem Religious Council several weeks ago. Council chairman Yehoshua Yishai asked Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern and Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Amar to recommend candidates for the court and Amar nominated his son, Eliyahu, who was duly appointed following the agreement of the head of the court, Rabbi Baruch Shraga. Jerusalem Post

Putin: Turkey 'Knew Downed Fighter Jet Was Russian'
President Vladimir Putin said Russian planes were easily identifiable and the jet's flight co-ordinates had been passed on to Turkey's ally, the US. Turkey's president said earlier if it had known the plane was Russian "maybe we would have warned it differently". Mr Putin was speaking after meeting his French counterpart and pledging closer co-operation against Islamic State. IS claimed the 13 November attacks in Paris which killed 130 people. BBC

Russia Accepts Full, Indefinite Ban From World Athletics Over Doping Scandal
The Russian athletics federation has accepted its ban from international competition and has promised to cooperate with inspectors who will oversee changes to its drug-testing system. The International Association of Athletics Federations confirmed the full suspension after a council meeting in Monaco and said the Russian federation (Araf) had not requested a hearing. An IAAF statement said: “The IAAF council was today informed that written confirmation had been received yesterday from Araf accepting their full suspension without requesting a hearing as was their constitutional right. Guardian

US Condemns Murder Of Opposition Politician Before Venezuela Election
Venezuela opened an investigation on Thursday into the murder of a local opposition leader days before an election that is stirring fears of renewed political violence in the volatile South American Opec nation. Luis Díaz, leader of the opposition Democratic Action party in Guarico state in Venezuela’s central plains, was shot during a public meeting on Wednesday night in the latest of several violent incidents during the campaign. The US condemned the killing and called on the Venezuelan government to protect all political candidates. “This was the deadliest of several recent attacks and acts of intimidation aimed at opposition candidates,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. “Campaigns of fear, violence, and intimidation have no place in democracy.” Guardian

North Koreans Ordered To Copy Kim Jong-Un's 'Ambitious' Hair Style
North Korea has launched a new purge, targeting citizens with long hair and ordering them to copy Kim Jong-un's much-mocked "ambitious" style. Sources in Pyongyang, quoted by South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper, said authorities in the North Korean capital have issued an order requiring that men keep their hair to a maximum 2 cm (0.8 inches) in length. They are also being instructed to pay homage to Mr Kim by copying his trademark swept-back bouffant that emerges upwards from the shaved patches above his ears. Telegraph

UN Nuclear Watchdog's Work Impacting Lives Worldwide, Says Agency Chief
The head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today delivered an opening statement at the meeting of its Board of Governors by addressing issues of technical cooperation, nuclear applications, nuclear energy, safety and security, and nuclear verification. The 648 proposed new technical cooperation projects for the next two years demonstrate the wide scope of the Agency's mandate, and the positive impact of its work on the lives of people around the world, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano told the Board in Vienna, Austria. UN News

'Nothing Has Changed' – UN Expert On DPR Korea Says Two Years After Key Human Rights Report
A United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) today warned that nothing has changed in the country since the UN Commission of Inquiry on DPRK presented its landmark report to the Human Rights Council two years ago. “Regrettably, the human rights situation in the DPRK has not improved, and crimes against humanity documented by the Commission of Inquiry appear to continue,” UN Special Rapporteur Marzuki Darusman said in a press release, at the end of his last official mission to the neighbouring Republic of Korea (ROK). UN News

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