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North Korea replaces soldiers, South Korea awards medals after defector's border dash

SEOUL North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier defected last week, while South Korean and U.S. soldiers have been decorated for their role in the defector's rescue.

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Border without doctors? South Koreans urge more funding for trauma care after defector drama

SEOUL A defector’s treatment for critical injuries suffered during a dramatic dash from North Korea has highlighted a shortage of South Korean trauma doctors and again underscored Seoul's lack of preparedness in the event of hostilities with Pyongyang. | Video

China police probe latest case of alleged childcare abuse

BEIJING Police in China are investigating claims of sexual molestation and needlemarks on children at a Beijing kindergarten run by pre-school operator RYB Education Inc, the latest case in a booming childcare industry to spark outrage among parents.

China2:33am EST

Debate stifled in Cambodia as crackdown spreads fear

PHNOM PENH "We speak our mind", says the website of a group of young Cambodians who have met at weekends for the past six years to discuss politics over mugs of coffee.

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Ireland does not need election amid crucial Brexit talks: Coveney

BRUSSELS Ireland does not need an election now that talks on the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union are entering a crucial phase on how to avoid a physical border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Friday.

Ireland3:58am EST

Rights groups say outside monitors needed for Rohingya return to Myanmar

YANGON Human rights groups called on Friday for international agencies to be allowed to monitor the planned repatriation of hundreds of thousands Rohingya Muslim from Bangladesh to the homes they fled in Myanmar during the past three months.

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