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'Comfort women': Researchers claim first known film - BBC News

'Comfort women': Researchers claim first known film - BBC News - The research team says the footage was filmed by joint US-Chinese troops in China's Yunnan province which was previously occupied by Japan.

The seven Korean women were freed in 1944 and the officer speaking with them has been identified as a Chinese captain of the China-US Combined Force, the team said.

The issue has long strained the relationship between South Korea and Japan over a perceived lack of adequate apology and compensation from Japan.

In 2015, the two countries reached a settlement whereby Tokyo formally apologised and agreed to pay 1bn yen ($8.3m, £5.6m) to fund victims.


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UN Migration Agency Issues Report on Arrivals of Sexually Exploited Migrants, Chiefly from Nigeria | International Organization for Migration

UN Migration Agency Issues Report on Arrivals of Sexually Exploited Migrants, Chiefly from Nigeria | International Organization for Migration: Other indicators of trafficking emerge during in-depth individual talks; for example, some migrants claim that they have not paid anything for the journey because someone else paid for their movements. When IOM staff identify a potential trafficking victim, they explain to them that it is possible to access certain protection mechanisms and, with the victim’s consent, the Organization’s staff report the victim on the anti-trafficking toll-free number. If the person agrees, IOM staff also provide assistance in communicating and filing a report to the investigating authorities.

Activities in the field demonstrate that most trafficking victims are not willing, at least at first, to reveal their experience or to take advantage of security programmes provided by IOM and local institutions. There are many reasons for this including links between trafficking victims and traffickers, the control that the accompanying person (for instance, madame or boga) has over the victims, or the belief that victims cannot violate an oath sealed with a voodoo ritual or a rite of initiation (the victim is committed to honouring her agreement). Finally, there is a sense of responsibility towards one’s family that results in a fear of retaliation by traffickers on the victim’s family members back in their country of origin.


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Philippine peace talks with communists collapseucanews.com

Philippine peace talks with communists collapseucanews.com: Duterte announced that communist New People's Army rebels would be the next target of military operations after authorities address the ongoing conflict with terrorist groups in Marawi.

"After this, damn this war, once we finish off the [terrorists], we will reorient and go after the [New People's Army] because they owe us a lot. I don't want to talk to them anymore," said Duterte.

The president ordered a stop to ongoing peace talks with the rebels following attacks launched by communist guerrillas against government forces.

Two soldiers were killed and five others, including four of Duterte's security escorts, were wounded in recent attacks launched by the rebels in the provinces of Palawan and North Cotabato.

It is not the first time that Duterte has halted peace negotiations with the communists. In February, he also stopped the talks after the rebels announced they are lifting a unilateral ceasefire.


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People's Summit Expresses Support for Venezuela | News | teleSUR English

People's Summit Expresses Support for Venezuela | News | teleSUR English: Venezuela is absent from the Mercosur meeting because it considers it illegal.

A statement issued by the government in Caracas on Wednesday said “the ongoing reckless use of a body for integration as a means of political hostility against the government and people of Venezuela is alarming”.

The Argentine Deupty Foreign Minister Daniel Raimondi has warned that Mercosur will urge Venezuela to cancel its vote for the National Constituent Assembly at the end of July.

But Raimondi said the bloc will not consider "economic sanctions" ot "expulsion". He said "there is no such mechanism" within the regional group.

Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay maintain that Venezuela has been suspended from Mercosur since last December, but Caracas insists the move is invalid.


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Pikangikum First Nation youth show strength, support in face of tragedy - Thunder Bay - CBC News

Pikangikum First Nation youth show strength, support in face of tragedy - Thunder Bay - CBC News: "There are a lot of young people here. We have to learn how to be responsible, respectful," Turtle said. "When my grandfather died, there were people that helped clean up my house. They did hard work. In the past, there were always people that helped the grieving families. We, the youth, have to take that responsibility."


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