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North Korean pop star finds fame in South Korea during Games tour

Seoul, South Korea (CNN)The lead singer of Kim Jong Un’s favorite girl band toured Seoul Monday to scout venues for North Korea’s art troupe when they perform at next month’s Winter Olympics. Heavy security followed Hyon Song Wol and six other North Koreans as they traversed the South Korean capital, followed at every step by huge media scrums. In a ...

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Trust in US institutions down dramatically, survey finds

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — A year on from the inauguration of President Donald Trump, trust in U.S. institutions is down sharply despite a rebounding economy and record highs in the stock market, according to a survey by public relations firm Edelman. In an annual assessment of trust levels around the world, the firm said Monday that trust in the U.S. ...

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Dismissive words on abuse scandal cast pall over pope’s trip

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Pope Francis ventured into the Amazon to demand rights for indigenous groups, decried the scourge of corruption afflicting the region’s politics and denounced a culture of “machismo” in which violence against women is too often tolerated. Yet his latest visit to South America is likely to be remembered most for 27 dismissive words that sparked outrage ...

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Among Rohingya, refugee squalor can seem better than home

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Both Bangladesh and Myanmar insist the repatriations of Rohingya Muslims will go smoothly, with thousands of refugees who fled their homes in terror just a few months ago crossing the border back into Myanmar and returning safely to their villages. Eventually, more than 650,000 Rohingya are supposed to leave Bangladesh in a process that guarantees them ...

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