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N.Korean women faced torture, rape, malnourishment in detention, says U.N. report

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL, July 28 (Reuters) – North Korean women detained in prison camps suffered from torture, rape and other forms of “multiple and serious” violence by security and police officials, a U.N. human rights report said on Tuesday, citing accounts from over 100 women. The women, detained between ... Read More »

N.Korea steps up coronavirus prevention after first possible infection

By Sangmi Cha SEOUL, July 28 (Reuters) – North Korea introduced tougher prevention measures against the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, state media reported, after it locked down the border town of Kaesong to tackle what could be its first publicly confirmed case of the respiratory disease. Strict quarantine measures and ... Read More »

Virus vanguard: Cape Town learned painful lessons early on

FILE – In this July 15, 2020, file photo, a grave digger prepares graves in the COVID-19 section of the Maitland Cemetary in Cape Town, South Africa as a burial takes place in the background. For months, the city of Cape Town was the biggest coronavirus hot spot in Africa. ... Read More »

Head of China CDC gets injected with experimental vaccine

The head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention says he has been injected with an experimental coronavirus vaccine in an attempt to persuade the public to follow suit when one is approved. “I’m going to reveal something undercover: I am injected with one of the vaccines,” Gao ... Read More »

Virus exacts a heavy toll in Queens neighborhood of Corona

Damiana Reyes is back at work at a busy Manhattan hair salon, making highlights, blowouts and extensions. The pandemic has changed Reyes’ life and those of many in Corona, a Latino neighborhood in Queens that was among the hardest hit places in the world. Many people haven’t paid rent in ... Read More »

Mayors want US agents blocked from Portland, other cities

The mayors of Portland, Oregon, and five other major U.S. cities appealed Monday to Congress to make it illegal for the federal government to deploy militarized agents to cities that don’t want them. “This administration’s egregious use of federal force on cities over the objections of local authorities should never ... Read More »

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis lies in state at Capitol

In a solemn display of bipartisan unity, congressional leaders praised Democratic Rep. John Lewis as a moral force for the nation in a Capitol Rotunda memorial service rich with symbolism and punctuated by the booming, recorded voice of the late civil rights icon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Lewis the ... Read More »

Here's how Trump's opposition to mail voting hurts the GOP

Republicans once dominated voting by mail in Florida. After months of hearing Trump denigrate mail-in balloting, Republicans in the critical battleground state now find themselves far behind Democrats in the perennial push to urge their voters to cast ballots remotely. While Democrats have doubled the number of their voters who ... Read More »