Human Rights

Fifty years after he disappeared over Laos, remains of Northeast High grad return home

ST. PETERSBURG — In November 1969, at a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, Air Force Capt. James White and his wife Sharon enjoyed their last night out together, dining on hotel room service with family friends Neil and Janet Armstrong. It was four months after Armstrong took the first walk on the moon. On a whirlwind […]

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North Korea to send US remains of up to 200 American service members, officials say

Up to 200 sets of remains belonging to American servicemen are expected to be transferred from North Korea to the U.N. command in South Korea in the next few days, two U.S. defense officials confirmed to Fox News. The officials say the returned remains will be shipped to Hawaii, where they will be examined by […]

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U.S. Withdraws From U.N. Human Rights Council

The United States has long threatened to quit if it was not reformed. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday accusing it of a “chronic bias against Israel,” a move that activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult. Standing with U.S. Secretary […]

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Pentagon Suspends August Military Drills with South Korea

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Monday formally suspended a major military exercise planned for August with South Korea, a much-anticipated move stemming from President Donald Trump’s nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Dana White, spokeswoman for the Defense Department, said planning for the summer drills has stopped, but there have been no […]

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Thailand Executes First Prisoner Since 2009

Amnesty International is condemning Thailand’s first execution since 2009. The country’s Department of Correction says 26-year-old Theerasak Longj was put to death Monday by lethal injection at a prison outside of Bangkok. He was condemned for the brutal 2012 stabbing death of a 17-year-old boy for his cellphone. The agency issued a statement saying it […]

Human Rights

American Arrested in Vietnam ‘Regrets’ Breaking Law

HANOI — An American student held in Vietnam for “causing public disorder” at violent protests this month has appeared on state television to say he regrets breaking the law and will stay away from future rallies. William Nguyen was detained on June 10 in Ho Chi Minh City after attending mass demonstrations against proposed special […]

Human Rights

New UN Envoy Visits Myanmar’s Troubled Maungdaw Township in Rakhine State

The new United Nations special envoy to Myanmar visited Rakhine state’s Maungdaw township on Monday where she toured repatriation facilities and villages affected by violence during a brutal military crackdown targeting Rohingya Muslims last year. Christine Schraner Burgener, who was appointed to her post on April 26 by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, is spending two […]

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China $100 Million Military Aid To Cambodia Amid Crackdown Raises Concerns

China and Cambodia announced on Tuesday that Beijing has pledged $100 million in military grants for training and equipment for the Cambodian military, a move one critic said would help Prime Minister Hun Sen resist international pressure over his crackdown on political opponents in an election year. Cambodian Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Chhum Socheat unveiled […]

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Remains of Japanese Abductees in North Korea Guarded by State Security

North Korean security officers are carefully guarding the remains of Japanese citizens kidnapped 40 years ago by state agents, monitoring the storage of their ashes in advance of possible talks normalizing relations between the two countries, sources in Pyongyang say. The remains are kept in urns at a storage facility in the Nakrang district of […]

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Cambodia’s Judiciary Routinely Violates Fair Trial Rights: CCHR

Cambodia’s judiciary fails to comply with several fundamental fair trial rights, including the presumption of innocence and whether confessions are obtained under duress, a local NGO said Tuesday, in a report based its observance of a year of criminal cases at the country’s Court of Appeal in the capital Phnom Penh. In an annual report […]