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Defectors, Google Earth map decades of horror in North Korea

A Seoul-based non-governmental organization has used Google Earth technology to enable North Korean defectors to “build a digital map of crimes against humanity in North Korea.” The Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) released a new report  Wednesday, the result of two years of research and interviews with 375 North Korean defectors, that identifies what it says are grave sites, murder locations and government offices that “may be used for future investigation and prosecution of crimes against humanity.” Hangings, public executions, cremation sites, and remote burial sites are ostensibly identified, said…

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Sanders named White House press secretary in shake-up

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the new White House press secretary, replacing Sean Spicer after he resigned on Friday, it was announced in the first briefing since Spicer confirmed his departure earlier in the day.  Anthony Scaramucci, named the new White House communications director on Friday, made the announcement, as the White House’s communications and legal teams experience a shakeup. Scaramucci took issue with the assertion that he needs to correct the course of White House messaging.  “I take issue with that,” Scaramucci said. “I think the ship is going in…

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Excitement builds for “Great American Eclipse”

On Aug. 21, the moon will slip between Earth and sun, casting a roughly 70-mile-wide shadow that will race across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, giving tens of millions of Americans a chance to enjoy — and study — a fleeting but sublime spectacle, the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. It has been dubbed, appropriately enough, the “Great American Eclipse.” “It really is fortunate,” said Matthew Penn, an astronomer with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory who is leading a nationwide effort to photograph the…

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Turkey’s Erdogan Refuses to Back Down in Feud With Germany

On Friday, a Turkish judge ordered the rearrest of four of those ten, who had been released awaiting trial. Critics say the Turkish judiciary is no longer independent from Mr. Erdogan’s government, after a vast crackdown on opponents that purged around 150,000 public employees, including more than 4,000 judges and prosecutors. Earlier this week, the German foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, called Mr. Steudtner’s arrest “absurd” and said it showed “that German citizens are no longer safe from arbitrary arrests” in Turkey. In remarks published in Bild on Friday, the foreign…

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U.S. to ban American citizens from visiting North Korea

38 Photos North Korean tanks are shown in this undated file photo. CBS/Randy Schmidt Last Updated Jul 21, 2017 10:52 AM EDT American citizens will be banned from traveling to North Korea beginning at the end of August, the State Department announced Friday. “Due to mounting concerns over the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention under North Korea’s system of law enforcement, the Secretary has authorized a Geographical Travel Restriction on all U.S. citizen nationals’ use of a passport to travel in, through, or to North Korea,” spokeswoman Heather…

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Blackstone and CVC Bid for British Payments Processor Paysafe

LONDON — As more people shop online, the race is heating up to grab a slice of the infrastructure that makes e-commerce go. Financial companies are targeting the firms that process payments over the internet, and on Friday, the private equity groups Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners teamed up to make a 2.9 billion pound, or $3.7 billion, preliminary offer for Paysafe, a British payments processor. Paysafe is among a growing number of companies that have taken advantage of the increased prevalence of mobile payments and online shopping, jostling with…

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Extreme Commuting

“So we put a pencil on a map and drew 150 miles out,” he said. Looking west, they checked out Bethlehem, Pa., a city of 75,000 wedged between Allentown and Easton, which was founded by Moravians in the mid-18th century, and pitched their tent. Jennifer Lehman may not have the longest commute in this determined fraternity — roughly two hours — but she is a clear winner when it comes to scenery and sociability. A recruiter in the professional services field, she lives in Newburgh, N.Y., about 60 miles north…

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Cosplay at San Diego Comic-Con

From left: Women play the parts of Wasp, Pixie, Red Sonja and Samus during Comic-Con 2017 in San Diego, July 20, 2017.  Creative costumes took the spotlight at North America’s largest convention for fans of fantasy and sci-fi films and TV, comics, horror, anime, manga and video games. Credit: Bill Wechter/AFP/Getty Images Visitors dressed in cosplay costumes wait in line to enter the San Diego Convention Center during Comic-Con International on July 20, 2017 in San Diego.  Credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images Visitors dressed in cosplay costumes cross the street to…

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