Political defections

FILE - In this March 2, 2019, file photo, Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un attends a wreath-laying ceremony at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam. The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened military action against South Korea as she bashed Seoul on Saturday, June 13, 2020, over declining bilateral relations and its inability to stop activists from floating anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border. Describing South Korea as an “enemy,” Kim repeated an earlier threat she had made by saying Seoul will soon witness the collapse of a “useless” inter-Korean liaison office in the border town of Kaesong. (Jorge Silva/Pool Photo via AP, File)
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June 13, 2020 - 10:33 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened military action against South Korea as she bashed Seoul on Saturday over declining bilateral relations and its inability to stop activists from floating anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border. Describing...
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South Korea's Unification Ministry's spokesman Yoh Sang-key, speaks during a briefing at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. South Korea’s government on Wednesday said it will sue two activist groups that have sent anti-Pyongyang leaflets and plastic bottles filled with rice to the North for allegedly creating tensions between the rivals. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
June 10, 2020 - 4:48 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s government said Wednesday that it will press charges against two activist groups that have been floating anti-Pyongyang leaflets and bottles filled with rice to North Korea. Any action against the groups is likely to trigger a debate over freedom of...
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A visitor carrying a South Korean flag uses binoculars to view the northern side at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. North Korea said Tuesday it will cut off all communication channels with South Korea as it escalates its pressure on the South for failing to stop activists from floating anti-Pyongyang leaflets across their tense border. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
June 09, 2020 - 3:42 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said it was cutting off all communication channels with South Korea on Tuesday, a move experts say could signal Pyongyang has grown frustrated that Seoul has failed to revive lucrative inter-Korean economic projects and persuade the United States to ease...
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FILE - In this July 29, 2010, file photo, South Korean conservative activists launch balloons carrying leaflets denouncing North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during a rally in Hwacheon, South Korea. South Korea says it plans to push new laws to ban activists from flying anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border after North Korea threatened to end an inter-Korean military agreement reached in 2018 to reduce tensions if Seoul fails to prevent the protests. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
June 04, 2020 - 12:33 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday it planned to push new laws to ban activists from flying anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border after North Korea threatened to end an inter-Korean military agreement reached in 2018 to reduce tensions if Seoul fails to prevent the protests. The...
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FILE - In this April 24, 2010, file photo, Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of Syrian President Bashar Assad and one of that country's wealthiest businessmen, attends an event to inaugurate a hotel project in Damascus, Syria. In a homemade video posted on Facebook late Thursday, April 30, 2020, Makhlouf pleads with the Syrian leader to help prevent the collapse of his telecommunications company through excessive and “unjust” taxation, exposing a major rift in the tight knit Assad family. (AP Photo, File)
May 02, 2020 - 5:52 am
BEIRUT (AP) — A cousin who has been a bulwark of support for President Bashar Assad posted a video on Facebook late Thursday pleading with the Syrian leader to prevent the collapse of his major telecommunication company through what he called excessive and “unjust” taxation. The unprecedented video...
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In this April 2, 2020, photo, Choi Jung Hun, a former North Korean doctor who came to South Korea in 2012, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea says it has zero coronavirus infections, but experts doubt it and say it’s likely the virus has already spread in the country. Choi and other defectors told that workers didn’t have test kits when they dealt with past outbreaks and weren’t even asked to confirm or submit cases to the central government. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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April 19, 2020 - 9:46 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As a doctor in North Korea during the SARS outbreak and flu pandemic, Choi Jung Hun didn't have much more than a thermometer to decide who should be quarantined. Barely paid, with no test kits and working with antiquated equipment, if anything, he and his fellow doctors in...
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Thae Yong Ho, former North Korean diplomat, who defected to South Korea in 2016 and a candidate of the main opposition United Future Party, wipes his tear after he was certain to secure victory in the parliamentary elections in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 16, 2020. Thae on Thursday won a constituency seat in South Korea’s parliamentary elections, the first such achievement among tens of thousands of North Koreans who have fled their authoritarian, impoverished homeland. (Shin Jun-hee/Yonhap via AP)
April 16, 2020 - 1:51 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A former senior North Korean diplomat won a constituency seat in South Korea’s parliamentary elections, the first such achievement among tens of thousands of North Koreans who have fled their authoritarian, impoverished homeland. Thae Yong Ho, a former minister at the...
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Voters wait on line at a polling station at the University of Southern California on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Some California voters are waiting in long lines because of technical glitches connecting to the statewide voter database or too many users trying to cast ballots at once. The secretary of state's office said election workers in 15 counties could not connect to the statewide voter registration database on Super Tuesday but that the issues have been resolved. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio)
March 03, 2020 - 11:07 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Technical issues plagued voting sites throughout California on Tuesday, including in the nation's most populous county, where long lines and an overloaded new voting system prompted a legal complaint from Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Los Angeles County...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hugs his wife Sara after first exit poll results for the Israeli elections at his party's headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, Feb. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
March 03, 2020 - 4:49 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced an uncertain path to staying in office on Tuesday, even as preliminary results showed his Likud party pulling ahead of its opponents in the country's third election in less than a year. Exit polls on Israeli TV stations...
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FILE- This Sept. 30, 2016, file photo shows the logo of the Tesla model S at the Paris Auto Show in Paris, France. The U.S. government's auto safety agency is looking into allegations that all three of Tesla's electric vehicles can suddenly accelerate on their own. An unidentified person petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking for an investigation into the problem. The agency says the allegations include about 500,000 Tesla Model 3, Model S and Model X vehicles from the 2013 through 2019 model years. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
January 21, 2020 - 5:47 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's auto safety agency is looking into allegations that all three of Tesla's electric vehicle models can suddenly accelerate on their own. Brian Sparks of Berkeley, California, petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking for an investigation...
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