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Conditions are harsh, food is bad, and most wages for construction work are taken away by Pyongyang government, recruitment companies.

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‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germanyi
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December 17, 2014 11:05 AM
Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video Will Pakistan School Shooting Galvanize Pakistan Against Extremism?

The attack on a military school in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar left 141 dead, including 132 children. Strong statements of condemnation poured in from across the world. The country announced three days of mourning, and the leadership, both political and military, promised retribution. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem looks at how likely the Pakistani government is to clamp down on all extremist groups.
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Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
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Video Girls Talk, Provide Guidance and Boost Self-Confidence

Halima Adenegan returned to her alma mater, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, in 2012 - four years after she graduated - to start a mentoring program for girls there. She called it Imara Roose; Imara is Swahili for strong, and Roose is a play on the school’s name. The mentors are female college students who volunteer as big sisters and role models. Faiza Elmasry has more.
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Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.
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Video Turkey's Authoritarianism Dismays Western Allies

The Turkish government has been defiant in the face of criticism at home and abroad for its raids targeting opposition media. The European Union on Monday expressed dismay after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Brussels for criticizing his government's action. Turkey's bid to be considered for EU membership has been on hold while critics accuse the NATO ally of increasingly authoritarian rule. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Japanese Leader’s Election Win Raises Potential for Conflict with Neighbors

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his allies easily won a two-thirds majority in parliament Sunday, even though the country has slipped into recession under his conservative policies. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Seoul, that the prime minister’s victory will empower him to continue economic reforms but also pursue a nationalist agenda that will likely increase tensions with Japan’s neighbors.

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The logo of Sony is displayed outside the Sony building at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.

Obama Calls Cyber-Attack on Sony Pictures ‘Very Serious’

US government investigators have determined North Korea was behind a cyber-attack on Sony which resulted in the leak of sensitive documents and e-mail More

Asia

FILE - The screen of an automated teller machine of Shinhan Bank shows a "out of service" sign after a hacking attack, in central Seoul, March 20, 2013.

Past Cyber Crimes Against South Korea Link North Korea to Sony Attack

Malware found in the Sony attack is the same as that used in the past against South Korean targets and comes from a North Korean IP address More

Middle East

FILE - Palestinian U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour speaks following a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the worsening situation in Gaza at United Nations headquarters, July 28, 2014.

Israel: UN Move Shows Palestinian Effort to Avoid Negotiations

A much-discussed resolution would set a deadline for a negotiated, two-state solution with Israel withdrawing from the Palestinian territories More

Americas

FILE - Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia's lead negotiator Ivan Marquez addresses media during conference in Havana, May 27, 2014.

Colombia's FARC Rebels Declare Conditional Unlimited Ceasefire

Group says it is also demanding high-profile certification of its ceasefire through the UN, Red Cross or regional intergovernmental organization More

Europe

A rescue worker walks past bodies retrieved from the sea after a boat sank in the Bosphorus strait, near Istanbul, November 3, 2014.

2014 Deadliest Year Ever for Migrants

Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders; In 2014 alone, over 5,000 lost their lives More

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Age of First Menstruation Linked to Heart Disease in Women

New study by Oxford University researchers suggests those who start menstruating a few years before or after age of 13 appear to be at increased risk of heart disease, stroke More

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