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2005-12-09 10:20:02

BEIJING (Reuters) - Many North Korean refugees who flee to China every year end up as sex slaves and China often sends them back for punishment, the U.S. ambassador for fighting international slavery said in Beijing on Friday. John Miller, the director of the U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, said he discussed North Korea in two days of talks with Chinese officials about the modern-day slave trade -- many of its victims women and girls...

2005-12-09 02:40:09

BEIJING (Reuters) - Thousands of North Korean refugees are working as sex slaves in China under threat of being returned should Chinese authorities catch them, the U.S. ambassador for fighting international slavery said on Friday. After two days of talks with Chinese officials, John Miller, director of the U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, said many victims of the modern-day slave trade were women and girls forced into prostitution or...

2005-12-08 02:56:23

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Inaction by South Korea on human rights violations in North Korea not only perpetuates suffering there but also encourages misguided and dangerous beliefs about the communist state, experts and defectors said on Thursday. Hundreds of human rights advocates and refugees who fled the North are meeting in Seoul for two days to urge action by the South Korean government and the international community to improve human rights conditions in the North. South...

2005-11-21 02:31:47

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police have arrested 12 North Koreans, including a boy around seven years old, on suspicion of illegal entry after they crossed into the north of the country across the Mekong river. "They took a boat ride along the Mekong. Most of them came as a family," police colonel Yongyuth Narong-indra in the northern town of Chiang Saen, which borders Laos, said on Monday. Yongyuth said one group of North Koreans was picked up on Saturday, followed by another on...

2005-10-11 00:32:52

SEOUL (Reuters) - Eight people believed to be North Koreans rushed into a South Korean school in the Chinese city of Qingdao on Tuesday seeking asylum in the South, a South Korean Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said. The eight arrived in the northeastern coastal Chinese city on September 30 and had been waiting for the chance to defect, Yonhap news agency reported a South Korean group that works with North Korean defectors as saying. South Korean officials asked China's ambassador to...

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  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.