Few young men in South Korea escape military service

Few young men in South Korea escape military service

Few young men in South Korea escape military service South Korea is technically still at war with the North, meaning that two years of military service is mandatory for all able-bodied men. Though war seems hypothetical, fear of clashes with the North, lagging behind on studies and reduced job prospects weigh heavily on young men, but few go so far as to refuse to enlist. Those who trick authorities or […]

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Korean leaders hold surprise meeting after Trump threatens to quit Kim summit

Korean leaders hold surprise meeting after Trump threatens to quit Kim summit

Korean leaders hold surprise meeting after Trump threatens to quit Kim summit © Dong-A Ilbo, AFP | South Korea‘s President Moon Jae-in (L) shakes hands with North Korea‘s leader Kim Jong Un before their second summit at the north side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on May 26. North and South Korea‘s leaders held surprise talks on Saturday after President Donald Trump cast an […]

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FRANCE 24 marks Vietnam launch with special programming

FRANCE 24 marks Vietnam launch with special programming

FRANCE 24 marks Vietnam launch with special programming © FRANCE 24 FRANCE 24’s English-language channel is broadcasting a series of reports on Vietnam and the Vietnamese diaspora to mark its expanded presence in the South-East Asian country. The Paris-based broadcasts 24/7 to 180 countries around the world in French, Arabic and English. Last year it added a fourth language with the launch of its , based in Bogota, Colombia. As […]

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Philippines moves towards allowing divorce

Philippines moves towards allowing divorce

Philippines moves towards allowing divorce The Philippines is one of only two places in the world where divorce is still illegal, the other being Vatican City. But the country is taking steps towards changing that. Despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church, the lower house of parliament recently passed a divorce bill. The legislation now needs to be approved by the Senate. Our correspondents report from Manila. A programme prepared […]

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North Korea slams ‘ignorant and stupid‘ Mike Pence

North Korea slams ‘ignorant and stupid‘ Mike Pence

North Korea slams ‘ignorant and stupid‘ Mike Pence © Mark Wilson / Getty Images / AFP | US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence participate in the swearing-in ceremony for new CIA director Gina Haspel on May 21, 2018 in Langley, Virginia. North Korea called US Vice-President Mike Pence “ignorant and stupid” for his warnings over a planned summit with Donald Trump, renewing a threat to cancel as […]

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Training future football champions in Vietnam

Training future football champions in Vietnam

Training future football champions in Vietnam Vietnam is a nation of football fans. In the rural area of Pleiku, a school is training young players with the aim of building a national team that will one day qualify for the World Cup. The JMG Academy, founded by former French international Jean-Marc Guillou, first made a name for itself in Ivory Coast, where it discovered talents such as Yaya Touré. FRANCE […]

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North Korea says it has dismantled nuclear test site

North Korea says it has dismantled nuclear test site

North Korea says it has dismantled nuclear test site © CNES, AFP | An aerial photo of North Korea‘s Punggye-ri nuclear test site North Korea has dismantled its nuclear test site, media invited to attend the ceremony said Thursday, in a carefully choreographed move portrayed by the isolated regime as a goodwill gesture ahead of a potential summit next month with the US. Pyongyang announced its plan to "completely" dismantle […]

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