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29 killed in South Korea fire

The fire ripped through an eight-story building in the city of Jecheon in North Chungcheong province just before 4 p.m. local time Thursday (3 a.m. ET), according to an official from the North Chungcheong Fire Service. Twenty bodies, including 18 women and two men, were found in the public bath on the second floor of the building, a Jecheon city spokesman said Friday. The others were found on the higher floors of the building, which included a gym and restaurants. The dead include 23 women and six men, CNN affiliate KBS reported. All but one — a male victim — have been identified, the Jecheon city spokesman said.South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited the site of the blaze Friday, a spokesman for the presidential Blue House told CNN, as the Jecheon mayor promised a thorough investigation.The city would also provide financial support for the funerals of those killed, and medical fees for another 29 people who suffered minor injuries in the blaze, said Mayor Lee Keun-kyu.It's not..

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Russia is attempting to build its own ‘independent Internet’

Russia may have its own independent internet infrastructure by August 1, 2018. That’s according to members of the Russian Security Council who reportedly discussed the creation of an alternative to the globally used Domain Name System or DNS. While Russian officials cite national security concerns as their prime motivator, critics fear the state may use this system to conduct offensive cyber-attacks. Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, heads the Cabinet meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo presidential residence outside Moscow on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service) According to Russian state media site RT, the move comes as a response to perceived U.S. and E.U. intervention. One of the members of the council reportedly stated, “The increased capacities of western nations to conduct offensive operations in the informational space as well as the increased readiness to exercise these capabilities pose a serious threat to Russia’s ..

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Tracking the plight of Rohingya children

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Save the Children International CEO Helle Thorning-Schmidt speaks to Kristie Lu Stout about Rohingya child refugees.Original Article [contf] [contfnew] CNN [contfnewc] [contfnewc] The post Tracking the plight of Rohingya children appeared first on News Wire Now.

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Who is to blame for Chinese daredevil’s death?

As the film continues, he struggles to pull himself back up onto the roof, as he's done many times before in dozens of videos. He pauses for a moment, looks down and then falls.Wu Yongjing, whose nickname on Chinese social media was "the Extreme," is a casualty of the international daredevil trend known as "rooftopping," which has taken off across China where a ready prevalence of newly built skyscrapers has combined with a boom in social media apps.In response to Wu's death on November 8, an editorial in state media China Daily called for greater supervision of livestreaming apps in China. "Had Wu not been so popular on livestreaming apps, he might not have died … Some of them try to hype things up with obscene and dangerous things, and their purpose is to attract more eyeballs and make a profit. It is time we ended this," the article published on Tuesday said.Not everyone does extreme stunts on the very edge of buildings. Some rooftoppers just like to take photos from stunn..

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North Korean ‘ghost ship’ ashore in Japan

The boat is the latest in a recent spate of so-called "ghost ships" drifting into Japanese waters from the reclusive North Asian nation, raising concerns about the country's deteriorating state in the face of international sanctions. The 10.7 meter (35 ft) long vessel was discovered on a beach in Kashiwazaki City, Niigata prefecture, early Tuesday morning, a Niigata police spokesman confirmed to CNN. A passerby found the wooden boat, which has numbers and Korean characters written on the bow. A police official said a male body, along with a badge bearing a picture of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, was discovered in the boat. Another body was found about 650 meters (around 2100 ft) north from the boat, but the official would not confirm the body was from the presumed North Korean boat. He added that several bodies had washed up in the northwestern Japanese prefecture lately, including two bodies which were discovered on December 9.Separately, three bodies were found drifting nea..

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