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North Korean defector: Kim Jong Un's days are numbered

<b>(CNN) —</b> He's a fairly young man, wearing an ill-fitting suit. His thin neck is pronounced, giving way to an equally thin face and frame. We're meeting over a meal of sushi, something he specifically requested because it's rare for those trapped in North Korea.<p>For his safety, I'll limit descriptions …

North Korea

Convert or die: ISIS chief's former slave says he beat her, raped U.S. hostage

<b>(CNN) —</b> When ISIS came for Zeinat and her family, they ran, terrified, for the safety of the mountains. They had heard the horror stories and knew only too well what might happen to them if they stayed in their home.<p>But they were too late; stranded at the foot of Iraq's Mount Sinjar by the huge …

Free Syrian Army

U.S. military to investigate strike that Afghans say killed 11 police | Reuters

KABUL (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it would launch an investigation into an airstrike last week that Afghan officials say killed 11 members of Afghanistan’s elite counter-narcotics police force.<p>American war aircraft and remotely piloted drones still carry out strikes in Afghanistan, targeting …

Mass protests expected as Lebanese leaders meet

Despite a deadly sandstorm blanketing the country, thousands of people are planning to protest in Lebanon's capital Beirut, the latest demonstration in a campaign against government's failure to provide basic services like rubbish collection.<p>The protests on Wednesday will coincide with a dialogue …

Oregon officers turn in police chief, allege racism

<b>(CNN) —</b> Alex Stone knew he had no other choice.<p>The police officer in Clatskanie, Oregon, filed a formal complaint when he allegedly heard the city's police chief making racist comments.<p>"I had to do this," he told CNN affiliate KOIN, but he said the aftermath hasn't been easy.<p>"I've received death …

Justice

Pakistan among world's top executioners after terror attack

ISLAMABAD (AP) — For years, Pakistan did not put prisoners to death. Then a Taliban attack butchered 150 people, most of them children, and the …

Heading to London, Netanyahu urges Europe to stop pressuring Israel | Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Europe should see Israel as a partner in confronting the “mediaevalism” of militant Islam rather than criticizing it for its policy towards the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said ahead of a visit to Britain on Wednesday.<p>A demonstrator argues with police …

Middle East

I won't shrink from military action against Iran if needed: Clinton | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton vowed on Wednesday not to shrink from military action against Iran if it tries to obtain atomic weapons and threatened to impose penalties on Tehran for even for small violations of its nuclear deal with world powers.<p>In a …

South Asia

Battle shaping up in European Union over migrant quotas

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union implored its member countries Wednesday to better share the burden of refugees flooding the continent, but the …

$2 billion rocket company merger could create giant SpaceX rival

United Launch Alliance is a joint-venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing that launches spy and navigation satellites for the Pentagon and Air Force. Now, the firm is the subject of a $2 billion bid from engine business Aerojet Rocketdyne, a company that's been snubbed in its attempts to power …

Elon Musk