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Beijing blasts UN report on North Korea

Beijing is ready to block recommendations from a United Nations warning Kim Jong-un on his regime's human rights abuses<p>China rejected what it said was "unreasonable criticism" of Beijing in a new U.N. report on human rights abuses in North Korea, but it would not be drawn on whether it would veto …

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North Korean who escaped to Britain tells of 'below human' ordeal

Kim Song-ju tells UN human rights panel how he was forced to crawl like an animal and witness mutilation of fellow prisoner in North Korea<p>Among the defectors that the United Nations panel took evidence from was Kim Song-ju, one of a small number of North Koreans now resident in Britain. He told how …

Woman jailed for forgetting to return rented video

Lapse of memory leads to a night in jail for woman who is arrested for hanging on to rented video<p>An oversight has proved costly for a 27-year-old South Carolina woman who kept hold of a Jennifer Lopez film for nearly nine years.<p>When Kayla Finley rented Monster in Law, which also starred Jane Fonda, …

China’s poorest beat our best pupils

Children of factory workers and cleaners in Far East achieve better exam results than offspring of British lawyers and doctors, says OECD<p>British schoolchildren are lagging so far behind their peers in the Far East that even pupils from wealthy backgrounds are now performing worse in exams than the …

Iran nuclear talks open in Vienna

The push to reach a final settlement of the nuclear issue starts in Vienna<p>Iran and six world powers began negotiations in Vienna on Tuesday with the aim of resolving the confrontation over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.<p>A month after an interim agreement placing temporary limits on Iran’s nuclear …

Gordon Brown warns Scots independence means losing British state pension

The former Prime Minister argues that the state pension is best provided on a UK-wide basis, which allows the pooling of risks and resources<p>Gordon Brown has warned his fellow Scots that a vote for independence would mean them losing their British state pension.<p>The former Prime Minister said leaving …

Chinese fraudster fakes superhuman powers to rob victims

A convicted con artist faces trial in Beijing for allegedly tricking her victims out of thousands of pounds by posing as a “superhuman” Communist Party official and police agent named “Mr Li"<p>A Chinese con-woman created a “superhuman” alter ego and claimed she possessed powers of invisibility in …