Latest Political defections News

S. Korean activists clash with police over anti-Kim balloons

Oct. 02, 2022 02:46 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean activists say they clashed with police while launching balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang propaganda materials across the North Korean border, ignoring their government’s plea to stop such activities since the North has threatened to respond with...

Malaysia's Anwar: Opposition has 'fair chance' to win polls

Sep. 22, 2022 07:48 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Thursday he believes his three-party alliance has a “fair chance” of winning a general election that could be called as early as November. Anwar leads the Hope Alliance, which earlier teamed up with an ethnic Malay...

N. Korea calls UN monitor on its rights issue 'puppet' of US

Sep. 02, 2022 06:22 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea called the U.N.’s top expert on the country’s human rights “a puppet” of the United States, warning Friday that it won’t tolerate an American-led plot to use the rights issue to overthrow its political system. North Korea's government...

Court: Extraordinary damages OK in 'wrongful life' case

Aug. 18, 2022 21:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court says that under state law, it's OK for judges to award extraordinary damages in so-called “wrongful life” cases where a child has birth defects or disabilities that require extensive care. The unanimous decision Thursday came in the...

Somalia names former al-Shabab deputy a government minister

Aug. 02, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A former deputy leader of the al-Shabab extremist group has been named a government minister by Somalia’s new administration in what some call a chance to persuade fighters to denounce violence. Mukhtar Robow was given the post of religious affairs...

North Korea pushes traditional medicine to fight COVID-19

Jul. 25, 2022 00:12 AM EDT

PAJU, South Korea (AP) — As a medical student in North Korea, Lee Gwang-jin said he treated his fevers and other minor ailments with traditional herbal medicine. But bad illness could mean trouble because hospitals in his rural hometown lacked the ambulances, beds, even the electricity at times...

Manfred says MLB not able to allow Cuban defectors at WBC

Jul. 19, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Major League Baseball says it is unable to let former and current major leaguers who defected from Cuba play for their nation in the World Baseball Classic. The Association of Cuban Professional Baseball Players was formed with the goal of gaining entry to the...

Seoul spy agency files charges against ex-chiefs over NKorea

Jul. 06, 2022 06:39 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s spy agency filed charges on Wednesday against two of its former directors over their handling of separate border incidents with North Korea in recent years which prompted criticism that Seoul's previous liberal government improperly appeased the North to...