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In South Korea, draft dodgers go to prison, many for shared beliefs

Kim Ji-gwan has a succinct explanation for why he, his father, and two brothers all chose to go to jail rather than be drafted into the South Korean armed forces. In the past, the US and many other countries accepted religious beliefs as grounds for opting out of military service. The UN Human Rights Council reports that 669 of 723 conscientious objectors in jail worldwide as of last November are Korean. And almost all of these prisoners are Jehovah’s Witnesses, an evangelical Christian sect whose members refuse to serve because, they say, the Bible teaches people to "love one another." Since the Korean War ended in 1953, an astonishing 17,549 Jehovah’s Witnesses have gone to jail in South Korea for their beliefs.


Pistorius takes prosthetics off during testimony

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius described what he said were the moments before he shot Reeva Steenkamp to death and even removed his prosthetic legs in court and stood by the toilet door which he had fired into last year.


Ukraine leader: Kharkiv protesters driven out

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's acting president said Tuesday that pro-Russia demonstrators who seized the regional administration building in the country's second-largest city have been driven out of the building and about 70 of them were arrested.


UK scientists make body parts in lab

LONDON (AP) — In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells.


Hagel, Chang air differences over disputed islands

BEIJING (AP) — The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. are facing off over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel telling China it doesn't have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation.


Pistorius: Relations with Reeva sometimes troubled

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Testifying in his murder trial on Tuesday, Oscar Pistorius said he and girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp sometimes had troubles in their relationship but that they sorted them out, were in love and were planning a life together.

Ukraine feels nervous as big powers debate fate

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — As top diplomats from Russia and the United States have met in Europe's capitals to decide Ukraine's fate in recent weeks, there's been a conspicuous absence: a representative from Ukraine.


Connecticut wins NCAA title, 60-54 over Kentucky

Connecticut players, including center Amida Brimah (35) and guard Lasan Kromah (20) celebrate as Kentucky guard James Young (1) leaves the court at the end the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Connecticut won 60-54. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Egypt women: Rights on paper, not yet on ground

CAIRO (AP) — Women activists say they won a major step forward with Egypt's new constitution, which enshrined greater rights for women. But months after its passage, they're worrying whether those rights will be implemented or will turn out to be merely ink on paper.


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