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North Korea reveals rank of leader Kim's sister SEOUL: North Korea revealed Thursday the official title of Kim Jong-Un's younger sister, who is widely tipped to become a close and influential aide to the young leader.Kim Yo-Jong, believed to be 26, made her first public appearance during the funeral of her father and longtime ruler Kim Jong-Il in December 2011.Since then, she has occasionally been seen accompanying her brother to political events and on his "field guidance trips," but without any specific title attached to her name.That changed Thursday when the North's official KCNA news agency listed her as a "vice department director" in the central committee of the ruling Workers' Party. She was accompanying her brother on a trip to a cartoon film studio founded by their grandfather and the North's founding president Kim Il-Sung. During the visit, Kim Jong-Un urged animators to produce works that are "true to the intention of the party."The Kim family has ...

Hollande embarks on trip to Ebola-hit Guinea PARIS: French President Francois Hollande on Friday begins a visit to Guinea, making him the first Western leader to travel to a country hit hard by the deadly Ebola virus.Guinea has already lost 1,200 people to the disease which has killed over 5,600 in total and infected almost 16,000, mainly in west Africa, according to World Health Organization figures.The visit, the first by a French president since 1999, is a bid to deliver "a message ...

South Korea current account surplus expands in October SEOUL: South Korea's current account surplus in October rose to $9 billion on growing exports of ships, memory chips and steel, state data showed Thursday.The preliminary figure compared with a revised surplus of $7.4 billion in September, the central Bank of Korea said.The current account -- the broadest measure of foreign trade in goods and services -- has been in the black for two years and eight months.Exports last month amounted to $52.2 billion compared ...

Ebola vaccine promising in first human trials: NIH WASHINGTON: Researchers say they're a step closer to developing an Ebola vaccine, with a Phase 1 trial showing promising results, but it will be months at the earliest before it can be used in the field.The news comes amid the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever, which has killed nearly 5,700 people, mostly in West Africa.Pharmaceutical companies and health agencies are scrambling to fast-track experimental drugs and vaccines that could help.In the first phase ...

Firing range reports gun sales hike after Ferguson ST PETERS: Racially-charged protests in Ferguson are fueling an exponential increase in gun sales among mainly white customers at one of the premier shooting ranges in the country a 20-minute drive away.The Ultimate Defense Firing Range and Training Center in St Peters, outside St Louis, Missouri typically sells three to five guns a day, but in recent weeks the number has risen to 20 or 30."We've seen a tremendous run on hand guns, specifically, because ...

Spanish PM to announce new law after graft scandal MADRID: Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will on Thursday present a new law aimed at tightening political party accounting rules, the day after his health minister resigned amid a massive corruption scandal.Health minister Ana Mato stepped down on Wednesday after being linked to the scandal involving an alleged kickback scheme at the heart of the prime minister's conservative Popular Party.Her departure was accepted by Rajoy whose government has been embarrassed by the court investigation into ...

At least 17 inmates dead of poisoning in Venezuela: police CARACAS: At least 17 Venezuelan inmates who had been on hunger strike over prison conditions, died Wednesday of drug poisoning, police sources told AFP.The prisoners at David Viloria Correction Center, known as Uribana prison, in Venezuela's Lara state, had been protesting since Tuesday over what they said was inhumane treatment and rights violations by prison officials, anonymous police sources said.Prison officials said the dead inmates were poisoned after ingesting prescription drugs. How the inmates all ...


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