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S. Korea rights body meets North's waitress 'defectors' in probe

Seoul - Officials from South Korea's top rights body have met some of the 12 North Korean waitresses at the centre of a blazing row between Seoul and Pyongyang to determine whether they were tricked or coerced into coming to Seoul in 2016.

UN urges probe into N. Korea waitress 'defectors'

Seoul - A dozen North Korean waitresses involved in a high-profile "defection" case two years ago did not know where they were going, the top UN human rights official on North Korea said Tuesday.

N. Korea demands Seoul return waitress 'defectors'

Seoul - North Korea has demanded Seoul repatriate a dozen waitresses who fled to the South two years ago, just days after abruptly calling off a planned inter-Korean meeting following weeks of tentative rapprochement.

Seoul 'tricked' N. Korea waitresses into defecting: manager

Seoul - The 12 North Korean waitresses who defected from China two years ago were tricked into doing so in an operation by the South's intelligence services, their manager told South Korean television in a bombshell revelation.

North Korean defector numbers slump as controls tighten

Seoul - Fewer than 100 North Koreans a month defected to the South last year, Seoul said Friday, the lowest for 15 years as Pyongyang and Beijing both tighten controls on movement.

North Korean defector vows to expose 'gruesome' reality: report

Seoul - Top-ranking North Korean diplomat Thae Yong-Ho, whose recent defection gifted a major propaganda coup to the South, vowed Monday to devote himself to exposing the cruelties of the Pyongyang regime and encouraging others to escape.

S. Korea warns of possible N. Korean assassination squads

Seoul - South Korea warned Sunday of possible North Korean assassinations and kidnappings in revenge for recent high-profile defections to the South.

N. Korea demands repatriation of restaurant defectors

Seoul - North Korea on Sunday demanded the repatriation of a dozen restaurant workers who jointly fled to South Korea, a day after blasting Seoul over a separate high-profile defection.

North Korea video appeal by family of 'kidnapped' daughter

Seoul - North Korea has released a video appeal by the parents of one of 12 waitresses that Pyongyang insists were kidnapped by South Korean agents from the restaurant where they were working in China.

North Korea rejects reports of high-level defections

Seoul - North Korea responded angrily Thursday to reports in the South Korean media about a recent spate of high-level defections and executions, calling them Nazi-style propaganda aimed at tarnishing Pyongyang's image.

South Korean troops kill man trying to swim to North Korea

The South Korean military shot and killed a man who was trying to swim across a river to North Korea Monday. The man had reportedly ignored multiple warnings to turn around.

Bashar Assad's own mother is rumored to have defected to the UAE

Damascus - A U.S. Ambassador as well as Arab media reports, claim that the dictator of Syria's own mother has join the list of high level supporters to flee the country.

Informant admits WMD lies led to Iraq war

"Curveball," the Iraqi defector whose claims about weapons of mass destruction led to a nine year war in Iraq, has come forward to admit he made the entire thing up, The Independent reports.

Two Libyan pilots who refused to bomb protesters land in Malta

Two Libyan air force fighter pilots who were ordered to bomb protesters in Libya refused to carry out order from their superiors and instead flew to Malta according to Maltese government officials.

North Korean defectors speak at human rights conference (video) Special

Toronto - Young-Cheol Kim and Mi-ran Kim both may have completely different backgrounds but they share the same stories. At the International Conference on North Korean Human Rights, the North Korean defectors discussed their horrifying experiences and escape.

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The International Conference on North Korean Human Rights at the University of Toronto.
The International Conference on North Korean Human Rights at the University of Toronto.
Young-Cheol Kim (left) and Mi-ran Kim (right) are two North Korean defectors.
Young-Cheol Kim (left) and Mi-ran Kim (right) are two North Korean defectors.
Co-host Randall Baran Chong
Co-host Randall Baran Chong
(From left to right) Host Randall Baran-Chong  Young-Cheol Kim  translator  Mi-ran Kim  Suk woo Kim
(From left to right) Host Randall Baran-Chong, Young-Cheol Kim, translator, Mi-ran Kim, Suk woo Kim

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