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China Daily Global | Updated: 2021-05-04 00:00


Death cuts ranks of sex-slavery victims

A woman surnamed Yoon who was forced into sexual slavery in Japanese military brothels during World War II has died at the age of 92, reducing the number of surviving victims in the country to 14, a civic group said on Monday. The former sex slaves were euphemistically called "the comfort women".Historians say as many as 400,000 women from Asian countries were coerced, duped or kidnapped into sex slavery at Japanese military brothels before and during the war. Yoon, born in North Chungcheong Province in 1929, was dragged to Japan in 1941. She was forced to work at a textile company in Shimonoseki for about three years, before being taken to Hiroshima where she suffered from sexual slavery. After the Korean Peninsula's liberation from the 1910-45 Japanese colonization, Yoon returned to South Korea.


Iranian claim of deal for prisoners denied

The United States and Iran are in active talks over the release of prisoners, a person familiar with the discussions said on Sunday as Washington denied a report by Iranian state-run television that deals had been struck. The issue burst into public view with a report in Iran of a deal for the Islamic republic to release US and British prisoners in exchange for Teheran receiving billions of dollars. US officials immediately denied the report, though a person with knowledge of the discussions said talks are active, with messages passed between intermediaries. Even after an initial US denial, an anchorwoman on Iranian state TV still repeated the announcement. "Some sources say four Iranian prisoners are to be released and $7 billion are to be received by Iran in exchange for releasing four American spies", the anchorwoman said.


At least 26 die after speedboat overturns

At least 26 people were killed when a speedboat packed with passengers overturned after hitting a sand-laden cargo boat on Monday in the latest maritime disaster to hit Bangladesh. Police said the speedboat carrying about 30 passengers from the town of Mawa rammed into the other vessel in the Padma River as it neared the main river station in Shibchar. Divers from various agencies and local people retrieved 26 bodies from the waters and were searching for several others still missing.


Arrests made over child-porn website

German police have uncovered one of the world's largest underground websites for child pornography with more than 400,000 users and arrested four people connected to the platform, prosecutors said on Monday. The "BOYSTOWN" platform has existed since at least June 2019 and was only accessible via the so-called Darknet, the Frankfurt public prosecutor's office and the BKA Federal Police said in a statement. The website has more than 400,000 users and was used for the worldwide exchange of child pornography.


Police say top Islamic State figure captured

A close aide of killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been caught in Istanbul, police said on Sunday. The Afghan, only identified by the code name Basim, was detained in the Atasehir district on the city's Asian side last week. News reports of the joint operation with Turkey's intelligence agency said the suspect had been involved in helping hide Baghdadi in Syria after the fall of the group in 2019. Baghdadi was killed in a raid in October 2019. The Demiroren news agency said Basim was suspected of organizing training for IS while in Syria and Iraq, as well as serving on its decision-making council.

Xinhua - Agencies

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