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North Korea tests weapon, releases American

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/16/18, 11:36 am

North Korea announced Friday that leader Kim Jong Un has watched the successful testing of a new tactical weapon that could provide a “steel wall” of protection, according to KCNA. The state news agency called it an “ultramodern tactical weapon,” without specifying what it was, but it didn’t appear to be a nuclear device or a long-range missile with the potential to reach the United States. Kim last observed a weapons test in November 2017 when the country did a field inspection of the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile.

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U.S. takes backseat in offering Asia Bibi asylum

International | Rumors swirl of pending release of the Christian mother acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/14/18, 10:34 am

PAKISTAN: A U.S. official involved in religious freedom issues told me Tuesday he was “not sure” whether the United States was making any efforts to offer asylum to Asia Bibi, the Christian mother exonerated of blasphemy charges two weeks ago by Pakistan’s Supreme Court but prohibited from leaving the country. Three British imams joined calls for the UK to offer asylum, as rumors swirl this week of her impending release.

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Parental guidance still suggested

Arts | What 50 years of movie ratings have taught families and filmgoers
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/02/18, 03:59 pm

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) this week celebrated the 50th birthday of the movie rating scale, which started as an attempt to ward off censors and became a part of the collective consciousness of U.S. moviegoers. The organization released survey results showing that 91 percent of American parents were familiar or very familiar with the G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 classification system, and 95 percent thought it was helpful.

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