The Daily Populous

Thursday December 16th, 2021 evening edition

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A new report from a human rights group has found North Korea has publicly executed at least seven people for watching or distributing K-pop videos in the last decade, according to The New York Times.

The report was released Wednesday by the Transitional Justice Working Group, and it was based on interviews with almost 700 defectors from North Korea.

The report pointed to testimonies of public executions under North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and said that one of the most common offenses was "watching or distributing South Korean videos.".

Kim Jong-un has called K-pop a "vicious cancer," complaining that South Korean culture was corrupting North Koreans' "attire, hairstyles, speeches, behaviors," the Times reported.

According to the Times, distributing South Korean entertainment can be punishable by death under a law adopted in North Korea last year, and last month, a man who smuggled the South Korean Netflix series Squid Game into North Korea was reportedly sentenced to death.

The new human rights report said "the families of those being executed were often forced to watch the execution."

It also found that North Korea has been responding to international criticism by changing its execution practices, "selecting execution sites that are easier to control" to prevent leaks. »

Anchorage mayor turned off fluoride in city water for about 5 hours

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Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson had the fluoridation of the city’s water turned off for about five hours in October, according to a statement Tuesday from the mayor’s office.

Bronson decided to stop the fluoridation while visiting the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility Eklutna Water Treatment Plant on Oct. 1, according to the mayor’s spokesperson Corey Allen Young.

But the statement sent by him Tuesday said Bronson ordered the fluoride turned off after water plant staff who handled the fluoride said it was burning their eyes and throats. »

Ukraine fears that Russian invasion could lead to World War 3 – Toronto 99

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A Ukrainian government minister is warning that a full invasion of Ukraine by Russia would create conflict around Europe and could possibly lead to World War Three.

When asked by Sky News whether there was a chance an invasion could lead to a third world war, the minister said: “Yeah.

This – the spreading of war in case of Russian invasion to Ukraine – will be much wider than Ukraine.”. »