North Korea’s accelerating military advances — and President Trump’s volatile response — could complicate Japan’s close alliance with the United States.
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By Associated Press - Wednesday Aug 16, 2017
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Trump lodged an early-morning threat at North Korea that is truly jaw-dropping.
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- Brazilians funneled as "slaves" by US church, ex-members say
By MITCH WEISS, HOLBROOK MOHR and PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press - Monday Jul 24, 2017
SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — When Andre Oliveira answered the call to leave his Word of Faith Fellowship congregation in Brazil to move to the mother church in North Carolina at the age of 18, his passport and money were confiscated by church leaders — for safekeeping, he said he was told.Trapped in a foreign land, he said he was forced to work 15 hours a day, usually for no pay, first cleaning warehouses for the secretive evangelical church and later toiling at businesses owned by senior ministers.An Associated Press investigation has found that Word of Faith Fellowship used its two church branches in Latin America's largest nation to siphon a steady flow of young laborers who came on tourist and student visas to its 35-acre compound in rural Spindale.Under U.S. law, visitors on tourist visas are prohibited from performing work for which people normally would be compensated.The AP also reviewed scores of police reports and formal complaints lodged in Brazil about the church's harsh conditions.Based on exclusive interviews with 43 former members, documents and secretly made recordings, the AP reported in February that congregants were regularly punched, smacked and choked in an effort to "purify" sinners by beating out devils.Another previous AP report outlined how congregants were ordered by church leaders to lie to authorities investigating reports of abuse.Silva and others also said Whaley took complete control of congregants' lives on both continents, mandating such daily staples of life as where they lived and when they could eat — and even forcing some into arranged marriages to Americans so they could stay in the country.During her frequent visits, Whaley would tell the Brazilian members of her flock that they could improve both their lives and their relationships with God with a pilgrimage to the mother church, according to several of those interviewed.All the while, the strict rules in place in Spindale were being imposed in Brazil, leading to complaints to police reviewed by the AP and a legislative hearing in 2009.[...] Word of Faith never faced any official censure — many of the allegations came down to the word of ex-members against the church — and the human pipeline continued to flow, even as Brazilian parents said they were being completely cut off from their children in North Carolina.Labeled a "rebel" because she talked back to pastors as a child, Elizabeth Oliveira, who is no relation to Andre, told the AP that she was frequently kept in isolation for days at a time in various ministers' homes in Sao Joaquim de Bicas.Albuquerque, now 25, said she worked full time without pay — as a teacher's aide at the school during the day and babysitting congregants' children at night.During her final two weeks in Spindale, Albuquerque said she endured days of forced isolation, Bible reading, threats of being placed in a psychiatric ward and refusals by Whaley to let her call her parents.Upon arrival, he said he found "horrific" living conditions, with eight people crammed in the basement of a church leader's house, forced to work long hours at church-related businesses.Former congregant Jay Plummer supervised remodeling projects for a church leader's business and confirmed that his fellow American workers were paid while the Brazilians who labored alongside them were not.For six months, he helped in the school in the mornings and worked in construction in the afternoons and evenings, sometimes until 1 a.m. He was never paid, he said.If any of the males appeared to be having an "impure dream," Barbosa said, everybody would be awakened, ordered to surround him and repeatedly shake him and shriek into his ears to "expulse the devils," a Word of Faith practice called "blasting."Perhaps to circumvent the rules against employment, church leaders sometimes referred to the forced labor projects as "volunteer work," according to Brazilians interviewed in both countries.[...] work included ripping out walls and installing drywall in apartments owned and rented out by a senior church minister and family members, they said.Ross Eisenbrey of the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C., think tank focusing on labor issues, said rental properties are "for-profit businesses for which the immigrants cannot volunteer" under the Fair Labor Standards Act.Some of those interviewed said they'd been lured to the U.S. in part by promises of obtaining a college education but were unable to study or attend classes because of their punishing work schedules.Back home, he said he and others were forced to move into a minister's house, where he worked as a cleaner for months until he was told "it was the will of God to visit Spindale — this time, on a student visa."Some of those interviewed spoke of male Brazilians — as well as church members from various other countries — obtaining green cards for permanent residency and being able to legally work by being "married off" to female American congregants.Silva said that Whaley often told people that she heard from God who they should marry or used her iron grip over members' lives to arrange relationships.Rooper, an American who now lives in Tampa, Florida, said she was coached on how to make the marriage look legitimate to immigration authorities, like keeping a photo album of the couple.
- North Korea Accuses U.S. of ‘Mugging’ Its Diplomats in New York
By CHOE SANG-HUN - Sunday Jun 18, 2017
Officials returning from a United Nations conference were about to board a plane when federal agents seized a package they were carrying.