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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea hates the currently scrapped Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema — of its own particular styling.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Haider Ali Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a string of Baghdad car bombings on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group. Now, the 21-year old is a reluctant cast member in a popular reality TV show.
Beijing has pledged to provide medical treatment and a living allowance for an HIV-positive 8-year-old boy who was last week threatened with expulsion from his village, state media reported Monday. In a case that sparked intense soul-searching in China, some 200 residents -- including the child's own grandfather -- signed a petition to expel him from their village in southwestern Sichuan province to "protect villagers' health". China's health ministry has also pledged to conduct spot checks around China to uncover any other violations of anti-discrimination policies, the state-run paper reported. The United Nations said that it was "deeply concerned" about that case, which has prompted huge debate in China and highlighted the stigma attached to the virus in a country where sufferers face widespread discrimination.