South Korea said Tuesday it would punish three factory owners for bowing to North Korean pressure in a wage dispute over workers at the Kaesong joint industrial zone. The North unilaterally announced in February a wage hike for the more than 50,000 North Korean workers employed by South Korean firms operating in Kaesong, just north of the inter-Korean border. South Korea demurred, insisting that under a previous accord, employment conditions in the zone could only be adjusted with the agreement of both sides. As the row intensified, Seoul ordered the firms not to yield to pressure, but the South's Unification Ministry said three firms had caved in and signed Sunday a statement promising Pyongyang to pay the increased wage in the future.
Two recent shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea believed to have taken the lives of as many as 1,300 asylum seekers and migrants has highlighted the escalating flow of people fleeing persecution, war and economic difficulties in their homelands.
LUENEBURG, Germany (AP) — A former Auschwitz guard has testified at his trial that he bears a moral share of the blame for atrocities at the camp, but it's up to judges to decide whether he deserves to be convicted as an accessory to murder.