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U.N. Command approves mine removal on North-South Korea border

U.N. Command approves mine removal on North-South Korea border

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SEOUL, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The United Nations Command has approved the South Korean government's plan to remove landmines on the North and South Korean border areas, VOA reported on Wednesday. North and South Korean authorities started removing landmines along the border this week as part of the process to ease military tensions, agreed in the third inter-Korean summit. "Consistent with the spirit of the U.N. Armistice Agreement, as well as the recent Comprehensive Agreement between North and South Korea, the United Nations Command authorized the current demining efforts ongoing at the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom," U.N. Command's public affairs officer Chad Carroll was quoted as saying the VOA report. He added that the United States Forces in South Korea will aid South Korean Army engine...
North, South begin clearing away landmines along Korean border

North, South begin clearing away landmines along Korean border

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SEOUL, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- North and South Korean authorities began removing landmines along the border on Monday as part of the process to ease military tensions, agreed in the third inter-Korean summit. Seoul's defense ministry said it will start removing landmines in the Joint Security Areas to disarm one of the most heavily guarded areas on the border, according to South Korean media Kyunghyang Sinmun. The North and South will then withdraw guard posts and soldiers, as well as surveillance and firing equipment from the area -- a symbolic step to end hostilities from the 1950-53 Korean War. The North and South also began to clear mines on an old battleground in the Demilitarized Zone before they launch a joint excavation for remains of soldiers who died in the Korean War. ...
African migrants surge at U.S.-Mexico border; Rio Grande drownings up

African migrants surge at U.S.-Mexico border; Rio Grande drownings up

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MEXICO CITY, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Piedras Negras, a city across the U.S.-Mexico border from Eagle Pass, Texas, saw the arrival of more than 90 refugees in the past two months from war-ravaged African countries trying to flee to the United States. Eagle Pass has also seen 15 migrants from Latin American countries dying as they tried to enter the United States this year, either drowning while crossing the Rio Grande river or from heat stroke. Many of the African refugees had been travelling for at least three years, the Rev. José Valdés, an advocate for migrants' rights told UPI in a phone interview from Piedras Negras, where the Catholic Church runs a shelter. "After leaving Cameroon, Angola and the Congo they arrived in South America. Then they made it to Guatemala, and after cr...
Woman sues US border agents over seized iPhone

Woman sues US border agents over seized iPhone

Technology
An American woman who had her phone seized by border agents as she returned home to the United States is suing the country's border protection agency.Rejhane Lazoja was stopped at Newark airport, New Jersey, after returning from a trip to Switzerland in February.Her iPhone was seized by agents after she refused to unlock it for them.The lawsuit alleges that border agents took a copy of the data on her smartphone and failed to say whether it had been deleted.According to legal documents, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) kept the phone for more than 120 days before returning it to Ms Lazoja.She alleges the agency failed to confirm whether it had taken a copy of her data, and whether that data had been shared with any other agencies.The smartphone cont...
South Korea to trial withdrawing troops from border

South Korea to trial withdrawing troops from border

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SEOUL, July 24 (UPI) -- South Korea is seeking to pull out troops in a step to disarm the heavily-guarded border area as agreed in the inter-Korean summit in April. The Ministry of Defense said it will trial withdrawing forces at the surveillance Guard Post as the first step to turn the heavily-patrolled Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) into a ground for peace, in its report to the National Defense Committee at National Assembly, Yonhap reported. "After the test withdrawal at GP, we are aiming for a full withdrawal of troops in line with research on historical remains and ecology in the border region," the ministry said in the report. The ministry is considering reducing the number of guard forces at the Joint Security Area and allowing people to pass through freely. The JSA is located at the vi...