U.S. bans luxuries to target Dear Leader
The Bush administration has made it tougher for North Korea to receive the luxury goods said to be coveted by leader Kim Jong Il. The Commerce Department's ruling was announced in November but did not go into effect until now.
"Banning luxury goods to North Korea only affects its elite," said spokesman Richard Mills. "It does not prohibit exports of food and medicine and other humanitarian goods. Our measures were considered and carefully targeted."
In contrast to the privileged lifestyle enjoyed by Kim Jong Il and a group of elite supporters, defectors from the communist-led country have told stories of mass starvation and the torture and murder of those seen as disloyal to the regime.
In a move diplomats said targeted Iran for branding the World War II mass murder of Jews a lie, the U.N. General Assembly unanimously has condemned denial of the Holocaust.
In the resolution proposed by the United States and co-sponsored by more than 100 countries, the 192-member Assembly General "urges all member states unreservedly to reject any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, either in full or in part, or any activities to this end."
Tests confirmed that an outbreak of bird flu at a poultry farm in southern Japan was caused by the virulent H5N1 virus, the agriculture ministry said yesterday.
A state laboratory analyzed samples from 3,000 chickens that died at a farm in Hyuga in Miyazaki prefecture (state), Japan's main chicken-producing region, and found the birds had been infected with H5N1, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said in a statement.
Authorities began slaughtering the remaining 49,000 chickens at the Hyuga farm on Friday, prefectural official Hisao Takase said.
NEW DELHI, India
Eleven girls were killed and 14 injured when a school in India collapsed, burying them under rubble, officials said yesterday.
Nine bodies were recovered late Friday from the building in a village in Gujarat state.
Another two bodies were found during the night as rescue workers using cutters and hydraulic cranes shifted the debris, working under floodlights.
The four-story building, on the campus of a government-run residential school for tribal children in Tichakpura village in southern Surat district, was in need of repair, India's NDTV news channel reported.