SKorean Court to Re-Open Case on Abusive Vagrant Facility

South Korea’s Supreme Court said Friday it will re-open a case related to the enslavement and abuse of thousands of people at a vagrants’ facility in the 1970s and 1980s, more than three decades after its owner was acquitted of serious charges. A finding that the government failed to protect the constitutional rights of former inmates could boost their push for compensation.

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South Korea Put on High Alert, Italy Battles Virus Outbreak

South Korea’s president said Sunday that he was putting his country on its highest alert for infectious diseases, ordering officials to take “unprecedented, powerful” steps to fight a soaring viral outbreak, while a continent away in Italy, authorities battled to contain Europe’s first major outbreak of the virus.

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