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North Korean defectors shine on South Korean TV show
Quitting North Korea, one of the world’s most isolated and repressive nations, carries a sizable psychological burden. Many defectors lie low in South Korea, as they struggle to adapt to a very different society and fear their family back home will be punished.

Hundreds in Hong Kong protest NSA surveillance
In a show of protest against U.S. surveillance programs and in support of whistle-blower Edward Snowden, several hundred people marched to the U.S. Consulate General and the offices of the Hong Kong government despite drizzly weather.

Study: For timely access to care, patients may seek a new path
A new study by the Association of American Medical Colleges says that although about half of U.S. consumers prefer physicians for primary health care, patients are willing to be treated by physician assistants and nurse practitioners to secure timely access to care,

Firefighters in Colorado gain on tragic wildfire
Firefighters in Colorado Springs claimed modest gains in their fierce battle against a devastating fire that had killed two people and destroyed hundreds of homes.

South Africans say Mandela illness too public for culture
Many say Mandela should be left alone, or ‘let go.’ It’s an unusual situation in a country where death is an off-limits topic due to local culture. But as locals brace themselves, anxious and hopeful, they remain stoic and protective, insisting on Mandela’s privacy as he battles a lung infection.