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WION Web Team New Delhi, India May 28, 2019, 06.33 PM(IST)

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'Endemic' corruption in North Korea, people survive by paying bribes: UN report

North Koreans are forced to pay bribes to officials to survive in their isolated country where corruption is "endemic" and repression rife, the UN human rights office said on Tuesday in a report that Pyongyang dismissed as politically motivated.

Setback for Mamata Banerjee: 2 Trinamool Congress MLAs, over 50 councillors join BJP

In a major setback to West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress, three MLAs from West Bengal, including Trinamool Congress-turned-BJP leader Mukul Roy's son Subhrangshu Roy, along with more than 50 councillors on Tuesday joined the BJP here.

Pakistan: 537 out of 681 HIV affected between the age of 2 to 15, WHO to investigate

The Pakistan government has sought the help of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to probe the recent outbreak of HIV in the country’s Sindh province, that has till now affected over 600 people, mostly children, according to a media report.

Rahul best person to lead party, too premature to write Congress' obituary: Shashi Tharoor

Rahul Gandhi is the best person to pull the Congress out of its predicament following the setback in the Lok Sabha polls, says party leader Shashi Tharoor while declaring that his party is "alive and kicking" and it is too premature to write its obituary. 

China rejects US Ambassador Terry Branstad's call for talks with Dalai Lama

China on Tuesday rejected US Ambassador Terry Branstad's call to Beijing to engage in "substantive dialogue" with the Dalai Lama, saying it was firmly opposed to "foreign interference" in Tibet and its internal affairs.