Despite Walking Slow, South Korean Olympic Diplomacy Reaches Progress

South Korea continues to push the process of peace through the Olympics, amid criticism that North Korea is only following the process to ease economic sanctions without stopping its nuclear weapons program.

South Korea's continuing South Moon Jae-in easing tensions with North Korea helping to secure North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea and a lull in Pyongyang's provocative nuclear missile and nuclear test.

In a joint reconciliation attitude, North Korea and South Korea Olympic delegates march together under a special unification flag in Friday's opening ceremony. Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un also to South Korea to attend the Olympics. He was the first member of Kim's ruling family to visit South Korea since the split of Korea at the end of World War II. During a meeting with Moon, Kim presented an invitation to the South Korean president to visit Pyongyang for a summit of leaders.

There were previously only two summits between North and South Korean leaders. The most recent one lasted more than a decade ago, in 2007. Kim Jong-un, who came to power in 2011, has never met a foreign head of state.

On Tuesday, Kim Jong-un said he wanted to encourage "climate reconciliation and warm dialogue "with South Korea following the successful visits of North Korea's North Korean delegation, the North Korean state media.

See also: North Korea's imaging through the Olympics Show Results

The easing of tensions between the two Koreas is a direct result of President Moon's ongoing diplomatic efforts and indicates Kim Jong Un's willingness to respond to a constructive relationship, said John Delury, a North Korean analyst at Seoul's Yonsei University.

But those skeptical declared Pyongyang's openness to dialogue a deceptive tactic. According to them, North Korea's cooperation in the Olympics is intended to undermine America's "maximum pressure" policy to force North Korea to change its behavior with enhanced economic sanctions and the threat of military power, without giving meaningful concessions to end its nuclear program. [uh]

The number of "Unwanted" Girls in India Reaches 21 Million People

The Indian government on Monday said there were 21 million "undesirable" girls across the country, as many families across social and economic groups preferred boys to girls.

In its annual economic survey report, the Indian government blamed an illegal gender-based abortion in which 940 girls were aborted in each of the births of 1,000 boys, according to the latest census data.

"Families with boys tend not to have children again compared to families with girls. This shows parents who used the formula "just stopped having children after the birth of a boy," the report excerpts.

The pressure on spouses – especially girls – to have boys over girls is very strong, especially in society rural areas where girls are often only lowly educated and married at an early age

. But the report shows that gender preferences are also seen in some rich families, who often prefer boys to take over family business or inherit property, even though girls legally able to do so.

That preference has led to the existence of 21 million "undesirable" girls in India, many of whom have fewer food and education than their brothers. [em/ii]

Violence with Firearms in the US Reaches Highest Record of 2017

Violence with firearms in America reached a record high in 2017, where according to an NGO tracking firearms violence, there were over 60,000 incidents that killed more than 15,000 people. Mariama Diallo reviews several years with the worst level of firearms violence in America.

The Las Vegas Massacre of 1 October 2017 was one of the mass shootings by a single offender and claimed the most casualties in American history.

The gunner identified as Stephen Paddock attacked his hotel room against 22,000 concert visitors, killing nearly 60 people and injuring hundreds more. Law enforcement officials say Paddock has no connection with international terror groups and has no criminal record in the police.

"We have reviewed all federal, state and local archives; and this individual does not have any criminal records, "said Clark County Sheriff in Nevada, Joe Lombardo.

A month later, precisely on November 6, a gunman entered a church on the outskirts of Texas with assault rifles, killing 26 people and wounding 20 who was in Sunday Mass.

Law enforcement officials said the gunmen clearly intend to kill as many people as possible.

"I can tell you that the location of the incident was terrible, there are no words to describe it," the official said FBI Christopher Combs.

This is reinforced by the Public Security Department official at Texas Freeman Martin. "I think he came here with a single purpose and mission," he said.

Rosanne Solis who suffered a gunshot wound on his arm survived the incident and still remember very clearly when the shooter fired a seven-minute shooting shot. "I saw bodies and blood on everywhere, that's all I see because I do not want to get out of the place where I'm hiding, "he explained.

A 911 tape, reported the shooting at a concert in Little Rock, Arkansas on July 1 that injured 28 people.

On June 14, Congressman Steve Scalise and three others were shot while doing a baseball practice on the outskirts of Washington DC. Members of the Republican faction of the state of Louisiana were shot in the hip and made him in critical condition. Last September he recovered and returned to Capitol Hill.

"God bless everybody and everybody. God bless America, "Scalise said.

The Archives of Arms Violence ( the Gun Violence Archive ) defines mass firing as a single incident in which four or more persons, other than the gunman, were shot or killed. Throughout 2017, things like this happen more than 340 times in America. [em/jm]

Japan's Birth Rate Reaches the Lowest Record in 2017

 The year 2017 will end in a matter of days. Japan's Health Ministry noted that the birth rate in Japan in 2017 is the lowest in the last century. [ReportedbyJapanTodaySunday(12/24/2010)thereare941000babiesbornduring2017Thisfigureis4%lowerthanin2016ago

The birthrate in 2017 is the lowest since the Japanese Ministry of Health began collecting birth data in 1899 ago.

"What lies behind this is the number of women of childbearing age between 25-39 who continue to decline," a Ministry official said.

When birth does not touch 1 million, the number of deaths is estimated to reach 1.34 million by the end of the year. This figure is the highest since World War II ended.

These figures exclude foreigners living in Japan which account for about 1% of the total population. If no strangers, the population of Japan is mentioned about 125 million inhabitants.

The Japanese government annually keeps pushing for one family to have more children. But what happens is the population that continues to shrink and aging.

People aged 65 or over accounted for 27.2 percent of the total population, the highest ratio in records. According to data released last July, those aged 14 or younger fell to a record low of 12.7 percent.

(rna / ibh)

US Congressional Republican Faction Reaches Agreement on Tax Bill

Republican lawmakers at the US Congress on Wednesday reached an agreement on important tax reforms before being taken to the White House to discuss the eventual details with President Donald Trump.

"We are close to the legislative victory of historic , "Trump said as he sat next to an important House of Representatives and Senate official who made the tax regulation for the past few days.

" This bill is very important to the American people, it is a massive tax cut for the middle class. "

The bill will cut taxes by 1.5 trillion dollars over the next decade, focused on taxes for companies and possibly adding 1 trillion dollars or more of 20 trillion long-term debt to investors and foreign governments.

Trump officials say millions of taxpayers will watch their annual taxes get cuts from the government, in many cases samp ai several hundred dollars, or in the case of rich taxpayers, up to thousands of dollars.

The large corporate tax rate, which now reaches 35 percent and is among the highest in the world, will be substantially trimmed but Trump says the amount has not been agreed.

Trump previously wanted a cut of up to 20 percent, but he said, "If it drops to 21, I would be delighted."

Trump says the country's economy is misguided when he took office in January. But the country's unemployment rate, now at 4.1 percent, is the lowest in 17 years, the major US stock indexes have jumped since Trump was elected, partly because of a pledge to sharply cut major corporate rules, some of which Trump has already done. After hosting a lunch of senior members of the House at the White House on Wednesday, Trump plans to talk about tax rules.

The Senate and Parliament Consultant must approve final tax details before members of the House of Representatives in both assemblies vote for the bill within days of recess Their annual Christmas then sends it to Trump for signing.

No Democrat member backs the bill, which is criticized as a reward for wealthy corporate and taxpayers, including Trump, a billionaire. In a final draft of the bill, the personal tax rate for the highest income will be deducted from 39.6 percent to 37 percent. With Democrats member Doug Jones winning a special Senate election Tuesday in Alabama, the Minority Faction Chief in the Senate Charles Schumer called for a final vote on taxes to be postponed until January after Jones was sworn in. But Republicans seem to want to vote earlier while still having one more Republican vote in the Senate. The tax bill would be the first major legislative attachment of the Trump presidency that nearly 11 months after he and the Republican Party earlier this year failed to overturn the national health care policy fought for by President Barack Obama. [my/jm]