South Korea and Japan hold their 10th round of talks on the comfort women in Seoul. What were the results? The Maldives has revoked their state of emergency. Plus Afghans come out for and against the Islamic State.
South Korea and Japan meet once more to discuss sex slaves
Yesterday, the 11th of November, South Korea and Japan held their tenth round of working level talks to resolve the longstanding issues surrounding the comfort women, or sex slaves Japan used during World War II. The talks began in April of last year, as a way to boost international relations and finally put the matter to rest while there still are survivors. This also comes after Park and Abe agreed to step up efforts to resolve the matter, and as Park put it, by the end of the year.
Park insists that the two sides are close to a final resolution, while Abe said upon returning to Japan, both sides are still far apart. As much as Seoul would like its citizens to believe that the matter is close to being finally being resolved, that really doesn’t appear to be the case.
The Maldives lifts its state of emergency
The Maldives lifted its state of emergency about a week after it was issued, saying that security had improved after a recent round of arrests and weapons caches located. A casualty of the whole event, which was internationally criticized, was the country’s Chief Prosecutor, who was fired.
Islamic State rallies in Afghanistan
It began as an Afghan student protest against dormitory accommodations and meal policies, but morphed into a pro-Islamic State demonstration. Students raised Islamic State and Taliban flags at Nangarhar University in eastern Jalalabad city. “By raising these flags of Islamic emirate, caliphate, Hezb-e-Islami, we want an Islamic state,” a student said on a loudspeaker.
But in Kabul, Afghan security forces had to fire warning shots to disperse angry protesters after some tried to storm the gate of the presidential palace. Demonstrators were in the capital protesting the beheading earlier this week of seven civilians, including three women, by militants allegedly linked to ISIS.