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12:52pm

Thu December 1, 2011
Asia

In South Korea, Old Law Leads To New Crackdown

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 6:24 pm

Park Jong-kun's Twitter profile picture — which shows him against a backdrop of the North Korean flag — may violate South Korea's strict National Security Law. The 24-year-old South Korean is also under investigation for retweeting North Korean propaganda.
Courtesy Park Jong-kun

Park Jong-kun's Twitter profile picture shows him inspecting a bottle of Johnnie Walker whisky against a backdrop of the North Korean flag.

The 24-year-old South Korean photographer thought it would be funny, a visual parody of North Korea's news programs. But it turns out this profile picture could violate South Korea's strict six-decade-old National Security Law, which punishes those who "praise, disseminate or cooperate with anti-state groups" if such acts endanger democracy and national security.

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12:32pm

Thu December 1, 2011
Opinion

Not Quite Norman: Living Up To A Literary Legacy

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 5:02 pm

American novelist and journalist Norman Mailer poses for a photo on Oct. 1, 1970.
Victor Drees Getty Images

Alex Gilvarry is the author of the forthcoming novel From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant.

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12:12pm

Thu December 1, 2011
Planet Money

A European Solution Germany Can Feel Good About

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 11:15 am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, on the second day of the G20 Summit in France.
Chris Ratcliffe Getty Images

There are basically two solutions to the European debt crisis. One, someone can show up with really deep pockets and bail out all the countries. Or, two, the European Central Bank can create a bunch of money and loan it to the countries who need it. The problem is there's a barrier blocking both these potential solutions — a certain European country known for its beer and brats: Germany.

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12:05pm

Thu December 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Dog Shoots Man: Butt, And Pride, Injured

It's best to keep this out of Rover's paws.
Sandra Mu Getty Images

We're a day late, but some stories just beg to be passed along:

"Utah Duck Hunter Shot In Buttocks By His Dog." (The Salt Lake Tribune)

It seems two guys and a dog were out hunting on Sunday. One man was in their boat with the canine. A loaded shotgun was lying across the bow pointed toward the other guy, who was in the water. Fido got excited, stepped on the gun and ... a little while later doctors were plucking 27 pieces of birdshot out of a butt.

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11:27am

Thu December 1, 2011
The Two-Way

U.N. Says Death Toll In Syria Has Surpassed 4,000

Despite international condemnation and tough sanctions from the Arab League, the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad has continued clashing with protesters.

The United Nation's top human rights official said today that the death toll during the eight-month conflict has reached at least 4,000 and he characterized the conflict as a civil war.

The AP reports:

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