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SEOUL — South Korea broke ground Thursday for a second resettlement center to help growing numbers of refugees from communist North Korea adjust to life in the capitalist South.
When completed by the end of next year, the new facility in Hwacheon County, 75 miles northeast of Seoul, will accommodate up to 500 refugees at a time, the Unification Ministry said.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Unification Minister Hyun In-Taek said the number of refugees to reach the South since the 1950-53 war stood at 22,000 but would soon reach 30,000 to 40,000.
“It is the duty of [South Korea] to ensure that they will not lag behind in the South,” Mr. Hyun said.
Activist seeks to thwart prime minister-elect
BANGKOK — Days after Thailand voted for a new government led by the country’s first woman prime minister, a determined doctor with a knack for rallying crowds is pursuing legal action to bring her down.
Tul Sitthisomwong, a die-hard opponent of self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, accuses the billionaire’s sister and prime minister-elect, Yingluck Shinawatra, of perjury and wants the courts to indict her before she takes office.
Dr. Tul denies that he is a puppet for the powerful forces that have long tried to thwart the twice-elected Thaksin, but said Mrs. Yingluck is unfit to rule and accuses her of giving false testimony during an assets concealment investigation involving her brother three years ago.
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