- - Tuesday, January 3, 2012

CHINA

U.S. envoy visits China after Kim Jong-il’s death

BEIJING — The United States’ top diplomat for Asia arrived Tuesday in China on a tour that will also take him to South Korea and Japan to discuss developments in North Korea after the death of Kim Jong-il.

Kurt Campbell, assistant secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific, is visiting the region for discussions on how to restart nuclear and food aid talks with North Korea as well as U.S. rapprochement with Myanmar, also called Burma.

Mr. Campbell is the most-senior U.S. official to visit the region since Kim’s death and succession by his youngest son, Kim Jong-un. He also will visit Seoul and Tokyo on his trip, which ends Saturday.

BRAZIL

Employers accused of bondage conditions

SAO PAULO — Nearly 300 employers in South America’s biggest country submit workers to slavelike conditions, Brazil’s Labor Ministry said Tuesday.

The ministry said in a statement that its “dirty list” increased by 52 and now has a total of 294 employers, from big to small.

Until they stop the practice, the companies won’t be able to obtain credit from government and private banks.

Their products also will be boycotted by companies that have signed the National Slave Labor Eradication Pact, which according to local media represents 25 percent of Brazil’s Gross Domestic Product.

The dirty list was created in 2005 and is updated twice a year. To be taken off the list, an employer must pay a series of fines and unpaid labor-related taxes.

TURKEY

Ex-president indicted for 1980 coup

ANKARA — The ailing, 94-year-old former Turkish president who came to power in a 1980 military coup could face life imprisonment for the military takeover, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

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