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Kim Jong Un Brags of Purging ‘Factionalist Filth’

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged “unity” in his New Year message to the people, just weeks after purging his influential uncle.

The 30-year-old despot clearly referred to the Dec. 12 execution of Jang Song Thaek, widely considered the second most powerful figure in the hermit nation, when he boasted of eliminating “factionalist filth.”

Kim seems to be consolidating power two years after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il. He has vowed to continue his nation’s nuclear weapons program, the root of punitive economic sanctions in the West, amid heightening tensions with U.S. ally South Korea.

[AP]

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Kim Jong Un Brags of Purging ‘Factionalist Filth’

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged “unity” in his New Year message to the people, just weeks after purging his influential uncle.

The 30-year-old despot clearly referred to the Dec. 12 execution of Jang Song Thaek, widely considered the second most powerful figure in the hermit nation, when he boasted of eliminating “factionalist filth.”

Kim seems to be consolidating power two years after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il. He has vowed to continue his nation’s nuclear weapons program, the root of punitive economic sanctions in the West, amid heightening tensions with U.S. ally South Korea.

[AP]

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Fire Rips Through Multiple Homes In Haledon, N.J.

CBS New York

HALEDON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — An extra-alarm fire ripped through multiple homes in Haledon, N.J. as the New Year arrived, leaving numerous families displaced.

The fire was raging in the 400 block of Morrissee Avenue in Haledon as of around midnight New Year’s Day.

Haledon Mayor Domenick Stampone told CBS 2 the town has set up a temporary shelter at borough hall, and reported numerous displaced families.

At least three structures were left uninhabitable.

At least six local fire departments were involved in fighting the fire, including the City of Paterson, Stampone said.

The fire had not been brought under control as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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CRS — Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs): Fact Sheet on Three International Agreements

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Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs): Fact Sheet on Three International Agreements (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via National Agricultural Law Center)

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are chemicals that do not break down easily in the environment, tend to accumulate as they move up the food chain, and may be harmful to people and wildlife. Between 1998 and 2001, the United States signed two international treaties and one executive agreement to reduce the production and use of POPs and to regulate the trade and disposal of them. President Bush signed and submitted the two treaties to the Senate for advice and consent. If the Senate consents by a two-thirds majority, and if Congress passes legislation that would be needed to implement the treaties and the executive agreement in the United States, then the treaties could be ratified and the agreements would become binding U.S. law. Two U.S. statutes are inconsistent with the…

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