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SÃO VICENTE - With his twin five-year-old sons in tow, South Korean university professor Kim Haeng-Chang has been to Thailand, India, Turkey, Croatia, Germany and Senegal. Part of the months-long journey is done on a bike that tows a small wooden wagon adorned with a sign that reads: “Your help makes our world tour."

On October 8, Kim and his boys arrived in Brazil for what would turn out to be the most eventful leg of their trip. After the adventurous father-and-sons story was shown on Brazilian TV, three men, one of them holding a gun, robbed them while they camped on a beach. The assailants made off with $600 and all the family's documents—passports included.

"I had been robbed before in other trips just by myself, in Nigeria, for example. But this is the first time my passport was taken,", says Kim, 48.

After being robbed, he was helped by the locals and went to the police station. There he met a flight instructor named Sérgio de Carvalho, 39, who had also been recently robbed. "I realized I had to help him” says Carvalho, who found a place for the Kims at a friends's home.

Now the whole neighborhood is curious to meet Kim and his sons, who will have to wait at least two weeks until new passports are issued. One of the first questions is always about Kim's wife (and the boys' mother). She didn't join the voyage, staying back in South Korea with the couple's baby daughter.

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TEHRAN — The death in Iran of a 22-year-old Mahsa Amini — after she was arrested by the so-called "morality police" — has unleashed another wave of protests, as thousands of Iranians vent their fury against an intrusive and violent regime. Indeed, as tragically exceptional as the circumstances appear, the reaction reflects the daily reality of abuse by authorities, especially directed toward women

Amini, a Kurdish-Iranian girl visiting Tehran with relatives, was detained by the regime's morality patrols on Sept. 13, apparently for not respecting the Islamic dress code that includes proper use of the hijab headscarf. Amini was declared dead two or three days after being taken into custody. Officials say she fainted and died, and blamed a preexisting heart condition. But neither her family nor anyone else in Iran believe that, as can be seen in the mounting protests that have now left at least three dead.

For Amini's was hardly the first arbitrary arrest, or the first suspected death in custody under Iran's Islamic regime.

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