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North hands U.S. detainee six years of hard labor

Sep 14, 2014

North hands U.S. detainee six years of hard labor

North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced U.S. citizen Matthew Miller to six years’ hard labor for “hostile” acts, two weeks after he and two other detained Americans had pleaded for help from Washington. Miller, from Bakersfield, California, becomes the second American serving a ...

Foreign food aid running dry in North Korea

| Apr 25, 2014

Foreign food aid running dry in North Korea

A funding crunch for aid to North Korea has become so severe that 500,000 rural schoolchildren are as of this month no longer receiving assistance and aid to millions more could soon dry up, according to a report obtained by AP. The report underscores ...

Kim Jong Un's hand-picked pop queens stage comeback in North Korea

Apr 24, 2014

Kim Jong Un's hand-picked pop queens stage comeback in North Korea

Step aside, Sea of Blood Opera. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s favorite guitar-slinging, miniskirt-sporting girl group, the Moranbong Band, is back. And these ladies know how to shimmy. After a six-month hiatus, the queens of North Korea’s pop scene are once again playing ...

North opens marathon to tourists

| Apr 5, 2014

North opens marathon to tourists

Runners of the world, unite! For the first time ever, North Korea is opening up the streets of its capital to runner-tourists for the annual Pyongyang Marathon, undoubtedly one of the most exotic feathers in any runner’s cap. Tourism companies say they are getting ...