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North Korea Instagram users warned site put on blacklist

Jun 23, 2015

North Korea Instagram users warned site put on blacklist

Warnings are appearing on Instagram accounts in North Korea that say access to the popular photo-sharing app is being denied and that the site is blacklisted for harmful content. Opening the app with mobile devices on the North Korean carrier Koryolink has resulted in ...

Iwo Jima vet, Okinawa survivor wrestle with WWII legacy

Apr 21, 2015

Iwo Jima vet, Okinawa survivor wrestle with WWII legacy

In Norman Baker’s mind, the Japanese were fanatical, brutal animals with no respect for life. To Yoshiko Shimabukuro, Americans were long-nosed demons who rained hellfire from the skies before raping and pillaging anything with the worse-than-death fate of crossing their path. Both the 18-year-old ...

Mar 5, 2015

North Korea shifts more responsibility to factories, farmers

North Korea is trying to invigorate its hidebound economy by offering more control and possibly more personal rewards to key sectors of its workforce in the country’s biggest domestic policy experiment since leader Kim Jong Un assumed power. The measures give managers the power ...

Kim Jong Un mulls Russia for his world debut

Jan 15, 2015

Kim Jong Un mulls Russia for his world debut

After three years of watching his fellow leaders mix and mingle while he was secluded in Pyongyang, Kim Jong Un is looking likely to visit Russia in his first trip abroad since taking power, giving the world its first look at the young North ...