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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 ...

Ex-NBA player says North Korea game dwarfed by politics

Jan 8, 2014

Ex-NBA player says North Korea game dwarfed by politics

Former NBA star Charles D. Smith says he feels remorse for coming to Pyongyang with Dennis Rodman for a game on the North Korean leader’s birthday because the event has been dwarfed by politics and tainted by Rodman’s own comments. Smith and other former ...

Economic zone shows limits of change in North

| Dec 11, 2013

Economic zone shows limits of change in North

Many of the ways in which this dusty, windswept area differs from most of North Korea are easiest to see at night. Although there are traffic lights in other cities, the ones in the Rason Special Economic Zone actually light up. The avenues are ...

Ospreys show value in flying typhoon aid

Nov 22, 2013

Ospreys show value in flying typhoon aid

The U.S. Marines’ newest and in some quarters most controversial transport airplane is showing the world what it’s got — for the sake of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, and perhaps its own future. The MV-22 Osprey, which can tilt its rotors to fly ...

Apr 12, 2011

Rescuers finally save aged man trapped in no-go area

MINAMISOMA, Fukushima Pref. — The farmhouse sits at the end of a mud-caked, one-lane road strewn with toppled trees, the decaying carcasses of dead pigs and large debris deposited by the March 11 tsunami. Stranded alone inside the unheated, dark home is 75-year-old Kunio ...

Apr 3, 2011

Rural sports complex turns into base camp for nuclear workers

FUKUSHIMA — At the edge of a no-man’s land around the Fukushima No. 1 reactor complex lies a grassy athletic village that now serves as base camp for an army of workers battling the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. In regular rotation, groups are ...

Preparation for nuke crisis woeful

Mar 24, 2011

Preparation for nuke crisis woeful

FUKUSHIMA — When the massive earthquake and tsunami rocked the northeast March 11, residents who had been prepared by years of drills knew exactly what to do: They scrambled for cover until the shaking stopped, then ran for higher ground to avoid the giant ...