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 ...

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 ...