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North Korea tightens security ahead of party congress

Apr 30, 2016

North Korea tightens security ahead of party congress

North Korea has tightened security ahead of its ruling party’s congress, South Korea said Friday, with authorities keen to avoid any “mishap” at the gathering, at which advances in the drive for nuclear weapons will likely be hailed. Thousands of delegates are expected in ...

North Korea sentences American to 10 years' hard labor

Apr 29, 2016

North Korea sentences American to 10 years' hard labor

North Korea on Friday sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year. Kim Dong Chul had been detained in the North on suspicion ...

UNSC preparing response to latest North Korea missile test attempts

Apr 29, 2016

UNSC preparing response to latest North Korea missile test attempts

U.N. Security Council diplomats Thursday warned North Korea to expect a response after Pyongyang’s repeated failed attempts to test-fire a powerful ballistic missile, the latest defiance of U.N. resolutions. At the request of the United States, the council held urgent closed-door consultations after North ...

Apr 29, 2016

No Pacific-wide tsunami threat as M-7 temblor hits Vanuatu

A strong magnitude-7 earthquake rattled the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu on Friday but authorities said there was no tsunami threat and no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the quake hit near Malekula Island. It was centered ...

Apr 28, 2016

China prompts criticism with tough curbs on foreign NGOs

China’s parliament passed a controversial law governing foreign nongovernment organizations, the Xinhua News Agency said on Thursday, giving wide powers to the domestic security authority and prompting criticism from Amnesty International. The law is part of a raft of legislation, including China’s counterterrorism law ...