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N. Korea protests to U.K. over hairdo ad

North Korea has written an official letter of complaint to Britain over a London hair salon’s poster implying leader Kim Jong Un has a bad hairstyle, the Foreign Office confirmed Thursday. The poster was put up to advertise discount haircuts at the M&M Hair Academy in Ealing, west London. It ...

Apr 14, 2014

Forgery probe clears South Korean spy chief

South Korean prosecutors concluded Monday that the head of the national spy agency was not involved in the fabrication of evidence in an alleged espionage case. The National Intelligence Service has been accused of forging documents — including Chinese border control records — to ...

China investigates two more allies of former security chief

Apr 13, 2014

China investigates two more allies of former security chief

Two officials with ties to China’s powerful former domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang, have been placed under investigation, Chinese media and officials said, amid ramped-up speculation that Zhou himself is being targeted. Zhao Miao, a standing committee member of the Communist Party committee in ...

China calls reining in North Korea 'mission impossible'

Apr 11, 2014

China calls reining in North Korea 'mission impossible'

The United States is giving China a “mission impossible” by insisting it exert pressure on neighboring North Korea to halt its nuclear arms program or face U.S. consequences, Beijing’s ambassador said. “We’re very often told that China has such an influence over DPRK” — ...

Students to end 24-day siege of Taiwan parliament

Apr 10, 2014

Students to end 24-day siege of Taiwan parliament

Students who have occupied Taiwan’s parliament for 24 days to protest a trade pact with China planned to leave Thursday after receiving assurances the deal they see as imperiling the island’s autonomy would undergo legislative review. The pact would allow Chinese and Taiwanese service ...