Mar 29, 2015

Japan ups abduction probe pressure on North

The government is stepping up pressure on North Korea to issue a report on its renewed investigation into Japanese who were abducted by the reclusive state’s agents decades ago. Japan soon plans to extend sanctions against the North, including a trade embargo, it will ...

$50 media player making waves in changing North Korea

Mar 27, 2015

$50 media player making waves in changing North Korea

A $50 portable media player is providing many North Koreans a window to the outside world despite the government’s efforts to keep its people isolated, a symbol of change in one of the world’s most repressed societies. By some estimates, up to half of ...

Mar 26, 2015

North Korea leader urges 'guerrilla-style' tactics in sport

North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong Un has urged his nation’s athletes to adopt “guerrila-style” tactics in an effort to boost their underwhelming impact on the global sporting stage. In a letter to a national meeting of sportspeople and officials, Kim, who is known ...

North Korea's well-to-do feast on French baguettes

Mar 26, 2015

North Korea's well-to-do feast on French baguettes

French-trained chefs are cooking up a storm in Pyongyang, where North Korea’s privileged classes are devouring their baguettes, a pro-North newspaper reported on Wednesday, even as much of the population outside the capital struggles to feed itself. The Kumkop General Foodstuff Factory for Sportspersons, ...

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U.S., China face off over South Korea missile plan

The U.S. and China are squaring off over deployment of an anti-missile system in South Korea, the latest source of tension between the world’s two biggest economies as they vie for influence in Asia. The U.S. is considering placing a THAAD ballistic missile defense ...