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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a country in East Asia, located in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering South Korea and China. Its capital, Pyongyang, is the country's largest city by both land area and population. It is a single-party state led by the Korean Workers' Party (KWP), and governed by Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un since 2012. It has a population of 24,052,231 (UN-assisted DPRK census 2008) made up of Koreans and a smaller Chinese minority. Japan 'opened' Korea in 1876 and annexed it in 1910. The Republic of Korea (ROK) was founded with US support in the south in August 1948 and the Soviet-backed Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north in September that year. 

Talking points

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 July, 2011, 12:00am

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Chief executive expounds on leadership

As controversy swirls over criticisms of the civil service and their British colonial ways by Beijing's top man on Hong Kong affairs, Wang Guangya, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, formerly the city's top civil servant, will officiate at a leadership conference organised by the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre. The topic under discussion? 'What is real leadership?' He should know.

Forum focuses on conditions in Xinjiang region

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences holds a forum on improving conditions in Xinjiang. China is adopting a two-pronged approach to maintain stability in the restive region, including imposing tight security and pouring in investment. A deadly attack against a police station in Hotan earlier this month claimed 18 lives.

Meteorologists address extreme-weather warnings

The China Meteorological Administration will hold a press conference tomorrow. The signs of extreme weather are becoming more conspicuous and public pressure to improve the accuracy of early warnings is mounting.

US, North Korea end round of talks in New York

Two days of talks between the United States and North Korea end today. The high-level meetings at the US mission to the United Nations, in New York, have raised hopes of a possible breakthrough in resuming disarmament negotiations after more than a year of high tensions between North and South Korea. The discussions aim to build on last week's surprise talks between nuclear negotiators from the North and South in Indonesia, the first such meeting since December 2008.

Renowned Spanish restaurant closes doors

El Bulli, the beachside Spanish restaurant repeatedly crowned the world's best, will close after pushing the boundaries of cuisine for more than two decades under chef Ferran Adria (right). The remote eatery in Cala Montjoi, some two hours north of Barcelona, will reopen in 2014 as a non-profit culinary think tank. The 50-seat restaurant fields more than 2 million requests a year for its roughly 8,000 sittings, with seating mostly determined by lottery. Dinner is a degustation menu of some 40 small dishes and costs about HK$2,785 per head.

Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter ties knot

The eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, Zara Phillips, and her fiance, England rugby union veteran Mike Tindall, are to marry in a private ceremony at Edinburgh's Canongate Kirk. The pair, both world-beating sports stars, have planned a wedding that combines their low-key style with a bit of regal splendour. All the senior royals are expected to attend - William and Catherine included - and the reception will be held at the nearby Palace of Holyroodhouse, the queen's official residence in Scotland.

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