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  1. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korean No 2 Choe Ryong-hae replaced by Kim’s protector

    Posted May 02nd 2014, 10:42pm by AFP

    ... and the disabled, a broadening of the state education and health-care systems, expanded efforts to provide enough food to the often famine-struck nation and a free housing programme. But, he said, efforts ... this year that Choe had been arrested and possibly purged after he dropped from public view for three weeks- an unusually long absence for such a senior figure. His reappearance in March, alongside ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1502935/north-korean-no-2-choe-ryong-hae-replaced-kims-protector
  2. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea's foreign minister, once Kim Jong-un's guardian, makes Asia diplomacy debut

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 05:02pm by AP

    ... in the Asean Regional Forum, Asia’s biggest annual security gathering, joined by his counterparts from nearly 30 countries including China, Japan, South Korea and the United States. Ri was known ... programmes along with maritime tensions in the South China Sea will come under the spotlight, Ri may have informal or formal talks with the foreign ministers of China, Japan, Mongolia and Myanmar ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1570011/north-koreas-foreign-minister-once-guardian-kim-jong-il-makes-political
  3. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    N Korea issues new bank notes to flush out hoarded cash

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 10:44am by Agence France-Presse in Seoul

    ... in 2009. Implemented during a backlash against emerging private markets, that devaluation wiped out personal savings and triggered rare public protests.   ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1564046/n-korea-issues-new-bank-notes-flush-out-hoarded-cash
  4. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Limping North Korea leader Kim Jong-un leads memorial for his grandfather

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 02:23pm

    ... grandfather, which he has underlined with his style of dress and haircut. Like Kim Il-sung, he does not shy away from public speeches and is regularly seen hugging and posing for photos with soldiers. Kim Jong-il was far more aloof, and only spoke once at a major public event during his 17 years in power. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1549568/limping-north-korea-leader-kim-jong-un-leads-memorial-his-grandfather
  5. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Pyongyang glitters but most of North Korea still dark

    Posted Apr 28th 2013, 03:12pm by Associated Press

    ... Health care is free, but aid workers say medicine is in short supply.   Coca Cola and Doritos For decades, North Korea seemed a country trapped in time. Rickety streetcars shuddered past ... of North Korea, the showcase capital dubbed a “socialist fairyland” by state media. But a year after new leader Kim Jong-un promised publicly to bring an end to the “era of belt-tightening” ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1225259/pyongyang-glitters-most-north-korea-still-dark
  6. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Kim Jong-un blasts North Korea weather service for ‘incorrect’ forecasts

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 02:24pm by Agence France-Presse in Seoul

    ... Korean leader Kim Jong-un has censured his country’s weather service for “incorrect” forecasts in a rare public dressing down of a government body in the reclusive nation, which suffers regular ... It was not clear when Kim visited the agency, but public criticism of government officials during field trips by North Korean leaders is extremely rare. Undated pictures released by KCNA showed Kim giving ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1530793/kim-jong-un-blasts-n-korea-weather-service-incorrect-forecasts
  7. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Japan and North Korea to hold talks on kidnappings after surprise breakthrough

    Posted Jun 15th 2014, 02:45pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... the abductions. Tokyo hopes Pyongyang will submit a first report on its new probe within the next few months, the news agency said. The next talks may be held in China, with Junichi Ihara- head ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1533289/japan-and-north-korea-hold-talks-kidnappings-after-surprise-breakthrough
  8. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea rejects talks on South Korean missionary sentenced to life

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 02:55pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... in China’s northeastern border city of Dandong. They said Kim had crossed the border to establish the whereabouts of some North Korean refugees arrested in Dandong by Chinese authorities ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1530822/north-korea-rejects-talks-south-korean-missionary-sentenced-life
  9. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea develops mushroom drink to boost athletic prowess

    Posted Jun 02nd 2014, 09:42pm by GDN

    ... KCNA has previously emphasised to the public that both North Korea's founding father, Kim Il-sung, and his son, Kim Jong-il, "worked heart and soul to provide the people with tasty ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1523982/north-korea-develops-mushroom-drink-boost-athletic-prowess
  10. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Japan officials head to North Korea for cold war abductee investigation

    Posted Jun 01st 2014, 02:11pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... been accepted,” Suga said in a programme on public broadcaster NHK. Kyodo News reported on Saturday that Japan was considering stationing diplomats and police officials in North Korea. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1523206/japan-officials-head-north-korea-cold-war-abductee-investigation

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