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.
Asia news in brief - September 3, 2012
Forty years after his death, two of Bruce Lee's siblings reminisce about their famous brother's life and a legacy that is inspiring a whole new generation of fighters. Jo Baker reports.
N Korea-Iran deal on scientific co-operation
TEHRAN - Iran and North Korea signed a scientific and technological co-operation agreement, bringing the two nations deeply at odds with the US closer together. Iranian state television said the accord would include setting up joint scientific and technological laboratories, exchange of scientific teams and transfer of technology. AP
Monks back plan for Rohingya deportations
YANGON - Hundreds of Buddhist monks rallied in Myanmar in support of the president and his proposal to send the members of a Muslim minority to another country. President Thein Sein suggested in July that all Rohingya would be sent to any country willing to take them, a proposal quickly opposed by the UN refugee agency. AP
Maldives warns Nasheed supporters
COLOMBO - The Maldives' government accused former president Mohamed Nasheed of "seeking to inflame" unrest in the island nation, and said unruly protests by his supporters would no longer be tolerated. Nasheed claimed he was forced out of power in February by a coup and his supporters have expressed their anger at regular protests, often clashing with police. AFP
India's fight against tax evasion may go on hold
NEW DELHI - An Indian government panel has proposed that controversial rules to clamp down on tax evasion should be deferred by three years, in a move aimed at reassuring rattled foreign investors. The General Anti-Avoidance Rules, introduced in this year's budget, seek to curb tax evasion through havens but have been widely criticised as a money-grabbing exercise by the government as it battles to curb a deficit. AFP