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Speculation mounts over heir for North Korea’s Kim Jong-un

North Korea’s next dynastic succession may have been secured, with new TV images of leader Kim Jong-un’s wife suggesting that Pyongyang’s first lady recently gave birth.

Thursday, 3 January, 2013, 4:48pm

North Korea's Kim Jong-il angry over dam project before fatal heart attack

North Korea’s late leader lost his temper because of sloppy work on a crucial power station before he suffered a fatal heart attack a year ago, a South Korean newspaper said on Tuesday.

North Korea said Kim Jong-il had died aboard a train on December 17 from a heart attack brought on by pressure of work, but the exact cause has been veiled in mystery.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Images suggest North Korea leader’s wife pregnant

The wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appeared on state television on Monday looking heavily pregnant and fuelling expectations of an imminent addition to the ruling Kim dynasty.

17 Dec 2012 - 7:48pm

North Korea mourns late leader Kim Jong-il

North Korea on Monday mourned the death one year ago of leader Kim Jong-il, with its rocket scientists taking pride of place at a special memorial ceremony led by his son and successor Kim Jong-un.

Kim Jong-il died of a heart attack on December 17, last year, although his death was only announced two days later.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

North Korea marks first anniversary of late ruler’s death

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un led thousands of officials in a triumphant memorial service for his late father and ex-ruler Kim Jong-il, days after a long-range rocket launch, state TV showed on Sunday.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:46pm

Defiant North Korea holds rally as it vows more launches

Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans held a mass rally on Friday to celebrate the nuclear-armed state’s rocket launch, as its youthful leader vowed new launches in defiance of US-led outrage.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Briefs, December 6, 2012

A Malaysian court overturned the homicide conviction of a policeman who sprayed machine gun fire at a fleeing teenaged motorist, killing the boy and stoking anger over police brutality. Malaysia's opposition denounced the verdict, calling for an appeal, while the family of Aminul Rasyid Amza, 15, said they were considering how to challenge it.

6 Dec 2012 - 3:36am

North Korean spy receives four-year jail sentence

A South Korean court handed down a four-year jail sentence on Wednesday to a convicted North Korean spy who was involved in a bid to maim the eldest son of the North’s late leader Kim Jong-il.

The unidentified spy had arrived in South Korea in March posing as a refugee who had fled the communist North via China, the court heard.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Kim Jong-un's exiled nephew says the North Korean leader is a 'dictator'

Kim Jong-il's teenage grandson has labelled his uncle, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, a "dictator" in an interview offering a rare glimpse into the world's most secretive ruling dynasty.

In the interview at the school in Bosnia where he studies, Kim Han-sol, 17, spoke of his desire to "make things better" for the Korean people.

20 Oct 2012 - 10:54am

North Korean ‘spy’ charged over Kim Jong-nam hit-and-run plot

South Korean prosecutors have filed formal spying charges against a North Korean man involved in a bid to maim the eldest son of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, a report said on Tuesday.

A prosecution service official confirmed the spying charges against the unidentified man, saying he had arrived in South Korea in March posing as a refugee who had fled the North via China.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am