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Pat Buchanan: Trump's doctrine for Singapore, Korea and beyond

Pat Buchanan: Trump's doctrine for Singapore, Korea and beyond

After Pyongyang railed this week that the U.S.-South Korean Max Thunder military drills were a rehearsal for an invasion of the North, and imperiled ...

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US Olympic team marred by racism claims in Korea

US Olympic team marred by racism claims in Korea

The 2018 Winter Olympics has been marred as a forum for peace and international comity while the United States Winter Olympic team appears to be enga ...

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Fair Trade is good for economic development

Fair Trade is good for economic development

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Famished North Koreans resort to cannibalism

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South Korea: Committed to integration, South Korean bishops meet 46 NK exiles

The Catholic Church sponsors a number of initiatives to raise awareness about the plight of exiles. They include a spiritual retreat, the opening of a centre to help their integration and a rally against repatriation.

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South Korea: New archbishop of Seoul for dialogue with the North and the defense of life

The Pope has appointed pastor of the Korean capital - and Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang - Mgr. Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, committed to dialogue with North Korea and in the forefront of the battle against secularization of society.

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Korea: The death of Shin Sook ja closes "the Oh affair ", the first exile from North

After 40 years, one of the thorniest cases between Seoul and Pyongyang closes: the case of Oh Kil-nam, sent by the regime to Germany in the 70s and then fled to the South. Still no clarity on the involvement of the famous composer Yun I-sang .

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Korea: Tension between two Koreas ends even sporting friendships

Hyun Jung-hwa and Lee Boon-hee represented Korea together at the table tennis world championships in 1991, winning together. Now Seoul and Pyongyang are blocking their attempt to come together to celebrate their past glories, and prevents a missionary from delivering a ring (sign of friendship) ...

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Korea: Report to include personal information about North Korean human rights abusers

The National Human Rights Commission of Korea will release a report with depositions and accounts of the atrocities committed by the Kim regime. Detailed information (names and descriptions) of the culprits has been collected "to provide legal evidence allowing us to punish them after unification."

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Asia is ga-ga for Lady Gaga

Asia is ga-ga for Lady Gaga

Protests against Lady Gaga have emerged in Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Nonetheless, she is welcomed in Japan, Australia, and elsewhere on her Asian tour 'Born this way'.

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Escape from Camp 14: book review of harrowing North Korean gulag

Escape from Camp 14: book review of harrowing North Korean gulag

The subject of the book, Shin Don-hyuk, once watched as a North Korean teacher beat to death a six-year-old girl for hiding a few grains of maize in her pockets.

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Korea: North and South meeting at Easter for "prayer and reconciliation"

Christian delegations from across the divide meet in Kaesong to pray together for the unity of the peninsula. Hope in a new season of trust and future reconciliation is rekindled.

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North Korea Says U.S. 'Overreacting' To Planned Rocket Launch

North Korea has accused the United States of "overreacting" to a planned rocket launch by suspending a bilateral deal to provide food aid.

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Korea: Us: Japan: Seoul ready to shoot down North Korean rocket

As world leaders gather in South Korea for nuclear disarmament, Pyongyang plans to launch a long-range missile for peaceful purposes. Washington warns against such a provocation.

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South Korea: First Korean synagogue opens its doors

After about 60 years, the Jewish community residing in the country has opened its first place of worship. Rabbi: "Never before have we found respect for our religion like here".

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North Korea: Regime spends 2 billion for Kim Il sung centenary

The sum is pure folly, considering that at the same price the government could buy 4.75 million tonnes of rice and that about half the population lives on less than 1 dollar a day. A source: " about 10 thousand people invited, all expenses paid." And Pyongyang also wants to send a rocket into space.

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Korea: Two Koreas in same team angers Pyongyang

Although Park Joo-ho and Pak Kwang-ryong come from different sides in Korea's great divide, they play together in Basel. A photo showing them together angers North Korea's Communists. The latter had said that they would not allow such a thing. However, it does raise hopes among fans.

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Korea: North Korea to mark centenary of Kim Il sung with rocket launch

The communist regime says the experiment will be "an opportunity" to improve "space technology for peaceful purposes." Only last month the government had accepted the suspension of launches, in exchange for food from the U.S. government. At the risk the resumption of Six-Party Talks on North Korean ...

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Korea: Us: China: Washington to provide 240,000 tonnes of food to North Korea

US-North Korea talks open today in Beijing to discuss food shipment in exchange of nuclear moratorium. The United States wantsthe aid to the population and not, as in the past, to the military. Meanwhile, Seoul expresses a desire to see China involved in the process of reunification of the ...

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Korea: United States: North Korea announces stop on nuclear activities in exchange for food

"It is a good start," a South Korean source told AsiaNews, "but we must proceed with caution." It could be "a ploy to get international aid." US State Department confirms the agreement reached in Beijing with North Korean representatives.

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U.S And North Korea Hold Nuclear Talks

Officials of the United States and North Korea have met for their first talks on the North's nuclear program since the death in December of longtime North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Il and the subsequent transition of power to his son Kim Jong-Un.

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South Korea Holds Live Fire Drill Despite North's Threats

South Korea has conducted live fire military exercises on five islands located close to the disputed border between South and North Korea despite warnings of retaliation from Pyongyang.

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North Korea: The symbols of the Kims’ power under attack, North Koreans are waking up

Source tells AsiaNews describes rising number of anti-regime acts. A statue is damaged, a door to Kim Il-sung’s birthplace is stolen and anti-government graffiti appear. Something is changing in North Korea.

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U.S. Urges South Korea To Cut Iran Oil Imports

A senior U.S. official has called on South Korea to reduce its crude oil imports from Iran to help pile pressure on the Islamic republic over its nuclear program.

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North Korea: The body of Kim Jong il embalmed and on display in Pyongyang mausoleum

The remains of the "Dear Leader" will receive the same honor bestowed to his father, Kim Il-sung, founder of the dynasty in power in North Korea. The Central Committee of Communist Party has decided on a list of other forms of veneration and respect. The date of birth of Kim Jong Il will become the ...

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South Korea: Week for Christian Unity: Christians "must break down the wall of incomprehension"

In his message for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Archbishop of Gwangju writes: "United in the love of Christ, we proclaim his victory to the world. Let us put aside our differences to be heralds of his peace and salvation. "

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North Korea Announces Amnesty To Mark Births Of Leaders

Communist-ruled North Korea has announced an amnesty for prisoners to mark the upcoming birth anniversaries of its late leaders.

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S. Korea President: Window Still Open For Better Ties With North

South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak says he continues to see an opportunity for better relations with North Korea following the death of longtime ruler Kim Jong Il.

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Korea: New dictator, old politics in North Korea

In a public statement, North Korea’s National Defence Commission issues warning against South Korea and the world. Nothing changes with Kim Jong-un’s rise to power; “traitors” and “puppets” will be crushed. Source tells AsiaNews that there is “nothing new”. It is “a provocation” ahead of Kim ...

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North Korea Urges Kim Jong Un Loyalty

In a New Year message, North Korea's communist regime urged North Koreans to defend newly installed leader Kim Jong Un "unto death."

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North Korea: As 13 days of mourning end, Kim Jong un becomes “supreme leader”

After a 13-day mourning period, the third son of the late ‘dear leader’ takes over. Kim Yong-nam, the regime’s number two man, says the new leader inherits his father’s “leadership” and “character”.

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North Korea Holds Funeral For 'Dear Leader'

Thousands of weeping North Koreans have lined the snowy streets of Pyongyang to pay their last respects to Kim Jong Il during his state funeral procession.

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North Korea: A Japanese magician at the funeral of Kim

The North Korean regime confirmed: no foreign delegation will attend the dictator’s funeral. But some foreign "individuals" were invited, among them stands out "Princess Tenko", a Japanese magician who has performed during the dictator's birthday and was showered with jewels from the leader of one ...

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Korea: In Pyongyang, people cry for food, not Kim

Source tells AsiaNews that the grief seen on national TV “is not linked to the dictator’s death” but rather to hunger, concern about the coming winter and fear of the future. People want peace and an end to an “era” that “was very dark”.

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North Korea: North Korean soldiers stealing food from people, as everyone fears the worst

A source on the border with China tells AsiaNews, “Soldiers are hoarding all they can find in their barracks. People are starving to death because here you can live only with a rifle and some food.” Meanwhile, the power struggle for the dead leader’s throne picks up.

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Korea: North Korean television broadcasts images of Kim Jong il's remains

Today, successor to Kim Jong-un pays tribute to his father's remains, along with military leaders and party members. But international fear is mounting of a power struggle that would open a period of instability in the region. Crowds of thousands weep and cry as a sign of mourning. Seoul has ...

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Korea: North Koreans at a turning point following Kim Jong il’s death

A South Korean government source tells AsiaNews, “Pain for the dictator’s death is real. People saw him as a source of pride because of his military challenge to the world. Now North Korea could free itself from the dictatorship but people inside must make the first move. An outside intervention ...

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North Korea Announces Death Of Leader Kim Jong Il

North Korea's reclusive leader, Kim Jong Il, has died and state media

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What dictator Kim Jong Il's death means to the world

What dictator Kim Jong Il's death means to the world

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South Korea: The "new evangelization" in the 2012 pastoral letters of the South Korean Bishops

The shepherds evoke the spirit of Vatican II 50 years after the opening of a council which remains "an essential point of reference." Priority themes to promote: family, life, the elderly, community and mission. Ethical values come to include the defense of the territory.

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Korea: A Christmas tree ready to light up North Korea

The Seoul government, after 7 years, grants permission to light the three with the cross on its top at Aegibong Peak, a hilly area less than 3 km from the border that separates the two Koreas: It will be visible to the North Korean population. North Korea attacks the "propaganda of the regime."

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NORTH KOREA – UNITED STATES Pyongyang: uranium enrichment to continue

North Korea dismisses US demand to put its nuclear programme on hold, says it is “ready to resume the six-party talks” on nuclear disarmament.

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Korea: In another of the regime’s follies, dozens of people die to build 100,000 housing units

To honour the 100th birthday of ‘eternal president’ Kim Il-sung, the current North Korean dictator ordered the construction of 100,000 housing units in less than a year in the capital, Pyongyang. Students and other untrained workers who were called up to do the construction are now dying like flies ...

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Korea: North Korea in more military provocations in the Yellow Sea

Communist regime test fired new missiles twice in the past few months. Seoul says it is ready to respond.

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KOREA – UNITED STATES – CHINA US announces direct talks with North Korea

After three years of deadlock, Washington begins direct talks with Pyongyang on restarting six-nation talks on nuclear disarmament. In exchange, North Korea must stop attacking the South. China’s future premier, Li Keqiang, is expected to visit the Korean Peninsula.

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KOREA – MIDDLE EAST North Koreans awaken by Arab spring

After years as an architect working for the Communist regime, North Korean defects in Egypt and disappears. After two years on the run, he applied for political asylum in South Korea. Cairo demonstrators helped him realise “how absurd the regime in Pyongyang is, where man and his dignity mean ...

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