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Former NBA star's lavish birthday gifts for 'friend for life' Kim Jong-un may have violated international sanctions imposed on North Korea

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman will visit North Korea to help coach the national basketball team on a five-day trip

Dennis Rodman set to coach North Korea basketball team on a five-day trip

Rodman hopes to organise a match a side made up of ex-NBA stars in January but the US State Department have confirmed Rodman's visit is not a representation of the US government

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman attended a basketball game with Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang, earlier this year

Defector asks Dennis Rodman: Make Kim Jong-un 'hear the cries of his people'

A former North Korean prisoner addressed the basketball player in an open letter published in an American newspaper

Kim Jong-un's nephew 'under police protection' at his exclusive university in France

North Korean dictator's half-brother's son, Kim Han-sol, has had extra police protection at Sciences-Po in Le Havre

North Korea commemorates anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death – just days after execution of his former brother-in-law

Kim Jong Un leads ceremonies in display of ‘single-minded unity’ following purge of his uncle

Kim Jong-un visited a fisheries station and a ski resort in recent days

Execution of Kim Jong-un’s uncle Jang Song-thaek raises fears in South

Five of the seven officials who walked alongside Kim Jong-il’s hearse in December 2011 have been killed, purged or sent to labour camps

Kim Kyong-hui, the wife of North Korea’s de facto second-in-command, Jang Song-thaek, appears to be safe, deepening the mystery over her apparent role in his execution and adding to speculation that she condoned it

Kim Jong-un's aunt: Mystery deepens over role of Kim Kyong-hui in her husband Jang Song-thaek's death

As she returns to official engagements, speculation mounts that she condoned the execution

KIm Jong-il (left), unlike his son Kim Jong-un, did not stage show trials

John Everard: I doubt that Kim Jong-un’s uncle Jang Song-thaek will be the last person to die in North Korea purge

Officers in the military will be particularly nervous

North Korean businessmen are summoned back from China after Jang Song Thaek execution

Sources claim 'large numbers' of officials are being called back to North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his uncle, Jang Song Thaek

Page 3 Profile: Chang Song-Thaek, uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Ung

Is all well inside North Korea?

TV news about the alleged dismissal of Jang Song-Thaek, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's uncle, was broadcast in Seoul on 3 December 2013

North Korea confirms removal of Kim Jong-un’s 'depraved' uncle Jang Song Thaek

Jang was once seen as Kim's mentor long considered the country's second power - but his removal was blamed on 'corruption, drug use, gambling and womanizing'

A paramilitary police official stands guard behind a gate at the South Korea embassy in Beijing

Fund-manager to Kim Jong-un’s ousted uncle Jang Song Thaek ‘flees North Korea’

North Korea is facing what could be its most serious defection in 15 years after a man who managed funds for the ousted uncle of leader Kim Jong-un fled the isolated country, South Korean media said on Friday.

Why Mr Jang was purged a second time in North Korea: Various theories persist about the disappearance of senior official Jang Song-taek

Most observers say he is a reformer who wants to push his country towards Chinese-style capitalism, something that may have antagonised Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (right) pictured with his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, earlier this year

North Korea: Kim Jong Un 'sacks powerful uncle and has his aides executed'

The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is believed to have dismissed an uncle, a man key to his rise to power, South Korean politicians said, in a move that could help consolidate his power base with a group of younger aides.

North Korea parades detained US pensioner Merrill Newman as war criminal

North Korea showcased a US veteran on Saturday who they accuse of killing civilians during the Korean War 60 years ago in a video of the 85-year-old making a full 'confession' and apology as if the battles are still continuing today.

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