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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

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un attends a parade of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards and a mass rally in Pyongyang in celebration of the 65th anniversary of North Korea

‘Life inside the Secret State’ shows why Kim Jong-il was right to fear the growth of markets

Private trade frays at central authority - and that can only be a good thing

Kim Jong-un and the curious case of the fake trousers and 'fuzzy' legs...

Keen-eyed bloggers notice tell-tale details which suggest the leader and his comrades have been photoshopped in

South Korean Cho Jang-geum, 81, weeps as she fills out an application form to reunite with her family members who are living in North Korea

North Korea cancels reunions for families separated by war with the South

Seoul criticises reclusive neighbour's 'inhumane behaviour'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets with former NBA star Dennis Rodman in Pyongyang 7 September 2013

Dennis Rodman playing diplomat, Louis Tomlinson playing football: What could possibly go wrong?

Public indulgence of celebrities lets many crossover from entertainer to expert

The singer, the X-rated movies and the dictator: Kim Jong-un's former lover ‘executed by machine-gun for appearing in porn films’

A member of a North Korean pop group and erstwhile companion of the country's leader has reportedly been killed by machine gun

US envoy attempts to negotiate release of American missionary held in North Korea

A special US government envoy will travel to North Korea on Friday to seek the release of Kenneth Bae, the American Christian missionary and former tour operator sentenced to 15 years hard labour by the secretive state.

Shin Dong-hyuk, a former inmate and North Korean defector, attends the UN hearing at Yonsei University in Seoul

A life of torture, starvation and executions: Inside North Korea’s horrifyingly cruel prison camps

United Nations expert panel in Seoul hears harrowing evidence from former inmates

Barack Obama has once again thrown a barb at Kanye West

Obama vs Kimye: Mr President faces Kris Jenner's wrath for disparaging remarks about Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

According to reality TV's famous matriarch, her daughter is 'the hardest-working young lady in the world' and West 'doesn't go on holiday, ever'

Kim Jong-un walks past tombstones at the opening of the Cemetery of Fallen Fighters in Pyongyang

North Korea: US veterans at Kim Jong-un’s war anniversary

The veterans are in the country to  find the remains of an aviator killed in the war

A smiling Kim Jong-un is seen being mobbed by a large group of crying women wearing white boiler suits

Such a fungi! North Korean leader Kim Jong-un laughs as he is mobbed by screaming, crying women during visit to mushroom farm

Despot surrounded in scenes more often associated with the likes of Harry Styles or Justin Bieber

Military equipment lie in containers aboard a North Korean-flagged ship at the Manzanillo International container terminal on the coast of Colon City, Panama

Cuba admits 'obsolete' weapons were on board North Korean ship seized in Panama

Crew riots and captain attempts suicide as officials board vessel

The fishing village at Dalian Bay, where a Chinese fishing boat was detained

Kim Jong-un tries to rebuild bridges with release of Chinese hostages

Fishermen freed as speculation grows that Beijing may be planning for regime change

South Koreans watch TV news showing a footage of North Korean missiles

North Korea launches missiles into eastern waters, according to the South

US State Department urges Kim Jong-Un's reclusive government to 'exercise restraint'

North Korea 'fires three missiles' as nuclear programme slows down, according to UN

North Korea is still trying to import and export nuclear and ballistic missile-related items but financial and trade sanctions are slowing progress on development of their prohibited weapons, UN experts say in a new report.

Reporter John Sweeney in the BBC's undercover documentary inside North Korea

Grace Dent on TV: North Korea Undercover: Panorama

I loved the chipper ferocity of John Sweeney's tour guides. But where are they now?

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