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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

Pyongyang metro station

North Korea: ‘If the US has nuclear weapons, why can’t we?’

North Korea’s nuclear test drew international censure. But Pyongyang rejoiced, says Andrew MacLeod, in a rare dispatch from the pariah state

‘All-out war’: now even China is spooked by Pyongyang’s threats

Tough UN sanctions draw angry response from Pyongyang as tensions rise in the area

North Korean soldiers carry out combat training in a picture released yesterday by the North Korean Central News Agency

North Korea cancels non-aggression pact with South as UN votes for new sanctions over missile tests

Pyongyang defied existing sanctions to conduct a nuclear test last month to provoke the US

Kim Jong-un

An heir for North Korea's Dear Leader? Reports emerge that Kim Jong-un's pop star wife has given birth to a child

The lack of an official announcement has led some to believe the baby is a girl

The News Matrix: Tuesday 5 March 2013

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Sting: Amazon Rainforest

How to save the world, showbiz-style

Dennis Rodman is the latest to put his fame towards a worthy cause. Holly Williams tracks down other globetrotting stars

Leon Panetta described North Korea as a 'rogue state' during a speech at the Pentagon

US Pentagon chief calls North Korea's military intentions a 'serious threat' following another nuclear test in defiance of UN orders

Leon Panetta described North Korea as a 'rogue state' during a speech at the Pentagon

'A violation of UN resolutions': William Hague condemns North Korea nuclear test

Foreign Secretary William Hague “strongly condemned” a nuclear test carried out by North Korea today, calling it a “violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions”.

Is it an iPhone? An HTC? Surely not a Samsung! North Korean leader Kim Jong-un spotted with mystery mobile phone

Speculation arose after a photograph emerged of Kim Jong-un chairing a meeting with top security advisors

North Korea plans new nuclear test

The top governing body has warned that the regime will defy the UN by conducting a third nuclear test, and made clear that its rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the US.

PYONGYANG: “Oddly charming… Very clean… The pastels are a nice touch… they’re almost playful, and reflect Koreans’ love of color”

The ‘very, very strange’ world of North Korea, as blogged by daughter of Google boss

Teenager’s blog offers a rare insight into the secretive state, writes Tim Walker

Editorial: Don't scare North Korea off a Pyongyang Spring

If policy in the two Koreas starts to shift, the outside world can be more positive, too

North Korea's 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il 'died in fit of rage over dam that had sprung a leak'

Reports claim Kim became violently angry after hearing that there was a leak at the power station in Huichon

President Barack Obama, Time Magazine's Person of the Year

Barack Obama is Time magazine’s Person of the Year… again

President Barack Obama has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for the second time, after winning another term in the White House in November.

Embalmed body of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il put on display

Public paid homage and basked in the success of last week's launch of a long-range rocket

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They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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