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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

Archie Bland: The elder Kim who chose lifestyle over compromise

The urge to hold power is so incomprehensible to those of us who aren't possessed of it. I'm always at a loss as to why the likes of Mubarak and Gaddafi didn't just cash in their chips and head off for the luxury villas that surely could have been theirs; the only explanation can be that if you're the sort of person who wants to be in charge of things, that need never leaves you, and the more human concerns that would come first for the rest of us simply don't figure. And so they choose dismal, humiliating incarceration or death over a cheery teatime pina colada. Like I said: incomprehensible.

Kim Jong-nam was banished after allegedly trying to visit Disneyland on a fake passport

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AP President Tom Curley, left, opens the new Pyongyang bureau

North Korea puts the welcome mat out for AP bureau

The Associated Press opened its newest bureau in Pyongyang yesterday, becoming the first international news organisation with a full-time presence in North Korea.

North Korea keeps door open for food-nuke deal with US

North Korea signaled today that it remains open to suspending uranium enrichment in exchange for US food aid, a deal that appeared imminent before leader Kim Jong Il died last month.

North Korea pardon convicts to boost new leader's image

North Korea issued special pardons for convicts yesterday in a rare move that appeared to be aimed at boosting the popularity of its young new leader Kim Jong-un as he attempts to fill his late father's shoes.

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Two Koreas are at a turning point, says South's leader

The death of Kim Jong-il could pave the way for a sea change in relations on the tense peninsula and could bring about a breakthrough in nuclear negotiations with the North, the South Korean leader said yesterday.

Kim Jong-un takes control of N Korean military

North Korea has announced that Kim Jong-un has been officially named supreme commander of the military, further strengthening his authority after the death of his father, long-time North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

The new supreme leader, Kim Jong-un

No change in policy, warns North Korea despite new leader

North Korea warned the world there would be no softening of its position toward South Korea's government after Kim Jong Il's death as Pyongyang strengthened his son and heir's authority with a new title: Great Leader.

The new supreme leader, Kim Jong-un

New leader stays silent as world waits for sign of Kim 'charisma'

Will North Korea's young leader stick to his father's strongman style or be open to negotiation?

Choi: 'Kim Jong-un will open up North Korea for business'

A lieutenant of the late Kim Jong-il who defected to South Korea after years of senior positions in the regime has said Kim's son will open up the isolated state to become more of a market-style export economy.

Kim Jong Un's (second left) leadership is not expected to become formal until top party, parliamentary and government representatives convene to confirm his ascension

Kim Jong-un named as 'supreme leader'

Kim Jong-il's son and successor was declared "supreme leader" of North Korea's ruling party, military and the people during a memorial today for his father in the first public endorsement of his leadership by the government.

In this image made from KRT video, North Korean successor Kim Jong Un salutes as the funeral procession of late leader Kim Jong Il returned to the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang

Crowds pack snowy route for Kim Jong-il's funeral

North Korea's next leader escorted his father's hearse in an elaborate state funeral on a bitter, snowy day today, bowing and saluting in front of tens of thousands of citizens who wailed and stamped their feet in grief for Kim Jong Il.

South Koreans watch a TV screen showing Kim Jong-un, right, greet the wife of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, Lee Hee-ho

Kim Jong-il’s funeral will provide clues to North Korea's future

A sub-zero winter wind blew across the low-lying mountains of the southern reaches of North Korea while the country seemed frozen in time awaiting the funeral tomorrow for long-ruling Kim Jong-il.

Kim Jong-Un, youngest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, sitting during a meeting with his father and visiting Lao President

New role for Kim Jong Il's son

Kim Jong Il's son was identified today as head of a top decision-making body of the ruling Workers' Party, a post that now gives him authority over political as well as military matters in North Korea.

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