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North Korea to put American tour operator Kenneth Bae on trial for 'trying to overthrow the government'

Analysts say North Korea will probably hand Bae a harsh punishment to use him as a bargaining chip in possible negotiations with the US

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Attack dogs and cross-party onslaughts - Lord Hall begins an Odyssey of his own

We could see where Philip Davies,  attack dog of the Tory right and scourge of all things BBC, was going with his enquiries, of course. Given that the Question Time audience were supposed to reflect the local community, how would political balance be ensured if the programme was airing in what he clearly saw as the left-wing People’s Republic of Bethnal Green and Bow? 

The Dutch–British composer, John Ewbank, was forced to withdraw his work amid vitriol from tens of thousands of online protesters claiming the song sounded like North Korean propaganda.

Composer sounds the wrong note with official anthem for swearing-in of Holland’s future king

The Dutch–British composer of an official anthem intended for the swearing-in of Holland’s future king, Willem-Alexander, was forced to withdraw his work today amid vitriol from tens of thousands of online protesters and claims that the song sounded like North Korean propaganda.

Lord Hall

BC chiefs face grilling by MPs over 'Panorama'

Culture committee to investigate university's complaint about secret filming in North Korea

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?

Patriot lame: Gerard Butler misfires in ‘Olympus Has Fallen’

Pyongyang: Lift sanctions and we’ll talk

North Korea has demanded the lifting of United Nations sanctions and the end of US-South Korea military drills as conditions for resuming talks meant to defuse tension on the Korean Peninsula.

Guarding his anonymity: crime writer James Church

James Church: The man who knows too much about North Korea

The former CIA officer sets his crime novels in the Communist state after years of extraordinary access. Clifford Coonan met him in Beijing

James Harding is set to be announced as the next Director of BBC News

Former Times editor James Harding appointed as new Director of BBC News

James Harding, who recently resigned as editor of The Times, has been announced as the new Director of BBC News.

Adam Johnson, who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his work 'The Orphan Master's Son'

Novel by Adam Johnson set inside North Korea wins Pulitzer prize

As the world waits to see what the North Korean dictatorship does next, the judges of the Pulitzer prizes yesterday honoured a novel acclaimed for its depiction of the secretive state, naming Adam Johnson’s “The Orphan Master’s Son” as the winner of the fiction award after withholding the prize last year.

John Sweeney, who has exposed human rights abuses in Zimbabwe, accompanied students from the London School of Economics, where his wife lectures

Review: Panorama - North Korea Undercover documentary

The BBC defended its Panorama film about North Korea as being “strongly in the public interest”. One certainly imagines a lot more members of the public were interested after the row over the methods employed in filming it, which included its excitable reporter John Sweeney growing a beard and — if you buy the line of attack mounted by academics at the London School of Economics — using innocent students as camouflage.  But the question only the film itself could answer was whether it actually contained anything that would interest the public — this being the kind of country where they may let the occasional Trojan horse in but never, ever leave it unattended long enough for the occupants to climb out and get up to mischief.  

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

Students on BBC Panorama trip are threatened by North Korea

Secretive state warns it might 'make public to the world and the international press the lies made in the name of LSE students'

Joo-il Kim, a North Korean defector who now lives in New Malden, Surrey

Q&A: So, North Korean defector Joo-il Kim, what was life like for you at home?

The Independent spoke to Joo-il Kim, a North Korean defector who now lives in New Malden, Surrey, about his life and the current political stand-off in Korea. His story of what led to him escaping is one of shocking sadness, but since coming to the UK - where he is working on a newspaper to smuggle into the country - he has been able to lead a much happier life.

Joo-il Kim defected from North Korea and now lives in New Malden

Never mind nuclear war, says North Korean defector Joo-il Kim, the reality of famine is bad enough

Joo-il Kim believes the rhetoric is just a distraction

John Sweeney, who has exposed human rights abuses in Zimbabwe, accompanied students from the London School of Economics, where his wife lectures
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