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North Korea says rockets not linked to visit by ‘so-called pope’

This file photo taken on April 15, 2012 shows SA-3 ground-to-air missiles being displayed during a military parade in honor of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang.  North Korea test-fired ten short-range missiles into the sea, a South Korean news agency reported on March 16, 2014, the latest in a series of launches that have provoked criticism from Seoul and Washington.       AFP

North Korea on Friday ridiculed suggestions that it had sought to upstage the visit of the “so-called pope” to South Korea by firing a series of short-range rockets as the pontiff flew into Seoul.

Posted: August 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope to speak to North Korea’s ‘church of silence’

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Pope Francis will offer prayers for Korean reconciliation in Seoul next week, but they are unlikely to be heard in North Korea which pays lip-service to religious freedom but treats unsanctioned acts of devotion as criminal. The pope is scheduled to conduct a special Korean “peace and reconciliation” mass on August 18 at the end [...]

Posted: August 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Seoul calls for high-level talks with North Korea

A TV news program reports on missiles launched by North Korea at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, July 13, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

South Korea on Monday proposed high-level talks with rival North Korea next week to discuss resuming reunions of Korean War-divided families, a proposal that could lead to the easing of tensions after months of North Korean missile tests and heated rhetoric from both countries.

Posted: August 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Foreign food aid drying up in North Korea

In this March 8, 2013 photo, North Koreans gather in a park in Pyongyang to dance to popular local music played on a speaker. A funding crunch for aid to North Korea has become so severe 500,000 rural schoolchildren are as of April 2014,  no longer receiving assistance and aid to millions more could soon dry up, according to a report obtained by The Associated Press. The report underscores the flight of international donors to countries with less political baggage and more willingness to let aid workers do their jobs. AP

A funding crunch for aid to North Korea has become so severe 500,000 rural schoolchildren are as of this month no longer receiving assistance and aid to millions more could soon dry up, according to a report obtained by The Associated Press. The report underscores the flight of international donors to countries with less political baggage and more willingness to let aid workers do their jobs.

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

N. Korea test-fires missiles as Obama hosts summit

In this July, 2013 photo, military trucks carry Rodong missiles during a military parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles, South Korea and the U.S. said, a defiant challenge to a rare three-way summit of its rivals Seoul, Tokyo and Washington that focused on the North’s security threat. AP/Kyodo News / JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

North Korea test-fired two medium-range missiles Wednesday, as US President Barack Obama hosted a landmark Japan-South Korea summit and pledged “unwavering commitment” to Tokyo and Seoul in the face of Pyongyang’s nuclear threat.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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