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Bugged phones and double barbed wire: far fewer North Koreans defect| Reuters

May 22, 2015

Bugged phones and double barbed wire: far fewer North Koreans defect| Reuters

SEOUL It's much more dangerous, and twice as expensive, to defect from North Korea since Kim Jong Un took power in Pyongyang three and a half years ago, refugees and experts say, and far fewer people are escaping from the repressive and impoverished country. With barbed-wire fencing erected on both sides of the Tumen River that marks the border with China, more guard posts and closer monitoring of cross-border phone calls, the number of North Koreans coming annually to the South via China has halved since 2011. Most defections are arranged through brokers, usually Chinese citizens who are ethnically Korean, and their charges have doubled to about $8,000 per person, beyond the reach of most North Koreans - and that gets them only as far as China #Business #Economy #India #France #Health #South Korea #Africa #North Korea #Argentina #Latin America
Italy arrests Moroccan over Tunisian museum killings| Reuters

May 21, 2015

Italy arrests Moroccan over Tunisian museum killings| Reuters

MILAN Italian police said on Wednesday they had arrested a 22-year-old Moroccan man suspected of involvement in the March 18 attack on the Bardo museum in Tunis which killed 20 tourists. Police in Milan said the man, named as Touil Abdelmajid, had been sought by authorities in several countries. #Business #Sports #France #science #Africa #North Korea #California #Argentina #United Kingdom #opinion #lifestyle
UN chief says North Korea withdraws invitation visit

May 20, 2015

UN chief says North Korea withdraws invitation visit

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday that North Korea had withdrawn an invitation to visit a factory park in the country, a day after he announced he would travel to the last major cooperation project between the rival Koreas. #United Nations #NewsTracker #Ban Ki-moon #North Korea #UN secretary general
Kim Jong Un loses temper again! This time with terrapin farm workers

May 19, 2015

Kim Jong Un loses temper again! This time with terrapin farm workers

Workers at a North Korean terrapin farm probably wished they could withdraw into their protective shells Tuesday, after a visit from leader Kim Jong-Un who lambasted operations at the facility. #NewsTracker #North Korea #Kim Jong-un #KCNA #leader #angry