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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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday that North Korea had withdrawn an invitation to visit a factory park in the country, a day after he announced he would travel to the last major cooperation project between the rival Koreas.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
Burundi president fires defence chief after coup attempt| Reuters

May 18, 2015

Burundi president fires defence chief after coup attempt| Reuters

BUJUMBURA Burundi's embattled President Pierre Nkurunziza sacked his defence and foreign ministers on Monday, five days after surviving an attempted coup by generals opposed to his bid for a third term in office. #Business #Economy #United States #France #science #Africa #North Korea #Kenya #Mexico #opinion
Kerry slams Kim Jong-Un, warns of fresh sanctions against North Korea over "grisly" executions

May 18, 2015

Kerry slams Kim Jong-Un, warns of fresh sanctions against North Korea over "grisly" executions

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned North Korea on Monday of possible fresh sanctions as he slammed Kim Jong-Un's "egregious" leadership with its reliance on reckless provocation and "grotesque" executions. #NewsTracker #South Korea #Seoul #North Korea #Kim Jong-un #US Secretary of State #John Kerry
Wait, what? North Korea defence minister executed for dozing, talking back to Kim Jong Un

May 13, 2015

Wait, what? North Korea defence minister executed for dozing, talking back to Kim Jong Un

North Korean Defence Minister Hyon Yong-Chol has been executed by anti-aircraft fire for disloyalty and showing disrespect to leader Kim Jong-Un, South Korea's intelligence agency said on Wednesday. #NewsTracker #BeatThis #Defence minister #North Korea #Kim Jong-un #Sleeping #executed #dozed off
Moroccan F-16 jet from Saudi-led coalition in Yemen crashes| Reuters

May 12, 2015

Moroccan F-16 jet from Saudi-led coalition in Yemen crashes| Reuters

CAIRO/ADEN A Moroccan F-16 warplane has crashed while on a mission with Saudi Arabia-led forces in Yemen, a Saudi military spokesman said on Monday, and Yemen's dominant Houthi militia said tribesmen shot down the aircraft. #Business #France #Middle East #markets #Africa #Florida #North Korea #Argentina #Police #Latin America #Texas #Entertainment
North Korea slams 'rubbish' US claims over space programme

May 08, 2015

North Korea slams 'rubbish' US claims over space programme

North Korea on Friday slammed US allegations that its space research is essentially a disguised ballistic missile programme, and vowed to send more satellites into orbit in defiance of UN sanctions. #US #NewsTracker #North Korea #UK #UN Sanctions #ballistic missile programme
North Korea's Kim Jong Un cancels planned visit to Russia, says Kremlin

Apr 30, 2015

North Korea's Kim Jong Un cancels planned visit to Russia, says Kremlin

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has cancelled his planned visit to Moscow to attend Russia's World War II anniversary celebrations on May 9, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Thursday. #China #Barack Obama #Russia #North Korea #Kremlin #Kim Jong-un #Allies