Among other things.
Among other things.
Merrill Newman was escorted off a flight during his vacation, and detained by North Korean authorities. He has not been seen since.
American citizens have been advised not to travel to North Korea following reports of an elderly U.S. citizen being detained.
In many countries, the right to tweet is not inalienable, as outright bans, internet censorship, and media laws restrict what is legally fit to post.
“I don’t really know what to expect for my trip,” Myunghee Bae says.
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In 2004, David Sneddon disappeared while hiking in China. But what seemed at first like a tragic accident may be something far more sinister: His family believes he is among the thousands of civilians who have been mysteriously abducted and imprisoned by North Korean agents.
“You’ve gone too far,” a friend of Bae’s says after Rodman’s refusal to ask for the prisoner’s release.
“He’s going to work for them for a week,” a source says.
Rodman says he wants to use basketball to bring people together.
The leader of North Korea reportedly has a daughter, seemingly securing the dynasty that has ruled for three generations.
The former NBA star arrived in Beijing Friday after a visit to North Korea.
“I’m not going to North Korea to discuss freeing Kenneth Bae,” Rodman told Reuters.
As North Korea bars a State Department envoy, Bae’s options look slim.
Dennis Rodman, former NBA star and buddy of Kim Jong-un, appears to have given up.
“How nice to see hand phones being successfully produced with indigenous technology,” says Kim Jong Un, as he inspects the first North Korean smartphone.
The former NBA star promised to try to rescue imprisoned American Kenneth Bae in a trip planned for Aug. 1. That deadline has come and gone.
No “immediate plans,” says Carter’s spokeswoman.
Just in time to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War cease-fire. Cool, guys.
As the 60th anniversary of the Korean War approaches on Sunday, North Korean school children expressed their feelings toward “American bastards.” The 12-year-olds interviewed spoke of their all-powerful leader and how he defeated the U.S., which they blame for continuing tensions with the South.
The rest of the world gets a rare, 15-second video glimpse into the guarded culture of North Korea.
Some things not even a camera filter can improve.
The Samjiyon is North Korea’s version of the iPad, and it’s got everything you’d expect in a great new tablet - except internet. Which basically means it’s a giant touch screen device that comes pre-loaded with government propaganda and an Angry Birds rip-off.
A blustery statement promises to kill the “thieving Americans” trying to get supplies into North Korea.
The country where anti-surveillance hero Edward Snowden wants to take refuge spent half a million dollars on an Israeli-made “GSM interceptor” in a deal brokered by a U.S. middleman. Seeking the capacity to “intercept text messages, falsify and modify the text messages” among other tricks.
“I can’t go into any details.” Glenn Greenwald doubts it. (Updated)
Meanwhile, the Wikileaks founder’s asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy is stretching into a second year. “I’m worried about the state of journalism.” (Updated below)
Is the Iranian presidency suddenly important, or less important than ever?
Successful Kazakh PR work?
U.S. has concluded Assad used chemical weapons, but no details yet on the specific military support that will be provided.