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SEOUL, South Korea - A South Korean man abducted by North Korea has escaped and returned home after 41 years.Choi Sung-yung of the Abductees' Family Union said Friday that 68-year-old Jeon Wook-pyo es...
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"I Want to Erase My Name": One Woman's Escape From Kim Jong-un

I had come to the Sino-North Korean border in order to film a documentary about North Korean defectors. Since Kim Jong-un took office, the situation has been dire for those hoping to escape. If they are caught as illegal migrants in China, they will be deported back to the DPRK where they will face torture and imprisonment. Sook-ja had waded across the icy Tumen River several weeks before, carrying a bundle of clothes above her head. She didn't know how to swim and yet she had risked her life in order to find her sister who had disappeared in China. "I came all this way to find her, and... she's gone."
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A Step Closer To Total Isolation

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korean workers didn't show up for work at a jointly run factory complex with South Korea on Tuesday, a day after Pyongyang suspended operations at the last remaining major e...
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Will Canada Join a War Against North Korea?

The US will go to war again with North Korea, by choice, and funded by the American people. When the Iraq war started, Jean Chretien kept Canada out if it. Now that Stephen Harper is our prime minister and his Conservative party enjoys a majority in the Parliament, will Canada join?
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North Korean Tourism 'Booming'

A handful of state-sanctioned travel operators have been guiding tourists through the otherwise secretive North Korea for several years now, and they say business is booming despite the nation's recen...
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China Turning On North Korea?

WASHINGTON - North Korea's latest outburst of nuclear and military threats has given the U.S. a rare opportunity to build bridges with China — a potential silver lining to the simmering crisis that co...
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Anonymous Pays Kim Jong Un A Visit

SEOUL, South Korea - Hackers apparently broke into at least two of North Korea's government-run online sites Thursday, as tensions rose on the Korean Peninsula.The North's Uriminzokkiri Twitter and Fl...
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U.S. Military On The Move

WASHINGTON - The parading of U.S. air and naval power within view of the Korean Peninsula — first a few long-range bombers, then stealth fighters, then ships — is as much about psychological war as re...
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Should Canada Fear North Korea?

Given Canada's close proximity and alliance with the U.S., and North Korea's abhorrence of that "imperialist" country and everything it represents, the question is whether Canadians should feel fearful of North Korean missiles -- in the event they can reach our neighbour, or accidentally strike us instead.
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North Korea: The World's Ticking Time Bomb

When his father, Kim Jong-Il, died in December 2011, there were speculations that his young successor would have an interest in modernizing and bringing capitalism to the impoverished nation. North Korea announced they would continue with plans for a third nuclear test and test rockets capable of reaching the United States. It may be argued that Kim Jong-un is more dangerous to the world than his father had ever been.
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North Korea: Will Nuclear Alarms Wake Up the World?

Governments around the world -- along with the United Nations and other international bodies -- were quick to respond to North Korea's recent rocket launch with warranted condemnation and concern about the country's nuclear weapons program. It is regrettable, however, that while rocket launches make headlines, the deplorable state of human rights under the Kim dynasty receives relatively little attention.
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Canada Strongly Disagrees

OTTAWA - Canada is strongly condemning North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket, calling it reckless and provocative.Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says the North's actions "clearly demonstrat...

For Canadians, the Korean War was an Adventure

This week, sixty-two years ago, was the start of the Korean War. It was a chance for Canadians who were too young for World War II to experience what others had endured in wartime; it was an adventure. The mixture of veterans and rookies proved to be a more effective force than many expected, and Canadians who were there now recognize how worthwhile their contribution was.

North Korean Mourners: They Laughed Until They Were Jailed

According to a South Korean publication, Daily NK, "[North Korean] authorities are handing down six-month sentences in a labor-training camp to those who didn't participate in gatherings to mourn the death of Dear Leader Kim Jong-il." The same sentence is dished out to those who did attend organized grief sessions, "but didn't weep hard enough, or faked their tears, or didn't seem genuine."
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Why Canadians Should Ignore Syria

What to do about Syria? It's a valid question, about which there is no valid answer. Perhaps a better question would be, is there anything we (meaning the developed or civilized world) wants to do? The outside world is neither policeman nor colonizer. Syria wouldn't be the pushover Libya was, and if we became involved it could well boomerang when democracy doesn't occur, and a different tyranny ensues.