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Stories with place: North Korea
  • Is N. Korean airline world's worst? It may be the quirkiest story has photos
    Updated: Sep-02-15 4:26 am

    PYONGYANG, North Korea - If an Air Koryo passenger ignores its no-photography rule, a flight attendant might take the camera and delete the pictures herself. Crumpling up a newspaper bearing the image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can earn travelers a stern lecture, or worse.

  • North Korea denies it apologized over mine blast 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 12:06 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea insisted on Tuesday that its recent expression of "regret" over a mine explosion that maimed two South Korean soldiers was not an apology, as Seoul claims it was.

  • North Korean choir gives military-inspired concert in Russia 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 10:58 am

    MOSCOW - The North Korean National Choir has performed for the first time in the Russian capital, putting on a military-inspired concert.

  • Street stalls show shifting face of North Korean economy story has photos
    Updated: Sep-01-15 1:44 am

    PYONGYANG, North Korea - Street stalls that offer North Koreans a place to spend - or make - money on everything from snow cones to DVDs are flourishing in Pyongyang and other North Korean cities, modest but growing forms of private commerce in a country where capitalism is officially anathema.

  • British man pleads guilty in North Korea-related drug scam 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 6:29 pm

    NEW YORK - A British man pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to import 100 kilograms of North Korean-produced methamphetamine into the United States.

  • North Korea reports dozens of casualties after heavy rains 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 10:08 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea says heavy rainfall has caused dozens of human casualties, destroyed homes and flooded farmland in a northeast area home to a special economic zone.

  • New airport's Internet room a closed window on North Korea story has photos
    Updated: Aug-26-15 4:29 am

    PYONGYANG, North Korea - Pyongyang's shiny new airport building has all the features international travelers have come to expect, though some lose their luster upon closer examination. Case in point: Its Internet room appears to be missing the Internet.

  • In N. Korean capital, residents used to life in war's shadow 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 5:13 am

    PYONGYANG, North Korea - For 30 minutes in North Korea, as talks were underway to try to avert the worst crisis between the two Koreas in years, all eyes were glued to the television - but not to the news, which had just ended. After five long years, the "Boy General" animation series was airing a much-anticipated new episode.

  • South Korea turns off propaganda as Koreas reach deal story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-25-15 12:44 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - After 40-plus-hours of talks, North and South Korea on Tuesday pulled back from the brink with an accord that allows both sides to save face and, for the moment, avert the bloodshed they've been threatening each other with for weeks.

  • Rival Koreas again show mastery at pulling back from brink story has photos
    Updated: Aug-24-15 7:19 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - The Koreas on Tuesday once again proved their mastery at pulling back from the brink - this time with an accord forged in two marathon negotiating sessions over three days.

  • The Latest: Seoul to halt broadcasts; N Korea shows regret story has photos
    Updated: Aug-24-15 2:59 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - The latest on the tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local):

  • AP Analysis: What's different this time in Korean standoff? story has photos
    Updated: Aug-22-15 12:35 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - For years, North Korea's litany of threats has been largely dismissed - Seoul, after all, is still not drowning in a "sea of fire," despite Pyongyang's repeated promises to make it so.

  • US restarts military exercise with South Korea, after pause 
    Updated: Aug-21-15 2:05 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said Friday that America's annual military exercise with South Korea has resumed after being stopped as a result of escalating tensions and threats of war from Pyongyang.

  • S. Korea leader to attend China's celebrations of WWII end 
    Updated: Aug-19-15 11:40 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korean President Park Geun-hye will travel to China next month to attend a ceremony marking the anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II, her office said Thursday.

  • Slovenian avant-garde rock band makes Pyongyang debut story has photos
    Updated: Aug-19-15 11:28 pm

    PYONGYANG, North Korea - Slovenian avant-garde rock group Laibach is known for pushing the envelope - wearing military uniforms on stage, toying with socialist and Marxist themes, making visual references to authoritarian symbols.

  • North Korea stages unification rally in DMZ as tensions rise story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-15-15 9:19 am

    PANMUNJOM, North Korea - North Korea held a loud but peaceful mass rally inside the Demilitarized Zone on Saturday - the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Koreas from Japanese colonial rule - replete with an all-woman brass band, flag-waving and fist-pumping, as South Korean and U.S. soldiers stood watch just meters (yards) away on their side of the truce village of Panmunjom.

  • North Korea celebrates new time zone, 'Pyongyang Time' 
    Updated: Aug-14-15 1:35 pm

    PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea now has its own time zone.

  • US research: Nuclear NKorea expanding uranium mining 
    Updated: Aug-12-15 12:47 pm

    WASHINGTON - North Korea is expanding its capacity to mine and mill uranium ore which could supply its nuclear weapons program or fuel nuclear reactors, according to new U.S. research.

  • Britain's Hammond in China for security, climate talks 
    Updated: Aug-12-15 10:34 am

    BEIJING - British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Wednesday that an international agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program could give impetus to efforts aimed at curbing North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

  • Thai foreign minister says North Korea woos its businesses story has photos
    Updated: Aug-10-15 1:15 pm

    BANGKOK - Thailand's foreign minister said Monday his North Korean counterpart has invited Thai businesses to invest in his country because Thais are trustworthy and don't interfere with matters that don't involve them.

  • Japan disappoints with last-place finish in East Asian Cup 
    Updated: Aug-09-15 10:29 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea winning its third East Asian Cup on Sunday was no surprise. Japan finishing bottom of the four-team competition that included China and North Korea was less expected.

  • Retracing war past, ex-N. Korean POWs return to South Korea story has photos
    Updated: Aug-09-15 11:40 am

    YANGPYEONG, South Korea - Back in the country where they were detained as prisoners of war in the 1950s, two former North Korean soldiers now find little apparent objection or hostility, at least superficially - they were even welcomed by veterans who had fought for the South. But it's also a trip that brings back bitter memories of war and puts them on the defensive again.

  • The politics of time: why countries switch time zones 
    Updated: Aug-07-15 10:16 am

    North Korean officials announced Friday that the country is creating its own time zone, moving back 30 minutes on Aug. 15. The establishment of "Pyongyang time" is a political move intended to erase the legacy of Japanese colonial rule a century ago. Before that, the entire Korean peninsula was 8½ hours ahead of GMT, the time that North Korea will now revert to.

  • North Korean ship pursued for seizure in case story has photos
    Updated: Aug-04-15 3:01 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Winning a lawsuit against North Korea is rare. Collecting millions of dollars in damages from the isolated country? Pretty much impossible. But an Israel-based civil rights group thinks it has found a way, starting with a North Korean ship that's been held, against Pyongyang's wishes, in a Mexican port for the past year.