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  • Family: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was once close to his uncle Jang Song-thaek, but now has had him executed. (Associated Press)

    Kim Jong-un consolidating power — or losing grip on North Korea's military

    Official reports about the execution of the uncle and onetime mentor of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un raised questions Friday about the totalitarian regime's stability and the mercurial leader's mindset.


  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's ex-lover executed by firing squad: report

    Kim Jong-un's ex-girlfriend, a singer, was among a dozen well-known performers who were executed by firing squad nine days ago, South Korean media reported.


  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, gestures as he meets South Korea's Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se before the arrival of South Korean's President Park Geun-hye at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, Friday, April 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Richard, Pool)

    China holds key as Kerry arrives in Asia to temper threats from North Korea

    SEOUL — Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived here Friday, within range of North Korea's recent nuclear threats on his first trip to Asia as America's top diplomat -- an expedition that analysts say will be defined by efforts to persuade China to influence Pyongyang away from making further provocations.


  • Nancy Ohanian

    KUHNER: Is the sky falling?

    A Serbian nationalist assassinated Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. What should have been a local conflict in the Balkans triggered the World War I. The end result was millions dead, the destruction of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires, and the subsequent rise of fascism and communism. An outbreak of hostilities on the Korean Peninsula today could lead to a similar, disastrous fate — World War III.


  • Cui Tiankai

    Inside the Ring: New PRC ambassador

    China's new ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, arrived in Washington this week and takes up the key diplomatic post with a notable past of diplomatic activities, as detailed in leaked classified State Department cables from 2006 and 2010.


  • ** FILE ** North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (left) uses binoculars to look at South Korean territory from an observation post at the military unit on Jangjae islet, located in the southernmost part of the southwestern sector of the North's border with the South, on Thursday, March 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

    'Reckless' Kim Jong-un won't be tolerated; Kerry strikes back at North Korean threats

    Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Tuesday delivered a firm counterpunch to a wave of antagonistic rhetoric and nuclear threats by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, vowing that the U.S. is prepared to "do what is necessary" to defend itself and its longtime allies South Korea and Japan.


  • **FILE** North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (Associated Press)

    Kim Jong-un, North Korea's mysterious leader, fathers potential communist heir

    North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un is a new father after his wife secretly gave birth to a child that intelligence officials believe could emerge as the communist dynasty’s fourth hereditary dictator.


  • ** FILE ** North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks at a banquet for rocket scientists in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in this image made from video. (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video)

    North Korean leader Kim vows strong action

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un convened top security and foreign affairs officials and ordered them to take "substantial and high-profile important state measures," state media said Sunday, fueling speculation that he plans to push forward with a threat to explode a nuclear device in defiance of the United Nations.


  • Google exec gets look at NKoreans using Internet

    Students at North Korea's premier university showed Google's executive chairman how they look for information online: They Google it.


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