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  • In this Saturday, May 17, 2014 photo, families of victims of an accident at an apartment construction site in Pyongyang, North Korea, grieve during a gathering in the capital where senior officials apologized and took responsibility. The word of the collapse in the secretive nation's capital was reported Sunday morning, May 18 by the North's official Korean Central News Agency, which gave no death toll but said that the accident was "serious" and upset North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

    North Korea offers rare apology after apartment building collapses

    North Korea has issued a rare public apology after an apartment building collapsed last week in the country's capital that may have lead to hundreds of deaths.

  • ** FILE ** North Korean leader Kim Jong-un claps during the Supreme People's Assembly in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Associated Press)

    North Korea publishes list of U.S. human rights abuses

    Shortly after the United Nations released a comprehensive report detailing North Korea's crimes against humanity, the autocratic state has angrily responded with it's own report on abuses it sees inside the United States.

  • Australian missionary John Short walks out from the airport terminal as he arrives at Beijing International Airport in Beijing, China, Monday, March 3, 2014. Short was deported from North Korea after he was detained for spreading Christianity in the country and apologized for his behavior and requested forgiveness.  (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    North Korea frees Australian missionary

    North Korea said Monday that it has deported John Short, a 75-year-old Australian missionary whom it detained last month for crimes against the state, according to state-run media.

  • ** FILE ** In this Feb. 16, 2012, photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un walks past his uncle Jang Song Thaek, left, after reviewing a parade of thousands of soldiers and commemorating the 70th birthday of the late Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea announced Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 it had sacked leader Jang, long considered the country's No. 2 power. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

    Kim Jong Un executes ousted uncle, Jang Song Thaek: report

    North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, has been executed as a traitor, the country's official news agency reported Thursday.

  • Scientists and technicians work on their computers to control the launch of North Korea's Unha-3 rocket at the General Satellite Control and Command Center in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Dec. 12, 2012. (Associated Press)

    Internet hoax: Web wasteland of North Korea claims to be victim of U.S. cyberattacks

    North Korea’s state media Friday said the isolated and impoverished communist autocracy had been the victim of cyberattacks by the United States and its allies.

  • ** 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.

  • North Koreans observe a moment of silence as they bow before portraits of the late leaders Kim Il-sung (left) and Kim Jong-il on Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Sirens wailed for three minutes at noon Monday in honor of the first anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-il. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

    North Korea threatens Seoul over sanctions

    North Korea threatened to take "strong physical countermeasures" Friday if South Korea takes part in enforcing United Nations sanctions, which it called a "declaration of war."

  • ** FILE ** In this April 8, 2012, file photo, North Korea's Unha-3 rocket stands at Sohae Satellite Station in Tongchang-ri, North Korea. The nation said Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, it will launch a long-range rocket between Dec. 10 and Dec. 22. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)

    N. Korea says it will launch long-range rocket soon

    North Korea announced Saturday that it would attempt to launch a long-range rocket in mid-December, a defiant move just eight months after a failed April bid was widely condemned as a violation of a U.N. ban against developing its nuclear and missile programs.

  • Photo show offers rare glimpse of life in N. Korea

    An exhibit that opened Thursday offered New Yorkers a rare glimpse of life inside North Korea, including children singing in a theater, stark views of Pyongyang at dusk and North Koreans bowing before a monument of the nation's founder, Kim Il Sung.

  • ** FILE ** In this image made from KRT video, Kim Jong-un, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's youngest son and successor, salutes during the funeral for his father at the end of a procession outside Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/KRT via APTN)

    N. Korea's Kim issues threat before annual U.S.-South Korea drills

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatened to launch a powerful retaliatory strike against South Korea if provoked, state media said Sunday, a day before the start of annual South Korean-U.S. military drills that Pyongyang calls an invasion rehearsal.

  • Kim Jong-un, North Korea's new young leader, gets out of a military vehicle at an undisclosed place in North Korea in this image from an undated TV video aired on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/KRT via APTN)

    N. Korea to pardon convicts; generals back young Kim

    North Korea said Tuesday it will issue special pardons for convicts, a rare move that appeared to be aimed at boosting the popularity of young new leader Kim Jong-un as he attempts to fill his late father's shoes.

  • North Koreans pay their respects to the late leader Kim Jong-il in front of his portrait in Chagang, North Korea, on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

    N. Korea pointing to heir's uncle playing key role

    North Korea is showing the uncle and key patron of anointed heir Kim Jong-un wearing a military uniform with a general's insignia — a strong sign he'll play a crucial role in helping the young man take over power and uphold the "military-first" policy initiated by his late father, Kim Jong-il.

  • A final photograph of Kim Jong-il, released Saturday, shows North Korea's "Dear Leader" in a Pyongyang grocery store with a retinue that includes his son-successor, Kim Jong-un (right on the first step with two riders),  Kim Jong-il's sister Kim Kyong-hui and her husband, Jang Song-thaek (two steps behind Kim Jong-un, in light jacket). (Associated Press)

    The power behind Kim Jong-il's young successor

    North Korea's young and inexperienced next leader will lean on a seasoned inner circle headed by his aunt and uncle to guide him through the transition to supreme ruler.

  • ** FILE ** Former President Jimmy Carter (left) meets with North Korea's No. 2 official, Kim Yong Nam, at Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

    Carter offers condolences to North Korea

    Former President Jimmy Carter has sent North Korea a message of condolence over the death of Kim Jong-il and wished "every success" to the son expected to take over as dictator, according to the communist country's state-run news agency.

  • A Jan. 12, 2010, file photo shows American Aijalon Mahli Gomes, during a rally denouncing North Korean's human rights conditions at the Imjingak Pavilion, near the demilitarized zone of Panmunjom that separates the two Koreas. North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency reported Friday, July 9, 2010, that Aijalon Mahli Gomes, from Boston, attempted to commit suicide and was being treated at a hospital. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

    American jailed in N. Korea attempts suicide

    North Korea said Friday an American imprisoned for illegally entering the reclusive country has tried to kill himself.

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