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S. Korea activist sends 'The Interview' DVDs into North

Seoul - A South Korean activist said Thursday he had launched thousands of copies of the Hollywood film "The Interview" into North Korea by balloon, after police blocked a previous attempt last week.

North Korea 'prepared to fire' nuclear missile

London - In an extremely rare and unusual interview with Sky News, North Korea's Ambassador to Britain, Hyun Hak Bong said his country was prepared to use nuclear missiles in response to a nuclear attack by the U.S.

Afghan bank clerks rob their own bank of $1.4 million and run

Kabul - Bank clerks in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province may have stolen as much as 81 million Afghanis ($1.4 million) from the country's central bank when they raided their own bank and fled, said one official on Saturday.

North Korea will soon make military service mandatory for women

In an effort to create a stronger military, North Korea will make military service mandatory for all eligible females between the ages of 17 and 20. The young women will have to serve until they are 23.

N. Korea may be restarting nuclear reactor for atom bomb research

U.S. security think tank 38 North has analyzed satellite imagery and surmises that North Korea may be restarting a research reactor to carry on atomic bomb research.

Op-Ed: Some experts still doubt North Korea hacked Sony

Washington - While FBI director James Comey presented new evidence to show that North Korea was responsible for the recent hacking of Sony Corporation many experts still doubt that North Korea is the culprit.

South Korea: North Korea has 6,000-strong 'cyber army'

Seoul - South Korea officials warned on Tuesday that rival North Korea has a 6,000-member cyber army tasked with attacking and disrupting its democratic neighbor's military and government computer networks.

Sony gets $15 million from The Interview online

Sony has announced that its controversial comedy film about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has raised over $15 million in revenue from online streaming services since it became available on Christmas Eve.

Op-Ed: Putin doesn't want movies about dictator assassinations

Moscow - It should be no surprise that Russian President Vladimir Putin opposed a film showing the assassination of a dictator. At one point the Islamic State and Chechen rebels threatened to kill him.

Sony releases the Interview on YouTube, Google Pay and Xbox

Los Angeles - Sony released The Interview on Xbox, Google Play and Youtube. It earlier said it would be shown in about 200 independent theaters Christmas Day.

Sony will release 'The Interview' in 200 theatres Christmas Day

Six days ago Sony responded to threats from hackers by announcing they would not release 'The Interview.' But on Tuesday they changed course and said they will release the film Christmas Day, as previously planned. But it won't be much of a release.

N.Korea's Internet back, and yes, they do have Internet, kind of!

North Korea experienced widespread Internet outage a few hours ago, but the Internet seems to be back for the country. Just how stable the connection is, is currently unclear according to US-based Internet monitoring company Dyn Research.

Signs suggest a cyberattack against North Korea

North Korea appears to be suffering a cyberattack that has made the country's internet connection intermittent since Sunday evening.

Op-Ed: Why North Korea may not be behind Sony hacking

Washington - When I first heard about the hack attack on Sony, I thought that North Korean officials were incensed that a movie would poke fun at the Great Dear Leader and even have a plot that involved his assassination.

Op-Ed: North Korea and Cuba: Barack Obama and Rand Paul have it right

Rarely are Barack Obama and Rand Paul on the same side of history, but when it comes to combating communism both men have the right idea: Let it compete with the free market and allow the best policy to win. This could be a game-changer in 2016.

North Korea denies Sony hacking, threatens U.S. with consequences

North Korea issued a statement Saturday demanding a joint probe with the U.S. over the Sony hacking scandal. The statement claimed the country's innocence and threatened reprisals if the U.S. refuses to investigate the hacking with them.

Intel report: North Korea deployed 'terror teams' to attack U.S.

North Korea sent covert commando teams to infiltrate the United States to carry out possible terrorist attacks against major cities and nuclear power plants, a declassified US intelligence report has revealed.

FBI: North Korea behind Sony hack

Washington - The US Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday formally accused the North Korean government of the computer hack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that led the company to cancel the release of the film "The Interview."

Op-Ed: Hopefully bidding war on for the Interview

Delft - There were reports Thursday that at least one bidder was offering to buy Sony’s “The Interview” and put in online free. Otherwise, Islamic terrorists, already using social media, may use blocking movies as a new way to manipulate the West.

Op-Ed: Sony's action could affect portrayal of N. Korea in video games

Christmas has been ruined for movie goers all thanks to North Korea's inability to have a sense of humor. After their hackers threatened theaters that screened 'The Interview' with acts of terrorism, Sony was forced to pull the film.

Op-Ed: Release The Interview — A future without theaters

Pyongyang - North Korea was the last place for innovation but their threat against Sony could hasten the end of theaters as we know them.

North Korea: Water shortages and water parks

Pyongyang - North Korea is a country full of enigmas. Isolated and repressive, and governed by a supposed much-loved dictator, little is known about what really goes on within its borders. But some things are impossible to hide, like droughts and water shortages.

Only one Kim Jong-un in North Korea, rest made to change name

South Korea’s KBS TV station has obtained a North Korean state document that was a directive for officials to go forth and force everyone named Kim Jong-un to change their name to something else. It was in anticipation of Kim Jong-un becoming leader.

Defense secretary favorite Ashton Carter wanted to bomb N. Korea

Washington - Pentagon insider Ashton Carter, President Barack Obama's likely nominee to replace Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, once called for a 'preventive' military attack against North Korea.

'I wanted to stay' says returned captive Matthew Miller

Earlier this month, James Clapper, the head of National Intelligence, went to North Korea and successfully returned with two Americans, Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae, who had been held captive. Now, the world has learned that Miller wanted to stay.

Op-Ed: No labour rights, no World Cup

Qatar promised it would reform its horrendous labour rights record last May. It has failed to substantially live up to that obligation.

Spanish filmmaker from Beijing banned from entering North Korea

Pyongyang - A Spanish cinematographer and documentary film director, based in Beijing, has been banned entry into North Korea on business Monday, due to Ebola fears. Pyongyang apparently considers Spain to be a risk country.

North and South Korea to hold high level talks

Pyongyang - After senior North Korean officials made a surprise visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremonies of the Asian Games, Hwang Pyong-so, regarded as the second most powerful person in the North, met with South Korea's Reunification Minister.

American citizen sentenced to 6 years in North Korean prison

Pyongyang - A California man has been sentenced by a North Korean court to six-years in a labor camp for allegedly committing "acts of espionage".

Video: Experience North Korea with 'Enter Pyongyang'

Pyongyang - As the capital of North Korea the city sees massive amounts of commerce and activity. "Enter Pyongyang" is trying to give viewers an idea of just what goes on in from day-to-day.
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The young man watches from the shuttle as the city is engulfed a nuclear explosion.
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The salvage vessel USNS Salvor attempting to rescue South Korean sailors trapped in the Cheonan.
The salvage vessel USNS Salvor attempting to rescue South Korean sailors trapped in the Cheonan.
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UN Commission of Inquiry into human rights in North Korea members Marzuki Darusman  Commission Chair...
UN Commission of Inquiry into human rights in North Korea members Marzuki Darusman, Commission Chairman Michael Kirby and Sonja Biserko.
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CanKor Columnist  Jack Kim; HanVoice Executive Director  Randall Baran-Chong; Conservative MP Barry ...
CanKor Columnist, Jack Kim; HanVoice Executive Director, Randall Baran-Chong; Conservative MP Barry Devolin.
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Image of Yongbyon Nuclear Facility in North Korea from PRWeb
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Sychronized swimming during the celebration of Kim Jong il s birthday.
Sychronized swimming during the celebration of Kim Jong il's birthday.
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An undated picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency shows leader Kim Jong-Un looking at a computer during a military drill.
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Artworks with a socialistic theme cover the city as well.
Artworks with a socialistic theme cover the city as well.
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All smiles: Merrill Newman holding hands with his wife  Lee  and son  Jeff  after arriving at the ai...
All smiles: Merrill Newman holding hands with his wife, Lee, and son, Jeff, after arriving at the airport in San Francisco.
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Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto  Ji-In Hong
Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto, Ji-In Hong
Toronto City Councillor Raymond Cho
Toronto City Councillor Raymond Cho
Professor of Kyungpook National University  Man-ho Heo.
Professor of Kyungpook National University, Man-ho Heo.
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Pyongyang, North Korea
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Kim Jong-un
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Satelitte photo of North Korean labor camp no. 22  taken by DigitalGlobe
Satelitte photo of North Korean labor camp no. 22, taken by DigitalGlobe
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Randall Baran-Chong  Executive Director of HanVoice
Randall Baran-Chong, Executive Director of HanVoice
The International Conference on North Korean Human Rights at the University of Toronto.
The International Conference on North Korean Human Rights at the University of Toronto.
Young-Cheol Kim (left) and Mi-ran Kim (right) are two North Korean defectors.
Young-Cheol Kim (left) and Mi-ran Kim (right) are two North Korean defectors.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) watches a basketball game between former U.S. NBA basketball...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) watches a basketball game between former U.S. NBA basketball players and North Korean players of the Hwaebul team of the DPRK with Dennis Rodman (R) at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium
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