North Korea

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Young North Koreans told to shun slang and ‘cultural penetration’ from South
Editorial in official newspaper calls on youth to follow ‘traditional lifestyles’ and stick to ‘superior’ language

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

19, Jul, 2021 @3:49 AM

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Kim Jong-un signal for help could mark a turning point in North Korea’s Covid fight
Analysis: leader’s talk of huge crisis, despite no admission of Covid cases, comes amid concerns over health infrastructure and food shortages

Justin McCurry in Tokyo and agencies

01, Jul, 2021 @5:51 AM

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North Korea Covid-19 outbreak fears after Kim Jong-un warns of ‘huge crisis’ in ‘antivirus fight’
Leader speaks of a grave incident and sacks officials for neglecting duties in fighting ‘global health crisis’

Justin McCurry in Tokyo and agencies

30, Jun, 2021 @7:35 AM

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Kim Jong-un’s sister dismisses hopes of US-North Korea nuclear talks
Kim Yo-jong’s intervention appears to have thwarted any prospects for early resumption of negotiations

Justin McCurry in Tokyo and agencies

22, Jun, 2021 @9:00 AM

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UK aid cut behind $284m fall in global humanitarian spending
Estimated UK cut of $900m offsets increases by other nations, according to annual Global Humanitarian Assistance Report

Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor

21, Jun, 2021 @11:00 PM

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Kim Jong-un: apparent weight loss prompts speculation over North Korean leader’s health
Kim looks noticeably slimmer in his first public appearance for a month, highlighting possible health issues over weight and lifestyle

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

09, Jun, 2021 @4:15 AM

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South Korea’s balancing act will test Biden’s plan to get tough with China
Analysis: Seoul’s navigation of geopolitical landscape in east Asia hints at limits of united front with US

Vincent Ni China affairs correspondent

19, May, 2021 @11:44 PM

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North Korea says propaganda leaflets sent from South could carry coronavirus
State-run media in North warn people about a ‘strange object flying in the wind’ as South Korean police raid office of leaflet distributor

Staff and agencies

07, May, 2021 @2:33 AM

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North Korea faces economic ruin amid food and medicine shortages
Country’s economy battered by more than a year of border restrictions imposed after the coronavirus outbreak

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

05, May, 2021 @12:00 AM

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North Korea pulls out of Tokyo Olympics, citing coronavirus fears
With the Games just months away, the regime’s sports ministry says it wants to protect athletes from the ‘global health crisis’

Helen Sullivan and agencies

06, Apr, 2021 @7:12 AM

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The Observer view on Boris Johnson's plans to increase nuclear weapons | Observer editorial
As the US and Iran prepare for talks on reviving a crucial deal, the prime minister’s expansionism is reckless and dangerous

Observer editorial

04, Apr, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Dire situation in North Korea drives 'collective exit' of diplomats
Russian embassy staff cite medicine shortages and unbearable conditions arising from strict Covid restrictions

Andrew Roth in Moscow

01, Apr, 2021 @11:58 AM

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