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North Korea on major sports drive, says Pyongyang official

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SEOUL - North Korea hopes to harness the power of sport to raise its image on the world stage through international competitions such as the Olympic Games, and to bolster labor output and national defense by improving its citizens' well-being, the head of a North Korean sports delegation said on Wednesday.

North Korea on major sports drive, says Pyongyang official

SEOUL - North Korea hopes to harness the power of sport to raise its image on the world stage through international competitions such as the Olympic Games, and to bolster labor output and national defense by improving its citizens' well-being, the head of a North Korean sports delegation said on Wednesday.

World, 20 Aug 2014

Pope tells Asia's communist nations not to fear Christians

HAEMI South Korea - Pope Francis, in remarks clearly intended for communist-ruled countries such as China, North Korea and Vietnam, said on Sunday that Asian governments should not fear Christians as they did not want to "come as conquerors" but be integral parts of local cultures. | Video

North Korea: rocket firing not timed to coincide with papal visit to South

SEOUL - North Korea said on Friday its firing of three short-range rockets shortly before Pope Francis arrived in the South Korean capital the previous day had nothing to do with the papal visit.

Japan imposes asset freeze on North Korean shipping firm

TOKYO - Japan on Friday froze the assets of the operator of a North Korean ship seized for smuggling arms, the Foreign Ministry said, just as Tokyo is engaged in talks with Pyongyang to return Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korean agents decades ago.

World, Japan, 15 Aug 2014

North Korea fires three short-range rockets as Pope visits South Korea

SEOUL - North Korea fired three short-range rockets off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea's Ministry of Defense said, shortly before Pope Francis arrived in Seoul on his first visit to Asia.

Family pleads for release of Ohio man held in North Korea

- The family of an Ohio man being held in North Korea pleaded on Tuesday for his release and said they are urgently seeking help from U.S. government leaders.

World, 12 Aug 2014

China cracking down on Christian groups along North Korea border: sources

TUMEN China/SEOUL - China is cracking down on Christian charity groups near its border with North Korea, missionaries and aid groups say, with hundreds of members of the community forced to leave the country and some who remain describing an atmosphere of fear.

World, China, 11 Aug 2014

Exclusive: China police investigate U.S. citizen near border with North Korea - source

SEOUL/BEIJING - A Korean-American who runs a Christian NGO in a Chinese city on the border with North Korea is being investigated by Chinese authorities and has had his bank accounts frozen, a source with direct knowledge of the case told Reuters on Thursday.

World, 07 Aug 2014

Exclusive: China police investigate U.S. citizen near border with North Korea - source

SEOUL/BEIJING - A Korean-American who runs a Christian NGO in a Chinese city on the border with North Korea is being investigated by Chinese authorities and has had his bank accounts frozen, a source with direct knowledge of the case told Reuters on Thursday.

World, 07 Aug 2014