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Foreign doctors, military guards: Bespoke care for North Korea's Kims

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SEOUL - In 1993, French neurosurgeon Francois-Xavier Roux received a phone call in Paris from an unidentified North Korean official. The then leader-in-waiting, Kim Jong Il, had suffered a head injury from a horse-riding accident and they wanted his advice.

Foreign doctors, military guards: Bespoke care for North Korea's Kims

SEOUL - In 1993, French neurosurgeon Francois-Xavier Roux received a phone call in Paris from an unidentified North Korean official. The then leader-in-waiting, Kim Jong Il, had suffered a head injury from horse-riding accident and they wanted his advice.

World, 01 Oct 2014

North Korea proposes Japan abduction talks in Pyongyang

TOKYO - North Korea has told Japan it would not pass on findings from an investigation into the fate of Japanese people abducted by North Koran agents and proposed that Japan sends representatives for talks, Japan's prime minister said on Tuesday.

World, Japan, 30 Sep 2014

U.S. envoy says North Korea rejects talks on prisoners

BEIJING - North Korea has rejected U.S. efforts to discuss the detention of three Americans, a U.S. diplomat said on Monday, adding the secretive state was missing a chance to build relations with Washington.

World, 29 Sep 2014

U.N. nuclear assembly condemns North Korea reactor restart

VIENNA - Member states of the U.N. atomic watchdog condemned on Friday North Korea's efforts to develop its nuclear capabilities, including the restart of a reactor which experts say can yield atomic bomb material.

World, 26 Sep 2014

North Korean TV acknowledges leader Kim Jong Un's health problems

SEOUL - Young North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is suffering from "discomfort", state media has said in the first official acknowledgement of ill health after a prolonged period out of the public eye.

World, 26 Sep 2014

American begins sentence of farm work, isolation in North Korea: reports

SEOUL - Matthew Miller, an American held in North Korea since April for "hostile acts", on Thursday began a six-year hard labor sentence that he said involved farm work and isolation, media reports said.

World, South Korea 25 Sep 2014

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un absent from parliament meet

SEOUL - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was absent from a gathering of top party and government officials on Thursday, state television showed, fuelling speculation that health problems may be keeping the 31-year-old out of the public eye.

World, 25 Sep 2014

Japan, North Korea to meet next week on abductees

TOKYO - Japanese and North Korean officials will meet next week for an update on the North's probe into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago, Japan's top government spokesman said on Thursday.

World, Japan, 25 Sep 2014

Kerry tells North Korea to shut 'evil system' of prison camps

NEW YORK - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday called on North Korea to close its prison camps, saying their existence and the systematic torture, punishment and execution of people bring shame on the country.

World, United Nations 23 Sep 2014