North Korea

Canadian couple accused of spying in China held in near isolation

BEIJING - A Canadian couple accused of spying near China's sensitive border with North Korea has been kept in near isolation for more than 80 days, their son said, and they have repeatedly been denied access to legal counsel.

North Korea to bar foreign tourists over Ebola concerns: tour operators

SEOUL - North Korea will bar entry to foreigners on tourist trips from Friday because of worries over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, operators of tours to the isolated country told Reuters.

Health, 23 Oct 2014

At U.N., China asked to back rights case against North Korea

UNITED NATIONS - The chief U.N. investigator into human rights cases in North Korea said on Wednesday he has appealed to China to support calls to refer Pyongyang's actions to The Hague on suspicion of crimes against humanity.

World, China, United Nations, 23 Oct 2014

At U.N., China asked to back human rights case against North Korea

UNITED NATIONS - The chief U.N. investigator into human rights cases in North Korea said on Wednesday he has appealed to China to support calls to refer Pyongyang's actions to The Hague on suspicion of crimes against humanity.

World, China, United Nations 22 Oct 2014

North Korea unexpectedly frees American Jeffrey Fowle

WASHINGTON - North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country, and he is being flown home to his family, Washington said on Tuesday, amid growing international pressure on Pyongyang over its human rights record.

U.S., United Nations, World 22 Oct 2014

Kerry says no deal made with North Korea in release of American

BERLIN/SEOUL - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday there had been no deal with North Korea in the release of one of three detained Americans but that Washington was willing to resume talks if the reclusive country took steps towards denuclearization.

U.S., World 22 Oct 2014

Japan team heading to North Korea to pressure it on abductees, PM says

TOKYO - Japan is sending officials to reclusive North Korea to keep up pressure for an investigation into the fate of its citizens kidnapped decades ago to train spies, the prime minister said on Wednesday.

World, Japan, 22 Oct 2014

North Korea unexpectedly frees American Jeffrey Fowle

WASHINGTON - North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country, and he is being flown home to his family in Ohio, the White house said on Tuesday.

U.S., 21 Oct 2014

Japan to send team to North Korea for update on abductions

TOKYO - Japan will send officials to North Korea for an update on the reclusive country's investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted decades ago to train spies, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Monday.

World, Japan, 20 Oct 2014

Airborne leaflets torment North Korea; jeopardize talks with South

POCHEON South Korea - Lee Min-bok stuffs plastic satchels with thousands of vinyl flyers criticizing North Korea, instant noodle packs, and sometimes $1 notes and USB sticks with South Korean soap operas.

World, South Korea, 15 Oct 2014