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North Korea to deepen probe into Japanese abductees: Japan's Abe

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TOKYO - North Korea had told Japan it intends to deepen its probe into the fate of Japanese citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang decades ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, but there was no indication of any imminent breakthrough.

U.N. sees signs of North Korea softening in human rights dialogue

UNITED NATIONS - North Korea is showing signs of a willingness to discuss the human rights situation in the country, possibly as a result of pressure created by a U.N. inquiry that accused Pyongyang of crimes against humanity, a U.N. investigator said on Tuesday.

World, United Nations, 28 Oct 2014

Prominent defector says North Korea has taken his father hostage

SEOUL - A prominent North Korean defector who has advocated U.N. action to stop the country's human rights abuses said on Tuesday authorities have taken his father hostage in a campaign to discredit his story of survival and escape from a prison camp.

South Korea group launches anti-North leaflets amid threats from Pyongyang

PAJU South Korea - South Korean activists launched balloons on Saturday to send leaflets to North Korea with messages critical of its leader, ignoring threats of military action from Pyongyang and a plea by Seoul not to jeopardize efforts to improve ties with the North.

World, South Korea, 25 Oct 2014

International financial watchdog warns on Iran, North Korea

PARIS - An international financial watchdog said on Friday member states should take action to ward off risks emanating from Iran and North Korea, which it said had failed to tackle money-laundering and financing of terrorism.

World, 24 Oct 2014

Canadian couple accused of spying in China held in near isolation, son says

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

World, China, 24 Oct 2014

Japan could deploy minesweepers off S. Korea in war with North, U.S. admiral says

TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to let Japan's military fight overseas could open the way for the country to deploy minesweepers in South Korean waters in the event of a war with North Korea, a senior U.S. admiral said on Friday.

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