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Family of American held in North Korea says worried by health reports

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- The family of a U.S. missionary imprisoned in North Korea said on Thursday it was "devastating" to read an interview published in a Japanese newspaper in which he said his health had deteriorated and he felt abandoned by the U.S. government.

U.S. missionary jailed in North Korea feels 'abandoned': paper

SEOUL - A U.S. missionary imprisoned in North Korea since 2012 has said he feels abandoned by his government and has appealed again for help in securing his release, a pro-North Korea newspaper reported on Thursday.

World, 31 Jul 2014

U.S. blacklists North Korea shipping firms over arms shipments

WASHINGTON - The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two North Korean shipping firms that it said tried to conceal arms shipments from Cuba to North Korea, following a similar move by the United Nations.

World, United Nations, Cuba, 30 Jul 2014

U.N. blacklists operator of North Korean ship seized in Panama

UNITED NATIONS - A U.N. Security Council committee on Monday blacklisted the operator of a North Korean ship, which was seized near the Panama Canal last year for smuggling Soviet-era arms, and raised concerns about Cuba's military cooperation with Pyongyang.

World, United Nations, 28 Jul 2014

U.N. blacklists operator of North Korean ship seized in Panama

UNITED NATIONS - A U.N. Security Council committee on Monday blacklisted the operator of a North Korean ship, which was seized near the Panama Canal last year for smuggling Soviet-era arms, including two MiG-21 jet fighters, under thousands of tonnes of sugar.

World, United Nations, 28 Jul 2014

North Korea's Kim Jong Un supervises rocket launches near South Korea border

SEOUL - North Korea on Tuesday showed detailed photos of Kim Jong Un directing rocket launches from a site close to the South in an apparent act of defiance that puts a personal face of its leader to actions provoking its neighbours.

World, United Nations 15 Jul 2014

Pyongyang abductee probe stirs speculation of early Japan poll

TOKYO - As Japan presses North Korea for information on the fate of Japanese citizens abducted decades ago, speculation is simmering that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could use a possible breakthrough on the emotive issue to call a snap election.

World, Japan, 15 Jul 2014

Kim Jong Un supervises rocket launches close to South Korea border

SEOUL - North Korea on Tuesday showed detailed photos of Kim Jong Un directing rocket launches from a site close to the South in an apparent act of defiance that puts a personal face of its leader to actions provoking its neighbors.

World, 15 Jul 2014

Japan denies report on North Korea's abduction survivor list

TOKYO - Japan on Thursday denied as "sheer misreporting" a front page newspaper story that North Korea had provided a list of some 30 Japanese survivors still living in the isolated country, including known victims of state-sponsored kidnapping.

World, Japan, 09 Jul 2014

North Korean nuclear and missile expert dies; more missiles fired

SEOUL - A former North Korean missile expert who was placed under sanctions by the United Nations for his role in the country's nuclear and missile weapons programs has died, state media said on Wednesday.

World, United Nations, 09 Jul 2014