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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
South Korean army soldiers gesture to turn back vehicles as they were refused to enter to Kaesong, North Korea, at the customs, immigration and quarantine office in Paju, South Korea, near the border village of Panmunjom, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)

In the latest sign that North Korea’s warlike stance toward South Korea and the United States is moving from words to action, Pyongyang on Wednesday barred South Korean managers and trucks delivering supplies from crossing the border to enter the Kaesong industrial park.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
South Korean soldiers stand on guard as they face the North Korea side at the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone, South Korea. (AP)

The demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea is about a quarter the size of Yellowstone Park and one expert says it could become a highway for refugees if North Korea collapses.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
A North Korean doctor measures the upper-arm circumference of a malnourished child at the pediatric ward of Anbyon County, Kangwon province, North Korea.(Courtesy of USNGOs)

The United Nations estimates a quarter of the population of North Korea is starving, even though things have slightly improved since the famine of the 90s.

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Monday, December 19, 2011
North Koreans cry and scream in a display of mourning for their leader Kim Jong Il at the foot of a giant statue of his father Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea, after Kim Jong Il's death was announced Monday. (AP)

North Koreans are mourning the death of Kim Jong Il, but journalist Barbara Demick says “It’s hard to tell if people are crying because they feel sad about the death of this man or they’re crying because they’re worried about what happens next.”

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Monday, December 20, 2010
South Korean residents wear their gas masks at a shelter on Yeonpyeong island, South Korea. (AP)

North Korea today decided not to retaliate after South Korea conducted military drills on Yeonpyeong Island, near North Korea. Last month, North Korea attacked that island, killing four South Koreans, and sparking a surge in new recruits, including women, for the South Korean military.

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Monday, December 6, 2010
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Diplomatic cables released recently by WikiLeaks reveal that some Chinese diplomats wouldn’t object to a reunified Korea. One expert says reunification would lead to an immediate refugee crisis in China and such instability in the North that hundreds of thousands of troops would be needed to maintain order.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
South Korean villagers watch smoke rising from South Korea's Yeonpyeong island near the border against North Korea Tuesday. (AP)

South Korea’s president is vowing to unleash “enormous retaliation” should North Korea attack his nation again. The tough talk came after North Korea fired dozens of rounds of artillery this morning at a disputed border island where South Korean forces are based, killing at least two South Korean marines. BBC correspondent Chris Hogg in Seoul and Dr. Jim Walsh, international security expert at MIT join us.

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Monday, November 22, 2010
U.S. nuclear envoy Stephen Bosworth, right, is surrounded by reporters after his meeting with Japan's Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara in Tokyo. Bosworth flew into Japan on Monday after visiting South Korea for talks on North Korea's claim of a new uranium enrichment facility. (AP)

U.S. Special Envoy Stephen Bosworth met with officials in South Korea today, after American scientist Siegfried Hecker revealed over the weekend that he had seen a new, sophisticated and industrial-scale uranium enrichment facility in North Korea. Dr. Jim Walsh of M.I.T.’s Security Studies Program puts the new revelations in context.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Hank Williams with his band, and bags of sponsor's Mother's Best flour. (Courtesy of Missing Piece Group)

Candidates Are In The Final Sprint To November, Turning An Inconvenient Eye On Public Education, Iranian Diaspora Protests Ahmadinejad, Power May Be Shifting in Pyongyang, But Life In North Korea Remains Brutal, Once Lost Hank Williams’ “Mother’s Best” Recordings Found

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Thursday, August 5, 2010
** FILE ** This undated handout file photo provided by the Agriculture Department shows an aedes aegypti mosquito on human skin.  Old mosquitoes usually spread disease, so Australian researchers figured out a way to make the pests die younger - naturally, not poisoned.  Scientists have been racing to genetically engineer mosquitoes to become resistant to diseases like malaria and dengue fever that plague millions around the world, as an alternative to mass spraying of insecticides.  (AP Photo/USDA)

Afghan Oprah Advances Women’s Rights, Sports Wrap: Shaq Becomes A Celtic, A-Rod Gets To 600*, Getting To Yes In North Korea, A Young Girl Comes Of Age In 9/11 Aftermath

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Congress Returns, Lives in North Korea, Late Night Musical Chairs, Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Euna Lee, left, and Laura Ling, two American journalists who were arrested in March after allegedly crossing into North Korea from China, are greeted by Michael Saldate, the husband of Euna Lee, second from right, Ian Clayton, the husband of Laura Ling, right, and Lee's daughter, Hana, after the two arrive at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009. (AP)

Home from North Korea, Bullying, John Quincy Adams on Twitter, A Mayor’s Point of View, Behind the Gates of a Retirement Community

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Surprise Mission to North Korea, Flipper’s Trainer, Now Dolphin Activist, Physician Liability and Prescription Drugs

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor, North Korea Nukes–Again, From Cages to Conservation, Clowns for Haiti and Beyond

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