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A North Korean singer said to be leader Kim Jong Un's ex-girlfriend and rumored to have been executed last year has appeared on state television, apparently alive and well.

Recent satellite images show two new North Korean frigates, the largest surface combat ships the nation's navy has constructed in a quarter-century, a North Korea-watching website reported Thursday.

The captain and three other crew members of the ferry that sank off South Korea last month were indicted Thursday on charges of manslaughter through gross negligence, a prosecutor said.

South Korea on Monday recognized three people who died saving others in last month's ferry capsize as national “martyrs” — lending a heroic chapter to a disaster narrative dominated by accusations of cowardice, corruption and incompetence.

South Korea's parliament is to open an investigation into the ferry disaster that has left 300 people dead or missing, politicians confirmed Sunday, as the government counters criticism of its handling of the tragedy.

Divers have retrieved two more bodies from the wreck of the South Korean ferry that sank last month, as conditions on the ship further deteriorated, officials said Saturday.

North Korea issued its latest nuclear threat on Saturday, two days after South Korea's defense minister said Pyongyang was making final preparations to conduct its fourth nuclear test.

Parents of high school students killed in South Korea's ferry disaster descended Friday on the presidential Blue House, holding portraits of their lost children and demanding a meeting with President Park Geun-hye.
Sewol victims' parents protest near Blue House


“Started search and touched a wall. Groped along the wall ... moved along further. Felt a body.”

The United States has condemned “ugly and disrespectful” racist comments directed at Barack Obama by North Korea's official KCNA news agency comparing the U.S. president to a black “monkey” in a zoo.
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