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N. Korea opens party's 1st congress in 36 years, hails nuke prowess, economic progress
North Korea opened the first full congress of its ruling party since 1980 behind closed doors Friday, in an anticlimactic start to what officials have portrayed as a showcase of the country's stability and unity under young leader Kim Jong Un despite tough new sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs.
 
N. Korea stages once-in-a-generation party congress
North Korea on Friday staged its most important political show for a generation, aimed at cementing the absolute rule of leader Kim Jong-Un and underlining the sanctions-hit country's "prestige" as a nuclear power.
 
North Korea readied Thursday to kick off its most important ruling party gathering for nearly 40 years, amid persistent concerns of a nuclear test, despite no clear signs of an imminent detonation.
 
Reckitt Korea apologizes for deadly sterilizers
British consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser apologized Monday for selling deadly disinfectants that killed or injured hundreds of people, five years after the government ordered the company to remove the products from shelves for health risks.
 
South Korea warned Monday there is a risk of its citizens being abducted by Pyongyang in retaliation for the defection of a dozen North Korean staff at a restaurant in China.
 
Yearning for North Korea: the nation and homeland they fled
For much of the world, North Korea is a Stalinist nightmare, an isolated enclave of prison camps, poverty and hunger.
 
After four years of top-level reshuffles, purges and executions, Kim Jong Un will formally cement his unassailable status as North Korea's supreme leader at a landmark ruling party congress this week.
 
N.K. gives Korean-American 10 years of hard labor: Xinhua
North Korea on Friday sentenced a detained Korean-American, Kim Dong Chul, to 10 years hard labor on charges of subversion and espionage, China's official Xinhua News Agency said.
 
North Korea sends another US citizen to prison
North Korea on Friday sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year.
 
A suspected powerful intermediate-range North Korean missile crashed moments after liftoff Thursday, South Korea's Defense Ministry said, in what would be the second such embarrassing failure in recent weeks.
 
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