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The members of families split and then permanently separated by the 1950-53 Korean War carry many sad memories and stories, but few that are as unique and dramatic as Park Yun-dong's.
Family split by divided Korea seeks comfort in rare reunion


Hundreds of South Korean scholars have declared they are boycotting the writing of state-issued history textbooks out of concern that that they will teach distorted views on the country's recent past.
S. Korea scholars boycott textbook project


North Korea's use of its showcase capital city to promote an image of national success and prosperity has cemented Pyongyang's reputation as a Potemkin Village boasting leisure facilities that amount to little more than "playgrounds for cadres."
North Korea parks show nascent middle class at play


U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. is ready to negotiate with long-time adversary North Korea as it has with Iran but Pyongyang has to be serious about abandoning nuclear weapons.
If NK serious on denuclearization, we'll talk: Obama


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared Saturday that his country was ready to stand up to any threat posed by the United States as he spoke at a lavish military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the North's ruling party and trumpet his third-generation leadership.
N. Korea soldiers parade for anniversary


North Korea's staple food production could plummet by 14 percent this year because of bad weather, sparking fears of exacerbating chronic food shortages in the impoverished nation, according to the U.N. agricultural agency.

South Korean prosecutors launched a probe Thursday over allegations a private school stole rice and cooking oil and siphoned thousands of U.S. dollars from student meals, a spokesman said, after pupils complained of inedible food.

While North Korea prepares a big show to mark the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party, the daily struggles of life outside the capital -- such as finding clean running water and putting nutritious food on the table year-round -- pose a harsh, but largely unseen, contrast to the grand celebrations the world will see Oct. 10.

A senior U.S. official warned Tuesday that North Korea will face "strong actions" from the international community if it goes ahead with a long-range rocket launch in violation of U.N. resolutions.

South Korea's government says a South Korean student from New York University has been released by North Korea after about six months of detention.
N. Korea frees detained S. Korean student: Seoul


North Korea is suspected of having launched a cyberattack last year on the South Korean capital's subway system that carries millions of commuters every day, a Seoul lawmaker said Monday, citing intelligence reports.

A South Korean citizen and resident of the U.S. who has been detained in North Korea for five months was presented to the media in Pyongyang on Friday and said he has not been able to contact his family but wanted them to know he is healthy.

A group of South Korean officials and workers crossed into North Korea on Thursday to help prepare for a rare reunion next month of families separated by the Korean War.

"I miss you so much," 70-year-old Kim Ik-je tells the long-lost brother he knows he will almost certainly never see.
Divided Koreans record messages of pain, regret

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