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The ageing parents of a Japanese woman who was kidnapped and taken to North Korea as a schoolgirl and allegedly died there have met her daughter for the first time, Japan's foreign ministry said Sunday.
Parents of Japanese kidnap victim meet N. Korea grandchild


North Korea has threatened to demonstrate its nuclear deterrence in a move analysts say could indicate the regime is preparing to carry out a fourth atomic test amid long-stalled disarmament talks.

The United States supports U.N. Security Council discussion of allegations North Korea committed crimes against humanity, a senior official said Friday. But he questioned whether the council had time to take up the issue.

Companies relocating their headquarters to provincial areas will enjoy wider tax benefits under the government's commitment to bolster policies for a balanced growth nationwide.

North Korea confirmed Tuesday a near-perfect turnout for its parliamentary “election” in which single candidates — approved by the political elite — stood uncontested in 687 constituencies across the country.

The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made an official debut of sorts, consolidating the grip on power of the ruling Kim dynasty's third generation.

The country's largest group of doctors said Sunday it would go ahead with a scheduled one-day strike Monday to protest the government's plan to introduce telemedicine and for-profit subsidiaries of hospitals.

North Koreans voted Sunday in a pre-determined election for a rubber-stamp parliament — an exercise that doubles as a national head count and may offer clues to power shifts in Pyongyang.
North Koreans vote in 'election' for parliament


Libya threatened to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker at an oil terminal held by militants in the restive east, saying it was being loaded illegally.

North Korea's state media published photos Friday of Vice Marshall Choe Ryong Hae, quashing intense speculation that the man seen as the number two to paramount leader Kim Jong Un had been purged.
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