Kim Jong-il


article 22 April 2014 UK, South Africa
Tough acts to follow
by Six tougher acts to follow than Sir Alex Ferguson

As David Moyes licks his wounds, a victim of his predecessor's success, Channel 4 News would like him to take heart - there are many who have been forced to live in the shadow of "giants".

video 17 December 2013 World, North Korea

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North Korea marks Kim Jong-il death - video

Kim Jong-un, leads North Korea in marking the anniversary of his father's death, only days after the execution of his powerful uncle, Jang Song Thaek.

post 15 October 2013
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Is Kim Jong-un facing a North Korean revolution?

From the outside, Kim Jong-un appears to have cemented his control - but tales from defectors suggest there is more dissent and revolt in North Korea than meets the eye.

article 07 March 2013 World, North Korea
Kim Jong-Un (pic: Reuters)
Amnesty says North Korea extending prison camps

New satellite images show North Korea is extending the size of its prison camps and mistreating its own people on a massive scale under Kim Jong-un, a new report by Amnesty claims.

article 28 November 2012 World, China
Kim Jong-un (Getty)
China falls for Kim Jong-un 'sexiest man' spoof

China's Communist party newspaper hails a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as the "sexiest man alive" - which was actually a spoof.

post 13 April 2012
North Korea's embarrassing failure

According the state propagandists in Democratic People's Republic of Korea (or North Korea to the rest of us), this year was going to be big and glorious. So it was rather surprising to see an officia

article 25 March 2012 World, United States
US President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak are showcasing their countries' alliance (Getty)
Obama warning to North Korea during frontier visit

US President Barack Obama warns that North Korea's plans for a rocket launch next month will increase the reclusive state's isolation.

article 29 December 2011 World, North Korea
north koreans mark the memorial service for Kim Jong-il (Reuters)
North Korea at standstill for Kim Jong-il's memorial service

Following scenes of public grief at his funeral, thousands of North Koreans mark the memorial service for Kim Jong-il on Thursday in scenes of sombre silence.

article 28 December 2011 World, North Korea
Snow and tears at Kim Jong-il's funeral (Reuters)
Snow and tears at Kim Jong-il's funeral

North Korea stages a huge funeral for former leader Kim Jong-il, as his people take to the streets once more to pay their respects to the "dear leader".