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article 12 February 2015 World, North Korea
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North Korea: who needs human rights when you've got slogans?

North Korea releases 310 slogans to mark the anniversary of its "liberation", including "We serve the people" - ironic, perhaps, in a country where torture, starvation and executions are commonplace.

post 10 February 2015
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Beaten and starved: the Indonesian maid leading fight against domestic abuse

A Hong Kong woman is convicted of beating and starving her Indonesian maid in a case that sparked international outrage.

article 01 January 2015 World, North Korea
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The Interview DVD smuggled to North Korea by giant balloon

North Korea won't have to wait much longer for Sony's film The Interview to premiere in the country, with activists in South Korea planning to send copies over the border by balloon.

video 31 December 2014 North Korea

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North Korea welcomes 2015 with firework display - video

North Korea marks the arrival of 2015 with a firework display in Pyongyang.

post 30 December 2014
How 2014 unfolded - in tweets

In Britain, 2014 was the year of the floods, Ukraine saw a revolution, Scotland almost went indy and the deadly Ebola struck west Africa.

article 23 December 2014 World, United States
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North Korea back online after internet blackout

North Korea suffers an internet outage for several hours before links were restored on Tuesday, but the US government refuses to say whether it is responsible.

article 22 December 2014 World, North Korea
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North Korea threatens attacks on US over Sony hacking

North Korea threatens the United States, calling it a "cesspool of terrorism" and accusing the Obama administration of being behind the satirical film The Interview.

article 22 December 2014 World, North Korea
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Hackers threaten South Korea nuclear firm

A threat is made to "stay away" from nuclear reactors in South Korea unless the government shuts three down before Christmas, after a cyber-attack on the power company running them.

article 21 December 2014 World, United States
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Obama 'may put North Korea back on terror list'

US President Barack Obama says the cyber hack against Sony, blamed on North Korea, is not an "act of war" - but is considering putting them back on the terror list.

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