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Choe returns as No. 2 leader, visits Russia as envoy of Kim Jong-Un


Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — Choe Ryong-Hae has reemerged as North Korea’s No. 2 man, six months after he was replaced by Hwang Pyong-So, multiple sources here said. Choe has recently been cited by Pyongyang’s tightly-controlled […]

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Asian corruption: Despite investigative reporting exposes, it’s still going gangbusters

Imelda Marcos, right, with her children at the Supreme Court in Manila. / Aaron Favila / AP

Special to By Donald Kirk, MANILA — The title was alluring: “The First Asian Investigative Journalism Conference.” For two days, experts regaled journalists from all over Asia on how to track down the secret stories, the purloined funds, […]

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Xi lifts censorship for global Internet conference, then makes case for tightened controls


Special to By Willy Lam, The Beijing leadership has signaled tighter control over the Internet on the occasion of the First World Internet Conference, whose ostensible goal is to promote inter-connectivity between China and the world via the […]

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Israel intelligence: Iran funding North Korean nuclear program in exchange for expertise

Yuval Steinitz.

Special to JERUSALEM — Israel has linked the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea. The intelligence community was said to have determined that Iran acquired missile and nuclear technology and expertise from North Korea. Officials said Teheran finances […]

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UN committee resolution could refer North Korea rulers to International Criminal Court


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’s one of the tougher warnings the world community has sent to the neo-Stalinist regime in North Korea; a detailed condemnation of widespread human rights abuses in the reclusive communist […]

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‘Blessed are the meek’? Documentary slams Korean megachurch pastors

The documentary 'Quo Vadis' is directed by Kim Jae-Hwan.

Special to By Donald Kirk, The growth of megachurches worldwide is a phenomenon in which thousands of individual churches or parishes each claim more than 2,000 members. The Full Gospel Church in Yeoeuido is the world’s largest, with […]

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Xi Jinping tells whole world Beijing will soon crush Hong Kong protests


Special to By Willy Lam, President Xi Jinping has taken advantage of the global attention that has been focused on Beijing during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference to vow that the Occupy Central Movement in Hong Kong […]

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Hard Drive: The U.S. government’s shrinking commitment to protect its own citizens

Mary and Rick Todd (center) with their son Shane (back right) and his brothers John, (back left), Dylan, (front right), Chet and his wife Corynne (front left). / Facebook

Special to Conclusion: [See three excerpts from the new book, Hard Drive. Click here for Part I, Part II, Part III] By Dr. Christina Villegas As we have commemorate this week the sacrifices our veterans have made to defend […]

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N. Korean military document finds relaxed discipline, increased illegal cultural influence from South


Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — A secret North Korean military document contains reports of troops leaving their barracks without permission, commandeering trains to forage for food and other evidence of sharply relaxed military disciplines under Kim […]

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South Korea’s champion-class baseball fans

South Korean fans are all in.

Special to By Donald Kirk, American baseball fans, maybe U.S. major league baseball in general, have some lessons to learn from the way that diehard Koreans cheer on their teams. At the final game of the Korea Series, […]

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