December 19, 2011 The guarded reaction of the Obama Administration to news of the death of Kim Jung Il, the North Korean dictator, compared with the less diplomatic language of the Republican presidential candidates Monday underscored the differences between governing and campaigning. Candidates for the Oval Office often have a freedom that presidents don't have.
December 19, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, remembering the Iraq War, and the legacy of Vaclav Havel. In the second hour, what's next for North Korea, and author Chad Harbach talks about his debut novel, The Art of Fielding.
December 19, 2011 The "Great Successor" who is in line to succeed his father as leader of North Korea is thought to be in his late 20s and to have gone to school in Switzerland. He may speak English. But as with many things in North Korea, much is a mystery.
December 19, 2011 Known for its sometimes irreverent way of illustrating world events, The Economist magazine has over the years been quite creative when it's cover subject was North Korean leader Kim Jong Il (who died Saturday at the age of 69). It's done it again.
December 18, 2011 The North Korean leader, who took over after his father died in 1994, was 69. He had been preparing one of his sons to be the next leader of the communist nation.
October 19, 2011 Talks are set to happen next week, according to several news outlets.
June 29, 2011 The wire service says it will be "the first permanent text and photo bureau operated by a Western news organization in the North Korean capital."
June 29, 2011 It happened during training in North Korea, the women soccer team's manager says, and may have affected their play. Verifying the claim, of course, may be impossible.
June 2, 2011 Coming from a country where the leader is called "the son of God" and where the official news agency has reported about a "mysterious natural wonder" involving his birthplace, the "news" probably shouldn't be too much of a shock. China was No. 1.
May 27, 2011 North Korea will reportedly free American businessman Jun Young-su, who was arrested last November and accused of 'committing a crime' against that country, according to Yonhap. The Los Angeles Times says Young-su was reportedly charged with illegal Christian missionary activity
May 20, 2011 Mississippi River crests in Vicksburg, Miss.; concerns about oil and gas wells in projected flood zone; Libya has released foreign journalists; U.S. diplomats attacked in Pakistan; Japanese nuclear utility loses billions as leader resigns; one of North Korea's leaders is visiting China.
April 14, 2011 Congress votes today on the compromise budget bill and votes tomorrow on the GOP's proposed 2012 budget; fewer homes were in foreclosure during the first quarter of the year; a Korean American has been detained in North Korea; and a reflection on the surreality of reporting in Tripoli, Libya
January 11, 2011 Of concern: The possibility of North Korea developing a nuclear weapon and a long-range capability.