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  • N. Korea sentences US man to 6 years of hard labor
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    N. Korea sentences US man to 6 years of hard labor

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  • US citizen Matthew Miller sentenced to 6 years with labor by North Korean … Associated Press - Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — US citizen Matthew Miller sentenced to 6 years with labor by North Korean court . More »US citizen Matthew Miller sentenced to 6 years with labor by North Korean …

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — US citizen Matthew Miller sentenced to 6 years with labor by North Korean court .

  • FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2014 file photo, Mathew Miller, an American detained in North Korea, speaks to the Associated Press, in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea’s state media has announced that Matthew Miller, in custody since April, will be put on trial on Sunday, Sept. 14. The punishment could range from forgiveness and deportation to a lengthy sentence in prison with hard labor.  (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
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    FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2014 file photo, Mathew Miller, an American detained in North Korea, speaks to the Associated Press, in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea’s state media has announced that Matthew Miller, in custody since April, will be put on trial on Sunday, Sept. 14. The punishment could range from forgiveness and deportation to a lengthy sentence in prison with hard labor.  (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

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  • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left,  shakes hands with former abductee Hitomi Soga as Shigeru Yokota, center, father of Megumi Yokota who was also abducted by North Korean agents in 1977, looks on during a rally against North Korea's abductions, in Tokyo, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Prime Minister Abe is turning up the pressure on North Korea to answer questions over the fate of possibly hundreds of Japanese citizens believed to have been abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and 1980s. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
    Japan pushes North Korea to resolve abductions Associated Press - Sat, Sep 13, 2014

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd L) and China Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli (R) at a ceremony marking the new China-Russia gas pipeline, near Yakutsk, September 1, 2014
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  • Turkey's new President Erdogan attends a swearing in ceremony at the parliament in Ankara
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    Turkey's new President Erdogan attends a swearing in ceremony at the parliament in Ankara

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  • US citizens Jeffre Fowle (L), is seen in a photo obtained June 10, 2014 and Kenneth Bae, seen in a photo recieved on October 12, 2013
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    US citizens Jeffre Fowle (L), is seen in a photo obtained June 10, 2014 and Kenneth Bae, seen in a photo recieved on October 12, 2013

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  • A general view of Pyongyang skyline and Juche tower, pictured early on July 27, 2013
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    A general view of Pyongyang skyline and Juche tower, pictured early on July 27, 2013

    North Korea will put US citizen Matthew Miller on trial next Sunday, state media said, shortly after he made a highly unusual televised plea for help from Washington along with two other detained Americans. Miller, who is being held in North Korea along with Americans Kenneth Bae and Jeffrey Fowle, was arrested in April …

  • Mathew Miller, an American detained in North Korea, speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
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  • North Korean diplomat Kang Sok Ju (L), pictured shaking hands with a Japanese lawmaker in July, is headed for a tour of Europe
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    North Korean diplomat Kang Sok Ju (L), pictured shaking hands with a Japanese lawmaker in July, is headed for a tour of Europe

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  • North Korean ground-to-air missiles are displayed before a portrait of former leader Kim Il-Sung at a military parade in Pyongyang, April, 2012
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    North Korean ground-to-air missiles are displayed before a portrait of former leader Kim Il-Sung at a military parade in Pyongyang, April, 2012

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  • FILE - In this June 27, 2008 file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, the cooling tower of the Yongbyon nuclear complex is demolished in Nyongbyon, also known as Yongbyon, North Korea, in a sign of its commitment to stop making plutonium for atomic bombs. The North's plutonium reactor began operations in 1986 but was shut down as part of international nuclear disarmament talks in 2007 that have since stalled. North Korea vowed Tuesday, April 2, 2013, to restart a nuclear reactor that can make one bomb's worth of plutonium a year, escalating tensions already raised by near daily warlike threats against the United States and South Korea. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Gao Haorong, File)  NO SALES
    N. Korea nuclear reactor 'may be operating again' AFP - Fri, Sep 5, 2014

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    FILE - In this June 27, 2008 file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, the cooling tower of the Yongbyon nuclear complex is demolished in Nyongbyon, also known as Yongbyon, North Korea, in a sign of its commitment to stop making plutonium for atomic bombs. The North's plutonium reactor began operations in 1986 but was shut down as part of international nuclear disarmament talks in 2007 that have since stalled. North Korea vowed Tuesday, April 2, 2013, to restart a nuclear reactor that can make one bomb's worth of plutonium a year, escalating tensions already raised by near daily warlike threats against the United States and South Korea. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Gao Haorong, File)  NO SALES

    North Korea's reactor at its main nuclear site, capable of giving the isolated regime plutonium for nuclear weapons, may be operational again, the UN atomic watchdog said in a report seen by AFP Friday. "Since late August 2013, the agency has observed, through analysis of satellite imagery, steam discharges and the outflow …

  • The flag of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA flies in front of its headquarters during a board of governors meeting in Vienna
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    The flag of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA flies in front of its headquarters during a board of governors meeting in Vienna

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  • A file photo shows South Korean defence minister Han Min-Koo, who received a death threat, in Seoul in December 2010
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    A file photo shows South Korean defence minister Han Min-Koo, who received a death threat, in Seoul in December 2010

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  • A North Korean Taepodong-class missile is displayed during a military parade through Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang, on July 27, 2013
    US, S. Korea 'create army unit to destroy North's nukes' AFP - Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    South Korea said Thursday it would create a joint military unit with the United States, as a report suggested the contingent would target North Korea's weapons of mass destruction if a full-scale conflict … More »US, S. Korea 'create army unit to destroy North's nukes'

    A North Korean Taepodong-class missile is displayed during a military parade through Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang, on July 27, 2013

    South Korea said Thursday it would create a joint military unit with the United States, as a report suggested the contingent would target North Korea's weapons of mass destruction if a full-scale conflict broke out. The mechanised unit led by a US major general will be set up in the first half of next year, the South's …

  • South Korea soldiers die in endurance training in latest mishap for mi … Reuters - Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Two South Korean soldiers have died after apparent suffocation during training to withstand capture by an enemy, a military official said, in the latest mishap to hit armed forces already battling charges … More »South Korea soldiers die in endurance training in latest mishap for mi …

    Two South Korean soldiers have died after apparent suffocation during training to withstand capture by an enemy, a military official said, in the latest mishap to hit armed forces already battling charges of physical abuse and lax oversight. The two career soldiers, who were staff sergeants in a special forces unit, died …

  • In this Wednesday, June 18, 2014 photo, clouds float over the peak of Mt. Paektu in North Korea's Ryanggang province. More than a thousand years ago, a huge volcano straddling the border between North Korea and China was the site of one of the biggest eruptions in human history, blanketing eastern Asia in its ash. But unlike other major volcanos around the world, the remote and politically sensitive Mount Paektu remains almost a complete mystery to foreign scientists who have - until recently - been unable to conduct on-site studies. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
    AP Exclusive: Team seeks N. Korea volcano secrets Associated Press - Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — More than a thousand years ago, a huge volcano straddling the border between North Korea and China was the site of one of the biggest eruptions in human history, blanketing … More »AP Exclusive: Team seeks N. Korea volcano secrets

    In this Wednesday, June 18, 2014 photo, clouds float over the peak of Mt. Paektu in North Korea's Ryanggang province. More than a thousand years ago, a huge volcano straddling the border between North Korea and China was the site of one of the biggest eruptions in human history, blanketing eastern Asia in its ash. But unlike other major volcanos around the world, the remote and politically sensitive Mount Paektu remains almost a complete mystery to foreign scientists who have - until recently - been unable to conduct on-site studies. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — More than a thousand years ago, a huge volcano straddling the border between North Korea and China was the site of one of the biggest eruptions in human history, blanketing eastern Asia in its ash. But unlike other major volcanos around the world, the remote and politically sensitive Mount …

  • This image released by Columbia Pictures shows Brad Pitt, right, and Xavier Samuel in a scene from "Fury." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Giles Keyte)
    'Gone Girl,' 'Unbroken' lead drumbeat of fall Associated Press - Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Unable to find her second directing project, Angelina Jolie took to sifting through "generals." More »'Gone Girl,' 'Unbroken' lead drumbeat of fall

    This image released by Columbia Pictures shows Brad Pitt, right, and Xavier Samuel in a scene from "Fury." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Giles Keyte)

    NEW YORK (AP) — Unable to find her second directing project, Angelina Jolie took to sifting through "generals."

  • Undated handout photo released by FreeKenNow.com on October 12, 2013 shows Kenneth Bae, a US citizen jailed in North Korea, pictured at an undisclosed location
    US vows all efforts to free citizens in N. Korea AFP - Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    US officials vowed Tuesday to "leave no stone unturned" to free three Americans held by North Korea, after the men urged Washington to send an envoy to negotiate their release. As Pyongyang's minders … More »US vows all efforts to free citizens in N. Korea

    Undated handout photo released by FreeKenNow.com on October 12, 2013 shows Kenneth Bae, a US citizen jailed in North Korea, pictured at an undisclosed location

    US officials vowed Tuesday to "leave no stone unturned" to free three Americans held by North Korea, after the men urged Washington to send an envoy to negotiate their release. As Pyongyang's minders looked on, an American reporter on an official tour was granted surprise, separate five-minute-long interviews with Kenneth …

  • U.S. missionary Bae appears before a limited number of media outlets in Pyongyang
    Securing release of Americans held in North Korea a top priority: White … Reuters - Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Securing the release of the three Americans detained in North Korea is a top priority, the White House said on Tuesday. "We continue to do all we can to secure their earliest possible release." On Monday, … More »Securing release of Americans held in North Korea a top priority: White …

    U.S. missionary Bae appears before a limited number of media outlets in Pyongyang

    Securing the release of the three Americans detained in North Korea is a top priority, the White House said on Tuesday. "We continue to do all we can to secure their earliest possible release." On Monday, three American citizens detained in North Korea appealed to the U.S government for help returning home, speaking in …

  • North Korean tactics in cyberwarfare exposed
    North Korean tactics in cyberwarfare exposed CNET - Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    An HP report suggests the reclusive country's cyberwarfare capabilities are rapidly making it a threat to Western systems.> More »North Korean tactics in cyberwarfare exposed

    North Korean tactics in cyberwarfare exposed

    An HP report suggests the reclusive country's cyberwarfare capabilities are rapidly making it a threat to Western systems.>

  • South Korean military to press homicide charges over latest death Reuters - Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    South Korea's military said on Tuesday it will upgrade charges against four soldiers to homicide for the abuse of a fellow conscript that lead to his death in a case that shocked the country over violence … More »South Korean military to press homicide charges over latest death

    South Korea's military said on Tuesday it will upgrade charges against four soldiers to homicide for the abuse of a fellow conscript that lead to his death in a case that shocked the country over violence in the military. The military has been accused of a cover-up and for trying to close the case after putting the four …

  • Kenneth Bae, a American tour guide and missionary serving a 15-year sentence, detained in North Korea, speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
    Family worries about detained missionary's health Associated Press - Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    SEATTLE (AP) — The sister of an American missionary held for nearly two years in North Korea said Monday that she is worried about the health and well-being of Kenneth Bae, who's isolated in a labor … More »Family worries about detained missionary's health

    Kenneth Bae, a American tour guide and missionary serving a 15-year sentence, detained in North Korea, speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    SEATTLE (AP) — The sister of an American missionary held for nearly two years in North Korea said Monday that she is worried about the health and well-being of Kenneth Bae, who's isolated in a labor camp and suffers from severe back pain.

  • Kenneth Bae, with his daughter Natalie, and son Jonathan, is pictured in this undated family handout photo
    Detained Americans in North Korea seek U.S. help Reuters - Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    By James Pearson, Alina Selyukh and Matt Spetalnick SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three American citizens detained in North Korea appealed to the U.S government on Monday for help returning home, speaking … More »Detained Americans in North Korea seek U.S. help

    Kenneth Bae, with his daughter Natalie, and son Jonathan, is pictured in this undated family handout photo

    By James Pearson, Alina Selyukh and Matt Spetalnick SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three American citizens detained in North Korea appealed to the U.S government on Monday for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews with U.S. One of them said his health was failing and another described his situation as "urgent." …