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North Koreans excited to ‘vote’ in rigged elections

North Koreans vote in parliament ‘election’ (via AFP) North Koreans voted Sunday in a pre-determined election for a rubber-stamp parliament — an exercise that doubles as a national head count and may offer clues to power shifts in Pyongyang. The vote to elect representatives for the Supreme People’s Assembly…  …

U.S. calls off North Korea aid amid hunger warnings

The United States called off plans to send food aid to North Korea after the impoverished state’s defiant rocket launch, as an aid group feared more than two million children would go hungry. The United States had already suspended the plan to deliver 240,000 metric tons of assistance aimed at…

North Korea denies punishment of ‘insincere mourners’

North Korea angrily hit back at allegations citizens who failed to appear sincere in the mourning of leader Kim Jong-Il were being rounded up and sentenced to hard labour. Some media outlets in the South have claimed North Koreans who did not participate in organised public mourning, failed to cry,…

North Korea holds mass rally in support of new leader

SEOUL — More than 100,000 North Koreans rallied in support of new leader Kim Jong-Un on Tuesday, state media reported, days after he was proclaimed the “great successor” to his father. The mass rally at Kim Il-Sung Square in the capital Pyongyang was attended by citizens and a number of…

U.S. House votes to end food aid for North Korea

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The House of Representatives has voted to bar US food aid to North Korea, with lawmakers charging that the assistance would prop up the communist regime instead of feeding the hungry. The Republican-led House, hashing out appropriations for agriculture late Wednesday, approved by voice vote an amendment…

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