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AP becomes first Western news bureau in North Korea

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Associated Press said on Sunday it has formally opened a news bureau in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, becoming the first major Western news organisation to operate a fully-staffed bureau in the communist country. AP President and CEO Tom Curley said the opening followed months…

Foreigner in North Korea a witness to surreal scenes

A member of the small foreign community in Pyongyang has described surreal scenes of organised mourning, as thousands wail under floodlights and the gaze of state TV cameras after Kim Jong-Il’s death. The aid worker who lives in the North Korean capital, and spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity,…