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January 9, 2019 1:59 PM Kim Jong Un leaves China after talks with Xi on Trump sanctions

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left Beijing after talking and dining with Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to South Korean media, in a show of unity as they engage in delicate negotiations with President Donald Trump’s administration. Kim spent a little more than a day in the Chinese capital and was en route to Pyongyang by 2 p.m. Wednesday local 129

January 3, 2019 4:59 PM North Korean envoy to Italy vanishes — did he defect?

North Korea, which touts itself as a socialist paradise, is extremely sensitive about defections, especially among its elite diplomatic corps, and has previously insisted that they are South Korean or U.S. plots to undermine its government. About 30,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, according to South 151

January 3, 2019 4:29 AM Lawyers try to seize Japanese assets over Korean forced work

Lim said Nippon Steel has been refusing to discuss compensation despite a ruling by South Korea’s Supreme Court in October that the company should pay 100 million won ($88,000) each to four plaintiffs who worked at its steel mills during Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. The court made a similar ruling on Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 126

December 28, 2018 9:32 PM Teacher Sarah McIver returned to Canada after arrest in China

Kovrig is a Canadian diplomat on leave from the foreign service to work with the anti-war International Crisis Group, travelling through China as a researcher and analyst. Spavor has run an organization called the Paektu Cultural Exchange, promoting business and cultural ties with North Korea. He has met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and helped arrange 122

December 27, 2018 12:19 AM Koreas break ground on railway link, but don’t expect trains to cross anytime soon

SEOUL, KOREA, REPUBLIC OF—North and South Korea broke ground Wednesday on an ambitious project to modernize North Korean railways and roads and connect them with the South, but without progress in nuclear negotiations, regular trains won’t be crossing the border anytime soon. The ceremony at the North Korean border town of Kaesong came weeks after the Koreas 128

December 16, 2018 1:50 PM North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death

PYONGYANG, KOREA, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF—North Koreans are marking the seventh anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son and successor, Kim Jong Un. As snow fell Sunday, tens of thousands of people offered flowers and paid respects to the late leader at Mansu Hill in central Pyongyang 133

December 5, 2018 8:07 PM Canada bracing for health, political fallout from North Korean nuke test, memos show

Scenarios mapped out by the bureau suggest radiation levels would depend on the size and height of a detonation and weather patterns over the Pacific Ocean. A presentation prepared for Health Canada’s deputy minister says experience in fallout monitoring indicates that contamination would be well below levels of public health concern. But “significant 136

December 3, 2018 1:31 PM Trump wants to grant Kim Jong Un’s wishes, says South Korea president

Moon said he and Trump agreed during their meeting that Kim’s trip to Seoul would play a “very positive role” in U.S.-North Korea nuclear diplomacy. Moon said it’s still unclear whether Kim will visit Seoul by the end of this year, and that it’s up to the North Korean leader. Moon, who has facilitated a series of high-level talks between the United States 93

November 29, 2018 1:58 PM Trump’s keeping it quick, taking in-and-out trip to G20 in Argentina

Three current and former White House officials said Trump has at times expressed frustration about travel overseas, and they have curtailed trips to his liking. The White House did not respond to a request for comment. All spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters. White House aides said Trump prefers to play the role of host rather 140

November 11, 2018 7:34 PM Sunnybrook Veterans’ Centre Remembrance Day ceremony

Remembrance Day ceremonies at Sunnybrook Veterans’ Centre drew an overflow crowd of several hundred people Sunday who honoured veterans of the Second World War, the Korean and other conflicts on the centennial anniversary of the First World War. Attendees included military veterans who call Sunnybrook Hospital’s care facility home, along with a strong 119