‘Paradise on Earth’: Ghosts of N.Korea propaganda still haunts

Between 1959 and 1984, tens of thousands of Koreans and their Japanese spouses moved to North Korea from Japan with North’s fantastical propaganda promising returning kin a “Paradise on Earth.” But the reality they faced on arrival was a far cry from the propaganda.

Spy agencies doubt NKorea will give up weapons

(29 Jan 2019) In an assessment casting doubt on President Donald Trump’s goal of a nuclear-disarmed North Korea, U.S. intelligence agencies told Congress on Tuesday that the North is unlikely to entirely dismantle its nuclear arsenal. (Jan. 29)

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Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

(21 Jan 2019) On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create an eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America, where skies were clear. It was also the year’s first supermoon, when a full moon appears a little bigger and brighter. (Jan. 21)

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South Korea President cuddles newborn Northern pups

South Korea President Moon Jae-in gleefully holds one of the six pups recently borne by Gomi, a Punsan dog given to him by the North’s leader Kim Jong Un following their meeting in Pyongyang in September.

Two Koreas start landmark journey for railway reconnection

A South Korean train crosses into North Korea for the first time in a decade — packed with engineers on a mission to upgrade the North’s dilapidated rail tracks and create a linked, cross-border network.

North, South Korea join hands to win UNESCO status for wrestling

North and South Korea mark a new step in their reconciliation efforts as the United Nations culture organization UNESCO approves their joint bid for Korean wrestling to be recognised on the UN agency’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

Migrant caravan leaves Mexico City, heads North

A migrant caravan, comprised mostly of Central American citizens, leaves the shelter of the Mexico City subway to continue the journey northwards, to the border with the United States. Local authorities allowed them to travel on especially-dedicated subway wagons for free, as they travel toward hopes of their American Dream. IMAGES

Skeletons unearthed in giant UK train line excavation

Work is underway to unearth an estimated 40,000 skeletons from a former graveyard which is being cleared as one of dozens of archaeological projects that will clear the way for HS2, the UK’s new high speed railway linking London with Birmingham and the North. 1,200 skeletons have already been dug up from St James Gardens, next to London’s Euston Station, to make way for the new line’s terminus.