N. Korea approves new front-line army duties amid tensions
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doubled-down on his nuclear arms buildup in face of “hostile forces” as he wrapped up a key military meeting in capital Pyongyang where officials approved unspecified new operational duties for front-line army unitswashingtonpost.com
Pianist, 18, from South Korea wins Van Cliburn competition
An 18-year-old from South Korea has won the 16th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, one of the top showcases for the world's best pianists. The competition held in Fort Worth, Texas, ended Saturday night with Yunchan Lim becoming the competition's youngest winner of the gold medal. The silver medalist was Anna Geniushene, a 31-year-old from Russia, and the bronze medalist is Dmytro Choni, a 28-year-old from Ukraine.news.yahoo.com
N. Korea reports another disease outbreak amid COVID-19 wave
North Korea on Thursday reported the eruption of another infectious disease in addition to its ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, saying leader Kim Jong Un has donated his private medicines to those stricken with the new disease. It’s unclear how serious the new epidemic is, but some outside observers say North Korea likely aims to burnish Kim’s image as a leader caring about public livelihoods as he needs greater public support to overcome pandemic-related hardships. Kim on Wednesday offered his family’s reserve medicines for those diagnosed with “an acute enteric epidemic” in the southwestern Haeju city, the official Korean Central News Agency reported.news.yahoo.com
North Korea plans crackdown as Kim pushes for internal unity
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his top deputies have pushed for a crackdown on officials who abuse their power and commit other “unsound and non-revolutionary acts," state media reported Monday, as Kim seeks greater internal unity to overcome a COVID-19 outbreak and economic difficulties. It wasn’t clear what specific acts were mentioned at the ruling Workers’ Party meeting on Sunday. Kim and other senior party secretaries discussed “waging more intensive struggle against unsound and non-revolutionary acts including abuse of power and bureaucratism revealed among some party officials,” the official Korean Central News Agency said.news.yahoo.com
Survivor of abusive facility searches for lost Korean roots
The earliest photo Joo-Rei Mathieson has of herself was taken when she was about 4. The black-and-white mugshot is from a November 1982 Brothers Home intake document that describes Mathieson as a lost street kid brought in by police. It notes that she’s “capable of labor” — chillingly for a government-sponsored vagrants’ facility that survivors have told The Associated Press often worked children to death.news.yahoo.com
Cool down this summer with a traditional Korean dessert!
The summer heat can have everyone looking for a way to cool down, and a frozen treat is a great way to do it. Bingsu is a traditional Korean dessert made from shaved ice, drizzled with condensed milk, and finished with various toppings. You can try this tasty treat at Myomee, a coffee and dessert cafe inside New Seoul Plaza in Southfield, and while you're there, check out their K-Pop pop-up store!
N. Korea moves to soften curbs amid doubts over COVID counts
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other top officials discussed revising stringent anti-epidemic restrictions during a meeting Sunday, state media reported, as they maintained a widely disputed claim that the country’s first COVID-19 outbreak is slowing. The discussion at the North’s Politburo meeting suggests it will soon relax a set of draconian curbs imposed after its admission of the omicron outbreak this month out of concern about its food and economic situations. Kim and other Politburo members “made a positive evaluation of the pandemic situation being controlled and improved across the country,” the official Korean Central News Agency said.news.yahoo.com
Russian diplomat resigns protesting Putin’s ‘aggressive war’
In a letter circulated to colleagues in Geneva and posted on a LinkedIn account in his name, Boris Bondarev, counsellor at the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, said he had left the civil service Monday.washingtonpost.com
Kim, other N. Koreans attend large funeral amid COVID worry
A large number of North Koreans including leader Kim Jong Un attended a funeral for a top official, state media reported Monday, as the country maintained the much-disputed claim that its suspected coronavirus outbreak is subsiding. Since admitting earlier this month to an outbreak of the omicron variant, North Korea has only stated how many people have fevers daily, and has only identified a few of the cases as COVID-19. Its state media said Monday that 2.8 million people have fallen ill due to an unidentified fever but only 68 of them died since late April, an extremely low fatality rate if the illness is COVID-19 as suspected.news.yahoo.com
North Korea reports 8 deaths as Kim laments virus response
North Korea on Monday reported eight new deaths and 392,920 more people with fever symptoms amid a growing COVID-19 outbreak as leader Kim Jong Un blasted officials over delays in medicine deliveries and ordered his military to get involved in the pandemic response in the country’s capital, Pyongyangwashingtonpost.com
EXPLAINER: What's behind North Korea's COVID-19 admission?
North Korea’s recent admission of its first domestic COVID-19 cases has surprised many outsiders and prompted speculation about how bad the outbreak is and whether it could cause a major humanitarian crisis in a country where public medical infrastructure is terriblewashingtonpost.com
N. Korea reports 6 deaths after admitting COVID-19 outbreak
North Korea said Friday six people died and nearly 190,000 are under quarantine following a rapid spread of fever across the nation in recent weeks, a day after it first acknowledged a COVID-19 outbreak in a largely unvaccinated populationwashingtonpost.com
North Korea raises alarm after confirming 1st COVID-19 case
North Korea announced its first coronavirus infection more than two years into the pandemic Thursday as leader Kim Jong Un called for raising COVID-19 preventive measures to maximum levels. The Korean Central News Agency said tests from an unspecified number of people in the capital Pyongyang confirmed they were infected with the omicron variant. The agency said Kim called a meeting of the ruling Korean Workers’ Party’s Politburo where members decided to raise its anti-virus measures.news.yahoo.com
Overcoming trauma: Metro Detroiter Jessie Elliot tells personal story of hardships, perseverance
Jessie Elliott has spent most of her life in Metro Detroit, well known in prominent philanthropic, social and business circles. You would never imagine that the confident and successful business entrepreneur today suffered from such traumatic and unthinkable experiences.
UN investigator calls for 60M vaccine doses for North Korea
The United Nations’ independent investigator on human rights in North Korea has called for the international community to provide 60 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the isolated authoritarian nation, which has recently showed signs of easing one of the world’s most restrictive pandemic border closures.