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Detained Americans in North Korea seek U.S. help

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SEOUL/WASHINGTON - Three American citizens detained in North Korea appealed to the U.S government on Monday for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews with U.S. media that were set up by the North Korean government and may signal an attempt by Pyongyang to reopen a long-stalled dialogue.

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Detained Americans in North Korea seek U.S. help in American media interviews 01 Sep 2014

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - Three American citizens detained in North Korea appealed to the U.S government on Monday for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews with U.S. media that were set up by the North Korean government and may signal an attempt by Pyongyang to reopen a long-stalled dialogue.

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Detained Americans in North Korea seek U.S. help 01 Sep 2014

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - Three American citizens detained in North Korea appealed to the U.S government on Monday for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews with U.S. media that were set up by the North Korean government and may signal an attempt by Pyongyang to reopen a long-stalled dialogue.

Japan to seek return of all its citizens held by North Korea 01 Sep 2014

TOKYO - Japan is determined to secure the return of all its citizens abducted by North Korea, a cabinet minister said on Monday, warning Pyongyang to take seriously its promise to report fully on the emotive issue.

North Korea tightens grip on phone SIM cards used by tourists 01 Sep 2014

SEOUL - In a move that makes it harder for North Koreans to gain illicit access to the global Internet, North Korea now only allows mobile phone SIM cards used by tourists to be active for the duration of their visit, tourism sources told Reuters.

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North Korean leader's money manager defects in Russia - South Korea newspaper 29 Aug 2014

SEOUL - A senior North Korean banking official who managed money for leader Kim Jong Un has defected in Russia and was seeking asylum in a third country, a South Korean newspaper reported on Friday, citing an unidentified source.

UPDATE 1-North Korean leader's money manager defects in Russia- S.Korea newspaper 29 Aug 2014

SEOUL, Aug 29 - A senior North Korean banking official who managed money for leader Kim Jong Un has defected in Russia and was seeking asylum in a third country, a South Korean newspaper reported on Friday, citing an unidentified source.

North Korea scraps plan to send cheerleaders to Asian Games in South 28 Aug 2014

SEOUL - North Korea has decided not to send a cheerleading squad to accompany its athletes at the Asian Games to be held in South Korea next month, a leading sports official said on Thursday.

U.S. rapper Pras Michel heads to North Korea for wrestling match 28 Aug 2014

SEOUL - American rapper Pras Michel, who topped the charts in the 1990s with his band the 'Fugees', and is a friend of President Barack Obama, heads to North Korea on Friday to watch a wrestling match hosted by a Japanese politician and former pro wrestler.

U.S. rapper Pras Michel heads to North Korea for wrestling match 28 Aug 2014

SEOUL - American rapper Pras Michel, who topped the charts in the 1990s with his band the 'Fugees', and is a friend of President Barack Obama, heads to North Korea on Friday to watch a wrestling match hosted by a Japanese politician and former pro wrestler.