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American detained in North Korea said he wanted to help Christians

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- The American detained by North Korea knew he risked jail by leaving a Bible behind at a club and was not abused during his nearly half year detention in the state often criticized for suppressing religious freedom, he told NBC News on Friday.

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American detained in North Korea gets job back with Ohio city 30 Oct 2014

CLEVELAND - An Ohio man detained in North Korea for nearly half a year got his job back with a city agency, but on condition he not travel again to a country where he could be easily detained, his attorney said on Thursday.

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American detained in North Korea gets job back with Ohio city 30 Oct 2014

CLEVELAND - An Ohio man detained in North Korea for nearly half a year got his job back with a city agency, but on condition he not travel again to a country where he could be easily detained, his attorney said on Thursday.

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North Korea to deepen probe into Japanese abductees - Japan's Abe 30 Oct 2014

TOKYO - North Korea had told Japan it intends to deepen its probe into the fate of Japanese citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang decades ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, but there was no indication of any imminent breakthrough.

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U.N. sees signs of North Korea softening in human rights dialogue 28 Oct 2014

UNITED NATIONS - North Korea is showing signs of a willingness to discuss the human rights situation in the country, possibly as a result of pressure created by a U.N. inquiry that accused Pyongyang of crimes against humanity, a U.N. investigator said on Tuesday.

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Prominent defector says North Korea has taken his father hostage 28 Oct 2014

SEOUL - A prominent North Korean defector who has advocated U.N. action to stop the country's human rights abuses said on Tuesday authorities have taken his father hostage in a campaign to discredit his story of survival and escape from a prison camp.

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Prominent defector says North Korea has taken his father hostage 28 Oct 2014

SEOUL - A prominent North Korean defector who has advocated U.N. action to stop the country's human rights abuses said on Tuesday authorities have taken his father hostage in a campaign to discredit his story of survival and escape from a prison camp.

South Korea group launches anti-North leaflets amid threats from Pyongyang 25 Oct 2014

PAJU South Korea - South Korean activists launched balloons on Saturday to send leaflets to North Korea with messages critical of its leader, ignoring threats of military action from Pyongyang and a plea by Seoul not to jeopardize efforts to improve ties with the North.

International financial watchdog warns on Iran, North Korea 24 Oct 2014

PARIS - An international financial watchdog said on Friday member states should take action to ward off risks emanating from Iran and North Korea, which it said had failed to tackle money-laundering and financing of terrorism.

Japan could deploy minesweepers off South Korea in war with North, U.S. admiral says 24 Oct 2014

TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to let Japan's military fight overseas could open the way for the country to deploy minesweepers in South Korean waters in the event of a war with North Korea, a senior U.S. admiral said on Friday.