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North Korea scraps plan to send cheerleaders to Asian Games in South

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.

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North Korea on major sports drive, says Pyongyang official 20 Aug 2014

SEOUL - North Korea hopes to harness the power of sport to raise its image on the world stage through international competitions such as the Olympic Games, and to bolster labour output and national defence by improving its citizens' well-being, the head of a North Korean sports delegation said on Wednesday.

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Pope tells Asia's communist nations not to fear Christians 17 Aug 2014

HAEMI South Korea - Pope Francis, in remarks clearly intended for communist-ruled countries such as China, North Korea and Vietnam, said on Sunday that Asian governments should not fear Christians as they did not want to "come as conquerors" but be integral parts of local cultures. | Video

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Pope tells Asia's communist nations not to fear Christians 17 Aug 2014

HAEMI South Korea - Pope Francis, in remarks clearly intended for communist-ruled countries such as China, North Korea and Vietnam, said on Sunday that Asian governments should not fear Christians as they did not want to "come as conquerors" but be integral parts of local cultures.

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North Korea - rocket firing not timed to coincide with papal visit to South 15 Aug 2014

SEOUL - North Korea said on Friday its firing of three short-range rockets shortly before Pope Francis arrived in the South Korean capital the previous day had nothing to do with the papal visit.

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North Korea: rocket firing not timed to coincide with papal visit to South 15 Aug 2014

SEOUL - North Korea said on Friday its firing of three short-range rockets shortly before Pope Francis arrived in the South Korean capital the previous day had nothing to do with the papal visit.

UPDATE 3-N.Korea: rocket firing not timed to coincide with papal visit to South 15 Aug 2014

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Japan imposes asset freeze on North Korean shipping firm 15 Aug 2014

TOKYO - Japan on Friday froze the assets of the operator of a North Korean ship seized for smuggling arms, the Foreign Ministry said, just as Tokyo is engaged in talks with Pyongyang to return Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korean agents decades ago.