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UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 18, 2011, 7:36 p.m.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has died

Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s mercurial and enigmatic leader, has died. He was 69. Kim’s death was announced Monday by state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang.


In brief: Jenks returns to disabled list

Baseball: The Boston Red Sox placed reliever Bobby Jenks on the 15-day disabled list because of a back injury.


Brazil tops North Korea 2-1

Maicon and Elano scored a goal apiece in the second half and Brazil broke through a solid North Korea defense to win its first 2010 World Cup match 2-1 on …


S. Korea on military alert

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea’s president ordered the military on alert today for any moves by rival North Korea after the defense minister said last week’s explosion and sinking …


N. Korea issues threat on border

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea warned the U.S. and South Korea of possible deadly consequences today in retaliation for what it called psychological warfare involving journalist tours to the …


North Koreans mark Kim Jong Il’s birthday

SEOUL, South Korea – The devoted threw a party fit for a prince: There were dancers, singers and synchronized swimmers, not to mention unnamed foreign dignitaries – all celebrating the …


China envoy in N. Korea

SEOUL, South Korea – A senior Chinese envoy was in North Korea today on a mission to persuade the reclusive state to rejoin nuclear disarmament talks, reports said, while officials …


N. Korea says it will free Park

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea announced today it will free an American missionary detained on Christmas Day for illegally crossing the border from China. Robert Park, of Tucson, Ariz., …


N. Korea says it has American

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea said today it has detained an American who entered the country illegally, after activists claimed that a 28-year-old from Arizona went to the communist …


N. Korea demands talks

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea pressed the United States to accept its demand for direct talks on the communist regime’s nuclear program, warning today that Pyongyang “will go our …


North Korea warns South of naval clash

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea warned South Korea of a possible naval clash today, accusing Seoul of sending warships into its waters around their disputed western sea border. The …


North Korea claims progress on uranium

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea said today that it is in the final stages of enriching uranium, a process that could give the nation a second way to make …


N. Korea to resume programs with South

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea agreed today to lift border restrictions with South Korea to allow reunions of separated families and restart stalled tourism ventures in its latest gesture …


Bill Clinton’s role evolving

WASHINGTON – The diplomatic mission to rescue two American TV journalists jailed in North Korea lasted less than two days. But in the brief time that former President Bill Clinton …


Editorial: More gained in Korea than release of journalists

This commentary from the Los Angeles Times is presented in place of the customary Spokesman-Review editorial. As soon as the images of former President Bill Clinton alongside North Korean leader …


Bill Clinton in North Korea to seek journalists’ release

WASHINGTON – Former President Bill Clinton flew to North Korea on Monday to negotiate the release of two American journalists who have been sentenced to 12 years of hard labor, …


World in brief: Security Council targets N. Koreans

United Nations – The U.N. Security Council on Thursday banned travel and froze assets of 10 North Korean individuals and businesses linked to the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, …


S. Korea says North’s missiles getting better

SEOUL, South Korea – The ballistic missiles that North Korea test-fired this weekend were likely capable of striking key government and military facilities in South Korea, a defense official said …


North Korea says U.S. plans strike

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea criticized the U.S. today for positioning missile defense systems around Hawaii, calling the deployment part of a plot to attack the regime and saying …


U.S. preps for missile launch

WASHINGTON – Reacting to reports that North Korea may be preparing to test-fire a missile toward Hawaii, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday that he had ordered additional missile …


N. Korean missiles not immediate threat

WASHINGTON – North Korea’s missiles may be capable of hitting West Coast cities within three years, a top Pentagon official warned Tuesday, but are unlikely to be able to deliver …


Pentagon: NKorea missiles could threaten US

WASHINGTON — North Korea’s missiles could hit the United States in as few as three years if the reclusive rogue nation continues to ramp up its weapons system, Pentagon officials …


N. Korea vows bold nuke effort

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea responded to new U.N. sanctions with more defiance, promising Saturday to step up its nuclear bomb-making program by enriching uranium and threatening war on …


U.N. to consider N. Korea sanctions

UNITED NATIONS – The United States, China and other major powers reached agreement Wednesday on a draft U.N. resolution that condemns North Korea’s recent underground nuclear test and imposes additional …


Sentencing puts U.S. goals in peril

SEOUL, South Korea – In seeking the release of two American TV journalists sentenced to 12 years of hard labor Monday by North Korea, the Obama administration faces difficult negotiations …


N. Korea sentences journalists to 12 years

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea convicted two American journalists and sentenced them Monday to 12 years of hard labor for crossing into its territory, intensifying the reclusive nation’s confrontation …


U.S. may go solo on N. Korea sanctions

SEOUL, South Korea – The United States has told South Korea that it will impose its own financial sanctions on the North apart from punishments the U.N. has been mulling …


Kim Jong Il’s son will lead

SEOUL, South Korea – Kim Jong Il’s youngest son – a 26-year-old who reportedly enjoys skiing and studied English, German and French at a Swiss boarding school – was named …


Experts say N. Korea readying missile tests

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea was preparing to launch a medium- and a long-range missile, following up on its nuclear test last week, reports and experts said today. South …


Gates open to seeking more missiles

FORT GREELY, Alaska – Defense Secretary Robert Gates isn’t ruling out spending more on missile defense than what he’s asked for in next year’s budget if North Korea or other …