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How media smuggling took hold in North Korea

Since the mid-20th century, tens of thousands of North Koreans have fled their country amid food shortages and a tight government rule, risking death …

Kim Jong-un 'executes manager of terrapin farm for failing to supply food and water to the tanks'

The manager of a terrapin farm in North Korea has reportedly been executed for failing to adequately supply the animals’ tanks with enough food and …

North Korea

How Gravity Explains Why Time Never Runs Backward

We can’t avoid the passing of time, even at the DMV, where time seems to come to a standstill. And daylight savings notwithstanding, time always …

Old Wars in the 'New Burma'

"It's very crowded here," said Ana, a young mother in a camp for displaced families in Burma's northern Kachin State. "We are afraid of disease, it is very dirty."<p>Ana is one of more than 100,000 ethnic Kachin who fled their homes when fighting renewed here between the Burmese military and the …

Inside North Korea's London embassy

Little stands out about the end-of-terrace house that sits on a busy but unassuming road in west London, other than the North Korean flag that flies outside it.<p>This seven bedroom family home at 73 Gunnersbury Avenue is the secretive country’s embassy in London, and this week, for the first time, it …

White House says Syria strategy working, policy on Assad clear

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House and Pentagon sought to portray a unified stance on Syria on Friday after reports that a memo from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel criticized U.S. strategy as fuzzy on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.<p>Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (2nd L) attends Eid al-Adha …

Parallel Universes Colliding Could Explain Quantum Weirdness

All that quantum behavior? Actually the result of different, parallel worlds smashing into each other.<p>The notion that our universe may be just one in a series of endless parallel universes—some very similar, some wildly different—has captivated the hearts and minds of many science fiction fans. A …

Branson's ambitious space-travel project plagued by problems and delays

It launched amid much fanfare, but Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic commercial space-travel programme has been plagued with problems and delays. After a string of failures, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield last year said that the difficulties of aerospace engineering meant it was inevitable that …

Richard Branson Vows To Continue With Space Travel Despite Friday's Disaster

His comments came as he was travelling to the company's Mojave desert base where an investigation is under way into how the test flight of the SpaceShipTwo ended in disaster.<p>The accident has sparked questions over the future of the venture and whether it could safely transport passengers to the …

Explosion unlikely to derail private space travel

The explosion of the Antares rocket has raised questions about the future of commercial space travel - but analysts say private launches remain on the horizon.<p>"This is going to be a setback. There's no doubt," said Fredrick Jenet, director of the Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy at the …

North Korea Can Put A Nuke on a Missile, U.S. Intelligence Agency Believes

The Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded with "moderate confidence" that North Korea might have a nuclear weapon that's small enough to be …

North Korea Develops Submarine Capable of Firing Ballistic Missiles

North Korea is reported to have come up with a submarine which is capable of firing ballistic missiles.<p>According to South Korean government sources …

Syria's Assad replaces provincial governors in conflict zones

BEIRUT (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad has replaced five provincial governors, including some overseeing regions that include major fronts in Syria’s civil war, state media said on Wednesday.<p>A woman walks past election posters of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad along a street in Damascus …

Why shouldn't I be president of Zimbabwe, asks Grace Mugabe?

Grace Mugabe has added fuel to speculation that she wants to become the next president of Zimbabwe in remarks that suggest the ruling party could be heading for a damaging split.<p>In widely-reported comments at a rally outside Harare on Thursday, the wife of the current president, Robert, said: “They …

The Best of Myanmar's Censored Art

For nearly 50 years the country's socialist government banned artworks for often seemingly arbitrary reasons.<p><i>'Waiting For' (2010) by Than Htay</i><p>On top of having one of the world's longest-running civil wars and widest income gaps, Burma (officially known as Myanmar) implements some of the world's …

Celebrate The Future Of Space Travel With This Cinematic Blast From The Past

To commemorate the deal between NASA and SpaceX, filmmaker Christopher Larson created this inspiring short with classic archival footage and his own cinematography.<p>We are perfectly comfortable with space — so comfortable that we send our dead pets on orbital missions and joke casually about the …

Quantum Robots Will Do Your Job Better Than You Can

Quantum computing will be powerful enough to create artificial intelligence that can learn and react in real time.<p>If robots are ever going to start learning, thinking, and creating on their own, they're going to have to go quantum. And, well, in theory at least, quantum robots are being designed to …

N. Korea's surprising new tactic - CNN Video

CNN's Elise Labott looks into the latest tactic North Korea is using on the international community.CNN's Elise Labott looks into the latest tactic North Korea is using on the international community.

How Building a Black Hole for Interstellar Led to an Amazing Scientific Discovery | WIRED

Franklin knew that his computers would do anything he told them to. That was a problem and a temptation. “It's very easy to fall into the trap of …

Our First Look at Android Lollipop and the New Nexus Devices

We had our first hands-on demo of Google's new version of its Android operating system, Lollipop, this week running on a pair of Nexus devices, the …

Government of Russia on Twitter: "Dmitry #Medvedev met with Alexander Lukashenko to discuss trade cooperation and the Union State’s future http://t.co/UBtK5dtZgX"

Isis apparently takes control of US weapons airdrop intended for Kurds

The Pentagon admitted on Wednesday that one of the airdrops of weapons intended for Kurds in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani almost certainly ended up in the hands of the Islamic State (Isis) fighters.<p>The Pentagon blamed the wind for possibly blowing the supplies off course and argued that one …

Officials: 3 Denver girls played hooky from school and tried to join ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> The first indication that something was wrong was a phone call from his daughter's Denver area school to let Assad Ibrahim know that she had not come to class.<p>He dialed her cell. And she answered. But, officials say, she didn't tell him that she was on her way to Syria to join ISIS.<p>She was …

Emotional reunion as Jeffrey Fowle, held by North Korea, returns to U.S.

<b>(CNN) —</b> After five months of detention in North Korea, Jeffrey Fowle arrived home in Ohio early Wednesday for an emotional reunion with his family.<p>Stepping off the plane at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and onto the tarmac, he was embraced by family members, including his three children.<p>"It's a …

Burma takes drastic steps against Muslim minority group

RANGOON, Burma — Authorities sealed off villages in Burma’s only Muslim-majority region and in some cases beat and arrested people who refused to register with immigration officials, residents and activists say, in what may be the most aggressive effort yet to force Rohingya to indicate they are …

Asia

North Korea: Personal physician divulges Kim Il Sung's quest to live to 100

<b>Seoul (CNN) —</b> North Korea's revered founder, Kim Il Sung, ordered his doctors to find a way to make him live to 100, taking treatments to stay young that ranged from the bizarre to the sinister.<p>Kim So-Yeon, his personal physician for many years before she defected to South Korea in 1992, led …