Next year’s most interesting hotel opening is not a six-star palatial Dubai building, or an over-the-top Las Vegas accommodation that would make Versailles look understated. It’s Pyongyang's Ryugyong Hotel, also known as the world’s tallest hotel and the “hotel of doom” because of its long history.
Ri hasn’t been seen in public for almost two months, but North Korean state media announced on Monday that she would accompany her husband to a concert at his alma mater, the Kim Il-Sung Military University.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un salutes as he watches a military parade to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder and his grandfather, Kim Il-Sung, in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)
A peculiar strand of literature on North Korea has been published in recent years, with the authors drawing heavily on interviews with defectors. Sure, North Korea has been a horrific place with famine and prison camps, but these books reveal a single slice of North Korean society. And it's dangerous that they're taken so frequently at face value when they remain unverifiable.
The US has said Myanmar (also known as Burma) is on the "right path" over separating its military ties with North Korea on Monday, but cautioned the relationship between the two nations would take time to change.