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North Korean students are now advised to get the exact same haircut as Kim Jong Un

This is incredible. Unless you're a North Korean man. With a weird shaped head. As of two weeks ago, men in North Korea are required to get the "Dear Leader Kim Jong Un" haircut.

That time North Korea’s Kim Jong Un got swarmed by time-traveling female fighter pilots

The Western world got the chance to step back in time thanks to a series of photos released by North Korea's news agency this week. What the photos seem to tell us is that North Korea’s air force is populated by a sassy bunch of gals just over the moon for a fella named Kim Jong Un. North Korea is totally prepared for World War III, with uniforms left over from the last World War.

Your guide to North Korea's crimes against humanity

On March 21 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Council established a commission to investigate what it called “systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights” in North Korea. The commission published its report this week, and what it found was shocking, even considering all that we already know about North Korea. Here's what the report tells us about the crimes against humanity being committed by the North Korean state.

When friends visit in North Korea, they get offered meth instead of tea

North Korea and crystal meth. They go together like ... like ... well, like Britain and tea, apparently. North Korea is a colossal supplier of a highly potent, moderately priced form of crystal meth, most of which is made for export. But inside the hermit kingdom, meth is also making the rounds — very openly and very, very casually.

Kim Jong Un’s executed uncle ‘had been plotting a coup since mid-1990s’

NA’ALEHU, Hawaii — When dictator Kim Jong Un executed his uncle Jang Song Taek last week, he left hungry and oppressed North Koreans bereft of the man who could have become the country’s greatest hero, according to the latest news from South Korea. Jang, we learn, had been plotting to overthrow the Kim regime not just briefly but for nearly two decades, living courageously in the very belly of the beast while risking discovery all the while. It’s an account that makes sense.

General's (alleged) ouster: How Kim Jong Un wields power

NA’ALEHU, Hawaii — How could the 30-year-old Kim Jong Un justify humiliating his avuncular elder who did much of the groundwork to smooth Kim Jong Un’s succession after the death of his father two years ago? Easy. That’s Kim Jong Un’s nature. Although he’s only the third son in a culture that exalts first sons, the young man got the job because his dad considered him the toughest and most aggressive of all his kids. As Kim Jong Il knew from experience, a totalitarian dictator has to be a mean son of a bitch to survive and keep iron control.

Kim Jong Un, the boss of firing, ousts his uncle

SEOUL — The news today that North Korea removed Jang Sung Taek, the powerful uncle of Kim Jong Un and vice chair of the body that heads the military, could amount to the boy dictator’s greatest leadership shake-up yet. But in North Korea, the urge to purge is strong.

How the Iran nuclear deal matters for North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — Given the tumultuous relations between Washington and Tehran, the nuclear pact announced early Sunday was the most significant diplomatic development between the two since the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Everyone recognized the six-month deal as just a first step, and there were plenty of detractors, most notably Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Here in Seoul, the deal prompted discussion of whether the breakthrough could be a model for the world’s other seemingly intractable nuclear standoff, with North Korea.

Why did North Korea detain an American veteran?

SEOUL — For North Korea watchers, the news is mysterious and the motives unknown. On October 26, an 85-year-old Korean War veteran from Palo Alto, California, became the second American detained in the past year in the world’s most reclusive state. The grandfather of two, Merrill Newman, was traveling legally on a nine-day, government-guided tour of the country. As he was preparing to depart on an airplane, authorities reportedly boarded and took him away. Although at least six Americans have been detained in recent years, this particular incident is unusually perplexing.
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