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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 309 (April 17, 2014)

NEWS IN BRIEF N. Korean leader pays tribute to founder on birthday SEOUL (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un paid respects to his grandfather and founder of the communist country on April 15 marking his 102nd birthday, the North's state media said. Kim visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where the body of Kim Il-sung, along with his son and former leader Kim Jong-un, lies in state, according to the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The founding father died in 1994, and his birthday is one of the most important holidays in North Korea.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 309 (April 17, 2014)

FOREIGN TIPS Russia's deputy PM to visit N. Korea soon: report SEOUL (Yonhap) -- Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev plans to visit North Korea soon, a U.S. radio report said on April 16. The trip by Trutnev, who is also President Vladimir Putin's envoy to Russia's Far East, is the latest in a series of exchange visits of high-level officials between the two countries, the Washington-based Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported, citing Russian media.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 309 (April 17, 2014)

INTER-KOREAN RELATIONS Gov't launches land survey for DMZ peace park SEOUL (Yonhap) -- Despite renewed inter-Korean tension, South Korea has started preparatory work for building a peace park inside the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), officials said on April 16. As part of efforts to boost inter-Korean ties, President Park Geun-hye proposed that the two Koreas build an international park inside the last-remaining Cold War frontier. For the outreach project to Pyongyang, Seoul set aside 40.2 billion won (US$38.4 million) in this year's budget.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 309 (April 17, 2014)

TOPIC OF THE WEEK (Part 1) Diplomatic efforts under way for resumption of six-party talks SEOUL (Yonhap) -- Amid prolonged tension on the Korean Peninsula, a flurry of diplomatic moves have been under way to resume the six-party talks to end North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Specifically, Seoul, Washington and Beijing are intensifying diplomatic efforts as they wrestle to rein in North Korea's nuclear threats and find middle ground in reopening the long-stalled six-nation forum.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 309 (April 17, 2014)

CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from April 10-16, 2014. April 10 A meeting of the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces takes place to congratulate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on his re-election as first chairman of the National Defense Commission (NDC) of the DPRK. 10 A Pyongyang city rally takes place with splendor at Kim Il-sung Square to congratulate supreme leader Kim Jong-un on his re-election as first chairman of the NDC.

Animated film by Korean adoptee sweeps int'l film fests

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- An autobiographical work by a Korean adoptee raised in Belgium has been sweeping international animated film festivals. The animated film, "Approved for Adoption," co-directed by filmmakers Jung Henin of Belgium and Laurent Boileau of France, won the Youth Jury Award for Best Picture and the Adult Jury Award for Best Picture during Canada's annual Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth on April 4-11, according to the festival's website.

Animated film by Korean adoptee sweeps int'l film fests

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- An autobiographical work by a Korean adoptee raised in Belgium has been sweeping international animated film festivals. The animated film, "Approved for Adoption," co-directed by filmmakers Jung Henin of Belgium and Laurent Boileau of France, won the Youth Jury Award for Best Picture and the Adult Jury Award for Best Picture during Canada's annual Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth on April 4-11, according to the festival's website.

Aggravated assault charges laid against teen in random Regina mall stabbing

REGINA - A 15-year-old boy is facing charges of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon after four people were injured in a stabbing at a mall in downtown Regina. Police say a teenager entered the Cornwall Centre on Tuesday evening armed with a knife and began randomly attacking people who were nearby. Deputy police chief Bob Morin says police don't know what prompted the attack. "This was a very spontaneous, unpredictable event," Morin said Wednesday at a news conference at police headquarters.

Firing pays off for former Yahoo chief operating officer who gets $58 million in severance pay

SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job. The disclosure in a regulatory filing may lead to more second-guessing of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to hire de Castro as her second-in-command in October 2012. Mayer dumped de Castro in January after concluding he wasn't executing on her plan for reviving Yahoo's lacklustre ad growth. De Castro had been in charge of ad sales.

Police charge man, 19, in Heartbleed privacy breach at Canada Revenue Agency

OTTAWA - Police have charged a 19-year-old man from London, Ont., in connection with the loss of taxpayer data from the Canada Revenue Agency website. Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes was arrested at his residence Tuesday and is charged with unauthorized use of a computer and mischief in relation to data, the RCMP said Wednesday. A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of computer equipment. Solis-Reyes is a computer science student at Western University, a spokesman for the university said. He is scheduled to appear in court in Ottawa on July 17.
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