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N. Korea hit by extensive outbreak of bird flu

SEOUL, April 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has experienced an outbreak of bird flu since last month, culling tens of thousands of poultry so far, its news agency said Wednesday. A chicken farm in the capital city of Pyongyang first reported symptoms of avian influenza (AI), known as the H5N1 virus, on March 21, and the virus has been spreading to other poultry farms, the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported, citing Director Ri Kyung-kun of its agricultural ministry.

N. Korean leader reelected as head of country's most powerful body

SEOUL, April 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was reelected as first chairman of the country's most powerful National Defense Commission on Wednesday, the state news agency said, an expected move that could help further cement his grip on power. The election was made in the first session of the North's newly elected rubber-stamp parliament as all the deputies and participants in the session "broke into stormy cheers of 'hurrah!'" the Korean Central News Agency said. His election is "the great jubilee in the nation's history" the KCNA said in a dispatch.

N. Korea to hold first session of new parliament

SEOUL, April 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea was to hold the first session of its newly elected rubber-stamp parliament on Wednesday, which analysts say could provide a glimpse into any change in the communist country's leadership. The North's state media has yet to report whether the inaugural session of the 13th Supreme People's Assembly elected early last month has begun.

N. Korea appoints new Syrian envoy

SEOUL, April 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has named its new ambassador to Syria, one of Pyongyang's key allies, the country's state-run news agency reported Monday. The (North) Korean Central News Agency said that Jang Myong-ho was appointed as ambassador to Syria, citing a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly. There is no public information available about Jang, whose name has never before appeared in the North Korean media. Former Ambassador to Damascus Choe Su-hon, who started his diplomatic career in 1988, had served in the post since 2008.

N. Korea appoints new Syrian envoy

SEOUL, April 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has named its new ambassador to Syria, one of Pyongyang's key allies, the country's state-run news agency reported Monday. The (North) Korean Central News Agency said that Jang Myong-ho was appointed as ambassador to Syria, citing a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly. There is no public information available about Jang, whose name has never before appeared in the North Korean media. Former Ambassador to Damascus Choe Su-hon, who started his diplomatic career in 1988, had served in the post since 2008.

N. Korea slams S. Korean missile test

SEOUL, April 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korea blasted South Korea on Saturday for test-firing a missile capable of hitting anywhere in the communist country, saying that Seoul will no longer be justified to blame it for launching rockets. In a report carried by the state Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), monitored in Seoul, a spokesman for the North Korean Army's Strategic Force said it was "a great irony" that South Korea is celebrating a successful test-fire of a ballistic missile when it has been denouncing the North's missile launches.

N. Korea slams S. Korean missile test

SEOUL, April 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korea blasted South Korea on Saturday for test-firing a missile capable of hitting anywhere in the communist country, saying that Seoul will no longer be justified to blame it for launching rockets. In a report carried by the state Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), monitored in Seoul, a spokesman for the North Korean Army's Strategic Force said it was "a great irony" that South Korea is celebrating a successful test-fire of a ballistic missile when it has been denouncing the North's missile launches.

N. Korea asks for rescue of missing crew

SEOUL/YEOSU, April 5 (Yonhap) -- Pyongyang asked "concerning parties" Saturday to rescue its sailors who have been missing since a cargo ship with 16 North Koreans aboard sank off the southwestern coast of South Korea the previous day. The Mongolian-flagged 4,300-ton boat, named Grand Fortune 1, ran aground at around 1 a.m. on Friday, some 74 kilometers off the coast of Yeosu, South Jeolla Province. Of the 16 crew members aboard the ship, all North Koreans, two were found dead and three were rescued on the day of accident, with 11 still missing.

N. Korea bashes South for breaking promise by releasing leaflets

SEOUL, March 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea continued its criticism of South Korea on Saturday for allegedly sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets into its territory, while remaining mum on Seoul's proposals for expanded inter-Korean cooperation. An unidentified spokesman for the North's delegation to the inter-Korean high-level contact issued a statement that accused the South Korean government of disseminating leaflets critical of its regime, according to the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Japan satellite images show floating objects possibly from MH370

Japanese satellite images have shown around 10 floating objects off Australia, possibly from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, media reports quoted the government as saying Friday. The objects were spotted in waters roughly 2,500 kilometres (1,550 miles) southwest of Perth, Kyodo and Jiji news agencies said. Japan's Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center's study showed objects up to eight metres (26.4 feet) in length and four metres wide in images captured by a satellite between 9 am and 3 pm (0000 GMT and 0600 GMT) Wednesday, Kyodo said.
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