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2008-10-27 09:00:42

Video of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's oldest son in Paris apparently meeting with a top brain surgeon has reignited concerns about the leader's health. The videotape, made by a Japanese television station, shows a man identified by North Korea watchers as "undoubtedly" Kim Jong Nam as he entered a health clinic in Paris, The Times of London reported Monday. The precise date of the videotape wasn't known but some time later, a doctor was filmed arriving at Charles De Gaulle airport in...

2008-09-13 06:00:09

Text of report in English by South Korean newspaper Chungang Ilbo website on 12 September Sources say power sharing may already be under way North Korean leader Kim Jong Il [Kim Cho'ng-il] is known to have recovered enough to brush his teeth himself, about a month after he is believed to have suffered a stroke and had brain surgery. But it remains to be seen whether the Stalinist leader will be able to maintain his tight grip on the country. Now a growing number of sources familiar with...

2008-09-11 12:00:05

Around the globe, speculation is rife about the fate of nuclear-armed North Korea. Intelligence officials in the U.S. and South Korea are openly discussing the possibility that longtime Stalinist leader Kim Jong Il, 66, is sick and may not remain in power for long. Some even raise the prospect of an outright collapse of North Korea's communist regime or a messy power struggle in this reclusive country locked in the world's last cold-war confrontation. Informed North Korea experts in Seoul...

2008-09-09 15:00:00

U.S. officials believe North Korean ruler Kim Jong Il suffered a stroke last month, explaining his absence from a military parade Tuesday, sources say. An unnamed U.S. intelligence official told The New York Times that although the exact condition of Kim, 66, is unknown, it didn't seem likely the North Korean leader was on the verge of death because no power transfer activities had been detected in Pyongyang. As the speculation about Kim's health swirled, international observers were...

2006-02-16 00:32:44

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was showered with praise at home for his 64th birthday on Thursday but for the outside world the day underscored lingering questions about succession and an unresolved nuclear crisis. Kim, who often is conspicuously out of sight on a day North Korea calls the "most auspicious holiday of the nation," received congratulatory messages from Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as from a host of communist...

2006-02-16 00:30:00

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was showered with praise at home for his 64th birthday on Thursday but for the outside world the day underscored lingering questions about succession and an unresolved nuclear crisis. Kim, who often is conspicuously out of sight on a day North Korea calls the "most auspicious holiday of the nation," received congratulatory messages from Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as from a host of communist organizations at home and in...

2006-02-15 05:55:00

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL -- For North Korea, leader Kim Jong-il's 64th birthday on Thursday is the "most auspicious holiday of the nation," but for the outside world it is a time to ponder questions about a successor and a nuclear crisis. On Wednesday, soldiers sang songs in praise of the "Dear Leader," foreign dignitaries saw displays of Kimjongilia -- a flower named after Kim -- and cadres worked out how they would dispense to the masses extra food rations to mark the big day. After all,...

2005-12-11 01:06:19

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il has forbidden internal talk about his naming a successor to the world's only communist dynasty, saying speculation hurts his rule, a news agency reported on Sunday. Kim has three known sons and analysts have been guessing for years which one will take over power. Outside speculation was particularly rife in October that Kim would use the 60th anniversary of the founding of the North's communist party to name his successor. Kim...

2005-10-17 03:10:34

By Lindsay Beck PYONGYANG (Reuters) - North Korea is keeping mum on a possible successor to Kim Jong-il, but one thing is certain: in a country where leaders are revered as gods, the regime will be keeping it all in the family. Russian and South Korean news reports have said a decision on an heir was likely to come this month, possibly at the culmination of the country's mass games spectacle, put on to mark the 60th anniversary of the Worker's Party of Korea. Signs of North Korea's...

2005-10-11 02:41:29

By Jack Kim PYONGYANG (Reuters) - North Koreans danced into the night to celebrate the ruling communist party's 60th birthday but there was no sign by Tuesday that leader Kim Jong-il had named a successor-in-waiting as some had speculated. Residents of the North Korean capital spent a relaxing second day of a three-day holiday, strolling the streets in colorful autumn clothes under banners celebrating the party anniversary. A smiling and applauding Kim made rare appearances at the...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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