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2009-02-24 15:13:37

North Korea said on Tuesday it was preparing to launch a communications satellite on one of its rockets, saying it would mark a great step forward for the communist state. The announcement, which came in a statement from the national space agency carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), did not include a target date for the launch, which some analysts believe will actually be the test-firing of a long-range missile. The news comes amid heightened tensions with South Korea,...

2009-02-13 12:51:19

An average of 10,000 South Korean small businesses close daily during the economic crisis, the National Statistical Office says. NSO officials said Friday that the number of self-employed individuals in South Korea fell 416,000 in January compared with November's figures, leading to the troubling business closing average, The Korea Times reported. January's lowered total of 5.59 million self-employed residents represented the lowest self-employment tally in South Korea since the country had...

2008-12-27 16:30:49

South Korean officials hope a sharp drop in the country's currency will mean an equally dramatic rise in visitors from China and Japan. Maeil Business News predicted a record 400,000 tourists from the two countries will come to South Korea in January. The month is a major travel time in East Asia because of the New Year holiday. The won's value has declined 40 percent, making South Korea a relative bargain for visitors from its neighbors. The Korea Times reported Chinese often come to South...

2008-12-16 00:13:55

South Korean automakers, faced with a slump, said Tuesday they expect production next year to total 3.6 million vehicles, down 6.5 percent from this year. The auto industry group said output this year is estimated at 3.85 million vehicles, Yonhap news agency reported. The Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association projected next year's domestic sales at 1.05 million units, down 8.7 percent from 2008. Exports next year are projected at 2.55 million units for a total of about $46.5 billion,...

2008-12-05 18:33:00

RONALD REAGAN MISSILE SITE, VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Riki Ellison, Chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA) www.missiledefenseadvocacy.org was at Vandenberg AFB this afternoon watching the launch of the missile defense ground based interceptor in its successful intercept test today. His comments and observations include the following: "On a stunning crystal clear day off the California coast against a warm breeze and the backdrop...

2008-11-26 05:23:33

South Korea may opt for an undersea pipeline to receive Russian natural gas if North Korea refuses an overland route, says the state-run gas company's head. The plan to build an underwater pipeline came up during talks with Gazprom President Alexei Miller and experts at Russia's Pacific Ocean Institute in Vladivostok last week, Choo Kang-soo, head of Korea Gas Corp., said Wednesday to the Yonhap news agency. In September, Korea Gas announced it will import 7.5 million tons of gas annually...

2008-11-13 00:00:17

The United States says verification of North Korea's earlier nuclear activities must include samples taken from its nuclear sites. U.S. State Department spokesman Robert Wood said the Communist country must permit international inspectors to take such samples, CNN reported. "We want to do what we can with our other six-party allies to make sure that the North adheres to what it agreed to do," Wood was quoted as saying. Besides and the United States and North Korea, others nations...

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...

2008-10-25 15:00:15

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak says Asian and European leaders should help him entice North Korea into demilitarizing through economic cooperation. Addressing the Asia-Europe Meeting Saturday in Beijing where leaders of 40 nations met to discuss the global financial crisis, Lee called for their help in his efforts to link the two Koreas through natural gas pipelines and railways, Yonhap, the South Korean news agency, reported. "North Korea's nuclear weapons are a serious threat to...

2008-10-14 00:00:19

By Anne Penketh World Focus North Korea If you were keeping a scorecard of the nuclear brinkmanship between North Korea and the United States, today it would show game, set and match for Pyongyang over the world's only remaining superpower. The totalitarian state secured a major strategic victory at the weekend over the US, which finally removed North Korea from its terrorism blacklist, consigning to history President George Bush's description of Pyongyang as a member of the "Axis of...


Latest North Korea Reference Libraries

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2007-07-17 11:33:40

The Chinese Goral (Nemorhaedus caudatus), is a species of wild goat found in the mountains of eastern and northern Asia. A population of this subspecies exists in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, near the tracks of the Donghae Bukbu Line. The species is classified as endangered in South Korea, with an estimated population of less than 250.

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2007-01-10 12:49:37

The Eurasian Water Shrew, known in British English as the water shrew, is a relatively large shrew. It is up to 3.94 inches (100 mm) long, with a tail up to three-quarters as long again. It has short dark fur, often with a few white tufts. It has a few stiff hairs around the feet and tail that act as a keel in the water. Its fur traps bubbles of air in the water that greatly aids its buoyancy, but requires it to anchor itself if it wishes to remain underwater for more than the briefest of...

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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'