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2008-09-12 18:00:11

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il had brain surgery after a stroke last month and could have partial paralysis on one side, it was reported yesterday. Foreign doctors, possibly from China and France, performed the operation after Mr Kim, 66, collapsed four weeks ago, South Korean newspapers claimed. Mr Kim's condition has improved and he is not suffering from slurred speech, a disability often associated with a stroke, the reports said. If Mr Kim were incapacitated, it could have serious...

2008-09-11 03:00:10

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (Yonhap) - North Korean diplomats here on Wednesday described as nonsense media speculation over their leader Kim Jong Il [Kim Cho'ng-il]'s health problems. South Korean intelligence officials said Kim had suffered either a stroke or cerebral haemorrhage but is recovering. Kim has not been seen in public since Aug. 14 when he reportedly inspected a military unit in North Korea. His absence from a crucial...

2008-09-10 00:00:01

By Andrew Buncombe SPECULATION IS mounting that Kim Jong-Il, the leader of North Korea, is gravely ill. A US intelligence official said it appeared that the secretive head of state had suffered a stroke, but did not reveal the source of her evidence. The reports intensified after the man known as the "Dear Leader" failed to appear at yesterday's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the communist state. He would normally have been expected to attend. "It does...

2008-09-09 12:00:03

Analysts were questioning the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il Tuesday after he reportedly failed to appear in Pyongyang for a military parade. The 66-year-old ruler of North Korea's communist regime was to attend Tuesday's event marking the 60th anniversary of North Korea's founding but a Japanese report indicated Kim didn't make an appearance, the South Korean news agency Yonhap said. As the speculation about Kim's health swirled, international observers were waiting to see if...

2008-09-09 06:00:29

Text of report in English by state-run Vietnamese news agency VNA website [Unattributed article from the "Politics" page: "Deputy PM welcomes Chinese delegation"] Hanoi (VNA) -Vietnam always creates favourable conditions for Guangdong province's businesses to boost investment and cooperation in Vietnam , said Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem. While receiving Secretary of China's Guangdong provincial Party Committee Wang Yang in Hanoi on September 8, Deputy PM...

2008-09-05 09:00:23

Film festival begins in DPRK to mark national day PYONGYANG, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- A 10-day film festival marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) kicked off Thursday, the official KCNA news agency reported. The opening ceremony was held at the Pyongyang International Cinema House. Dozens of documentaries and feature films singing the praises of leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are going to be screened across the country. (c)...

2008-09-05 09:00:10

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [Updated version: Updates throughout with start of meetings in Beijing; changes dateline per 0846 gmt source update; By Lee Ji- dong: "Envoys To Discuss Pyongyang's Nuclear Resumption"] BEIJING/SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) - Nuclear envoys began a flurry of meetings in Beijing on Friday to discuss ways of dealing with Pyongyang's move to restart its reactor and find a breakthrough on how to verify the secretive regime's nuclear...

2008-09-01 09:00:20

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "Ruling Parties of China, Vietnam To Share Governing Experience"] BEIJING, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) - Senior officials of the ruling parties of China and Vietnam on Monday proposed further sharing of their experience in national and party governance. Li Yuanchao, head of the Organization Department of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, met with Tran Luu Hai, deputy head of the Communist...

2008-08-13 18:00:39

Laos to consume more fuel HANOI, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Laos, using over 480 million liters of gasoline and diesel last year, is estimated to consume 220 million liters of gasoline and 300 liters of diesel in 2010, Lao newspaper Vientiane Times reported Tuesday. Laos is also forecast to use more than 400 million liters of gasoline and over 600 million liters of diesel in 2020, the newspaper quoted Bouathep Malaykham, director of the Electricity Department under the country's Ministry of...

2008-08-11 09:00:55

Poor environmental sanitation costs Vietnam 780 mln USD a year: study HANOI, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Poor environmental sanitation costs Vietnam an estimated 780 million U.S. dollars a year, the Vietnam News Agency reported Thursday, citing a study by the World Bank. The most affected sectors are community health, water supply, tourism and the people's living conditions, according to the study on economic impact of environmental sanitation of the World Bank's Water and Sanitation Program....


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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