North Korea’s soccer team was reprimanded this month on its return to Pyongyang for losing all three of its World Cup matches and “betraying the trust” of Kim Jong Un, son of leader Kim Jong Il, Radio Free Asia said, citing unidentified people.
As China’s top leaders prepared this week to unveil their economic agenda for the next decade in Beijing, the nation’s security minister was paying unannounced, after-dark visits to the city’s subway stations.
Sixteen people were killed when rioters attacked police as they were detaining suspects in China’s restive northwest province of Xinjiang, according to a news portal controlled by the local government.
North Koreans are increasingly able to access global media and other information, loosening the communist regime’s grip on their knowledge and potentially bringing far-reaching changes to the so-called hermit kingdom.
Twenty-three retired Chinese Communist Party officials, led by Mao Zedong ’s former secretary, challenged the government to improve press freedom days before meeting to discuss the nation’s new leadership.