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North Korea's First Lady Has Vanished From Public View

Ri Sol Ju hasn't been seen in public in 7 months

(Newser) - Somebody get Ri Sol Ju on a milk carton. UPI reports North Korea's first lady hasn't been seen in public since visiting a new department store in Pyongyang—seven months ago. Her husband, Kim Jong Un, has made 100 reported public appearances in 2016, but Ri was only... More »

N. Korea Executed 15 for Challenging Kim: Report

One official didn't like his plan for a flower-shaped building

(Newser) - North Korea has reportedly executed at least 15 people this year, including a vice forestry minister who criticized the country's forestation plan. Two South Korean lawmakers, briefed by the country's spy agency, say another senior official was killed for fighting Kim Jong Un's plan to erect a... More »

Look Who's Back: Kim Jong Un's MIA Wife

Ri Sol Ju makes first public showing in months at soccer game with her husband

(Newser) - Someone's been taking that Beatles song "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" a little too seriously. But four months is a long time even by North Korean dictator standards, which may explain why pictures released by the country's state news agency show Kim Jong Un... More »

Kim Jong Un's 'Executed' Ex Surfaces

Hyon Song Wol was supposedly killed by firing squad

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un's ex-girlfriend died by firing squad ... right? Sure, except she spoke Friday at a televised meeting of artists in Pyongyang and thanked her powerful ex for supporting the arts, the Los Angeles Times reports. Hyon Song Wol, a pop star , was reportedly one of as many as... More »

Rodman Reveals Name of Kim's Secret Baby

Leader's daughter is called Ju-ae, he says

(Newser) - Dennis Rodman is continuing his habit of yakking about Kim Jong Un, revealing yet more details about the North Korean dictator's daughter. The former NBA star, who wrapped up his second visit to Pyongyang over the weekend, says he held the baby and her name is Ju-ae. Kim's... More »

Kim Jong Un's Ex-Girlfriend Executed: Report

Hyon Song Wol said to be killed by firing squad on Aug. 20

(Newser) - A pretty jarring report out of North Korea, which claims that Kim Jong Un's former girlfriend was executed by a machine gun-toting firing squad last week. Chosun Ilbo reports by way of sources in China that Hyon Song Wol (of "Electric Horse-Lady" fame ) was arrested on Aug.... More »

Kim Has 2 Daughters —by 2 Women: Source

Leader has apparently been sowing his dictatorial oats

(Newser) - Looks like one of the planet's craziest dynasties is ensuring that it'll be around to entertain/horrify future generations: Kim Jong Un, that baby-faced dictator who is said to have fathered a daughter late last year, reportedly has another kid on the ground. Chosun Ilbo reports by way of... More »

Did Dennis Rodman Just Spill a North Korean Secret?

Babbles about Kim's daughter, 'wackadoo' love of '80s disco music

(Newser) - Dennis Rodman just cannot shut up about Kim Jong Un. In an interview with the Sun (amusingly headlined, "Why I danced to Michael Jackson with North Korean tyrant"), the basketball star insists Kim is "not one of these Saddam Hussein-type characters that wants to take over the... More »

Kim Jong Un a New Dad: Report

Wife Ri Sol Ju said to have given birth to baby last year

(Newser) - Apparently Kim Jong Un has an heir. According to the Washington Times , South Korea's government has confirmed Kim's wife secretly gave birth to a child late last year. Rumors of Ri Sol Ju's pregnancy had swirled for months; apparently when it comes to future communist dictators, intelligence... More »

N. Korea Marks 1st Anniversary of Kim's Death

Missile launch leaves Pyongyang in upbeat mood

(Newser) - North Koreans across the country stopped in their tracks at midday today to silently honor former ruler Kim Jong Il, whose death one year ago swept his untested 20-something son to power. The son, Kim Jong Un, presided over a solemn ceremony in Pyongyang to reopen the sprawling granite mausoleum... More »

Kim Jong Un's Wife Finally Reappears

Ri Sol Ju hadn't been seen publicly for months

(Newser) - After two months of uncertainty as to her whereabouts, Kim Jong Un's wife, Ri Sol Ju, appeared in public yesterday. Her disappearance from the public eye had fueled suggestions she faced disciplinary trouble from the country's elders, or that she was pregnant, Reuters reports. Yesterday, Ri attended a... More »

Kim Jong Un Shows Off Wife

North Korean leader, Ri Sol Ju tour amusement park

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un is off the market and on the scene. The North Korean leader emerged with wife Ri Sol Ju yesterday, and whisked her off to that most-important of government duties: touring a newly opened amusement park (the amusingly named Rungna People's Pleasure Ground). The AP describes it... More »

Kim Jong Un Marries: Report

North Korean state TV names Ri Sol Ju his blushing bride

(Newser) - Sorry, ladies. Should you have been in the market for a pudgy world leader with a love of Jean-Claude Van Damme movies and Michael Jordan, you are officially out of luck. According to Voice of America correspondent Steve Herman , North Korean state TV reports that Kim Jong Un has married,... More »

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