On December 24, local authorities in Daegu, South Korea, adopted the slogan "Colorful Daegu" to capture the city's "diversity, inclusiveness, vivacity, passion, and energy of progress."
Mark Lowcock estimates more than 10 million North Koreans are undernourished, while stressing that humanitarian aid is allowed despite international sanctions on Pyongyang.
With North Korea denuclearization summits looming, media coverage of the drills has so far been limited.
South Korea seems willing to downplay the North’s human rights violations to resolve the nuclear standoff, while the U.S. used the issue to pressure Pyongyang.
Those who fled the North worry the “army of beauties” cheering squad will give a false impression of the poverty stricken and repressive country.
Seoul is working to prevent the spread of the virus from the North while also containing its own outbreak.
Foreign-funded education institutions scaling back as more and more governments issue travel warnings on North Korea, limiting teacher pool.
South Korea is talking about Lim Ji-hyun, who fled from North Korea in 2014 but who now appears to have returned there; she disappeared three months ago on a trip to China and may have been kidnapped.