A still image taken from North Korea's state-run television footage and released Monday, shows Jang Song Thaek being forcibly removed by uniformed personnel from a meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang.
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In a photo from July, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (second left) is flanked by top advisers, including his uncle Jang Song Thaek, at far right in white uniform.
We told you last week about a report from North Korea that an uncle of Kim Jong Un, the country's leader, was dismissed from a key defense post.
The uncle in question is Jang Song Thaek, who is married to the sister of Kim's late father, Kim Jong Il. But as NPR's Scott Neuman noted, there have been previous reports of Jang's dismissal only for him to be back in power, apparently rehabilitated. Well, not this time – or so it would seem.
The NSA and other U.S. agencies have deployed agents into several virtual worlds, according to reports, including the online game World of Warcraft. In this file photo, gamers play at an IT fair Germany.
U.S. and British intelligence agencies have worked to infiltrate networks of violence-prone individuals who might unite for a common cause. And in some cases, the spies are also targeting networks that aren't regional terrorist cells — they're online gaming communities, according to the latest revelation from documents given to the media by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Anti-government protesters carry a Thai national flag as they march in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced Monday she will dissolve the lower house of Parliament and call elections in an attempt to calm the country's deepening political crisis.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the country's Parliament on Monday, and called early elections in the face of anti-government protests that began last month. But protest leaders said their goal was to rid Thai politics of her family's influence, and to that end they want to replace Yingluck's elected government with an unelected "people's council."
A government spokesman said a new vote would be held Feb. 2, but the date must be approved by Thailand's Election Commission. Yingluck says she'll remain as caretaker leader until a new prime minister is named.
An American volunteer in the Peace Corps, Juliana Peluso, 24, lives in Kanel, Senegal, West Africa.
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Activists who had backed Ukraine's plan to form closer ties to the European Union try to give food to riot police officers preparing to block the Independence Square in Kiev Monday.
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At right, Ukrainian protesters stand atop a ruined monument to Vladimir Lenin in central Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 8 — one week after police protected the statue during protests, left. The statue of the Bolshevik leader was toppled and broken apart with sledgehammers.
Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 11:03 am
Ukraine's government on Monday deployed riot police near Independence Square outside Kiev's City Hall, which has been occupied by anti-government protesters for more than a week.
NPR's Corey Flintoff, reporting from Kiev, says police told protesters last week that they must vacate the government building by today or be forcibly ejected.
Opposition leaders have been trying to calm the situation, which was sparked by outrage over President Viktor Yanukovich's decision to reject closer ties with the European Union in favor of joining a trade pact with Russia.
As President Obama travels to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial service on Tuesday, it might seem as though Mandela was an eternal object of admiration for U.S. presidents and the American public. But that wasn't the case by a long shot.
During Mandela's 27 years behind bars, successive U.S. administrations worked with, or at least tolerated, South Africa's white leaders. Only in his final years of incarceration did Mandela and the anti-apartheid movement become a cause that that gained traction in the United States.
Eight tech giants — including Google, Apple and Facebook — have written an open letter to the president and Congress warning that current government surveillance practices are undermining freedom. This follows leaks showing tech firms were part of widespread NSA surveillance programs of email and phone records.
David Greene talks with Sylvain Groulx, head of mission for Doctors without Borders in the Central African Republic, about the state of the violence there and the hopes for peace now that French troops have arrived.
As the holiday season approaches, the TV cupboard may seem a bit bare; the industry winds down like everything else, filling cable and broadcast networks with holiday specials, reruns and also-ran reality shows.
But there are bright gifts, too: TNT offers Mob City, a three-week, lavishly produced noir-ish TV show about cops and crooks vying for control of 1947-era Los Angeles, airing Wednesdays.
On Dec. 8 and 9, A&E presents a four-hour miniseries on Bonnie and Clyde, retelling the story of the Depression-era outlaws and lovers.
Reed Holway spent 13 months in Iraq. He says PTSD brought on a drinking problem when he returned to the states — and that eventually led to a bad-conduct discharge. Vets with "bad paper" have trouble getting any VA health benefits — even for PTSD.
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Brandon Bailey worked as a flight nurse evacuating wounded troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. After a blow to the head and being diagnosed with a TBI and PTSD, he was court-martialed for theft and drug use, sentenced to 3 months in prison and dismissed from the Air Force.
Eric Highfill spent five years in the Navy, fixing airplanes for special-operations forces. His discharge papers show an Iraq campaign medal and an Afghanistan campaign medal, a good conduct medal, and that he's a marksman with a pistol and sharpshooter with a rifle.
None of that matters, because at the bottom of the page it reads "Discharged: under other than honorable conditions."