Former NBA star Dennis Rodman landed Tuesday in North Korea and said he plans to hang out with authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un, have a good time and maybe bridge some cultural gaps -- but not be a diplomat.
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry leaves Friday to visit seven countries on a trip focusing on global issues such as the Syrian crisis, Middle East peace and the West's standoffs with Iran and North Korea over their nuclear programs.
The State Department announced Wednesday that Kerry's roughly two-week trip will include stops in Qatar, India, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Israel and Brunei.
Last month, Kerry shuttled between Israel and the Palestinians to try to restart peace talks. His return trip to the region was postponed because of meetings on Syria.
In New Delhi, Kerry will engage in an annual dialogue on a range of diplomatic and economic issues.
In Brunei, Kerry will attend a Southeast Asia security conference.
South Korea says North Korea has fired a short-range projectile into its own eastern waters -- for the fifth time in three days.
An American citizen sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for what Pyongyang has described as hostile acts against the state has started life at a "special prison," state media said Wednesday.
Oblivious to international tensions over a possible North Korean missile launch, Pyongyang residents spilled into the streets Monday to celebrate a major national holiday, the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il Sung.
A North Korean agency that deals with relations with South Korea claims Pyongyang has "powerful striking means" on standby for a launch amid speculation in Seoul and Washington that the country is preparing to test a mid-range missile.
North Korea's latest outburst of nuclear and military threats has given the U.S. a rare opportunity to build bridges with China.
South Korea's defense minister says North Korea has moved a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast, but says it is not capable of hitting the United States.
North Korea warned early Thursday that its military has been cleared to attack the U.S. using "smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear" weapons, while the U.S. said it was strengthening protection in the region.
Tensions continue to rise, as North Korea on Wednesday barred South Korean workers from entering a jointly run factory park just over the heavily armed border in the North, officials in Seoul said.
North Korea has vowed to restart mothballed facilities at its main Nyongbyon nuclear complex which were closed in 2007 as part of an international nuclear disarmament deal.