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Dennis Rodman leaves for N. Korea despite recent turmoil there

Dennis Rodman leaves for N. Korea despite recent turmoil there

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman left for North Korea to help train its basketball team despite the country's turmoil, the online betting company sponsoring him said.
Wife of executed North Korean 'traitor' may still have senior position

Wife of executed North Korean 'traitor' may still have senior position

Dec. 16 (UPI) --Although Kim Kyong Hui's estranged husband, Jang Song Thaek -- formerly the second in command of North Korea -- was executed for a litany of offenses, she appears to have maintained her prominence in Pyongyang.
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John Kerry: Execution shows how 'ruthless' Kim Jong Un is

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday reports North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his uncle executed show how "ruthless" and "insecure" he is.
Too soon to judge Jang Song Thaek execution, analyst warns

Too soon to judge Jang Song Thaek execution, analyst warns

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- An analyst for 38 North, a North Korean blog from Johns Hopkins University, said Friday it is premature to judge what the execution of Kim Jong Un's uncle means.

North Korean leader's uncle executed, termed a traitor 'for all ages'

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle Jang Song Thaek, a leading official of the country before being purged, was executed for treason, the government said.

North Korea executes Jang Song Thaek, uncle of country's leader

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's regime executed his uncle Jang Song Thaek, a powerful figure before his recent purge, state media said Friday.

N. Korean media confirm leader's uncle Jang Song Thaek ousted

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Jang Song Thaek, uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was ousted from all powerful posts on various charges, the official media confirmed Monday.

S. Korean military leaders assess N. Korean power struggle

SEOUL, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- South Korean military commanders met Wednesday to discuss what appeared to be a power struggle within the leadership of North Korea.

North Korean leader's uncle removed from office

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been removed from power, the South Korean intelligence agency said Tuesday.
Malaysian university gives Kim Jong Un an honorary degree

Malaysian university gives Kim Jong Un an honorary degree

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Kim Jong Un, who succeeded his father as North Korea's leader in 2011, has received an honorary economics doctorate by a Malaysian university, officials say.

North Korea's first lady in public for first time since porn rumors

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- North Korean first lady Ri Sol Ju appeared in public for the first time since rumors she appeared in pornography before her marriage to leader Kim Jong Un.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.
By United Press International

South Korean researchers say North Korea's Kim has image appeal

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Research from a university in Seoul suggests North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is viewed favorably by the population because of his general image.
North Korean leader tightens grip on power

North Korean leader tightens grip on power

SEOUL, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has consolidated his grip on power steadily since assuming office in December 2011, the South Korean government said.

North Korea strengthens leadership rhetoric

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- North Korea redrafted state rhetoric in an effort to strengthen the position of the nation's young leader, a Korean expert said from Seoul.
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China's state television shows footage of deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's body laying in state in Pyongyang December 20, 2011. China on Monday offered its "deep condolences" on the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, which analysts said will spur China's leaders to boost ties with Pyongyang to prevent instability. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Kim Jong-Il (sometimes spelled Kim Yong-Il to avoid confusion with the North Korean leader), born 11 September 1962, is a retired South Korean long jumper, best known for winning two gold medals at the Asian Games. He also competed in the Olympics twice, and was the first Korean track and field athlete to have made a final round at the Olympics. His personal best jump was 8.00 metres, achieved in August 1988 in Seoul. After retiring as an active athlete, he turned to a career in coaching and academics.

Kim Jong-Il was born on 11 September 1962, and is a native of Jincheon. He became a member of the national track and field team in 1979, and first made his mark internationally by winning the gold medal in long jump at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi. His jump of 7.94 metres was the second best Asian Games result of all times, only behind T.C. Yohannan's winning jump of 8.07 metres in 1974. Kim beat second-placed Liu Yuhuang with a slim margin of five centimetres, and third-placed Junichi Usui with seven centimetres.

Two years later, Kim participated in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Entering the qualifying round at the long jump competition, where one would need to finish among the top twelve or achieve at least 7.90 metres to reach the final, Kim began his competition with a non-valid jump. His second jump measured 7.67 metres, in a head wind of 2.5 m/s, which was not enough to progress. However, with his final qualifying jump measuring 7.87 metres, he finished ninth in total, thus making it to the finals—together with fellow Asians Junichi Usui (8.02 m) and Liu Yuhuang (7.83 m). In the final round, Kim opened with jumps of 7.76 and 7.81 metres. The latter jump ranked him in eighth place, the threshold necessary to get a further three jumps after the first three. Failing to capitalize on this opportunity, with two jumps of 7.77 and 7.59 as well as two fouls he remained in eighth place. Nonetheless, he was the first Korean track and field athlete to have made a final round at the Olympics.

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