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Analysis: N.Korea edges toward free market

SEOUL, July 25 (UPI) -- Is North Korea seeking a capitalist therapy to heal its economy ruined by decades-long mismanagement and rigid central planning? The communist state's propaganda machines are still touting triumphs of socialism despite "all sorts of tempests of history,"
JONG-HEON LEE, UPI Business Correspondent

A Blast from the Past

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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today is July 8.
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A Blast from the Past

Today is July 8.
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S.Korea eyes North's mobile market

SEOUL, June 6 (UPI) -- South Korea is moving toward making inroads into a mobile phone market in North Korea, one of the world's most shut-off countries. A delegation from the government and mobile carriers and electronics giants has traveled to the communist state this week to
JONG-HEON LEE, UPI Business Correspondent

Internet cafe opens in N.Korea

SEOUL, May 28 (UPI) -- North Koreans have been given a rare opportunity to surf the Internet, play online games and use e-mail as an Internet cafe has recently opened in the world's most shut-off country, a South Korean software company said Tuesday.
JONG-HEON LEE, UPI Correspondent

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Korea's Peace Motors readies opening

SEOUL, April 1 (UPI) -- South Korea's Pyeonghwa Motors hopes to build peace along with automobiles on the divided peninsula through a joint venture with North Korea it says will help both nations become better off.
JONG-HEON LEE, UPI Business Correspondent

Jockstrip: The World As We Know It

ROSIE O'DONNELL Rosie O'Donnell's candor on her sexual orientation resonates well with Americans. That's according to a Witeck-Combs/Harris Interactive Poll conducted online among 2,017 people, ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

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Faith: Witness to genocide

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- The mass extermination of Christians in North Korea has an ironic effect on some of this Stalinist country's henchmen, according to a German doctor who worked t
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Correspondent

Analysis: Axis of evil redefined?

BEIJING, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- As President Bush wended his way 7,500 miles across the Pacific this week to this ancient capital, he has redefined his "axis of evil" charge, letting North Kor
NICHOLAS M. HORROCK, Chief White House Correspondent
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Kim Jong Il
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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