Dec 9, 2013 — Jang Song Thaek, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, was reportedly dismissed from his defense post. Official North Korean images appear to show the once-powerful Jang being escorted from a party meeting by uniformed guards. The move is seen as an attempt by Kim to consolidate his power.
Dec 7, 2013 — Newman was deported by North Korea on Friday, days after he appeared on state TV reading an apology for alleged war crimes.
Dec 6, 2013 — Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old veteran of the Korean War who was arrested by authorities in Pyongyang after a tour of the North, reportedly issued an apology for his "hostile acts."
Dec 3, 2013 — Jang Song Thaek, who was close to Kim Jong Un's late father, was reportedly dismissed from a top post on the country's key military committee. Two of his aides are said to have been executed.
Dec 3, 2013 — Some of Merrill Newman's former comrades say the group was "perhaps the most hated and feared fighters" of the Korean War. It's being put forward as a possible explanation for why the 85-year-old, who visited the country as a tourist in October, was detained.
Nov 30, 2013 — According to North Korea, Merrill Newman admitted to being the mastermind of a spy ring. The country released a video of the 85-year-old Korean War veteran reading from a handwritten statement.
Nov 21, 2013 — Merrill Newman of Palo Alto, Calif., was about to leave after a tour of the communist country. But he hasn't been seen since Oct. 26, when a military officer asked him to get off a plane that was about to take off.
Oct 8, 2013 — South Korean officials say they have confirmed the North has restarted a nuclear reactor that had been shut down in 2007. In April, North Korea said it would restart the reactor to supply its nuclear weapons program.
Sep 21, 2013 — A chance for families in South and North Korea to meet long-lost relatives has been put off, as North Korea canceled reunions that were to take place in the coming week. A South Korean official called the decision "inhumane" Saturday.
Sep 16, 2013 — While thousands of North Koreans have made their way to the South, the number of incidents that go in the other direction are exceedingly rare.