Saturday is a big day in North Korea: The 105th anniversary of the birth of the country's founder, Kim Il Sung. It's thought that North Korea will conduct a nuclear or missile test to mark the occasion. But South Koreans aren't that worried.
As a US strike group led by an aircraft carrier steamed toward the Korean peninsula Sunday, a senior official said President Donald Trump has asked to be provided with a range of options for eliminating the North Korean nuclear threat.
A Commission of Inquiry from the United Nations has published a 400-page report arguing that North Korean officials are committing systematic, brutal crimes against their own people. The Commission has shared the testimony of witnesses, and recommends prosecuting those responsible before the International Criminal Court.
North Koreans live in fear of their government and even of their own thoughts. Yeonmi Park defected with her family at age 15 and offers a moving account of what it was like to live with a childhood of constant fear. Also, a Saudi psychologist describes how he deprograms terrorists. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
A North Korean court has sentenced Matthew Todd Miller, a US citizen in his mid-20s, to six years in a North Korean labor camp for conspiring to commit “hostile acts” against the state. But many details about Miller's situation, including his reasons for visiting North Korea, remain a mystery.
The United Nations is expected to hold a vote on North Korea’s human rights record next week. And it could bring Kim Jong-un one step closer to being indicted for human rights atrocities under international law.
"These statues look like they're made to be toppled," says historian Adrian Tinniswood. "They're statements of liberation but they represent a failure of confidence — where are the African designers and African sculptors who'd be better representing African consciousness?"
No one is 100 percent sure what will happen when the most powerful Chinese leader in a generation meets a mercurial American president who has been in office fewer than 100 days, as Trump and Xi open a new chapter in the world's most consequential relationship.