North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un finally made another public appearance on Monday, or so the country's state media claims. But no matter what, his disappearance — and reemergence — didn't seem to have much of an effect in North Korea itself.
Russia allowed a rare glimpse inside its secret trove of porn, which Soviet officials snatched away from its citizens. Elsewhere, Ghana's government sent a planeload of cash to its World Cup heroes in Brazil to end a pay dispute. And PRI's The World answered all of your questions on the unfolding war in Iraq. That and more in today's Global Scan.
North Korea isn't known for its beer, but former "dear leader" Kim Jong Il was certainly a fan. And when he decided he wanted to make beer at home, he spared no expense finding a brewery he could buy. That and more in today's Global Scan.
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.
Relationships between North Korea and the United States may have thawed dramatically on Wednesday with the U.S. State Department and North Korea's state-run media announcing a suspension of nuclear enrichment in exchange for U.S. food aid.
Kim Il-sung was a revered figure in North Korea through his death and even today. His son, on the other hand, Kim Jong-il was less loved, despite the enormous outpouring of grief seen recently. Many defectors say the country seems to be trying to link the young successor with his popular grandfather.