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Jul 21, 2014 — Citing a threat to the leader's dignity, North Korea reportedly asks China to block a video that inserts Kim Jong Un's image into bizarre situations, all set to a bouncy dance track.
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Mar 7, 2014 — Choe Ryong Hae, believed to have replaced Kim's executed uncle, Jang Song Thaek, is being shown again on official television after disappearing from public view.
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Jan 6, 2014 — Rodman is scheduled to play a friendly game against a North Korean team on Jan. 8 to celebrate the birthday of North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un.
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Jan 6, 2014 — The story appears to be false because it originated with a satirical post on a Chinese microblogging site. The post was picked up by a Hong Kong newspaper and then reported as fact around the world.
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Jan 3, 2014 — A gruesome story that first surfaced weeks ago is now whipping around the world. But there are many reasons to be doubtful about the claim that Kim Jong Un had his uncle executed by throwing him to a pack of starving dogs.
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Dec 24, 2013 — Jang Song Thaek, who was a key adviser and regent to his nephew — leader Kim Jong Un — was executed on Dec. 12. Intelligence agencies believe he refused to cede control of lucrative business interests, including fishing grounds. Jang was arrested after a gun battle between his forces and the army.
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Dec 13, 2013 — One reason North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his uncle executed, some analysts say, is that he felt disrespected. The uncle, Jang Song Thaek, allegedly failed to applaud with enough enthusiasm when Kim was given a key post. It's also thought that Kim wanted to send a message: Don't mess with me.
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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.
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Sep 3, 2013 — Retired basketball star Dennis Rodman called Kim Jong Un an "aweseome" man after a visit earlier this year. His trip there this week follows a prediction by Rodman that he would persuade Kim to release Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae. But Rodman says that's not the purpose of his visit.
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Aug 30, 2013 — A survey shows that most of them believe three meals a day has helped boost the leader's popularity, despite the country's continued economic woes.
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