But the two women sentenced to 12 years in prison still face awful conditions. Their whereabouts since last week remain unknown.
A tougher stance toward Pyongyang may complicate efforts to negotiate the release of the two women, who were sentenced Monday to 12 years of hard labor.
The LTTE rebels may be gone, but what about their fight for a homeland for the ethnic Tamil minority?
On 20th anniversary of massacre, few remember the key role state employees played in supporting students – and the price some paid for organizing.
The article referencing the June 4, 1989, 'incident' appeared only in an English-language publication.
Citizens have grown more vocal about their rights, even though China's political outlook hasn't changed much since 1989
Laura Ling and Euna Lee, nabbed along the Chinese-North Korean border, have become players in a much larger drama.
A survey of 23 experts finds deep concern about Beijing's large dollar holdings
'Dear Leader' Kim Jong Il has reportedly tapped his youngest son as his successor.
Authorities have effectively disbarred 20 key lawyers who defended Tibetans, Falun Gong members, and other politically sensitive clients.
Pyongyang attacked South Korea’s decision to join a partnership meant to block shipments of nuclear materiel.
South Korea joined a US-led program to block shipments of nuclear material. In Japan, a lawmaker urged first-strike capability.
Monday's explosion dashed hopes that the secretive nation is simply building its weapons program as a bargaining chip.
The country is struggling to handle the politically charged corruption trial of former President Chen Shui-bian.
The regime allowed journalists and diplomats to watch the trial as it entered its third day.
Survivors make do with plywood, donations, and stoicism. Some enjoy new homes.
Volunteerism stands strong one year later – and has even won support from local authorities normally wary of grass-roots movements.
A gargantuan task – some 2 million are said to need psychological care – is complicated by stigmas attached to mental illness.
Officials have intimidated citizens trying to find out why so many schools collapsed or to compile a list of all the children killed.
Prime Minister Rudd proposes $72 billion in new spending. US military can't protect it, say analysts.