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  • In Pictures North Korean attack

    Smoke engulfs Yeonpyeong island in South Korea near the border with North Korea on Nov. 23. North Korea attacked the South Korean island near their disputed western border on Nov. 23, setting buildings ablaze and killing two marines and two civilians.

  • Stock market falls on North Korea, Fed outlook

    Stock market falls on North Korea, Fed outlook

    Stock market loses 142 points after North, South Korea exchange fire and Federal Reserve lowers growth outlook.

  • North Korean attack on South Korea: 8 provocations of the past decade

    North Korean attack on South Korea: 8 provocations of the past decade

    North Korea shelled South Korea's Yeonpyeong island Tuesday, killing two South Korean marines and injuring more than a dozen people. South Korea returned fire. Both sides claimed that the other fired first. While the South has engaged in past attacks – notably in November 2009, when it fired on a North Korean patrol boat, and in June 1999, when it sunk a North Korean vessel – history shows that Pyongyang is often the instigator. A 2007 report from the US Congressional Research Service documents dozens of provocations, ranging from low-level naval warfare to assassinations of South Korean cabinet officers. Here are seven examples of the North's military provocations over the past decade.

  • North Korean attack: South mingles toughness with calls for calm

    North Korean attack: South mingles toughness with calls for calm

    North Korean attack on South Korea was the first such event on land since the Korean War. South Korean analysts appear puzzled over how best to respond to the North Korean attack.

  • North Korean attack: What are US options for response?

    North Korean attack: What are US options for response?

    North Korean attack presents America with a sudden and serious geopolitical challenge. The overriding US goal is to prevent further escalation of the conflict.

  • North Korea reveals a nuclear plant. The US says it's not concerned.

    North Korea reveals a nuclear plant. The US says it's not concerned.

    Even though US envoy to North Korea Stephen Bosworth gave no hint of military escalation, he's gone to Seoul and Tokyo seeking support to deescalate North Korea's nuclear program.

  • US envoy arrives in Seoul amid 'stunning' report on new North Korea nuclear facility

    Terrorism & Security US envoy arrives in Seoul amid 'stunning' report on new North Korea nuclear facility

    US envoy to North Korea Stephen Bosworth arrived in Seoul Sunday to meet with South Korean officials to discuss how resume six-party talks on denuclearizing North Korea.

  • Khmer Rouge film spurs Cambodians worldwide to revisit buried history

    Khmer Rouge film spurs Cambodians worldwide to revisit buried history

    Cambodian diaspora revisits the country's brutal Khmer Rouge history in 'Enemies of the People,' a new documentary competing for an Oscar.

  • Another entrant for North Korea succession: Kim's oldest son?

    Another entrant for North Korea succession: Kim's oldest son?

    Some analysts believe that Kim Jong-il's exiled oldest son is just waiting to see if his younger half-brother Kim Jong-un can do the job – but could return to rule North Korea.

  • Press Freedom Index: The top 10 worst countries

    Press Freedom Index: The top 10 worst countries

    Syria, Rwanda, and Yemen have fallen to the bottom of the World Press Freedom Index, the media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said today. The three countries join other single-party dominated governments at the bottom of the annual index, while six democratic Northern European nations tied this year as the best places for media freedom. Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland have ranked at the top since the index was created in 2002, Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General Jean-François Julliard said in a statement. "The defense of media freedom continues to be a battle, a battle of vigilance in the democracies of old Europe and a battle against oppression and injustice in the totalitarian regimes still scattered across the globe," he said. Click through the following slides to read about the 10 lowest-ranking nations.