Security in the region involving North Korea is 'deteriorating dramatically,' Sen. John McCain said at a Senate hearing Thursday.
After recent meetings with China, North Korea seems to have its own version of trickle-down economics and emerging markets.
A two-week-old Malay fish owl waits to be fed at the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore on Thursday. This owl was born and bred in the park as part of its efforts in wildlife conservation.
North Korea's release of a fishing boat and its seven-man crew in exchange for humanitarian aid could bode well for North and South Korean reconciliation.
Kim Jong Il is believed to be grooming his youngest son, Jong Un, to take the Kim dynasty into a third generation.
Speculation is rampant that North Korea's Kim Jong-il will go public with plans to name his son his heir at a rare political conference.
South Korea pledged $8.4 million in humanitarian aid Tuesday. Kim Jong-il apparently procured little aid from China on his recent visit.
The tough economic sanctions set by President Obama against North Korea and its elite are a risky move, but they are set amid a new US strategy to stand up to China and its expanding influence in Asia.
North Korea leader Kim Jong-il confirmed his readiness to rejoin six-party talks after a visit to China last week. But the US, Japan, and South Korea want to see key steps first.
Kim Jong-il reportedly met top Chinese leaders on Friday in an apparent bid for Beijing's diplomatic and financial support for a succession plan involving his third and youngest son, who is said to be traveling with him.