North Korea fired its chief financial planner in wake of a currency revaluation that sparked public anger, according to reports in South Korean media. One outlet reported that crowds were besieging marketplaces as prices rise.
North Korea has requested a formal peace treaty with the US, with which it has technically been in a state of war for over half a century.
The recent seizure of an illegal weapons shipment from North Korea in Thailand was praised. But analysts wonder how many weapons shipments sneak through.
Thailand will charge detained crew members with crimes related to trafficking the 35-ton arms shipment in violation of sanctions slapped on North Korea for its missile and nuclear tests.
Though North Korea did not apologize for the flood that killed South Koreans, its expression of regret is seen as a good sign on the path toward dialogue.
President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize is praised in many countries as a reflection of a "new hope" in world politics, but others worry it came too soon. A global roundup of views.
North Korea told China's visiting Prime Minister Wen Jiabao it will return to six-party talks it abandoned in April. But first, it wants bilateral talks with the US.
The North offered to engage in dialogue, and said sanctions would be met by an acceleration of its nuclear program.
The Hyundai engineer, who has been held since March, was released after the company's chairwoman traveled to Pyongyang Monday.
South Korea said Friday it had identified and blocked five IP addresses used to distribute computer viruses that caused a wave of Web site outages in the U.S. and South Korea.