• In this June 29, 2016 photo, the author and former intelligence official, who uses the name James Church in public, works on his laptop in a New York park. Writing under a pseudonym, the author looks at life inside North Korea through the eyes of Inspector O, a fictional Pyongyang policeman who loves his country despite its many failings. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    In North Korea, a hardboiled (and fictional) cop keeps watch

    NEW YORK (AP) — The hero, a police inspector, prowls a city known more for its political malevolence than its street crime. If you read the local newspapers, you could think it’s a city with almost no crime at all. There have been no murders reported there for years, no bank robberies, no muggings, no rapes.

  • North Korean Olympic athletes return home to low-key welcome

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Members of North Korea’s Olympic team have returned home, greeted by a small crowd of family and friends.

  • In this undated photo distributed on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits the site of a submarine-launched missile test at an undisclosed location in North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service. Kim said Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, that his country had achieved the "success of all successes" in launching a missile from a submarine, saying it effectively gave the country a fully equipped nuclear attack capability and put the U.S. mainland within striking distance. Associated Press Photo Editors have detected evidence of photo manipulation on Kim Jong Un's face in this image. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

    NKorea missile test adds to ‘Military First’ celebration

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea marked its “Military First” holiday on Thursday with mass dancing, outdoor concerts and boasts of a successful — and potentially game-changing — submarine-launched ballistic missile test it hopes will serve as a warning to Washington and Seoul to stop holding joint military exercises Pyongyang sees as a dress rehearsal for invasion.

  • Visitors feed dogs at the newly opened Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. One of the most popular attractions at the zoo might come as a surprise to foreign visitors. Just across the way from the hippopotamus pen and the reptile house, dozens of varieties of dogs _ including schnauzers, German shepherds, Shih Tzus and Saint Bernards _ are on display in the 'dog pavilion.' (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

    Lions, tigers and poodles? Dogs a big draw at Pyongyang zoo

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Lions, tigers and poodles?