Rachel Lee

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There are fears that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s renewed fervour for the doctrine of self-reliance developed by his grandfather Kim Il Sung is laying the ground for years of deepening isolation. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images

For decades, Kuwait was a critical hub in North Korea’s network of foreign outposts. Every year, thousands of labourers would take an Air Koryo flight(...)

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: His health is “the biggest wild card” in assessing stability in North Korea, says Sue Mi Terry, a former CIA analyst. Photograph: STR/KCNA VIA KNS/AFP

The ultimate challenge for spies and analysts studying North Korea is accurately assessing the health of Kim Jong-un, the 37-year-old dictator of the (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during a Workers’ Party meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has warned of food shortages in his country and urged officials to boost agricultural production as North Korea stru(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: Unconfirmed reports of life-threatening health issues have sparked global intrigue. Photograph: KCNA via KNS/AFP/Getty Images

As soon as Rachel Lee wakes up, she fires up her computer and starts scouring North Korean newspapers, television broadcasts, academic journals and ob(...)

Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, attends a wreath-laying ceremony at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam, last year. Photograph:  Jorge Silva/Reuters

Kim Yo-jong has become the focus of global attention after her brother Kim Jong-un failed to appear at a national celebration, sparking speculation ab(...)

A flock of swans join the swimmers.   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Renaissance men and women they may not all be, but many of the 257 men and 111 women who took part in the 95th annual Liffey Swim were inspired by (...)

As a child, growing up in her father’s home in the Bay Area, Sofia coppola would have met many of the era’s great movie stars.

You have to wonder how Sofia Coppola made herself heard at the family dinner table. Francis Ford Coppola, her father, has never come across as a squas(...)