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A man watches a TV news program reporting that North Korean people’s armed forces minister Hyon Yong Chol was killed by anti-aircraft gunfire. Photograph: Lee Jin-man/AP

The minister of the People’s Armed Forces in North Korea was recently executed as a “traitor” for showing disrespect for its top leader, Kim Jong Un, (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd right) inspecting a newly built Wonsan Baby Home and Orphanage in Wonsan in Kangwon province. Since taking over North Korea’s leadership after the death of his father Kim Jong Il in 2011, Kim has removed key members of the old guard through a series of purges. Photograph: KCNA/AFP/Getty Images

South Korea’s spy agency says that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the execution of 15 senior officials this year who were accused of challeng(...)