North Korea

  1. Why are South Korean bands and slang now banned in North Korea?

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    Video caption: Being caught with material from South Korea could be met with harsh punishments

    State media in Pyongyang are urging young people in the North to stop using South Korean culture. Being caught with material from South Korea could be met with harsh punishments.

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    Video caption: A defector tells the BBC about TV choices in North Korea.

    Kim Geum-hyok was one of the few North Koreans allowed to study in Beijing but defected to Seoul.

  3. Why this hair style is illegal in North Korea

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    Video caption: A mullet haircut, skinny jeans and other fashion styles are now banned

    The official newspaper of North Korea recently put out an edit listing the unwanted styles.

  4. How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected North Korea?

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    Video caption: Officially, there have been no cases of Covid-19 but there have been reports of infections

    Officially, there have been no cases of Covid-19 during the pandemic but there have been reports of infections.

  5. The Lazarus Heist: The 'superdollar' that fooled the world

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    Video caption: How the FBI stopped a major fake money operation via a "wedding" and Playboy Mansion party

    How the FBI stopped a major fake money-printing operation with the help of a "wedding" and Playboy Mansion party.

  6. North Korea: Has a severe pandemic led to a Tokyo Olympics no-show?

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    Video caption: There have been reports of draconian lockdown measures and dire shortages of food

    There have been reports of draconian lockdown measures and dire shortages of goods, and people living on as little as one bowl of boiled corn a day.