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Playtime in parliament: meet the world’s youngest leaders

At 39, Italy’s new prime minister is the youngest in Europe. But as Crikey intern Luca Zuccaro discovers, the baby-faced PM is not even in the top five youngest leaders in the world.

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The atrocities of North Korea: we have to engage, not isolate

The UN report into human rights atrocities in North Korea is clear: only engagement, not isolation or aggression, will improve the situation. Deakin lecturer and north-east Asia researcher Danielle Chubb reports.

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Cheat sheet for Michael Kirby on abuses in North Korea

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby will lead a UN inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea. He says he has no preconceptions, but the evidence is already damning.

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We’re on the Security Council: use it on North Korea

Australia has a Security Council seat — and is well-placed to show some leadership on North Korea. We used to be creative and front-footed on diplomacy, political commentator and retired diplomat Bruce Haigh argues. So let’s lift the ambition.

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Could North Korea nuke Australia? (Yes, but don’t worry)

North Korea is beating its chest about its nuclear potential. So would the rogue state have the capacity to bomb Australia? Freelance writer David Donaldson asks some big questions.

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Is North Korea on the warpath, or is it a ruse? Yes.

North Korea is moving towards a nuclear footing and ramping up its aggressive rhetoric. Is it for real? A sham? A danger? Or something in between?

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Rollerblades, Rocky and war preparations: inside Nth Korea

As North Korea gives the impression it’s preparing for war, what’s it like on the inside? The Lowy Institute’s James Brown took a trip to find out — and discovered a curious mix of the relaxed and the retro.

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In harm’s way: Australia and North Korea

With its nuclear program ramping up and increasingly aggressive rhetoric, is North Korea actually a threat to Australia? Freelance writer Sasha Petrova investigates.

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North Korea risks sanctions to signal its greatness

The missile launch by North Korea yesterday — despite claiming it was a weather satellite — is another provocative strike against the West, writes Deakin University international relations lecturer Dr Danielle Chubb.

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Sales’ pub test … Smith v Williams … Newsweek online only …

In today’s Media Briefs: Leigh Sales pub test … Business Council of Australia on media regulation … Newsweek to become online only … WashPo develops real-time fact checking app and more …

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Is Kim Jong-un the descendant of a traitor?

A Tokyo-based researcher has discovered documents revealing Kim Jong-un’s grandfather worked for the Japanese military, often grounds in North Korea for being labelled an enemy of the state, reports Mark Willacy.

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Ten’s Titanic struggle … Herald Sun apologises for Logies leak

In today’s Media Briefs: Channel Ten News’s Titanic long bow, Obit of the week, Steve Jobs the movie — starring Ashton Kutcher, Gawker’s bargain basement Fox News mole and more…

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‘Unprepared for command’: elder Kim blasts Jong-un

In a new book about what it’s like to be the son of Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-nam, who lives in exile in China, has claimed North Korea’s new leader is unprepared and the country will collapse without reforms, reports Andrew Salmon.

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Kim Jong-un’s horsey propaganda

A new Dear Leader, a new smattering of propaganda. Footage has emerged of a documentary from North Korea celebrating Kim-Jong-un, featuring the freshly minted dictator riding a horse, sitting in a tank and looking generally authoritative.

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Relief and fear: the mixed emotions of North Korean refugees

Consensus among the more than 20,000 North Korean refugees situated in South Korea appears to be relief that Kim Jong-il is dead, mixed with fear about what the young and inexperienced Kim Jong-un will do, reports B. J. Lee.

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Rundle in Nth Korea: Stalinist hermit kingdom meets dystopian science-fiction

Anyone who has been to North Korea will hope to Christ that some process, from the great Kim Jong-un liberalisation to a military coup against the family, will loosen the stays sufficiently so that people might be able to feed themselves.

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Post-Kim Jong-il, fear will prevail in the ‘hermit kingdom’

Next year was always going to be big for north-east Asia. The death of Kim Jong-Il has merely ensured that the political manoeuvring will begin a little earlier than expected, writes Dr Danielle Chubb, a Vasey Research Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS.

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Jong-il to Jong-un: what the South makes of its new North threat

Given Kim Jong-un’s lack of political experience, he may, at least initially, rely on the leadership of Jang Sung Taek and Kim Jyung Hee. However, the true colours of the enigmatic leader of one of the last remaining dictatorships remains to be seen.

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Kim Jong-il, not so funny

It’s easy to laugh at the dearly departed Dear Leader Kim Jong-il.

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Kim Jong-un’s family: alcoholics, psychos and power-mongers

With young Kim Jong-un appointed to fill his father’s shoes, is there anybody else in the family who might make a grab for power? Philip Shenon explores the family tree.

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Ding dong North Korea’s Dear Leader is dead

Crikey media wrap: North Korea’s “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il — who has led one of the world’s repressive governments for the last 17 years — died yesterday, leaving his younger son as the dictator-in-waiting.

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Pyongyang’s new leader — it’s all looking a bit Kim

He’s Kim Jong-un and, if yesterday’s provocative shelling attack on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong is any guide, North Korea’s leader-in-waiting may not too far removed from his father, Kim Jong-il.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Military parades of Pyongpang

No one does choreography like North Korean soldiers and dancers. Check out the colours, lines and quite terrifying spectacle of the 65th anniversary of the Workers’ Party celebrations.

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North Korea and a cult of the Kims personality

Things in North Korea are a lot better than they have been in the very recent memories of most of its citizens, writes Colin Jacobs after a recent visit to Pyongyang.

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Meeting the silent boy emperor

North Korea welcomed Western journalists to report on last week’s ceremony starring future heir Kim Jong Un, which demonstrated a very clear dynasty succession plan. Journo J.M. was in Pyongyang for the parade.

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