North Korea and Italian backer hold talks following World Cup appearance.
China may see significant benefits from developing North Korean islands.
Many are traded as commodities and sexually assaulted.
Life remains hard for North Koreans fleeing into China.
Experts find evidence of food shortages and malnutrition in North Korea.
A ban order by North Korean authorities is linked to pro-democracy protests in Arab states.
North Korea faces an uphill battle against foot-and-mouth disease.
Analysts say North Korea is making a show of negotiations to appease China.
Kim Jong Il's regime must open up its energy program to gain much-needed funds.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's regime takes action in bid to tighten ideological control.