The new badge replaces older Kim Il Sung-Kim Jong Il double portrait badges, causing some to speculate a political shift could be underway.
Waste may have leaked from a pipeline into a river that flows into the Yellow Sea.
North Korean Myong Shin brand ciggies cost one-tenth of Chinese brands, with similar quality.
The workers already contend with a lack of jobs, delayed payments, and extortion from their handlers.
Authorities meanwhile deny the problem exists, locking up those who complain in a local mental hospital.
Experts note that previous talks have yielded little and say neither side has changed its position.
Observers say the North may be exporting foods made with donated grains to raise hard currency.
Burdened by severe workloads, officials prize medicines made in the South, fearing the side effects of Chinese-made pills more commonly available.
Many North Koreans complain the launches are expensive and cost money better spent on food.
Other soldiers who had bribed their company commander were approved ahead of him, one source says.
Arrested in various parts of China, they are being held in northeastern China's Liaoning province before their forced return.
Citizens suspect that the propaganda focus on helping rural areas signals trying times ahead.
Authorities fire six doctors but the public remains enraged at the country’s corrupt medical system.
Tire company trades logs to China for rubber in a show of ‘self-reliance.’
Under cover of night, soldier crosses Imjin river into South Korea in first such defection since 2010.
Local sources say Chinese companies are teaming up to sell gas in large quantities across the border.
As Hyesan’s smugglers struggle, markets have nothing to sell and real estate prices crash.
At the Pyongyang House nightclub in Yanji’s Pyongyang Ryugyong hotel, young North Korean women work to supply the regime with foreign cash.
Judge rejected Mun Chol Myong's request for bail despite arguments from attorneys that he was not a flight risk.
U.S. State Department says report shows Huawei’s links to “malign foreign actors.”
Russian employers exploit workers’ visa status, holding pay in case they don’t return from visa runs.
Parents are looking to borrow money for bribes to bail out their children.
Lectures aimed at discouraging defections target women living close to the border with the South.
Ordinary citizens resentful that elites can spend thousands of dollars on luxury items in a single day.
Charges against businessman Mun Chol Myong include conspiracy and money laundering in violation of UN sanctions, reports say.
Sources say the authorities want to limit the spread of information in the markets by keeping them open for shorter periods of time.
Residents were renting out their government housing to use as brothels.
Corpses of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il’s are preserved and on full display at a yearly cost of $400,000.
Citizens say the ‘Highest Dignity’ seemed too eager to meet with Trump, question Kim’s diplomatic abilities.
Working-level meetings must be the next priority in negotiations over North Korea’s denuclearization, experts say.