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Ethiopia readies first state funeral of a leader in 80 years
Ethiopia readies first state funeral of a leader in 80 years

Ethiopia will bury its longtime powerful prime minister Meles Zenawi on Sunday in the first state funeral staged for a leader of the Horn of Africa nation in more than 80 years.

Ethiopia readies first state funeral of a leader in 80 years
US nuns ready to talk with Vatican after rebuke
US nuns ready to talk with Vatican after rebuke

American nuns in open conflict with the Vatican over claims they have "radical feminist" views and have strayed too far from Catholic doctrine offered Friday to talk with top Church leaders.

US nuns ready to talk with Vatican after rebuke
N. Korea's first lady displays Dior-style handbag
N. Korea's first lady displays Dior-style handbag

North Korea's young first lady has been pictured sporting what appears to be a Christian Dior handbag, in stark contrast to widespread shortages elsewhere in the impoverished nation.

N. Korea's first lady displays Dior-style handbag
N. Korean leader's wife 'charming', says sushi chef
N. Korean leader's wife 'charming', says sushi chef

A Japanese sushi chef who served the late Kim Jong-Il and his family for 13 years said he recently met the new N. Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and his wife, whom he described as "pretty and charming".

N. Korean leader's wife 'charming', says sushi chef
Kim Jong-Un and Ri Sol-Ju. ©REUTERS
North Korea's 'first lady' debut highlights secrecy

As celebrity wedding announcements go, North Korea's was terse. It was probably also three years out of date.

North Korea's 'first lady' debut highlights secrecy
Wife of N. Korea's Kim is former singer: S. Korea media
Wife of N. Korea's Kim is former singer: S. Korea media

The wife of North Korea's Kim Jong-Un is a former singer who caught the leader's eye while she was giving a performance, South Korean media said Thursday after Pyongyang disclosed the marriage.

Wife of N. Korea's Kim is former singer: S. Korea media
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. ©REUTERS/KCNA KCNA
Kim eyes reform in purge of N. Korea old guard: analysts

North Korea's young leader has been purging older generals in an attempt to curb the power of the 1.2-million-strong military and potentially open the way for economic reforms, analysts said Thursday.

Kim eyes reform in purge of N. Korea old guard: analysts