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Nov 5, 2014

Insight – For India, China-backed lender may be answer to coal investment

NEW DELHI/SEOUL (Reuters) – India is hoping a new China-backed multilateral lender will fund coal-based energy projects, an official said, putting it in direct conflict with the World Bank, whose chief has maintained that it would stick to its restrictions on such lending.

A senior Indian official told Reuters the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), sponsored by China, is expected to allow funding of coal-fired power plants that the World Bank has almost totally blocked.

Nov 5, 2014

For India, China-backed lender may be answer to coal investment

NEW DELHI/SEOUL, Nov 6 (Reuters) – India is hoping a new
China-backed multilateral lender will fund coal-based energy
projects, an official said, putting it in direct conflict with
the World Bank, whose chief has maintained that it would stick
to its restrictions on such lending.

A senior Indian official told Reuters the Asian
Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), sponsored by China, is
expected to allow funding of coal-fired power plants that the
World Bank has almost totally blocked.

Oct 14, 2014

N. Korea leader Kim re-appears, with walking stick-state media

SEOUL, Oct 14 (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un,
shown using a cane for support, re-appeared in state media on
Tuesday after a lengthy public absence that had fuelled
speculation over his health and grip on power in the secretive,
nuclear-capable country.

Several pictures on the front page of the Rodong Sinmun
newspaper showed Kim smiling and gesturing on a visit to a
housing development, although there was no indication which day
the event took place. He was surrounded by aides and wearing his
signature dark buttoned suit, and appeared to be supporting
himself with a black walking stick.

Oct 14, 2014

North Korea leader Kim appears in public with walking stick: state media

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, using a cane for support, visited a housing development, state media reported on Tuesday, ending a lengthy absence from public view that had fueled speculation over his health and grip on power in the secretive country.

Several pictures on the front page of Tuesday’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed Kim smiling and gesturing, surrounded by aides and wearing his signature dark buttoned suit and appearing to be supporting himself with a black cane.

Oct 13, 2014

North Korean leader Kim makes first appearance since September 3 – KCNA

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited a residential district and a science academy, state media reported early on Tuesday, ending a lengthy absence from public view that had fuelled speculation over his health and grip on power in the secretive country.

The report of Kim’s appearances could not be independently verified by Reuters, and pictures were not immediately available. North Korean state TV had not yet begun its daily broadcast early on Tuesday.

Oct 13, 2014

North Korean leader Kim makes first appearance since September 3

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited a residential district and a science academy, state media reported early on Tuesday, ending a lengthy absence from public view that had fueled speculation over his health and grip on power in the secretive country.

The report of Kim’s appearances could not be independently verified by Reuters, and pictures were not immediately available. North Korean state TV had not yet begun its daily broadcast early on Tuesday.

Oct 13, 2014

N. Korean leader Kim makes first appearance since Sept. 3 – KCNA

SEOUL, Oct 14 (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
visited a residential district and a science academy, state
media reported early on Tuesday, ending a lengthy absence from
public view that had fuelled speculation over his health and
grip on power in the secretive country.

The report of Kim’s appearances could not be independently
verified by Reuters, and pictures were not immediately
available. North Korean state TV had not yet begun its daily
broadcast early on Tuesday.

Oct 9, 2014

N. Korea leader Kim is still in charge, has injured leg – source

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in firm control of his government but has hurt his leg, a source with access to the secretive North’s leadership said on Thursday, playing down speculation over the 31-year-old’s health and grip on power.

North Korea’s state media, which usually chronicles Kim’s whereabouts in great detail, has not made any mention of his activities since he attended a concert with his wife on Sept. 3.

Oct 9, 2014

For Kim-watchers, North Korean anniversary on Friday is pivotal

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been out of sight for over a month and if he does not appear at a key political event early on Friday, speculation will intensify over his health and grip on power in the secretive country.

North Korea’s state media, which usually chronicles the 31-year-old’s whereabouts in great detail, has not made any mention of Kim’s activities since he appeared at a concert with his wife on Sept. 3.

Oct 8, 2014

For South Korea’s Park, talks with North could rejuvenate her tenure

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea is prepared to discuss its sanctions against the North in a rare meeting with Pyongyang officials, a sign of flexibility as the South’s Park Geun-hye seeks to reenergize her presidency with a breakthrough in bilateral ties.

The opportunity comes after a delegation headed by Hwang Pyong So, believed to be the second highest-ranking official in Pyongyang outside the family of leader Kim Jong Un, visited the closing ceremony of the Asian Games in Incheon, west of Seoul, last week with less than 24 hours’ notice.