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Mine collapse kills 16 workers in western China

Mine collapse kills 16 workers in western China

URUMQI, CHINA (BNO NEWS) — Rescue workers in China’s western region of Xinjiang have recovered the bodies of sixteen people who were trapped when a coal mine collapsed, state-run media reported on Saturday. Nearly a dozen others were rescued and taken…

European countries to test preparedness for tsunami disasters

European countries to test preparedness for tsunami disasters

PARIS, FRANCE (BNO NEWS) — More than a dozen European countries, along with several countries in Western Asia and Northern Africa, will participate in an international exercise next week to test the region’s preparedness for a tsunami disaster, the Un…

UPDATE1 — North Korea closes borders to tourists due to Ebola fears

UPDATE1 — North Korea closes borders to tourists due to Ebola fears

PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA (BNO NEWS) — North Korea will temporarily bar all foreign tourists from entering the country to prevent an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, operators of tours to the reclusive country said Thursday. Delegations for diplomats …

URGENT — North Korea to close borders to tourists due to Ebola threat: tour group

URGENT — North Korea to close borders to tourists due to Ebola threat: tour group

PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA (BNO NEWS) — North Korea will stop accepting international tourists from Friday to prevent an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the reclusive country, a Chinese tour group announced on Thursday. It is unknown how long the re…

CEO of oil giant Total killed in Moscow plane crash

CEO of oil giant Total killed in Moscow plane crash

MOSCOW, RUSSIA (BNO NEWS) — Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie of French oil giant Total was among at least four people killed when his business plane collided with a snowplow while attempting to take off from a Moscow airport, emergency official…

22 injured as severe turbulence hits Mumbai-bound flight

22 injured as severe turbulence hits Mumbai-bound flight

MUMBAI, INDIA (BNO NEWS) — Nearly two dozen people have been injured after severe turbulence hit a Singapore Airlines passenger plane while it was landing in the Indian city of Mumbai, airline officials said on Sunday. Most of the victims were release…

2 Australian men arrested 40 years after triple homicide

2 Australian men arrested 40 years after triple homicide

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA (BNO NEWS) — Police in northeastern Australia have arrested two elderly men on suspicion of rape and murder in connection with the disappearance of a Queensland mom and her two young daughters more than 40 years ago, officials anno…

North Korean leader uses cane in first public appearance in 40 days

North Korean leader uses cane in first public appearance in 40 days

By Heidi Pullyard

PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA (BNO NEWS) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was shown using a cane during a tour of a construction project in the country, state-run media reported on Tuesday, marking his first appearance in public since he disappeared more than three weeks ago due to apparent health issues.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim gave “field guidance” to the newly-built Wisong Scientists Residential District. In photos published along with the article, he appears to be walking with a cane but looked pleased with the newly-built science district. It did not say when the visit took place.

Kim, commenting on the apartments, said they looked “cozy and convenient for settlers” and added, “scientists would not need to bring in anything for living if all flats would have color TV sets, quilts and household articles provided by the party,” he said.

Kim also visited the district’s Natural Energy Institute of the State Academy of Sciences, where he inspected, among other areas, the Health Complex and the solar-heated greenhouse. “Our scientists are patriots who are devoting all their lives to building a rich and powerful nation … It is necessary to project and treat scientists preferentially and always take care of them,” Kim was quoted as saying.

Kim had been out of the public eye for about 40 days, during which he missed several important national events, prompting speculation about the leader’s health and a possible chance in power. A documentary which aired on Korean Central Television (KCTV) last month suggested that Kim was suffering from health issues but provided no details.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, citing an unidentified source, previously reported that Kim was believed to be suffering from gout, which runs in Kim’s family. The leader also suffers from hyperuricemia, hyperlipidemia, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure, the source claimed. The North has not commented on those reports.

Kim, who was seen walking with a limp in July and August, made his previous public appearance on September 3 along with his wife, Ri Sol-ju.

Kim Jong-un was promoted to Supreme Leader in December 2011 to lead the impoverished and secretive country. It came days after his father, Kim Jong-il, died on December 17, 2011, after suffering an “advanced, acute myocardial infarction, complicated with a heart shock,” while on a train for a “field guidance tour.” Analysts have disputed the official version.

Little is known about Kim Jong-un, who was educated in Switzerland and is believed to be in his late 20s, making him the youngest head of state in the world. He reportedly resembles his father the most and had always been his father’s favorite among his brothers, but the sudden death of Kim Jong-il left the North Korean government with little time to prepare him.

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France’s Jean Tirole wins Economics Nobel for market regulation

France’s Jean Tirole wins Economics Nobel for market regulation

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (BNO NEWS) — French economist Jean Tirole has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his analysis of market power and regulation, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Monday, wrapping up this year’s …

Strong earthquake jolts New Zealand’s South Island, no damage

Strong earthquake jolts New Zealand’s South Island, no damage

TUATAPERE, NEW ZEALAND (BNO NEWS) — A strong earthquake struck off New Zealand’s South Island on Monday afternoon, with light to moderate tremors being felt across the region, seismologists said. There were no reports of damage or casualties and no ts…