Fashion magazine ELLE has been forced to issue an apology after branding military trends 'North Korea Chic'.
North Korea has marked the 65th anniversary of its founding with a military parade in Pyongyang.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has become a father to a baby daughter, according to US basketball star Dennis Rodman.
The powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been removed amid claims of corruption, drug use and a long list of other "anti-state" acts.
The purge apparently ends the career of Jang Song Thaek, the country's second most powerful official, and leaves Kim without the man long considered his mentor as he consolidated power after his father's death two years ago.
Jang Song Thaek's fall from grace, detailed in a lengthy dispatch by state media, is the latest and most significant in a series of reshuffles that Kim has conducted in an apparent effort to bolster his power.
Some analysts see the purge as a sign of Kim's growing confidence, but there has also been fear in Seoul that the removal of such an important part of the North's government could create dangerous instability or lead to a major miscalculation or attack on the South.
US War veteran Merrill Newman, detained by authorities in North Korea for more than a month, has arrived back in San Francisco today.
The tired but smiling veteran of the Korean War was holding the hand of his wife as he thanked the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang, and the US embassy in Beijing for helping to secure his release.
Mr Newman said he was "delighted to be home."
"It's been a great homecoming," he said. "I'm tired, but ready to be with my family."
The 85-year-old was detained in late October at the end of a 10-day trip to North Korea, a visit that came six decades after he oversaw a group of South Korean wartime guerrillas during the 1950-53 war.
US War veteran Merrill Newman, detained by authorities in North Korea for more than a month, has arrived back in San Francisco, Reuters reports.
The United States welcomed North Korea's decision to release American citizen Merrill Newman, who was detained by North Korean authorities in late October on a visit as a tourist to the secretive country, the State Department said in a statement.
"We are pleased that Mr. Merrill Newman has been allowed to depart the DPRK and re-join his family. We welcome the DPRK's decision to release him," said Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman.
North Korea said on it has deported Merrill E. Newman, an 85-year old American it has been holding on charges of "hostile acts" against the state, on humanitarian grounds because he has admitted to his wrongdoing and apologised.
The deportation was announced by the North's KCNA news agency.
Mr Newman, who has a soldier during the 1950-53 Korean War and worked with guerrillas fighting against the socialist North, has been held by the Pyongyang regime since late October. He was visiting North Korea as a tourist.
Amnesty International has called on North Korea to acknowledge and close political prison camps.
The camps are a gruesome and powerful tool at the heart of a vast network of repression.
People are sent to the political prison camps without charge, let alone a trial, many of them simply for knowing someone who has fallen out of favour.
– Amnesty International’s North Korea Researcher Rajiv Narayan
Conditions are dire. Torture is rampant, there are reports that women are raped, and we know that public execution is common place. Many of the prisoners die of malnutrition and overwork in dangerous conditions.
We are calling on the North Korean authorities to acknowledge the existence of the camps, close them, and grant unhindered access to independent human rights monitors like Amnesty International.
New satellite images show the expansion of North Korea's prison camps where "torture is rampant, women are raped and public execution is common place", Amnesty International said.
A former security official at one of the prison camps told Amnesty that detainees were forced to dig their own graves and women were raped by visiting officials before disappearing.
Mr Lee, a former security official at a prison camp, said: "After a night of ‘servicing’ the officials, the women had to die because the secret could not get out. This happens at most of the political prison camps.”
The satellite pictures apparently show that two of the country's largest camps, Kwanliso 15 and 16, have been expanded with extra housing blocks possibly meaning more inmates.
Amnesty claim that hundreds of thousands of people are currently being held in camps across North Korea, with many not guilty of committing a crime.
North Korea have released a video showing an elderly US citizen apologising for alleged war crimes during the Korean War.
85-year-old Merrill Newman was seized from a flight out of the communist dictatorship on October 26, and has been detained ever since.
His family say they have not been able to speak to him, and are extremely worried about him.
Mr Newman is a Korean War veteran, and his family said he was travelling with permission, accompanied by guides.
In a statement, his family said that the Swedish ambassador had visited him at a Pyongyang hotel and found him to be in good health, and being treated well.
The family pleaded with the North Korean authorities to take Mr Newman's health and age into account and let him go as an act of humanitarian compassion.
The US called on North Korea to release an elderly US military veteran held in custody since last month and who Pyongyang accused of killing civilians during the Korean War 60 years ago.
Swedish embassy officials were granted access on Saturday to visit Merrill E. Newman, the State Department said, the first access by Western officials to him since his arrest.
"On November 30, the DPRK permitted the Embassy of Sweden, protecting power for issues involving U.S. citizens in North Korea, consular access to U.S. citizen Merrill Newman," a State Department official said in a statement.
"Given Mr. Newman's advanced age and health conditions, we urge the DPRK to release Mr. Newman so he may return home and reunite with his family," the official added, using the acronym for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
North Korean officials have told the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang that they are holding an American but have not confirmed it was Korean War veteran Merrill Newman, who was pulled from a plane on October 26 while preparing to leave the communist nation after a 10-day tour.
The Swedish embassy is negotiating on a daily basis on behalf of Newman because the US has no diplomatic ties to North Korea, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington DC.