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North Korea is something of a locked box to the rest of the world, and even their version of one of the handiest apparatuses through which you can glimpse cultural habits — the internet — is largely inaccessible to anyone outside the country. Thanks to what appears to be an accidental reveal, however, we can now peek inside North Korea's internet tubes.

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In a rare admission that life isn't paradise within its borders, North Korea is asking for international aid in wake of devastating floods that state media claims to have impacted tens of thousands. Information released Sunday by the United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs confirms that North Korea is dealing with a big natural disaster.

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According to the US Geological Survey, a 5.3 magnitude "explosion" has been detected in North Korea near the country's only known nuclear test site. North Korea has claimed to have tested nuclear weapons after similar seismic activity in recent years, but none as large as today's event.

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Information about anything inside North Korea is hard to come by, but Pyongyang's metro system is particularly secretive. Access to foreigners has historically been secretive, but one photographer recently made it in, rode the entire system, and has the photos to prove it.

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North Korea has announced that it had successfully detonated a “miniaturised” hydrogen bomb, which is set to trigger global repercussions. Though the claims are as yet unconfirmed, a blast — earlier believed to have been a 5.1 magnitude earthquake — was registered near the North Korean city of Sungjibaegam late yesterday.

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I look to my left and see a sorrowful parent sitting on the curb, comforting his daughter. I look to my right, and I see notes of sympathy among many flowers. Around me, I hear people murmuring respects and singing in French. I'm in the middle of a vigil in the streets of Paris, a week after last month's tragic shooting.