A DARING photographer has released images showing a different side to the secret state of North Korea as he hangs out on glorious sunny beaches and a waterpark.Martin Von Den Driesch, from Berlin, was the only Western participant on an eight-day visit to North Korea back in August 2014.His visit comes as U.S. officials warned people against going to North Korea for their annual holidays – because it is propping up Kim’s nuclear weapons programme.The 48-year-old was visiting the country as part of Russian and Korean group of 30 people, including his wife Julia Kim, who travelled by cars all the way from Moscow to Vladivostok.From there, they ventured into North Korea on a course to the capital Pyongyang, and finally, as a highlight, directly from Pyongyang into South Korea, which is divided by a border called a Demilitarised Zone (DMZ).Although his freedom to move and photograph through North Korea was “nearly impossible”, Martin still manage to capture … [Read more...] about Fascinating pictures reveal life inside secretive North Korea including the ones Kim Jong Un’s cronies told him to delete
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War Dogs Tagline Money, corruption and the American dream. Certificate 15 Directed by Tod Phillips Cast Jonah Hill, Miles Teller Plot summary Based on a book (Arms And The Dudes by Guy Lawson), War Dogs tells the real-life story of two friends in their 20s, David and Efraim, who exploit a government loophole that allows small businesses to bid on US military contracts. All goes well and they’re living the high life until they stretch themselves too far and win a $300million deal to arm the Afghan military that gets them into hot water with the, er, fun people involved in that side of life. Think 21 Jump Street having a baby with The Hangover. Excitement level 4 Jamie’s low-down I love Jonah Hill – he’s a tour de force and, along with Miles Whiplash Teller, should do a brilliant job in this movie, which sounds more farce than fact. Surely these didn’t really happen?! Apparently they did. Brought to you by The Hangover team … [Read more...] about From David Brent to Bridget Jones, here’s Popcorn’s definitive guide to the month’s biggest movies
KIMI RAIKKONEN is the star of a hilarious spoof video which takes the mickeyThe Lotus ace sped along a service road after sliding off the Interlagos track.He was convinced it would lead him back to the circuit – only to find a gateThe result: One of the fastest U-turns in motoring history.Now on-board footage of Kimi’s wacky trip has been married with the infamousAnd the cheeky pairing of sound and vision has been used for a spoof ad forSo get clicking – and get chuckling. … [Read more...] about Kimi’s been ad
SHE’S one of the most famous people on the planet and has an elite posse of A-lister pals who are all at the top of their game.From models, singers and entrepreneurs, we reveal exactly who is in Taylor Swift's gang...The pop princess’ inner circle includes a bevy of Victoria’s Secret models, highly-acclaimed actresses and loyal school friends.Over the years Taylor has pulled out all the stops to entertain her A-list pals on the Fourth of July, and has taken her friends as dates for red carpet events, starred them in her Bad Blood video and has taken some lavish holidays with the gang.But how many do you recognise?Selena GomezFormer Disney star and singer Selena Gomez, 24, is considered to be one of the original girl squad members.Selena and Taylor met at a Jonas brothers concert way back in 2008, as the pair were dating Nick and Joe respectively.Since then they have attended red carpet events together, they both featured in Taylor's Bad Blood music … [Read more...] about Who’s in Taylor Swift’s girl squad? From Ruby Rose and Blake Lively to Selena Gomez – meet the singer’s glamorous gang
Much less the "bridge-building" trip many had hoped for, most experts are seeing U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's visit to Berlin as a small, but important step in what remains a long road ahead for the American-German political relationship. Powell, who arrived Thursday evening, will meet with Chancellor Gerhard Schröder for talks on Friday morning. Experts interviewed by DW-WORLD said Powell will most likely praise Germany for its role in the war on terrorism and pivotal role in the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Kabul, Afghanistan. Also likely to be on the agenda is the position Germany will take in the United Nations Security Council on the future of postwar Iraq. The U.S. announced earlier this week it wants the security council to decide on a resolution authored by Spain, Great Britain and the U.S. next week. France and Russia have said it is too soon and are wary of wording in the resolution that would dismantle the U.N. oil-for-food program and put Iraqi oil into … [Read more...] about Reactions: How Important is Colin Powell’s Visit?
Joschka Fischer said Lebanon and Syria can play a constructive role in bringing the bloody conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians to an end. The German foreign minister has been crisscrossing the Middle East since Saturday taking the current temperature of regional leaders as he throws his weight behind the internationally-backed road map for peace. "I'm here to explore the visions of those who are in charge in Beirut and Damascus," Fischer told reporters after talks with Lebanese Foreign Minister Jean Obeid. "What can we do to enhance this process based on the legitimate interests of Lebanon and Syria? I think both countries can play a very constructive and very productive role." Despite the inclusive words, Fischer met with resistance to the current form of the road map in talks with Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, who insisted on more consideration of the interests of Lebanon and Syria in planning the way toward peace. Without the close involvement of both … [Read more...] about Fischer meets Resistance to Road Map in Middle East
In a speech overshadowed by an Israeli attack on a Palestinian vehicle in Gaza City that claimed five lives, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer called on both Israelis and Palestinians to end their cycle of violence on Wednesday, the last day of his three-day tour of the Middle East. Speaking in Ramallah after meeting with beleaguered Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in his battered headquarters and Prime Minister-designate Mahmoud Abbas, Fischer said: "Stop terror, stop violence and come back to the negotiating table." Fischer also had a specific message for the Palestinians: speed up cabinet-building and the reform process and pave the way for the official implementation of the West’s "Road map," which according to the minister is "a very dynamic element in the hands of the Palestinians." Palestinian cabinet building The "Road Map" to peace is a plan hammered out by the so-called Middle East Quartet, which includes the European Union, the United Nations, the United States … [Read more...] about Fischer Pins Hope on “Road Map” for Mideast Peace
Observers say there is a motto that some top Washington officials go by when it comes to how to treat Europe's Iraq war opponents: "Punish France, ignore Germany and forgive Russia." With President George W. Bush's short trip through Europe winding down with a one day visit to the alpine spa town of Evian for the Group of Eight summit, it seems two of the three have so far occurred. At a celebration of St. Petersburg's 300th anniversary in Petershof Castle Saturday evening, Bush extended his hand and a curt "how are you," to Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, ending weeks of speculation in the German press on whether the two would press the flesh. "Fine," Schröder reportedly responded, bringing the pleasantries to a close. It was the last one-on-one between the two planned for this trip. They will not meet privately at Evian. The Sunday morning after the Schröder-Bush handshake, Putin and Bush appeared in front of journalists after a private morning discussion. The two … [Read more...] about U.S. and Europe Face Diplomatic Challenges in Evian
The news that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone was being hacked was a wake-up call for many in the US, according to Viviane Reding, EU justice commissioner. "It's our job as politicians to ensure that this wake-up call is followed by political action," she told DW during a trip to Washington. That is exactly what appears to be happening in Washington: there's suprisingly harsh criticism coming from influential US Senator Dianne Feinstein who has so far been supporting Obama and the National Security Agency (NSA). It looks as if the detailed hearings of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which she chairs, and the repeated threats by Germany and Brazil have had their effect. Obama poised to stop spying Under increasing pressure at home and abroad, the White House has been driven to the conclusion that changes must be made, according to the New York Times and other media outlets. But, in a television interview, Obama was not prepared to say exactly what would be done differently … [Read more...] about US to make U-turn in NSA spying scandal?
Yes, Germany, having already undergone a transformation from dictatorship to democracy under American stewardship after World War II, is now being freed from the burdens of the past by the U.S. campaign to oust Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. As strange as it may sound, Bush’s decision to go to war with Iraq has made it okay to be German again. Long averse to displays of patriotism due to the excesses and crimes of the Nazis, flag-waving outside of sporting events -- either real or figuratively -- has been largely taboo for this nation of 82 million. But now many young Germans have found new pride in the country’s prominent role along with France and Russia in opposing the war in Iraq. “I thought ‘wow’ Germany stands for peace. It wasn’t always that way, you know,” explained a 23-year-old singer from Berlin who goes by the name Mieze. Inspired by recent events, she has written a love song -- not to a person, but to her country. Only a few … [Read more...] about New German Patriotism: The Road to Berlin Goes Via Baghdad