Amongst the newly announced winners of the 2012 World Press Photo Contest, you'll find spectacular images from last year's most shocking news events. But some of the most stirring photos are solemn and sober, like this photo, taken in the North Korean capital Pyongyang just two months before the sudden death of Kim Jong-il.
That red thing flying next to the F-16 is an MQM-107D Streaker, a target drone that was developed in the 1970s for the US Army. The North Koreans have bought several of them from Syria, and they are now using them to build unmanned attack drones loaded with high explosives.
New analysis suggests North Korea clandestinely tested two nuclear weapons in 2010. If it's true, it would double the number of known tests hailing from the country and could mean serious nuclear warhead development is underway.
How could living in North Korea be worse? Hmm. Maybe if your dinner caught on fire every night, or clothes were made out of a cactus, or if using a phone potentially earned you the death penalty. Sounds about right!
If you want to know the true effect of departed despot Kim Jong-il (and his father Kim Il-Sung), just take a look at this sad, sad picture of North Korea and South Korea at night from space. South Korea is like any other modern country, lit up with life. North Korea is completely dark.
If there was ever such a thing as a country run by Grinches, North Korea would be that country. Why? Well, according to the BBC, North Korea has warned neighboring South Korea of "unexpected consequences" if South Korea decides to light up Christmas trees near their border.
A new report on nuclear proliferation is—surprise!—kind of terrifying, revealing some disconcerting facts about nuclear warheads, who has them, and what we don't know. The bottom line: holy hell, we've built a lot of these things.