"The Associated Press and the North Korean state news agency have signed a series of agreements, including one for the opening of a comprehensive AP news bureau in Pyongyang," the AP announced today.
The wire service says it will be "the first permanent text and photo bureau operated by a Western news organization in the North Korean capital." Currently, AP Television News has an office in North Korea that distributes video news.
Since 1993, Low has captivated audiences worldwide with their austere, melancholy, and totally singular sound. Pioneers of the slowcore movement in indie rock, Low countered the sound and fury of grunge with quiet, minimal arrangements centered on the vocal harmonies of husband-and-wife duo Alan Sparhawk (guitar) and Mimi Parker (drums).
A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syria's President Bashar al-Assad meeting with U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich and his delegation in Damascus.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) went to Syria on a "fact-finding mission," earlier this week. He said the trip came about at the request of his constituents. But yesterday, after the congressman met with President Bashar Assad, the Syrian state news agency SANA reported that Kucinich praised Assad.
"In the first ruling by a federal appeals court on President Obama's health care overhaul, a judicial panel in Cincinnati on Wednesday affirmed an earlier ruling that Congress can require Americans to have minimum insurance coverage," The Associated Press reports.
But, as the wire service notes, "more than 30 legal challenges have been filed over the health care overhaul. The case is expected to eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court."