Living as a woman in North Korea can be psychologically and physically gruelling.
Iwao Hakamada was tried for quadruple murder in 1966, but the evidence that convicted him is regarded with widespread scepticism.
Looking at the agreement, it appears that Kim Jong-un has outmanoeuvred Donald Trump.
Alongside denuclearisation, reunification is the biggest potential game-changer on the Korean peninsula. But it remains a pipe dream.
The measure of women's political advancement isn't the number of female leaders, but the changes they make to everyday women's lives.
A remarkable year on the Korean peninsula has been marked by both bitter enmity and genuine goodwill. Now, the tension is being ratcheted up again.
After decades of deadly enmity, Libya and the West made a major breakthrough on weapons of mass destruction. How?
The astonishing sight of two Korean leaders crossing the border that divides them is just a first step.
Thanks to South Korea, there is a chance for peace with North Korea. Whether the Trump administration can take it is another matter.
A year ago, productive north-south talks seemed inconceivable – but with the US tripping over its own feet, things are changing.
There's a very unflattering historical parallel for Xi Jinping's move to lift term limits. The Chinese Communist Party is having none of it.
Xi Jinping is now ruling without term limits. That's bad news for corrupt officials – and perhaps for the Chinese people.
North Korea clearly understands that going straight into high-level negotiations isn't always the way to make a breakthrough.
As Japanese imperialism rose and fell, its leaders interpreted and re-interpreted a single distinctive concept: "bushido".
Coming on the heels of 'gold', 'blond' and 'wealthy', 'north' is a telling symbol of how Japan saw 2017.
Still smarting from centuries of ancient humiliation, China is ready to rise to global supremacy.
How did a man once suspected of dubious far-right sympathies end up on the threshold of a record third term?
Tens of thousands of North Koreans live in China. Their lives are often no better than they were at home.
As despotic personality cults go, Stalin's example still leads the pack. But North Korea's ruling family have taken it to a new extreme.
Japan's security is based on the guarantee that America will protect it, come what may – but that guarantee may no longer be reliable.