Celebrations are underway in North Korea for the anniversary of founder Kim Il Sung's birth. Outside of North Korea, observers fear that Pyongyang will mark the day by carrying out its threats of military action.
Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with Emperor Akihito on the second and final day of her visit to Japan. Later events with students and scientists covered topics from North Korean disarmament through to cows' digestion.
A North Korean man is suing a Dutch shipbuilder he accuses of profiting from slave labor when he was employed in a Polish shipyard. The first case of its kind, his lawyers hope it will open up more such cases.
US envoys have held preliminary talks with North Korean officials in Pyongyang. The February summit between the two leaders follows their unprecedented meeting in Singapore last June.
The United States president has said he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on February 27-28 for a second summit. The head-to-head is slated to take place in Vietnam.
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