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Azalea, whose Korean name is “Dallae”, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, smokes a cigarette at the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea. According to officials at the newly renovated zoo, which has become a favourite leisure spot in the North Korean capital since it was re-opened in July, the chimpanzee smokes about a pack a day. They insist, however, that she does not inhale. Photo Wong Maye-E/AP.
North Korean traffic police women chat next to a residential building while off duty in Pyongyang, North Korea. Photo Wong Maye-E/AP
A traffic police woman monitors vehicles and pedestrians along a busy street corner in Pyongyang, North Korea
A North Korean woman walks past by a donkey pen at the newly opened Pyongyang Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea
A bride and groom pose for photos with a horse at the Mirim riding school on the outskirts of Pyongyang, North Korea
A woman works at the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang textile mill during a government organised visit for foreign reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea today.
Girls perform on the stage of the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace in central Pyongyang, North Korea today
North Korean military soldiers take photos of a portrait of their late leader Kim Jong Il at a flower festival as part of celebrations a day before the birthday anniversary, also known as the “Day of the Shining Star,” of Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, North Korea today
A North Korean traffic police officer directs vehicles at an intersection on Wednesday, in Pyongyang, North Korea as residents commute at the end of a work day
North Koreans cover their face from the splash of a water feature in the indoor section of the Munsu water park on Tuesday, in Pyongyang, North Korea
A North Korean school girl looks up from reading her book while walking through a residential area Wednesday in Pyongyang, North Korea
The 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel, the highest building under construction in North Korea, is seen behind residential buildings in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Friday. North Korea is getting ready to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of its ruling Workers’ Party of Korea on Saturday
A North Korean soldier watches as fireworks explode, today in Pyongyang, North Korea as part of celebrations for the 62nd anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War.
North Korean men cycle in the rain past homes built for farmers at the Mangyongdae Cooperative Farm on Wednesday in Pyongyang, North Korea. As the planting season ends and the rainy season begins, North Koreans are preparing for the possibility of floods
Female North Korean soldiers prepare to take a commemorative photograph in front of a flower exhibition featuring North Korea’s late founder Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang