Workers and soldiers across North Korea are putting the finishing touches to preparations for this year’s “Day of the Shining Star,” which falls on Friday.
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February 16 marks the anniversary of the birth of Kim Jong-il, the former dictator, who died in December 2011. His birthday is so named because, according to official reports, a star appeared in the night sky at the precise time Mr Kim was born in a rough shack on the flanks of Mount Paektu that was used by guerrillas fighting the occupying Japanese.
Historians concur, however, that Mr Kim was actually born in a refugee camp in eastern Russia in 1941.
Keeping the faith
Mr Kim’s son and successor, Kim Jong-un, has ensured the date remains…
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