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North Korea

As Pyongyang readies grand show, rural life still a struggle

While North Korea prepares a big show to mark the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party, the daily struggles of life outside the capital — such as finding clean running water and putting nutritious food on the table year-round — pose a harsh, but largely unseen, contrast to the grand celebrations the world will see Oct. 10. North Korea's anniversary spectacle promises to be world-class. Masses of citizens will be mobilized to march, chant and hold up placards on cue to create huge images praising the party and leader Kim Jong Un. To make sure Pyongyang looks its best, extensive construction projects have considerably prettied up the capital, which is far and...