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North Korea's mysterious hotel fire

June 12, 2015 6:32 pm

If a major landmark were to catch fire in a city of 3.2m people, you would expect plenty of evidence to emerge on social media.

Such would be the case in Madrid, Addis Ababa or Nairobi – all of which have close to 3.2m residents.

But on Thursday, when a large hotel caught fire in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, no photographic evidence emerged.

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More than a day later, that is still the case.

The fire reportedly hit the Koryo Hotel, which, at 143 metres (469 feet) is one of the tallest in Pyongyang.

It is where the basketball player Dennis Rodman stayed while visiting North Korea, and has hosted talks between North and South Korean officials.

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