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N. Korean circus troupe to tour Europe: report

All Headlines 15:38 July 26, 2008

SEOUL, July 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's top circus troupe will travel to Europe next month for a three-month tour aimed at strengthening cultural ties with the continent, a pro-Pyongyang newspaper in Japan reported Saturday.

The Chosun Sinbo, the newspaper published by pro-North Korea residents in Japan, said the Pyongyang Circus Troupe will visit the Netherlands in August and then move to Germany, showing off about 10 different types of stunts during its tour.

Formed over 50 years ago, the troupe is one of North Korea's foremost cultural groups, making a visit to South Korea in 2000 on the eve of the first inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang.

"This is the first time the troupe is giving a solo performance in Europe," the paper said, adding the tour will help improve relations between North Korea and European nations.

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