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One of the world's most inaccessible places, North Korea has invited foreign journalists to Pyongyang this week for celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party.

North Korea's capital shows signs of change even as it prepares for a pageant of military muscle and propaganda for which it is known.

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Hostesses prepare hot dogs at a floating restaurant in Pyongyang.

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People read newspapers displayed inside a subway station visited by foreign reporters during a government organised tour in Pyongyang.

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A man pushes a bicycle just outside Pyongyang.

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People play basketball in central Pyongyang, North Korea.

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People exercise on banks of Taedong River in Pyongyang, North Korea.

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A man gestures at foreign reporters in a subway station during a government organised tour in Pyongyang.

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Pedestrians carry decorative flowers as they walk across a bridge ahead of the upcoming anniversary celebrations in Pyongyang.

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A woman films with her phone from behind a curtain at the Kim Il Sung Stadium during North Korea’s preliminary 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match.

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A man fishes as North Korean military personnel paddle a small boat amid morning fog over Taedong River.

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