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    Mickey Mouse Performs in N. Korea

    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 21:  In this handout image provided by Disney Parks, former "American Idol" champion Ruben Studdard poses with Mickey Mouse at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) convention June 21, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Studdard, a singer/songwriter, was a special guest of Disney Parks at a reception held for NABJ attendees.  (Photo by Todd Anderson/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

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    Ever the diplomat, Mickey Mouse took the stage in North Korea on Friday in a performance staged by citizens for leader Kim Jong-un. Other performers dressed as characters from Disney films danced on a stage at the concert for Kim in what may have been the first public appearance by Disney characters allowed in the authoritarian state. The leader is in his late 20s. State media claimed that Kim has a “grandiose plan to bring about a dramatic turn in the field of literature and arts this year.” Whether the performers had received permission from Disney to use the characters is not yet known.

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