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Food, sports and song: Scenes from a Pyongyang picnic

Groups of North Koreans enjoyed a picnic on a hilltop park overlooking Pyongyang on Wednesday, a national holiday celebrating the birthday period of the late leader Kim Il Sung.

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A man lights a cigarette for a friend during a picnic in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 18, 2012.

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See more striking pictures from North Korea in PhotoBlog and in the slideshow below.

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