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Google shows North Korean 'gulags'

A Google map with more details of North Korea has gone live, allegedly showing some of the reclusive communist nation's prison camps.

Google Maps shows details of North Korea, including streets, parks, monuments and train stops in the capital Pyongyang.

Until now, North Korea was among the few places in Google Maps where scant information was available.

The map shows at least four places where North Korea's government is believed to operate prison camps.

Google says citizen cartographers started building the North Korea map in 2009 based on satellite images and other public information.

It also shows photographs of places in North Korea available on the web and those taken by people who visited there.

The US company says the map is not perfect and building it is a continuing process.

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