• Marshal of North Korea Kim Jong-un awaiting visitors from the West

En route to North Korea on a self-proclaimed humanitarian mission, former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson and Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt received word that Kim Jong-un, Marshal of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, was “most desirous” of meeting French actor Gerard Depardieu as well, sources say.

Depardieu, star of more than 150 feature films, is a tax refugee most recently embraced by Russian president Vladimir V. Putin, who conferred Russian citizenship on the chevalier of the legion d’honneur over the weekend. According to a Saturday BBC report, the governor of Mordovia, the Russian region best known for its gulags, is now wooing Depardieu with the promise of an apartment in provincial Saransk.