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Chongjin camp gets 2.8 user rating

Book review: From the Fatherland, With Love, By Ryu Murakami, trans. Ralph McCarthy, Charles de Wolf and Ginny Tapley Takemori

A resonant and timely 'procedural thriller' on a fictional invasion by North Korea

Doves are released after a peace declaration given by Nagasaki City mayor Tomihisa Taue during the Peace Memorial at the Peace Park on 9 August 9 2013 in Nagasaki, Japan

A-bomb anniversary: Nagasaki mayor criticises Japan PM for 'betrayal' over refusal to sign weapons pledge

Discord rises 68 years after 70,000 were killed by US plutonium bomb

North Korea to lift factory ban as tensions ease with South

North Korea is to lift a ban on operations at a jointly run factory park, which has been closed since Pyongyang withdrew its 53,000 workers in April amid tensions with the South.

North Korean defector to return home in protest

Escapee is prepare to risk execution to expose South Korean discrimination

Panamanian workers stand on top of sacks of sugar inside a container aboard a North Korean-flagged ship at the Manzanillo International container terminal on the coast of Colon City, Panama

Live ammunition found on North Korean ship held in Panama

Sniffer dogs found ammunition for grenade launchers and other munitions aboard the Chong Chon Gang

Kim Jong-un walks past tombstones at the opening of the Cemetery of Fallen Fighters in Pyongyang

North Korea: US veterans at Kim Jong-un’s war anniversary

The veterans are in the country to  find the remains of an aviator killed in the war

A smiling Kim Jong-un is seen being mobbed by a large group of crying women wearing white boiler suits

Such a fungi! North Korean leader Kim Jong-un laughs as he is mobbed by screaming, crying women during visit to mushroom farm

Despot surrounded in scenes more often associated with the likes of Harry Styles or Justin Bieber

Military equipment lie in containers aboard a North Korean-flagged ship at the Manzanillo International container terminal on the coast of Colon City, Panama

Cuba admits 'obsolete' weapons were on board North Korean ship seized in Panama

Crew riots and captain attempts suicide as officials board vessel

Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli took to Twitter to share images of the large green objects he says are suspected weapons

Ship leaving Cuba for North Korea held by Panama after 'sophisticated missile equipment’ found aboard

President says items believed to be weapons were found hidden in containers of brown sugar

Phillips Idowu shows his frustration at the Olympics last year

Phillips Idowu announces he is to take a 'step back from athletics'

The former world triple jump champion has endured a difficult spell spanning back before the London Olympics

The Kaesong factory complex

Have tensions cooled? North and South Korea meet to discuss reopening jointly run factory complex

Kaesong shut down in April amid heightened tensions in the region

The Kaesong factory park was the last remaining vestige of inter-Korean rapprochement

North and South Korea agree talks over Kaesong factory park

The complex generated nearly $2 bn a year in cross-border trade

Gas attack: Riot police go into heavy-handed action against one of the 300,000 demonstrators on the streets of Rio

The Last Word: Mr Blatter, the party's over

Brazilians riot against football and Pele is ridiculed – the end is nigh for costly World Cups and Olympics

A propaganda billboard promoting the

Pyongyang invites US for talks to 'ease tension on Korean peninsula'

Talks aim at cooling relations after leader Kim Jong-un threatened nuclear war earlier this year

Kim Jong-il wrote a cinema manifesto

North Korean cinema: Kim Jong-il's movie mania

Kim Jong-il had 20,000 Hollywood DVDs – but then North Korea loves cinema, a fascinating new documentary reveals

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Money, corruption and drugs

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America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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