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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

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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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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links