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South Korea rejected North Korea's offer to take a series of steps to ease tension that included cancelling Seoul's regular military drills with Washington, saying Friday that Pyongyang must take nuclear disarmament steps first.

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Thousands exposed to nuclear fallout 500 times the maximum accepted levels during South Pacific tests

Declassified military documents reveal that French tests in the region in the 1960s and 1970s posed far more of a threat to those involved than previously acknowledged

A meteorite trail is seen over Chelyabinsk

Shockwave from Russian meteor that left 1,000 people injured 'went twice around the earth'

Researchers said the event was the 'most powerful ever recorded' by the system

Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court

Senior judges criticise Government's use of secret courts

Judges also lifted 'arbitrary and irrational' sanctions imposed against Iranian Bank Mellat

Barack Obama waves to crowds at the Brandenburg Gate yesterday, watched by Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit

'Climate change is the threat of our time': President Obama pledges to cut nuclear weapons and a greener world in Berlin speech

US President’s address at historic Berlin landmark fails to impress Republicans and some in his audience

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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

Theresa May wants to avoid embarrassment over Edward Snowden rather than uphold the law

Theresa May wants to avoid embarrassment over Edward Snowden rather than uphold the law

The Home Secretary's premature decision is enough to show she has prejudged the issue and her bias would make any subsequent decision open to challenge, says Geoffrey Robertson

Iranians go to the polls on Friday to elect a new president knowing that for the first time in eight years the country will be led by someone other than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Vladimir Putin during his appearance on Russia Today

Fawning interviewers give President Vladimir Putin easy ride on Kremlin TV chat show appearance

President Vladimir Putin took a tour of the shiny new studio complex of Russia Today, the English-language television channel funded by the Kremlin, and spent an hour answering questions from a number of its journalists during a round-table interview.

North Korea's chief delegate Kim Song-Hye (right) and her South Korean counterpart Chun Hae-Sung (left) at the end of the inter-Korean talks

North and South Korea announce diplomatic breakthrough with talks set for this week

Meeting could cool relations after a tense few months

North Korea 'fires three missiles' as nuclear programme slows down, according to UN

North Korea is still trying to import and export nuclear and ballistic missile-related items but financial and trade sanctions are slowing progress on development of their prohibited weapons, UN experts say in a new report.

Pakistan’s nuclear weapons mastermind AQ Khan denies advising North Korea and Iran

AQ Khan, the mastermind of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme, has denied any involvement in similar programmes in North Korea and Iran, insisting that the two states have acquired any knowledge in the field from Western sources.

Pyongyang: Lift sanctions and we’ll talk

North Korea has demanded the lifting of United Nations sanctions and the end of US-South Korea military drills as conditions for resuming talks meant to defuse tension on the Korean Peninsula.

An anti-Trident demonstrator is taken away by police during a blockade at one of the entrances to Faslane naval base

Protesters chain themselves to Faslane gate in nuclear missiles protest

Campaigners have chained themselves to the gate of a naval base in protest against the nuclear missiles stored there.

Paul Williams: Founder of the hugely influential Crawdaddy! magazine

In the mid-1960s, as pop music evolved into rock, few publications catered for aficionados looking for more than basic information about the latest endeavours of Bob Dylan or the Beach Boys.

John Kerry meets China's top leaders to discuss North Korea

US Secretary of State John Kerry met China's top leaders today in a bid to persuade them to exert pressure on North Korea to scale back its belligerent rhetoric and, eventually, return to nuclear talks.

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