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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.

Lord Hanningfield at court facing charges of false accounting

Andy McSmith's Diary: Oh Lords! Disgraced peer trousers £5,500 in one month

It seems that nothing will ever shame the ermine troughers out of claiming from the public purse. Paul White, aka Lord Hanningfield, an ex-Tory peer, has not spoken in the House of Lords, nor tabled any written questions since he was sent to jail for fiddling his expenses, but figures reveal that in November he had his best month yet for pocketing the £300 daily allowance to which he is entitled just for turning up. He signed in on 17 separate days, which entitled him to £5,100. He also claimed £407 travel costs. That means that in the first eight months since his return after his prison spell, Lord Hanningfield trousered a total of £21,000 in daily attendance allowances, plus £1,736 costs.

'Iran cannot have a nuclear weapon': John Kerry issues stark warning after meeting Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel

John Kerry, who has returned to Jerusalem for talks on the Israeli–Palestinian peace process, warned today that “Iran cannot have and will not have a nuclear weapon” after a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu.

Guard duty: A North Korean soldier keeps watch on South Korea last week from the truce village of Panmunjom

South Korea backtracks on nuclear test claim as tensions continue to rise across region

A government official said that Mr Ryoo had intended to say that North Korea has long been ready to conduct a nuclear test

Reports of Pyongyang's next missile test stokes tensions in South Korea

Military in the South is in ‘readiness’ amid fears of new weapons launch by the North this week

UK diplomats remain in place despite North Korea warning as Pyongyang moves missiles onto coast prompting fears of imminent attack

Beijing is believed to have sent private messages to Kim Jong-un urging caution

Office workers and shoppers throng the night-time streets of Seoul

The South Korean reaction: 'Pyongyang has been crying wolf for some time'

South Koreans, who have seen it all before, are carrying on as normal

John, 9, Duwayne, 13, Jade, 10, Jayden, 5, Jesse, 6, and Jack Philpott, 7, all died after a blaze was started deliberately at the family's semi-detached house in Allenton, Derby
North Korea’s military strength is paraded in Pyongyang

David Cameron: North Korea nuclear strike could hit UK

David Cameron provoked surprise today when he claimed that North Korea now possessed the capability to launch a nuclear strike against Britain.

HMS Vengeance departs for Devonport before its 2012 refit

Lib Dems hit back as David Cameron pours scorn on their opposition to £25bn plan to renew Trident nuclear weapons system

The Liberal Democrats hit back at David Cameron today after he poured scorn on their opposition to the £25bn plan to renew Britain's Trident nuclear weapons system.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a news conference in Andorra

You've gone too far, UN chief tells North Korea

Ban Ki-Moon urges restraint as Pyongyang announces plan to reopen nuclear reactor

South Korea warn of retaliation against North's aggression

Kim Jong-un announced a 'state of war' over the weekend

Kim Jong-un watches a live ammunition firing drill by the Jangjae Islet Defence Detachment and the Mu Islet Hero Defence Detachment

North Korea nuclear threat: Kim Jong-un personally supervises drone attack on simulated South Korea target

Drone strike successfully shot down a target mimicking a South Korean cruise missile, according to state media

Last month, North Korea launched its third nuclear test.

US to boost missile defences as North Korean nuclear threat grows

$1 billion move follows increasingly aggressive rhetoric from the secretive regime 

Pyongyang metro station

North Korea: ‘If the US has nuclear weapons, why can’t we?’

North Korea’s nuclear test drew international censure. But Pyongyang rejoiced, says Andrew MacLeod, in a rare dispatch from the pariah state

North Korean soldiers carry out combat training in a picture released yesterday by the North Korean Central News Agency

North Korea cancels non-aggression pact with South as UN votes for new sanctions over missile tests

Pyongyang defied existing sanctions to conduct a nuclear test last month to provoke the US

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