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There are now fears the country is on the brink of civil war ‘along ethnic lines’

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

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 

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North Korea vows to launch 'pre-emptive nuclear strike' against US as United Nations votes for new sanctions over missile tests

Just last month a North Korean official has threatened South Korea with “final destruction” during a debate at the UN Conference on Disarmament

North Korea nuclear test: UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned as “deplorable” North Korea's nuclear test today, and UN diplomats said the Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting to discuss the possibility of imposing new sanctions on Pyongyang.

'A violation of UN resolutions': William Hague condemns North Korea nuclear test

Foreign Secretary William Hague “strongly condemned” a nuclear test carried out by North Korea today, calling it a “violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions”.

North Korea plans new nuclear test

The top governing body has warned that the regime will defy the UN by conducting a third nuclear test, and made clear that its rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the US.

Kim Jong-un delivers his speech in Pyongyang yesterday

North Korea raises tensions with plan to carry out new nuclear test aimed at 'sworn enemy' United States

The move, which comes in defiance of a resolution issued by the UN on Tuesday, is likely to once again raise tensions in the region over the North Korean missile program

France yesterday sent more troops and warplanes to Mali and stepped up anti-terror measures at home

Technical fault delays British military plane bound to assist French efforts to halt al-Qa’ida-linked rebels in Mali, just minutes after David Cameron hails its capabilities

Downing Street said UK troops will not engage in combat operations in Mali  but transport planes will provide logistical assistance

Britain to assist French operations in Mali

Britain is to transport foreign troops and equipment to Mali amid efforts to halt an advance by rebels.

US envoys quit Central African Republic as rebels close in

Security concerns deepened in the capital of Central African Republic after the US ambassador and other diplomats were evacuated by plane overnight amid fears rebels could try to take the capital.

Islamist police have been imposing their version of Islam across northern Mali

Islamists tighten their brutal hold on northern Mali

Al-Qa'ida-linked militants step up their campaign of atrocities, raping women and young girls and recruiting boy soldiers

Mali's PM Cheikh Modibo Diarra resigns after army arrest him

Mali's prime minister has presented his resignation on state television, hours after soldiers who led a recent coup arrested him at his home in Bamako.

North Korea considers delaying rocket launch

North Korea may postpone the controversial launch of a long-range rocket that had been slated for liftoff as early as this week, state media said Sunday, as international pressure on Pyongyang to cancel the provocative move intensified.

Uhuru Kenyatta, left, and William Ruto are accused of inciting tribal violence after the last election five years ago

Kenyan presidential contenders face legal fight over 2008 violence

Political allies signed electoral pact in what is seen as an attempt to avoid trial at The Hague

Russia urges North Korea to abandon rocket launch

North Korea says its rockets are used to put satellites into orbit for peaceful purposes

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