News North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (left) inspects the command of Korean People's Army. The country's Defence Commission has sent an open letter to South Korea calling for an end to

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Steve Batchelor celebrates Great Britain's win over West Germany

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North Korea escalates rhetoric against South

North Korea sharply escalated the rhetoric against its southern rival, claiming it would soon conduct “special actions” that would reduce South Korea's conservative government to ashes within minutes.

North Korea threatens 'unprecedented' action against the South

North Korea's military vowed today to launch unspecified "special actions" soon meant to reduce South Korea's conservative government and media companies "to ashes" in less that four minutes, in an escalation of its recent threats. 

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North Korea today threatened to launch "merciless" strikes against South Korea over its planned live-fire drills near their disputed sea border.

The new supreme leader, Kim Jong-un

No change in policy, warns North Korea despite new leader

North Korea warned the world there would be no softening of its position toward South Korea's government after Kim Jong Il's death as Pyongyang strengthened his son and heir's authority with a new title: Great Leader.

Weapons with stars on top

South Korea will allow Christian groups to light two more Christmas tree-shaped towers near its tense border with North Korea despite strong opposition from Pyongyang.

North Koreans found on boat in South's waters 

Twenty-one North Koreans were found in a boat that floated into South Korean waters earlier this week in the Yellow Sea, the largest such arrival in nine months.

No more sleeping in the cheap seats

Airport hotels are reinventing themselves with style, services and prices that tempt passengers to stay longer

Pyonyang seizes Seoul's assets in jointly run resort after shooting

Pyongyang has upped the ante in its tense relations with South Korea by seizing the assets of a jointly run resort that was once a symbol of warming ties.

The Tempest, King's Theatre, Edinburgh<br/>King Lear, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh<br/>Top Girls, Trafalgar Studios, London

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Album: Myung-Whun Chung Seoul Philharmonic, Debussy: La Mer; Ravel: Ma Mère L'Oye, La Valse (Deutsche Grammophon)

This programme of "symphonic sketches" by French Romantics offers a broad platform for the Seoul Philharmonic to demonstrate their impressive grasp of tone and texture.

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