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Italian designer forced to ditch fur

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North Korea hands over remains of British pilot

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World No 1 Lee Westwood is growing increasingly weary with being asked about his failure to win a first major title and said in Seoul yesterday the question was getting on his nerves.

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Seoul joins 'sacred' volcano research

Scientists from South and North Korea could conduct joint research into an active volcano extolled in the North as the sacred birthplace of Kim Jong-il.

North Korea warns South of nuclear war

South Korean and US troops began military drills yesterday, as North Korea warned that the exercises could trigger a nuclear war on the divided peninsula.

South Korea troops mobilised after record snow

The heaviest snowfall in a century has brought cities on South Korea's east coast to a standstill.

Korean military exercise escalates bitter war of words

North and South Korea beat the drums of war yesterday, each threatening the other with swift retaliation if attacked.

Seoul warning on eve of war games

South Korea has vowed to "completely punish" North Korea if it attacks again, and has mobilised hundreds of troops, tanks and helicopters for a massive military exercise.

War crimes court investigates North Korea

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said today his office was starting a preliminary examination of possible war crimes by North Korea.

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