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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Riots act as wake-up call for London's torch-bearers

Our Olympics correspondent, Alan Hubbard, provides a personal perspective on capital's travails after witnessing unrest before the Games in Mexico City and Seoul

Landslides and flooding kill 32 after heavy rain in South Korea

Torrential rain battered the South Korean capital Seoul and surrounding regions yesterday, causing dozens of landslides and flash floods that killed at least 32 people.

Four missing after group suicide bid

Four people were missing yesterday and one was in hospital after they jumped into a rain-swollen river in an apparent group suicide attempt conceived online.

Army mistakes passenger jet for North Korean plane

A passenger jet was shot at yesterday by South Korean troops who mistook it for a North Korean military aircraft.

Italian designer forced to ditch fur

South Korea is forcing Italian fashion house Fendi to leave fur off the catwalk of its largest show in Asia due to protests.

North Korea hands over remains of British pilot

The remains of a British pilot shot down during the Korean War have been handed over, the government said yesterday.

Rumford makes all the running as Westwood fails to close gap

Australian Brett Rumford left world No 1 Lee Westwood trailing in his wake en route to a three-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Ballantine's Championship in Seoul.

Major question 'getting on nerves' of Westwood after return to top

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.

South Korean farmer 'hid $10m in garlic field'

A farmer has been arrested after about $10m (£6.1m) in cash was found hidden in a garlic field.

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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