A paramilitary police official stands guard behind a gate at the South Korea embassy in Beijing

Fund-manager to Kim Jong-un’s ousted uncle Jang Song Thaek ‘flees North Korea’

North Korea is facing what could be its most serious defection in 15 years after a man who managed funds for the ousted uncle of leader Kim Jong-un fled the isolated country, South Korean media said on Friday.

World's largest floating vessel - bigger than Empire State Building launches

The world's largest floating vessel 'The Prelude' launches from a dock in South Korea

Tesco under pressure as sales decline in all main markets

Britain's biggest supermarket chain reports a fresh dip in sales in all key markets

LG G Flex: the first curved smartphone to hit European markets

Device has been confirmed for sale in France, though no word on UK yet

A Japanese surveillance plane flies over the disputed islands in the East China Sea, called the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China

US to comply with China over air space dispute

US air carriers are being advised to comply with notification requirements

North Korea parades detained US pensioner Merrill Newman as war criminal

North Korea showcased a US veteran on Saturday who they accuse of killing civilians during the Korean War 60 years ago in a video of the 85-year-old making a full 'confession' and apology as if the battles are still continuing today.

One billion 4G connections expected for 2017

America is currently the largest user of 4G data in terms of sheer numbers, although South Korea had the highest proportion of population signed up

A glasnost moment? Unlikely. The Chinese remember what happened to the Soviets

Could this be the moment when China demonstrates its ability to shake off bad old habits and embrace new ways?

Vladimir Putin is awarded grandmaster rank in taekwondo and given black belt - despite not practising the sport

Russian president now ranks higher than Chuck Norris in South Korean martial art

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un attends a parade of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards and a mass rally in Pyongyang in celebration of the 65th anniversary of North Korea

North Korea 'executes 80 people for watching foreign films'

10,000 people were allegedly forced to attend one of the group executions

Travel agenda

From marathon camps in Morocco and Vienna Art Week to visas and personal shoppers

South Korean band Super Junior will deliver a guest lecture at the Oxford Union on Sunday

South Korea's One Direction: Super Junior's Wembley gig shows K-Pop is on the rise

Boyband Super Junior will address the Oxford Union on their UK visit

South Korean President Park Geun-hye is accompanied by Prince Philip at Horse Guards Parade in London

South Korea refuses to forgive Japan’s wartime atrocities

World Focus: In South Korea a sense of vulnerability bred from past humiliations lies just below the surface

The age of 3D: the new Screen X system

Widescreen, immersive and no funny glasses: Is this the future of 3D cinema?

With cinema-goers clearly willing to pay extra, Kaleem Aftab reports on a new technology with a difference

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