Koreas agree to allow family reunions to resume after lull

North and South Korea agreed yesterday to allow reunions next month of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, the first such meetings in three years and the latest conciliatory gesture from the North after a spring that saw it threaten Seoul with missile strikes and nuclear war.

Shin Dong-hyuk, a former inmate and North Korean defector, attends the UN hearing at Yonsei University in Seoul

A life of torture, starvation and executions: Inside North Korea’s horrifyingly cruel prison camps

United Nations expert panel in Seoul hears harrowing evidence from former inmates

North Korea agrees to reunion talks after Kaeseong Accord

Families separated by the Korean War due to be reunited at North Korean holiday resort, against backdrop of joint US and South Korean military exercises

Chun Doo-hwan has so far only returned a quarter of the $200m

Payback time: South Korea is pursuing the ill-gotten gains of its last – and most despised – dictator, 25 years after he left office

The nation democratised almost immediately after Chun Doo-hwan left office

Samsung’s factory in Campinas, where staff work to precise rules

Samsung faces £70m damages claim over conditions

Samsung, the electronics giant, has been accused of “serious” labour violations at a huge factory in the Amazon rainforest and is facing a claim for £70m in damages.

North and South Korea hold talks on reopening joint factory park in Kaesong

North and South Korea have moved closer to reopening a jointly run industrial park, raising hopes for an improvement in ties between rivals that in the spring were threatening to go to war.

North and South Korea close to reopening Kaesong factory park

North and South Korea today moved closer to reopening a jointly run factory park, raising hopes for an improvement in ties between rivals that were trading war threats this spring.

Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover, left, believes rowing may have already missed out

Rowing: We lack 2012 Olympic legacy, says gold medallist Helen Glover

Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover has admitted rowing may have missed out on the chance to capitalise on success at London 2012.

North Korea to lift factory ban as tensions ease with South

North Korea is to lift a ban on operations at a jointly run factory park, which has been closed since Pyongyang withdrew its 53,000 workers in April amid tensions with the South.

North Korean defector to return home in protest

Escapee is prepare to risk execution to expose South Korean discrimination

Stacy Lewis shows off the Open trophy after her triumph

Indefatigable Stacy Lewis storms to Open glory with late run

American refuses to be blown off course by high winds and comes from behind for second major

House passes Iran sanctions bill to slash oil exports

The House of Representatives easily passed a bill on Wednesday to tighten sanctions on Iran, showing a strong message to Tehran over its disputed nuclear program days before President-elect Hassan Rouhani is sworn in.

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It's yet to happen, but when it does, surely the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take some beating for a strange place to play the most prestigious sporting tournament in the world. Temperatures during the summer reach 50 degrees and the tiny alcohol restricted state will have to find some way to accommodate beer swilling fans from around the world.

Premier League chief Richard Scudamore wary of waging legal battle over winter World Cup

Moving the Qatar tournament would have a huge knock-on effect for domestic leagues

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Demand soars for private jets

San Francisco plane crash: Asiana Airlines will sue KTVU after TV station 'used racially offensive names' for the pilots

The airline claims that the incident seriously damaged Asiana's reputation

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