An undated photograph made available by the North Korean News Agency KCNA showing leader Kim Jong-un (right) accompanied by his sister, Kim Yo-jong (left), who has  assumed a senior position in the ruling Workers’ Party. Photograph:  EPA/KCNA.

The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has assumed a senior position in the ruling Workers’ Party, state media reported on Thursday, co(...)

North Korea’s ambassador to Russia Kim Hyun-joon with Russia’s president Vladimir Putin after presenting his credentials in Moscow. Mr Putin called for deeper ties with North Korea to improve regional security. Photograph: EPA

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin called yesterday for deeper ties with North Korea to improve regional security, a day after holding talks with a pe(...)

File photograph - A UN resolution is urging that North Korea and its leader be held accountable for alleged crimes against humanity. Photograph: REUTERS/KCNA

A UN committee has approved a resolution that urges the examination of the human rights situation in North Korea. The UN General Assembly’s human righ(...)

Robert Olson chief inspector (centre) with deputy chief inspectors Mark Toland and Debra Kirby, at the press conference marking the publication of the Garda Inspectorate report in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

As the full extent of the resourcing and operational shortcomings dogging the Garda were revealed yesterday, the words of interim Garda Commissione(...)

US citizen Kenneth Bae, accompanied by his sister Terri, speaks to the media during a news conference after he and fellow  prisoner Matthew Todd Miller landed aboard a US air force jet at McChord Field at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Photograph: Anthony Bolante/Reuters

Two Americans freed from North Korea stepped off a plane into the welcoming arms of family yesterday after the surprise involvement of the top-ranking(...)

 Images released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) show Kim Jong Un walking unsassited while attending an event with military commanders in Pyongyang, North Korea, 04 November 2014. Photograph: EPA/KCNA

North Korean media have released pictures of Kim Jon Un that show him walking without the use of a cane.In photos released by the Rodong Sinmun newspa(...)

 Samsung: building production facilities in China.  Photograph: EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

China’s economic growth is showing signs of flagging, but that has not deterred South Korean companies from stepping up their interest in the world’s (...)

South Korea’s spy agency says it has solved the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s six-week public absence. This photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency on October 26th 2014 shows Kim Jong-un inspecting  in Pyongyang. Photograph: KCNA/EPA

South Korea’s spy agency says it has solved the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s six-week public absence, which set off a frenzy of wild s(...)

Jeffrey Fowle is shown in a handout photograph released earlier this year. He was released by North Korea yesterday after being arrested in May for leaving a bible in a sailor’s club. Photograph: Reuters

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released one of three Americans detained in the country taking into consideration “repeated requests” from US preside(...)

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lost two ministers yesterday. And the opposition, scenting blood, is out for more heads. The resignations of trade a(...)