South Korean soldiers ride on an armored vehicle along a road in the border county of Yeoncheon on Saturday afternoon. Top aides to the leaders of North and South Korea will meet at the Panmunjom truce village straddling their border on Saturday, the South said, raising hopes for an end to a standoff that put the two sides on the brink of armed conflict. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Top aides to the leaders of North and South Korea will meet at the Panmunjom truce village straddling their border on Saturday, the South said, raisi(...)

A South Korean military installation is seen at a field training camp in the border county of Yeoncheon. South Korea fired dozens of shells across the border into North Korea in retaliation for an apparent rocket attack, Seoul’s defence ministry said. Photograph: Yonhapyonhap/AFP/Getty

South Korea has fired artillery rounds towards North Korea after its neighbour fired a projectile towards a South Korean loudspeaker that had been bla(...)

Men in traditional outfits repeat the process of ringing a bell for photographers, which was done to mark the new time zone during a ceremony in Pyongyang, North Korea. Photograph: AP/Dita Alangkara 0:50

North Korea has switched to a new time zone, turning its clocks back by 30 minutes to mark its liberation from the Japanese at the end of the second W(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at the Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs Cemetery in Pyongyang. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images 0:50

North Korea is creating its own time zone, moving its clocks back by 30 minutes to mark the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese rule,(...)

Kim Jong-un  inspects a newly built terminal of Pyongyang International Airport. Photograph: Rodong Sinmun/EPA

Designer shirts, duty free watches and cosmetics, and chocolate fondue will soon await visitors to North Korea, according to photos of Pyongyang’s new(...)

 A parched and cracked rice paddy in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea. North Korea has been hit by what it describes as its worst drought in a century, which could worsen chronic food shortages in a country where the United Nations says almost a third of children under five are stunted because of poor nutrition. Photograph: EPA/Yonhap South Korea

North Korea has been hit by what it describes as its worst drought in a century, which could worsen chronic food shortages in a country where the Unit(...)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday his plan to go to North Korea this week to visit an industrial complex had been scrapped after Pyongyang retracted its earlier approval, calling the decision “deeply regrettable”.  Photograph: EPA

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday his plan to go to North Korea this week to visit an industrial complex had been scrapped after Pyon(...)

A man watches a TV news program reporting that North Korean people’s armed forces minister Hyon Yong Chol was killed by anti-aircraft gunfire. Photograph: Lee Jin-man/AP 0:55

The minister of the People’s Armed Forces in North Korea was recently executed as a “traitor” for showing disrespect for its top leader, Kim Jong Un, (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd right) inspecting a newly built Wonsan Baby Home and Orphanage in Wonsan in Kangwon province. Since taking over North Korea’s leadership after the death of his father Kim Jong Il in 2011, Kim has removed key members of the old guard through a series of purges. Photograph: KCNA/AFP/Getty Images

South Korea’s spy agency says that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the execution of 15 senior officials this year who were accused of challeng(...)

A construction site in Qingdao in China’s Shandong province: Premier Li Keqiang has urged local officials to  avoid bureaucratic delays on infrastructure projects. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

It’s all about infrastructure spending in Asia at the moment, with many economies in the region expanding their investment in transport, communication(...)