A Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) controller sits next to the company’s games console. The company’s network has been interrupted for a  third day due to an apparent hacking attack. Photograph: Bloomberg

Sony’s PlayStation network remains down for a third day although the company said on Saturday morning in a tweet that its PS4, PS3, and Vita network s(...)

President Barack Obama said the Sony hacking was an “act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately”. Photograph: New York Times

US president Barack Obama does not consider the cyber attack on Sony to be an act of war, he said in an interview, remarks apparently aimed at limitin(...)

A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theatre during the premiere of the film The Interview in LA, California on December 11th, 2014. Photograph: Reuters/Kevork Djansezian 2:30

The New York premiere of The Interview, a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jong Un, has been cancelled after(...)

 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(...)

Gimpo, South Korea: The government plans to  increase spending to spur job creation by 7.6 per cent. photograph: seong joon-cho/bloomberg

As South Korea’s economy continues to stutter, finance minister Choi Kyung-hwan is anxious that the country could end up in a similar situation to Jap(...)

US citizen Matthew Todd Miller (C) standing trial at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North korea, 10 days ago. Photograph:  EPA/KCNA South Korea handout. 1:05

Matthew Miller, an American held in North Korea since April for “hostile acts”, began a six-year hard labour sentence today that he said involved f(...)

Pope Francis is seen on a large screen as he speaks during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Seven Irish Columban priests will be among 124 Catholic missionaries who will be beatified by Pope Francis next Saturday during his visit to South Kor(...)

Japan’s defence move

Shinzo Abe’s decision to accept advice from a panel of experts that Japan could participate in collective self-defence by fighting to protect allied c(...)

A  South Korean naval vessel in the sea off Daecheongdo, an island near the border with North Korea,  today. Photograph: Hong Hae-in/Yonhap/Reuters

An unmanned drone crashed on a South Korean island near a disputed maritime border with North Korea, a South Korean defence ministry official s(...)

In this handout provided by South Korean Unification Ministry, Lee Duk-Haeng (right), the head of South Korea’s working-level delegation to family reunion and his North Korean counterpart Park Yong-Il (left) exchange agreement documents after their meeting in Panmunjom, North Korea.  Photograph: South Korean Unification Ministry/Getty Images

North and South Korea agreed today to allow some families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War to hold brief reunions, despite a campaign by Pyongyang (...)