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 A protester with placard of US president Joe Biden and South Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol, during a rally to denounce policies of the United States on North Korea near the presidential office in Seoul. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

The White House is braced for a North Korean missile or nuclear test while Joe Biden is on a trip to South Korea and Japan, which begins on Friday. T(...)

World Health Organisation secretary general Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said Covid-19 cases rose in four out of six regions of the world last week. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

Cases of unexplained hepatitis have risen to at least 429 in 22 countries, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The number of countries(...)

North Korea’s emergency epidemic prevention headquarters reported 269,510 more people with  symptoms, bringing the total to 1.48 million. Photograph: STR/KCNA/KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea has mobilised its military to distribute Covid medications and deployed more than 10,000 health workers to help trace potential patients,&(...)

A photo released by the official North Korean Central News Agency shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (centre) inspecting a pharmacy in Pyongyang, North Korea, on May 15th. Photograph: KCNA/EPA

Leader Kim Jong-un has ordered North Korea’s military to stabilise distribution of Covid-19 medicine in the capital, Pyongyang, in the fight against (...)

A former customs guard hut at the Border near Newry. In polls, almost 80 per cent of respondents in the Republic say they would not accept higher taxes to pay for a united Ireland. In the North, just 25 per cent say they would pay higher taxes as a price for Irish unity. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Next March, if anyone could be bothered, we might mark the 50th anniversary of the Border poll. It was held in 1973. And it showed Northern Ireland to(...)

North Korean health workers spray disinfectant inside the Pyongyang Department Store No. 1  in Pyongyang on December 28th, 2020. File photograph: AFP via Getty Images

North Korea has confirmed its first coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic and imposed lockdowns of cities, as health experts warned about (...)

Incoming White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre responds to questions from members of the media at the White House on Thursday. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

US president Joe Biden has named Karine Jean-Pierre as the next White House press secretary – the first black woman and openly LGBT person to serve in(...)

Employees spray disinfectant and wipe surfaces as part of preventative measures against  Covid-19  at a children’s department store in Pyongyang on March 18th. Photograph:  Kim Won-jin/AFP via Getty Images

North Koreans have been warned that “not even a tiny crack or mistake is allowed when it comes to emergency quarantining”, as the country persists wit(...)

 People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast a North Korean missile test. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward the sea off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea and Japan said, about a week after Pyongyang vowed (...)

Vladimir Putin presenting flowers to Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of State broadcaster RT, in 2019. Photograph: Evgenia Novozhenina/AFP

Ireland has been ranked sixth in a new press freedom index published by Reporters without Borders, but the international non-profit group has warned o(...)

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