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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a white horse to climb Mount Paektu, North Korea. Photograph: Korea News Service/AP.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un mounted a white horse in an evocative propaganda stunt as his own deadline for US movement on nuclear talks is nearing(...)

 A handout photo made available by the Korea Football Association shows players from South Korea (white) and North Korea (red) in action during the Fifa World Cup qualifying game in Pyongang. Photograph: EPA

Long-time foes North and South Korea played a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, their first football match in the North in 30 years, but no fans were al(...)

  South Korea has an estimated 30,000 dolmens, and North Korea half that again, accounting for a combined 40 per cent of the world’s total. Photograph: Korean Culture and Information Service

Maybe everyone knew this already, and if so I apologise for my ignorance, but at a reception to mark its national day this week, I was astounded to le(...)

Recurring issue: a newspaper in Kampala carries a report on Eritrean footballers who disappeared from a hotel they were staying in the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations in 2012. Photograph: Isaac Kasamani/AFP/Getty

Five members of Eritrea’s under-20s football team have disappeared in Uganda, making them the latest of dozens of football players who have used tourn(...)

‘New-type SLBM Pukguksong-3’ in waters off Wonsan Bay of the East Sea of Korea. Photograph: KCNA via KNS/AFP

North Korea has confirmed it tested a new submarine-launched ballistic missile, calling it a “significant achievement” in its efforts to contain exter(...)

As usual at the UN general assembly, the most significant moments will occur not in the cavernous chamber itself, where leaders will deliver scripted remarks to a sparse audience, but in the hundreds of sideline meetings and chance encounters where the real business is often done. Photograph: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

The United Nations has faced many challenges since its foundation in 1945, but never have so many of its most powerful members set themselves so force(...)

President Donald Trump and his former national security adviser John Bolton: Bolton’s departure was welcomed by many Trump allies who feared he could lead America into further conflict. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

This week Donald Trump returned to the top of the news agenda with a bang as he ousted national security adviser John Bolton. Bolton’s departure was(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks during an Oval Office announcement  at the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has defended his decision to part ways with national security adviser John Bolton, telling reporters that the hawkish defenc(...)

Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton was a fierce opponent of the plan for the remaining US troops to leave Afghanistan  by the end of the year. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Donald Trump’s abrupt dismissal of John Bolton, his national security adviser, may reflect the near breakdown in personal relations between the two me(...)

John Bolton says he offered to resign as national security adviser after US  president Donald Trump informed him that his services were no longer needed. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has fired John Bolton as national security adviser after months of tension over policy towards Iran and North Korea, saying (...)

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