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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: agreed he  would become the first North Korean leader to visit Seoul before 2018 was out. Photograph:  KCNA via KNS/AFP/Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may still make a historic first visit to Seoul this year but only if stalled denuclearisation talks with the US resume(...)

Alex Younger, chief of the Secret Intelligence Service  –  known as MI6 –  at the University of St Andrews on Monday in Scotland. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/Getty Images

The head of the UK’s secret service, Alex Younger, signalled security concerns over the Chinese telecoms group Huawei in a rare speech that underlined(...)

 A South Korean train transports dozens of officials on rails which lead to North Korea. Photograph:  Kim Hong-Ji

South Korea has sent trains across the world’s most heavily militarised border into North Korea for the first time in a decade. It’s part of a mission(...)

Former US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley was critical of President Trump’s performance in office.

US president Donald Trump’s claims about criminals in the migrant “caravan” attempting to cross the US-Mexico border is similar to 19th century slurs (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un leads the testing of a newly developed tactical weapon, in this undated photo released on November 16th. Photograph: North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency

North Korea’s leader publicly inspected a new weapon for the first time in nearly a year, state media reported on Friday, while Pyongyang also decide(...)

US president Donald Trump meeting Russian president Vladimir Putin in July 2018: Moscow says US move is a dangerous step that may spur a new arms race. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Arms control will likely top the fraught agenda when Vladimir Putin meets US president Donald Trump for talks in Paris in November. Russia has slamm(...)

 US rapper Kanye West (C) speaks to members of the press during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, DC. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

US rapper Kanye West has effusively praised president Donald Trump in an expletive-ridden speech in the Oval Office. West made the speech as he atte(...)

Children wait to receive food rations in Sana’a, Yemen. War-torn Yemen is one of six countries identified in a new report as having ‘alarming’ levels of hunger. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/ EPA

Hunger is a persistent threat to the lives of almost 70 million forcibly displaced people across the globe – the highest number since records began, a(...)

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo before a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Monday. Photograph: Andy Wong/Pool via Reuters

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi accused the US of making a direct attack on the relationship between the world’s two biggest economies as secretary (...)

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: “I hope that both sides can contribute their wisdom and at least avoid a so-called disorderly Brexit.”

Japan would welcome Britain to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal “with open arms”, said prime minister Shinzo Abe, as he urged compromise to av(...)

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