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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.  The leaders in Moscow and Pyongyang appear to have much in the way of common cause. Photograph: Reuters

Russia and North Korea have announced that they will deepen economic and political ties under the banner of a “year of friendship” – a development tha(...)

North Korean workers bow before  statues of the President Kim Il Sung and the General Secretary Kim Jung Il at the Mansudae Grand Monument in Pyongyang, North Korea

I am travelling to Pyongyang in July and I am thinking of going via Dalian in China and then by rail. Can you please give me any further informatio(...)

Graham Coxon, Alex James, Damon Albarn and Dave Rowntree at the Golden Phoenix restaurant, in Chinatown, London, after announcing their new album. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Blur have announced that they will release their first album together in 16 years next month. The band made the surprise announcement on their Faceboo(...)

North Korea demanded $10 billion (€8.8 billion) in cash and half a million tons of food in 2009 as a precondition of holding a summit with the South, according to former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak. Photograph: Kcna/Reuters

North Korea demanded $10 billion (€8.8 billion) in cash and half a million tons of food in 2009 as a precondition of holding a summit with the South, (...)

South Korean soldiers walk past barbed wire entanglements at the demilitarised zone seperating South and North Korea. A Pyongyang foreign ministry spokesman said the fresh round of sanctions would not weaken North Korea’s 1.2 million-strong army. Photograph: Reuters/Lee Jae-Won

North Korea has responded angrily to tighter US sanctions over the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, with Pyongyang saying it had n(...)

 North Korea has expressed fury over the Sony Pictures Entertainment comedy The Interview, which depicts the fictional assassination of leader Kim Jong Un.  Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

North Korea has issued a furious statement against the United States for imposing sanctions against its government figures and defence industry for th(...)

US president Barack Obama enjoys a dessert with his daughter Malia (R) at Island Snow in Kailua, Hawaii on Thursday during his Christmas break. The US has announced sanctions against North Korea in response to its suspected role in the hacking of Sony. Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters.

The United States has imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea in its first public act of retribution for a crippling cyber attack against Sony. The new(...)

File photo of the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. (KHNP) run Wolsong Nuclear Power Plant in Gyeongju, South Korea. Photograoh: Jean Chung/Bloomberg

Computer systems at South Korea’s nuclear plant operator have been hacked, but only non-critical data has been lost and there is no risk to the safety(...)

Sony Entertainment’s  Michael Lynton: insisted  it had “not caved” to hackers who crippled the company. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

Sony Pictures still wants and intends to release its controversial film The Interview, possibly via YouTube. As US president Barack Obama again expre(...)

George Clooney’s email said “We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty.” Photograph: Tal Cohen/EPA

The saga that led to Sony Pictures pulling its movie The Interview hasn’t just made a mockery of the stories Hollywood tells us about itself: it ha(...)

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