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The scene at the Rana Plaza building collapse in Savar, Bangladesh, earlier today, where rescue workers have almost no hope of finding any more survivors. Photograph: Sajid Hossain/Reuters

Two western retailers have promised to compensate families of garment workers killed while making clothes for the retailers in a Bangladesh f(...)

Pae Jun Ho, who entered North Korea’s Rason city on November 3rd as a tourist, will face judgment in the supreme court in Pyongyang. Photograph: AP Photo

North Korea said it will hand down a verdict on a detained American citizen accused of crimes against the state, the communist country’s offici(...)

People walk next to a vehicle damaged by what residents say was a missile fired from the Syrian rebels in the town of Hermel in Bekaa this week. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Turkey said today that any use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would “take the crisis to another level”, but remained c(...)

US and South Korean marines participate in a joint landing operation drill in Pohang, about 370 kmsoutheast of Seoul, April 26, 2013. Photograph: Lee Jae-Won /Reuters

South Korea will pull out all remaining workers from a jointly run industrial zone in North Korea, it said on today, after Pyongyang rejected (...)

Salam Fayyad (left) with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, who accepted his resignation this month as prime minister of the Palestinian Authority. Photograph: David Silverman/Getty Images

On April 13th, Palestinian Authority prime minister Salam Fayyad resigned. It was an easy development to miss, but not one to be ignored. It wa(...)

RCMP Chief Superintendent Jennifer Strachan (R), Assistant Commissioner James Malizia (C) and Chief Superintendent Gaeten Courchesne (L) speak during a news conference in Toronto, Ontario, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Two men charged in Canada with plotting an attack on a passenger train appeared in separate courts today while Iran reacted angrily to police a(...)

A man passes near Serbian flags in northern part of the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica. Photograph:
Hazir Reka/Reuters

The EU says Serbia and Kosovo have “some hours left” to make a fundamental breakthrough in relations, after the latest marathon round of talks (...)

Iraqi Sunni Muslims take part in an anti-government demonstration in Falluja, 50 km (31 miles) west of Baghdad, earlier this month. Photograph: Mohanned Faisal/Reuters

The United Nations on has called on Iraq to suspend use of the death penalty after authorities executed 21 people on the same day following th(...)

People take cover from an afternoon rain storm in downtown Harare, Zimbabwe. Photograph: Pete Muller/The New York Times

Zimbabwe’s government has withdrawn its request to the United Nations for election funding because the organisation insisted on meeting civic g(...)

Kim Jong-il is never mentioned by name in James Church’s books but his influence as “the central” is everywhere in them. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

In the murky world of North Korean politics, you find heroes in the strangest places. One such figure is Inspector O, a mysterious North(...)

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