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South Korea’s senior unification ministry official and head of working-level delegation Chun Hae-Sung (right) shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Kim Song-Hye (left) during their meeting at Freedom House in Panmunjom, South Korea today. The sides  have agreed to hold working-level talks to prepare for a Cabinet-level meeting between the two divided countries. Photograph: South Korean Unification Miniatry via Getty Images

North and South Korea have agreed to hold a minister-level meeting on Wednesday as the two sides seek limited rapprochement following ratcheted-up (...)

Syrian government troops backed by Hizbullah guerrillas seized the western village of Buwayda today, extinguishing final rebel resistance around the t(...)

South Korean military vehicles yesterday  on the Grand Unification Bridge 
leading to 
 North Korea, south of the demilitarized zone
 separating  North from South Korea. Photograph: Reuters

In a further sign of easing tensions on the Korean peninsula, North Korea said it would reopen a Red Cross hotline with South Korea and invited offici(...)

Samantha Power has been nominated by US president Barack Obama to be the new US ambassador to the UN. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

In brief remarks after being announced as US president Barack Obama’s choice as next US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power recalled comi(...)

Workers engaged in a safety upgrading stand beside a spent fuel pool at the No 5 reactor building at Chubu Electric Power Co’s Hamaoka nuclear power station in Omaezaki, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan.  Photograph: Reuters

‘There is no such thing as a ‘pro-nuclear environmentalist’,” says the US-based lobby group Beyond Nuclear. “Environmentalists don’t support extractiv(...)

President Barack Obama has named Samantha Power to replace outgoing US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

United States president Barack Obama yesterday named Dublin-born former White House aide Samantha Poweras the next US ambassador to the United Nations(...)

Forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad carry their national flag as they walk along a street in Qusair. Photograph: Reuters

Syrian forces and their Hezbollah militant allies seized control of the border town of Qusair today, dealing a strategic defeat to rebel fighters bat(...)

A boy looks at the drawings on a wall in Raqqa province, east Syria, June 4, 2013. The drawing reads ’ Homs is bleeding’. Photograph:Nour Kelze /Reuters

France said today it was certain that the nerve agent sarin has been used in Syria on several occasions following tests it has carried out on samples (...)

Responding to criticism from the Irish Rugby Football Union that the ban would affect the funding of sporting events, Minister of State for Trade and Development Joe Costello said the Government had to break the link between sport and alcohol promotion. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

New legislation banning drink sponsorship of sporting events was required because sport cannot be “so intimately related to drinking”, Minister of Sta(...)

Two near certainties about university life: your bike will get stolen at least once and you will get repeatedly drunk during your time there. It’s the(...)

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