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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 (...)

US president Barack Obama meets with Chinese president Xi Jinping at The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, yesterday. Mr Obama said  he welcomed the “peaceful rise” of China and that, despite inevitable areas of tension, both countries want a cooperative relationship, as he and Chinese President Xi Jinping kicked off two days of meetings. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have begun a two-day informal summit in California. It is the first meeting between 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(...)

Killer robots are seen as the next step on from drones, unmanned aerial vehicles intended initially for surveillance bu adapted for carrying out targeted killings. Pictures is an X-47B pilot-less drone combat aircraft flying over the aircraft carrier, the USS George H. W. Bush. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters.

“Killer robots” that could attack targets autonomously without a human pulling the trigger pose a threat to international stability and should be bann(...)

A North Korean soldier stands guard on the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong. North Korea fired two short-range missiles on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

China has asked North Korea to release a Chinese fishing boat seized by armed North Koreans earlier this month an(...)

South Koreans look at  North Korean territory  at an observation post south of the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong. Photograph: Lee Jong-kun/Reuters

North Korea fired a short-range missile from its east coast today, a day after launching three of these missiles, a South Korean news agency sa(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during a plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang in March. Photograph: KCNA/Reuters

North Korea fired three short-range missiles from its east coast today, South Korea’s Defence Ministry said, but the purpose of the launches wa(...)

A man looking at a Nazi flag from a display in the National Maritime Museum in Dún Laoghaire.
Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Bratacha festival of flags and emblems, which takes place in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, this weekend includes a Nazi swastika flag on public displa(...)

US Navy  amphibious assault ship USS Boxer. Naval exercises off the Korean peninsula are giving rise to more tensions in the region. Photograph: AP Photo/US Navy, Dominique M Lasco

North Korea threatened the United States and South Korea over the latest round of joint naval drills taking place this week in Yellow Sea water(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) visits the Turf Institute of the Bioengineering Branch under the State Academy of Sciences in Pyongyang. North Korea has taken two Musudan missiles off launch-ready status and moved them from their position on the country’s east coast, US officials have said. Photograph: Reuters

North Korea has taken two Musudan missiles off launch-ready status and moved them from their position on the country’s east coast, US officials(...)

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