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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(...)

Banners are displayed outside Easington Colliery Club and Institute by former miners on the 20th anniversary of the closure of the colliery. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Just as the funeral proceedings were starting in London, a world away, in the old pit village of Easington Colliery, the former D(...)

President Barack Obama with his national security adviser Tom Donilon.

The US and Russia say they are determined to strengthen co-operation across a range of major issues, despite Washington’s shar(...)

A Chinese border guard tries to stop his picture from being taken as he and his compatriot patrol the Tumen river in China’s Jilin province, across from North Korea. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/ getty images

A container lorry trundles across the bridge from Tumen to North Korea, slowing to allow for speed bumps. At the far side a large portrait of N(...)

An anti-war activist wears coloured glasses bearing a message that reads "Flower instead of gun" during a rally in front of the National assembly in Seoul today. The rally was held to denounce a military exercise between South Korea and the U.S, and called for the U.S. to start peace talks with North Korea. Photograph: Reuters

The BBC has refused to cave in to mounting pressure to drop a documentary about North Korea, despite facing a barrage of criticism and acc(...)

 US secretary of state John Kerry shakes hands with China's premier Li Keqiang during a meeting at the Zhongnanhai compound  in Beijing, yesterday as part of his Asiann tour. Photograph: Getty

US secretary of state John Kerry vowed today that the United States would protect its Asian allies against any provocative acts by North Korea (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry wants China to take a more active stance against North Korea. Photograph:  Paul J. Richards/Reuters

The United States and China have today agreed to make a joint effort to push for the peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, foll(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry gestures before South Korea's foreign minister Yun Byung-se this morning at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. Photograph: Paul J Richards/Reuters

The US will never accept North Korea as a nuclear power and will come to the defence of the South if necessary, secretary of state John Kerry said (...)

Actress and humanitarian campaigner Angelina Jolie speaks at a news conference on sexual violence against women during the G8 meeting in central London today. Photograph: Alastair Grant/Pool/Reuters

Foreign ministers from the G8 group of rich countries condemned "in the strongest possible terms" North Korea's development of nuclear weapons (...)

A container area at Ningbo port, Zhejiang province. China saw a forecast-busting 14.1 per cent year on year surge in imports which eclipsed export growth of 10 per cent, signalling that domestic demand was gathering the steam needed to drive economic recovery. Photograph: Reuters

Brent crude futures have steadied around $106 per barrel after China's total imports surged in March, suggesting that recovery in the world's n(...)

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