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A South Korean soldier checks media vehicles  before they go to South's CIQ (Customs, Immigration and Quarantine), just south of the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas. Photograph: Lim Byong-sik/Yonhap/Reuters

North Korea intensified threats of an imminent conflict against the United States and the South today, warning foreigners to evacuate South Korea t(...)

North Korean soldiers with military dogs take part in drills in an unknown location in this unauthenticated picture taken last week and released by North Korea's official KCNA news agency. REUTERS/KCNA RS

Irish NGO Concern has temporarily suspended its aid work in North Korea due to the increasing threat of war. The suspension takes place with im(...)

Approximately 75 per cent of the Irish wholesale electricity demand was met by gas or coal powered plants, according to the Bord Gáis energy index published today. Photograph: Bryan O'Brien/The Irish Times

The Bord Gáis energy index, which measures wholesale energy prices, rose 11 per cent last month as unseasonably high demand coupled with gas su(...)

A South Korean soldier at a military guard post near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas in the border city of Paju at the weekend. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP Photo/Getty

South Korea's Defence Ministry has denied suggestions that a nuclear arms test was imminent in North Korea, saying reported movements around th(...)

South Korean Marine K-55 self-propelled howitzers on positions during an exercise against possible attacks by North Korea near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju. Photograph: Ahn Young-joon/AP

Yes, it’s true - a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. But a “timeout” is also a terrible thing to waste, and as I look at the world today I w(...)

North Korean soldiers with military dogs take part in drills in an unknown location in this picture taken  last week and released by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency. Photograph: Reuters/KCNA

Xi Jinping, the president of North Korea’s last remaining significant ally, has put China forward as an honest broker to defuse regional tensio(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinpin told the annual forum in Boao, on the southern Chinese island province of Hainan, that  protectionism was on the rise internationally. Photograph: Reuters/Alexander F Yuan

China’s new president, Xi Jinping, promised that change and peaceful development would power his country’s economic rise and sustain growth wit(...)

A South Korean soldier patrols a checkpoint on the Grand Unification Bridge, which leads to the demilitarised zone. Photograph: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

China warned against "troublemaking" on its doorstep, in an apparent rebuke to North Korea, and the United States said it was postponing a miss(...)

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un holds up a pistol as he supervises firing drills with the  North Korea People’s Army (KPA), in this still image taken from video footage released by the North's state-run television KRT yesterday

Even some at the Pentagon appeared to feel that the US may have overdone the rhetoric and provoked North Korea as the US trumpeted its annual w(...)

Saying he spoke as a friend, Fidel Castro wrote in Cuban state media that North Korea had shown the world its technical prowess and now it was time to remember its duties to others. Photograph: Marcelino Vazquez/Reuters

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro warned ally North Korea against war yesterday and described the tensions on the Korean peninsula as one of the(...)

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