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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hasn’t been seen since he attended a concert on September 3rd. Photograph: EPA

The continued absence of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has prompted a rash of rumours about his plight, ranging from a broken ankle to gout to brai(...)

Kim Jong-un’s absence from a ceremony marking the anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea has sparked speculation about his whereabouts. Photograph: Reuters/North Korean News Agency

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un is in firm control of his government but hurt his leg taking part in a military drill, a source with access to the(...)

Undated photograph made available by the North Korean News Agency KCNA  in July showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) accompanied by younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, (left) in Wonsan, Kangwon Province, North Korea.  Photograph: KCNA/EPA

Speculation about the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is mounting after his name was missing from a list of dignitaries celebrating today’s (...)

South Korean Navy soldiers during training near Taean, South Korea. File photograph: Song Kyeong-seok /EPA

A South Korean naval vessel fired a warning salvo at a North Korean patrol boat today near their disputed Yellow Sea border, the site of many deadly c(...)

 North Korea’s National Defense Commission vice chairman Hwang Pyong So, North Korea’s ruling Workers Party secretaries Choe Ryong-Hae, a secretary of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Kim Yang-Gon and South Korean unification minister Ryoo Kihl-Jae attend the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon Asiad Stadium today. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

North Korea sent its highest level delegation to South Korea today and the two sides agreed to reopen dialogue amid a flurry of diplomatic activity wh(...)

US citizen Matthew Todd Miller (C) standing trial at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North korea, 10 days ago. Photograph:  EPA/KCNA South Korea handout.

Matthew Miller, an American held in North Korea since April for “hostile acts”, began a six-year hard labour sentence today that he said involved f(...)

US  citizen Matthew Todd Miller sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang today. Photograph: KCNA/Reuters

North Korea has sentenced US citizen Matthew Todd Miller to six years hard labour for committing “hostile acts” as a tourist to the isolated country.(...)

Kenneth Bae, who  was arrested in North Korea 18 months ago and sentenced to 15 years hard labour for attempting to bring down the state, told CNN he was working eight hours a day, six days a week, and was the only inmate at a prison camp staffed by more than 20 officials, including a doctor. Photograph: Reuters

Three American citizens detained in North Korea have appealed to the US government for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews with US media(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry: “He is like a ferocious wolf pretending to be a benevolent sheep,” said North Korea’s National Defence Commission. Photograph: EPA/Jason Reed

North Korea’s powerful National Defence Commission launched a remarkable tirade against US secretary of state John Kerry yesterday, describing him as (...)

Pope Francis at the celebration of a Mass on the occasion of the closing of the 6th Asian Youth Day in Haemi-myeon, South Korea, yesterday. The pontiff led the beatification ceremony of 124 Korean martyrs. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA.

In words that will resonate in several Asian countries, including China, North Korea and Vietnam, Pope Francis yesterday reached out to communist nat(...)

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