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Germany ends spy pact with US and UK after Snowden

<b>Germany has cancelled a Cold War-era pact with the US and Britain in response to revelations about electronic surveillance operations.</b><p>Details of snooping programmes involving the transatlantic allies have been leaked to the media by former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden.<p>The revelations have …

Israel and Syria exchange fire in the Golan Heights

A cross-border exchange of fire in the Golan Heights between the Israeli and Syrian armies early on Tuesday triggered a claim by the Damascus regime …

S. Korean exit from N. Korea industrial complex may boost tensions

Pyongyang may be using the shutdown of the Kaesong complex to pressure Washington to the negotiating table.<p>BEIJING – South Korea's announced removal of its last managers at a North Korean factory complex ends a significant venture the two nations had built together to normalize relations and make …

Obama on North Korea: We must deal with 'every contingency'

North Korea probably lacks the ability to deliver nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles but the United States must be prepared for “every contingency out there,” President Obama said in an exclusive TODAY interview recorded just before the Boston Marathon explosions.<p>“Based on our current …

US military helicopter crashes near North Korea

A US military helicopter crashed near the North Korean border on Tuesday, as Pyongyang continued its verbal offensive by threatening to launch “powerful sledge-hammer blows” against Seoul.<p>The helicopter – which was carrying 21 members of the US military - crashed onto a military shooting range in …

North Korea: 'We cannot continue this charade,' warns John Kerry

John Kerry has ruled out “artificial talks” with North Korea, saying that only “real steps” towards disarmament could defuse the crisis in East Asia.<p>The US secretary of state signalled his reluctance to reopen negotiations with North Korea after weeks of inflammatory rhetoric and open threats of …

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Military expenditure falls - but Russia and China buck trend

Military expenditure fell in the West but rose significantly in emerging regions such Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, a survey has found.<p><b>China</b> and <b>Russia</b> were the major countries to buck the trend of a worldwide decrease in defence outlays, the first for 14 years. They increased spending …

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North Korea: Kerry presses for talks

John Kerry, the US secretary of state, pressed his message of potential dialogue with North Korea as he wrapped up his diplomatic tour in Japan, …

North Korea marks birthday of Kim Il-sung

Kim il-sung's birthday is traditionally marked by national celebrations<p><b>North Korea has marked the 101st anniversary of the birth of founding father Kim Il-sung as tensions continue over the country's nuclear programme.</b><p>Leader Kim Jong-un visited the mausoleum of his grandfather and his father Kim …

Kerry on NKorea: US Would Not Rule Out Talks, But Only If Denuclearization Steps Taken

Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Tokyo today for the last leg of his Asia trip, reiterating the Obama administration's pledge to seek a …

North Korea dismisses offer of talks as John Kerry urges dialogue

North Korea has dismissed the South's proposal to resolve tensions through dialogue, describing it as "a crafty trick" to disguise Seoul's …

North Korea Says Tokyo Is Target No. 1

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>"North Korea warned Japan Friday that Tokyo would be the first target in the event of a war on the …

North Korea: US urges China to rein in Pyongyang

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/969000/969365_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524638679_6b93f4a6ce3e91f29ef879eeef46c180<p><b>The US says it is urging China to use all its leverage to help rein in North Korea's "destabilising" actions.</b><p>US Secretary of State John Kerry is in …

North Korea: US and Seoul brace for missile test

The US and South Korean combined forces command in the South has stepped up surveillance of the North and added intelligence staff as the region …

South Korea Bracing for North Korean Missile Test 'Anytime Soon'

The South Korean military is on high alert today preparing for North Korea's possible mid-range missile test "anytime soon," while Pyongyang seeks to …

North Korea behind hacking attack in March, claims Seoul

North Korea was behind the cyber attack in March that wiped hard drives on more than 30,000 PCs in TV stations and disrupted banks in south Korea, a …

Iran Wasted No Time Capitalizing On North Korean Nuclear Brinksmanship

What's happening in North Korea is a warning to the West about the spread of nuclear technology — and an inspiration to Iran.<p>Carol J. Williams of the L.A. Times writes:<p>[W]ith threats of nuclear annihilation emanating daily from North Korea, <b>the international community's latitude for making a</b> …

Report: China may be shutting down some tourism into North Korea

The official tourism board in Dandong, China, a common transit point into North Korea, will not allow Chinese tourists to enter the country as of Wednesday, according to the North Korea-focused news site NKNews.<p><b>Update:</b> Malcolm Moore of the U.K. Telegraph reports on Twitter, "Dandong tourism bureau …

North Korea to 'launch missile TODAY' after warning foreigners to evacuate South as thousands stage war dance of death

• Thousands of North Koreans danced in honour of Kim Jony-Il on Tuesday<br>• Pyongyang told foreigners and tourists to leave South Korea<br>• North Korea said the …

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North Korea Warns Foreigners In South Korea To Evacuate, But Many Are Staying Put

North Korea has intensified threats of conflict against South Korea yet again by telling foreigners to evacuate the South as war is …

N. Korea urges foreigners in S. Korea to evacuate

BEIJING – North Korea threatened "thermo-nuclear war" on Tuesday as it warned foreigners to leave South Korea to avoid harm in the event of war.<p>The threat came on a day when the North also closed a joint industrial zone that had remained the only functioning example of cross-border cooperation with …

North Koreans fail to report for work at Kaesong

North Korean workers have failed to show at the Kaesong joint industrial zone, one day after Pyongyang said it was withdrawing labour and suspending operations at the complex.<p>"As of now, no North Korean workers have reported to work this morning," said a spokesman for the South's Unification …

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