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NKorea fires 3 short-range rockets

NKorea fires 3 short-range rockets

North Korea fired three short-range rockets off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea's Ministry of Defence said, shortly before Pope Francis arrived in Seoul on his first visit to Asia. The rockets were fired from multiple launchers in the North Korean port city of Wonsan and travelled 220 km (135 miles) before landing...

Hamas, NKorea in secret arms deal

Hamas, NKorea in secret arms deal

Hamas militants are attempting to negotiate a new arms deal with North Korea for missiles and communications equipment that will allow them to maintain their offensive against Israel, according to Western security sources. Security officials say the deal between Hamas and North Korea is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and is being handled...

NKorea makes World Cup final!

NKorea makes World Cup final!

This World Cup has been a tournament full of surprises, but the closing days of the tournament nearly prompted the biggest of them all. General consensus says that this evening's final will be a contest between Germany and Argentina for football’s biggest prize. However, according to one YouTube video, yesterday's final will, in fact, be...

NKorea fires 'short-range missiles'

NKorea fires 'short-range missiles'

North Korea has fired two suspected short-range missiles into the sea, South Korea says, in the fourth such test in two weeks. The projectiles were launched from a western province into waters east of the Korean peninsula in the early hours of Wednesday, officials said. The move follows a recent visit by the Chinese president...

SKorea, China set for North talks

SKorea, China set for North talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in South Korea for a two-day visit set to focus on North Korea. It is the first time a Chinese leader has visited Seoul before Pyongyang, and comes amid cooler China-North Korea ties. China is traditionally seen as North Korea's biggest trading ally and the nation most able to...

NKorea test-fires more missiles

NKorea test-fires more missiles

North Korea has fired two more short-range rockets into the sea, the latest in a series of recent missile tests. The rockets were fired off the east coast and flew about 180km (110 miles), South Korean military officials said. The move comes as the Chinese president prepares to visit South Korea, with whom the North...

N Korea to put US men on trial

N Korea to put US men on trial

North Korea says it will put two detained US men on trial, accusing them of "committing hostile acts". Matthew Miller and Jeffrey Fowle had been investigated and would be brought before a court, the state news agency KCNA reported. It said that suspicions about the two men had been confirmed by evidence and the pair's...

N Korea claims to have tested precision guided missile

N Korea claims to have tested precision guided missile

North Korea claims to have successfully tested a new precision guided missile, at the same time as its army threatens a "devastating" retaliation against South Korea for carrying out live fire drills near their maritime border, reports The Guardian. The launch was watched by the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, according to the North's...

US demotes Thailand and Qatar for abysmal human trafficking records

The US has signalled its mounting concern over modern-day slavery in Thailand and Qatar after it downgraded both countries on its human trafficking watchlist following revelations of appalling maltreatment of migrant workers. Thailand was relegated to the lowest rank in the state department's Trafficking in Persons (TiP) report – meaning it is now considered no better than North Korea, Iran or Saudi Arabia in the way it treats workers and protects them from abuse. Qatar was demoted to a watchlist...

S Korea troops in shootout with killer soldier

S Korea troops in shootout with killer soldier

South Korean troops are engaged in a shootout with a soldier who shot dead five colleagues and fled his post near North Korea's border, reports say. The conscript soldier exchanged gunfire with troops seeking to capture him near a school in the border town of Goseong, Gangwon province, Yonhap reported. It is not clear why...

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