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North and South Korea to reunite families separated by war 70 years ago, Seoul announces

North and South Korea have agreed to reunite families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War. The temporary reunions will take place at North Korea’s Diamond Mountain resort from 20 to 26 August, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said. The countries will each send 100 participants to the reunions, it added. Read more Those with …

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Defence secretary says he is ‘not aware’ of any steps North Korea has taken to denuclearise

Defence Secretary James Mattis said he is “not aware” of North Korea taking action to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme after Donald Trump met with Kim Jong-un earlier this month. The Singapore summit on 12 June resulted in a vaguely worded agreement which critics have said did not fully define what …

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Japanese officials issue apology on national TV over worker who left desk 3 minutes early to buy lunch

Japanese officials have apologised in a televised news conference after it emerged a civil servant occasionally took his lunch break three minutes early.   The unnamed 64-year-old, an employee at the waterworks bureau in the city of Kobe, was docked half a day’s pay over the “habitual” slipping away from his desk just …

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Xi Jinping pledges unwavering Chinese support for North Korea as Kim Jong-un makes third Beijing visit of 2018

Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, has promised unwavering support for North Korea during Kim Jong-un’s visit to Beijing, a week after his historic meeting with Donald Trump. Mr Kim is in China for a two-day visit and will likely discuss the historic summit in Singapore, when he became the first of the Kim …

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‘It feels like home’: How safe spaces are being created for traumatised women and girls in Rohingya refugee camps

Aid workers have for months been warning of the devastation that would be caused when the monsoon rains arrive at the sprawling camps housing more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. When the downpour finally came, it was worse than anyone feared. In just four days, Cox’s Bazar received two-thirds …

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