Longest railway tunnel in Northeast scooped out

The longest railway tunnel in the north east on the newly constructed Lumding-Silchar broad gauge line in Assam has been scooped out, said Northeast Frontier Railway officials.

South Korea re-joins talks with North over Asian Games

South Korea has re-joined thorny negotiations over North Korea`s participation at next month`s Asian Games after the North agreed to scale down the size of its delegation last week, state media reported on Tuesday.

Chinese satellite detects tunnels in Xinjiang, North Korean borders

Chinese police have detected dozens of cross-border tunnels with the help of a high definition satellite in troubled Muslim-majority Xinjiang province as well as northeast area bordering North Korea.

Asian Games: New talks set as North Korea slashes delegation

North Korea will hold new talks with South Korea about taking part in the Incheon Asian Games after slashing the size of its delegation, a government official said on Friday.

John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw": North Korea

In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on today called US Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw."

North Korea on major sports drive, says Pyongyang official

North Korea hopes to harness the power of sport to raise its image on the world stage through international competitions such as the Olympic Games, and to bolster labour output and national defence by improving its citizens` well-being, the head of a North Korean sports delegation said on Wednesday.

Pope Francis urges Korean reconciliation, reaches out to China

Pope Francis on Monday called for peace and reconciliation on the divided Korean peninsula and sent a further message of goodwill to China, wrapping-up a five day trip to South Korea and the first papal visit to Asia in 15 years.

Pope tells Asia`s communist nations not to fear Christians

Francis made his comments, some of them unscripted, in an address to about 70 bishops from 35 Asian countries gathered in the town of Haeme, south of Seoul, on the next-to-last day of his trip to South Korea.

North Korea threatens `merciless` strike against US-South Korea drill

North Korea warned Sunday of a "merciless" pre-emptive strike as it blasted upcoming joint US-South Korean military exercises as a rehearsal for nuclear war.

Pope warns of `cancer` of despair in South Korea sermon

Pope Francis warned of the "cancer" of despair that afflicts outwardly affluent societies and called on South Korean Catholics to reject "inhuman economic models" at a mass for 45,000 people on Friday on the first papal trip to Asia in 15 years.

Japan imposes asset freeze on North Korean shipping firm

Japan froze the assets of the operator of a North Korean ship seized for smuggling arms, the Foreign Ministry said, just as Tokyo is engaged in talks with Pyongyang to return Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korean agents decades ago.

North Korea says rockets not linked to visit by `so-called pope`

North Korea ridiculed suggestions that it had sought to upstage the visit of the "so-called pope" to South Korea by firing a series of short-range rockets as the pontiff flew into Seoul.

South Korea`s Park urges North Korea to accept talks offer

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye urged North Korea to accept Seoul`s offer for high-level talks, while condemning a recent series of "intolerable" rocket launches by the nuclear-armed neighbour.

Pope Francis meets South Korea ferry disaster relatives at public mass

Pope Francis met relatives of South Korea`s ferry disaster as 45,000 ecstatic people packed into a sports stadium for a mass on the first papal trip to Asia in 15 years.

Dialogue not `displays of force` key to Korean peace: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said dialogue and not "displays of force" would bring peace to the divided Korean peninsula as he began a visit to South Korea that the nuclear-armed North marked with a series of rocket launches.

North Korea fires 3 short-range rockets as pope visits South Korea

North Korea fired three short-range rockets off its east coast, South Korea`s Ministry of Defence said, shortly before Pope Francis arrived in Seoul on his first visit to Asia.

North Korea offers proposal to reduce tensions: Indonesia

North Korea has come up with a "concrete proposal" that could reduce tensions in the region, Indonesia`s foreign minister said Wednesday after talks with his counterpart from the North.

Pope to speak to North Korea`s `church of silence`

Pope Francis will offer prayers for Korean reconciliation in Seoul next week, but they are unlikely to be heard in North Korea which pays lip-service to religious freedom but treats unsanctioned acts of devotion as criminal.

US prepared to increase pressure on North Korea: John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday he was prepared to improve relations with North Korea, but warned of further pressure and isolation if it chose the path of confrontation.

South Korea proposes talks with North on family reunion

South Korea today proposed a fresh round of high-level talks with North Korea to discuss another possible reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

China executes two South Koreans for smuggling drugs from North Korea

China executed on Wednesday two South Koreans convicted of smuggling drugs from North Korea and will soon execute a third, the Yonhap news agency reported, quoting South Korea`s foreign ministry.

North Korea FM visits Vietnam to expand ties

North Korea`s foreign minister held talks in Vietnam today in a visit to a fellow communist country as part of efforts to break the North`s diplomatic isolation.

Investigating two Canadians suspected of threatening national security: China

China is investigating a Canadian couple who ran a coffee shop on the Chinese border with North Korea for the suspected theft of military and intelligence information and for threatening national security, China`s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

Japan`s security fears grow as neighbours build up arms

Japan finds itself surrounded by a worsening security environment as North Korea pushes forward with missile development and China and Russia step up military activity in the region, Japan`s Defence Ministry said.

Two US tourists held in North Korea seek US help: Report

Two American citizens facing trial in North Korea called for help from the US government to secure their release from what they feared could be lengthy prison terms, a news report said.

North Korea turns to UN over US-South Korea war games

North Korea is asking the UN Security Council to hold an urgent session to discuss upcoming US-South Korean joint military exercises that Pyongyang described as a threat to peace.

Two Americans detained in North Korea seek US help

Two American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea said on Friday that they expect to be tried soon and pleaded for help from the US government to secure their release from what they say could be long prison terms.

US missionary jailed in North Korea feels "abandoned": Paper

A US missionary imprisoned in North Korea since 2012 has said he feels abandoned by his government and has appealed again for help in securing his release, a pro-North Korea newspaper reported on Thursday.

US sanctions two North Korean shipping companies

The US government has imposed sanctions on two North Korean shipping companies for their attempt to import arms and related material from Cuba last year.

North Korea fires four short-range `projectiles`

North Korea fired four short-range projectiles towards the sea Wednesday in the latest of a series of missile, rocket and artillery tests, the South`s defence ministry said.