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

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 15:05

Adding to its list of insults hurled against significant leaders from rival countries, the `hermit kingdom` country of North Korea has called on Wednesday called US Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw."

Pope Francis urges Korean reconciliation, reaches out to China

Last Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014, 11:24

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

Last Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014, 16:15

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

Last Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014, 11:22

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

Last Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014, 13:06

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

Last Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014, 12:48

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`

Last Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014, 11:25

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

Last Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014, 09:46

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

Last Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014, 08:30

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

Last Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 14:10

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

Last Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 08:50

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

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 18:53

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.