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Castro meets North Korea minister amid hope Cuba can defuse tensions

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HAVANA Cuban President Raul Castro met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Friday amid hopes the Communist-run island might be able to convince its Asian ally to avert a showdown with the United States.

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North Korea's wounded defector 'nice guy' - surgeon 24 Nov 2017

SEOUL North Korea's latest defector, a young soldier known only by his family name Oh, is a quiet, pleasant man who has nightmares about being returned to the North, his surgeon said on Thursday. | Video

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France's Le Drian says China is 'well placed to push' North Korea to talks 24 Nov 2017

BEIJING China has leverage to persuade North Korea to go back to talks over its nuclear ambitions, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday, after meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

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Russia takes Tokyo to task over defence alliance with Washington 24 Nov 2017

MOSCOW Russia is concerned that Japan is allowing Washington to use its territory as a base for a U.S. military build-up in north Asia under the pretext of countering North Korea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

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Border without doctors? South Koreans urge more funding for trauma care after defector drama 24 Nov 2017

SEOUL A defector’s treatment for critical injuries suffered during a dramatic dash from North Korea has highlighted a shortage of South Korean trauma doctors and again underscored Seoul's lack of preparedness in the event of hostilities with Pyongyang. | Video

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Border without doctors? South Koreans urge more funding for trauma care after defector drama 24 Nov 2017

SEOUL A defector’s treatment for critical injuries suffered during a dramatic dash from North Korea has highlighted a shortage of South Korean trauma doctors and again underscored Seoul's lack of preparedness in the event of hostilities with Pyongyang. | Video

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North Korea replaces soldiers, South Korea awards medals after defector's border dash 24 Nov 2017

SEOUL North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier defected last week, while South Korean and U.S. soldiers have been decorated for their role in the defector's rescue.

UPDATE 1-N.Korea replaces soldiers, S.Korea awards medals after defector's border dash 24 Nov 2017

* Six S.Korean, U.S. soldiers awarded medals after defector rescue

N.Korea sacks soldiers, S.Korea awards medals after defector's border dash 24 Nov 2017

SEOUL, Nov 24 North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier staged a daring defection last week, while South Korean and U.S. soldiers have been decorated for their role in his rescue.

Men found at northern Japan marina say they are from North Korea - police 24 Nov 2017

TOKYO Police in northern Japan have found eight men near a boat at a seaside marina who said they were from North Korea, and appear to be fishermen whose vessel ran into trouble, rather than defectors, a police official said on Friday.