North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made his first public appearance in more than 40 days, with a visit to a new housing development.
The 31-year-old has not appeared in public since attending a concert with his wife on September 3 - missing an important political anniversary on Friday as well as a recent session of the country's parliament.
His absence fuelled speculation of ill-health or possible political turbulence in the secretive country, but today the country's official newspaper Rodong Sinmun, printed multiple photos of a smiling Kim standing with the apparent aid of a walking stick.
Last week a source with access to the North's leadership told reporters that Kim was in firm control of the country but had hurt his leg taking part in a military drill.
Today's newspaper report did not say when the visit had been made, or refer to Kim's unusually lengthy absence from public view.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made his first public appearance in several weeks, state media has reported.
The 31-year-old's prolonged absence from public view had fuelled speculation over his health as well as his grip on power in the secretive nation.
Kim was shown visiting a newly-built residential district and a scientific establishment, according to the report.
A pattern of non-appearances has raised concerns about the where-abouts, and well-being, of North Korea's dictator, Kim Jong-Un.
Explanations have ranged from diet and too much Swiss cheese, to a straight-forward coup.
He's not been seen in public for more than 5 weeks and today he failed to appear at a major national event.
It could all have an impact on relations with China, his longtime ally and supporter.
ITV News China correspondent Lucy Watson reports.
The North Korean government says two US tourists detained in the secretive state are guilty of "hostile acts".
Matthew Miller, 24, was reportedly detained in April of this year, while 56-year-old Jeffrey Fowle has been in custody since mid-May.
"Their hostile acts were confirmed by evidence and their own testimonies," said the official KCNA news agency.
Another American citizen, Christian missionary Kenneth Bae, arrested in November 2012, was convicted of crimes against the state and sentenced to 15 years' hard labour last year.
North Korea is set to try two US citizens for "crimes against the state", according to the country's state news agency, KCNA.
The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been taking a tour around a naval submarine.
Photographs show him testing equipment, dispensing advice, and meeting the crew.
They gave him a compulsorily warm welcome.
North Korean officials have joined bereaved families and residents in mourning those killed when a building collapsed in Pyongyang last week.
The country's government today offered a rare public apology over the accident, saying the construction of the apartment "was not done properly" and officials "supervised and controlled it in an irresponsible manner".
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reportedly suffered deep anguish over a building collapse in Pyongang that left many dead, according to the country's state media.
The Korean Central News Agency said Kim "sat up all night, feeling painful after being told about the accident", South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.
A North Korean official added that the leader "instructed leading officials of the party, state and the army to rush to the scene, putting aside all other affairs".
The number of casualties in the accident has not been revealed, although officials in Seoul believe it could be "considerable", Yonhap said.
"In North Korea, it is common that people move into a new apartment even before the construction is completed. About 92 households may have been living in the apartment," a South Korean government official said.
An apartment building under construction in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang has collapsed, causing an unknown number of casualties, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.
The incident was marked by a rare apology from senior officials, as "the construction of an apartment house was not done properly, and officials supervised and controlled it in an irresponsible manner".
Complaints from the North Korean embassy against a hair salon's poster poking fun at their leader's unusual hairstyle has reached the corridors of power in Whitehall.
The Foreign Office has confirmed it received a letter this week complaining about the picture of Kim Jong-Un which was displayed in M&M hair Academy's window in South Ealing.
The advert said: "Bad Hair Day? 15% off all gent cuts through the month of April."
Staff at the west London salon were confronted by two men claiming to be North Korean officials over the marketing stunt earlier this month.