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Smiling Kim Jong Un returns to public eye

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.

Rodong Sinmun newspaper has published new photos of Kim Jong Un for the first time in more than 40 days Credit: RTV

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.

Multiple images of Kim Jong Un show him being supported by a walking stick Credit: RTV

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.

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Kim Jong Un 'makes first public appearance in weeks'

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.

Rumours continue to circulate over Kim Jong Un

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.

North Korea accuses US tourists of 'hostile acts'

The North Korean government says two US tourists detained in the secretive state are guilty of "hostile acts".

Jeffrey Fowle, pictured, has been in custody since May, while Matthew Miller, 24, was reportedly detained in April. Credit: Reuters

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.

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North Korea's Kim Jong Un inspects submarine

Kim Jong Un emerges from the Korean People's Army Naval Unit 167. Credit: Reuters

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.

Kim Jong Un tests out the ship's periscope. Credit: Reuters

They gave him a compulsorily warm welcome.

Kim Jong Un poses with the crew. Credit: Reuters

Officials join grieving families after Pyongyang accident

North Korean officials joined grieving relatives at the site of the building collapse. Credit: AP

North Korean officials have joined bereaved families and residents in mourning those killed when a building collapsed in Pyongyang last week.

Korean state media gave no death toll but said that the accident was "serious". Credit: AP

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".

Hundreds may have been killed in the accident, although the figure is not known Credit: AP

Kim Jong-un 'up all night, feeling painful' over accident

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.

North Korea authorities issued a rare apology over the accident. Credit: Reuters

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.

Rare apology as North Korea apartment block collapses

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".

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