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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".

North Korean gripe over hair advert reaches Whitehall

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 confirmed it received a letter of complaint from the North Korean embassy this week Credit: ITV News

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.


Kim Jong Un 'wins 100% approval' in elections

Kim Jong Un is thought to have scored a resounding victory in the North Korean polls Credit: KCNA/Reuters

Kim Jong Un has received 100% of the vote in the country's parliamentary elections, according to state media.

KCNA news agency says the North Korean leader was elected to the Supreme People's Assembly unanimously by the people of his Mount Paektu constituency on Sunday.

Ballots for each district contained only one name each. The polls are seen by some outside the country as an opportunity for the state to check on any citizens who may have attempted to escape to China or South Korea.

However, the government's news outlet hailed a 100% turnout across the country "except for those on foreign tour or working in oceans".


North Korea's Kim Jong Un votes on 'one-name ballot'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has voted in the election of a deputy to the Supreme People's Assembly.

Kim Jong Un votes Credit: REUTERS/KCNA

North Korean voters are going to polling stations today to elect a new national legislature, but their choices are limited to only one candidate per district.

The vote for the Supreme People's Assembly is the first in five years and the first under leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea celebrates election day

As North Korea heads to the polls, pictures have emerged of jubilant celebrations in the capital, Pyongyang.

Smiles as supporters in full regalia dance to celebrate election day Credit: Korean Central News Agency/AP

Dressed in military uniform, large crowds are seen dancing to lively brass band music.

Hand-clapping forms part of the dance routine Credit: Korean Central News Agency/AP

Today sees the first election in North Korea since 2009 and the first since leader Kim Jong-un came to power.

A North Korean flag is seen above the amassed crowds Credit: Korean Central News Agency/AP

Despite celebrations across the country, the elections are widely regarded to be for show alone.

Flags fly overhead as supporters dance in formation Credit: Korean Central News Agency/AP

The ballot papers for each district contain only one name: the one endorsed by the ruling party.

Rodman apologises for remarks on US missionary

Retired US basketball star Dennis Rodman has apologised for comments he made about an imprisoned US missionary in North Korea, CNN said on Thursday, quoting a statement.

Dennis Rodman is surrounded by journalists Credit: REUTERS/Jason Lee

Rodman appeared to suggest in an interview that Kenneth Bae, rather than the North Korean authorities, was responsible for his incarceration.

"I want to apologise, I take full responsibility," Rodman was quoted as saying, adding that he had been drinking on a stressful day.

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