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British runner wins North Korea half-marathon

A 30-year-old runner from Stafford has won a half-marathon held in North Korea's capital Pyongyang, after it was opened to foreigners for the first time.

Briton Will Marks won a half-marathon in North Korea's capital Pyongyang, which was opened to foreigners for the first time
Briton Will Marks won a half-marathon in North Korea's capital Pyongyang, which was opened to foreigners for the first time Credit: AP

Will Marks, who lives in Shanghai, completed the race in 1 hour 23 minutes, and was among about 150 foreign runners to compete in front of 70,000 onlookers.

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Mr Marks stayed in North Korea for three nights before the race on Sunday, but was not allowed to move around the city unaccompanied.

Officials checked participants' running gear several days before the race, and also made sure that hairstyles matched new guidelines that require all men to have short back and sides like President Kim Jong-Un.

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'Unknown' drone crashes on South Korean island

Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps during a training drill with US Marines. Credit: Reuters

An unmanned drone crashed on a South Korean island near the disputed maritime border with North Korea, South Korean news agency Yonhap has reported.

The drone fell on Baeknyeong island on Monday when North Korea fired hundreds of artillery rounds in seas close to a disputed maritime line, triggering a similar show of strength from South Korea in response.

The nationality and purpose of the drone were not disclosed, although Yonhap reported that the South Korean military was looking into any possible link to North Korea's espionage operations.

More: Call for calm as North & South Korea exchange fire

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Call for calm as North & South Korea exchange fire

China has called for calm and restraint on the Korean peninsula after North Korea and South Korea exchanged fire today.

Assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throw smoke bombs today in a US-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang Credit: Reuters

North Korea fired more than 500 shots during a military exercise near a disputed maritime border with the South, prompting the South to fire back more than 300 shots, South Korea's Defence Ministry said.

South Korea believes the North was testing the South's determination to defend its sea border, the Ministry said.

South Korea : No 'land or military units' targeted

South Korea has returned fire into North Korean waters after shells from a North live-fire drill fell into the rivals' disputed western sea boundary.

People living on a front-line South Korean island said they were evacuated to shelters during the exchange.

No shells from either side were fired at any land or military installations, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

More: Forces exchange gunfire during North Korea 'drill'

Forces exchange gunfire during North Korea 'drill'

South Korean marines returned fire after a North Korean artillery shell fell in South Korean territorial waters, Reuters and regional media have reported.

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(URGENT) N. Korea's artillery shells fall south of NLL, South fires in response http://t.co/t0a8RZKJ7Q

Artillery shells appeared to have landed in the water north of one of the populated South Korean islands off the west coast of the peninsula but it was not clear whether they fell in South Korean territorial waters, YTN news television said.

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(URGENT) S. Korea evacuates border island residents amid NK live-fire drill http://t.co/2CmxD904Au

More: North Korea issues 'No Sail' warning ahead of live fire exercise

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