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South Korean soldier 'on the run' after shooting

A South Korean soldier has reportedly gone on the run after killing five comrades at the border with North Korea, the Associated Press has reported.

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

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North Korea detains and 'investigates' US tourist

A North Korean soldier aims his rifle at a Chinese tourist boat as he and other soldiers stand guard on the banks of Yalu River. Credit: Reuters

North Korean authorities have said that they are investigating an American who entered the country as a tourist on the 29th April for violating the country's laws, Reuters has reported.

The US citizen had "conducted activities inappropriate for the purpose of his visit on tourism", the North's official KCNA news agency said. It gave no other details.

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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North Korea brands Obama a 'monkey' in racist diatribe

The White House has condemned a racist attack by North Korea on US President Barack Obama as "ugly and disrespectful".

US President Barack Obama Credit: Reuters

Korea Central News Agency, the mouthpiece of the North Korean regime, released the offensive comments in two propaganda pieces on May 2, which unlike most of its content, was not translated into English.

One description of the President read: "The lifeless eyes in his dark face, the empty holes of his nose, the thick swollen lips, the coarse hair and sticky out ears; the closer you look at him you realise that he has exactly the face of a monkey living in the primeval forests of Africa."

Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said: "While the North Korean government-controlled media are distinguished by their histrionics, these comments are particularly ugly and disrespectful."

US State Department 'aware' of tourist detention

The US State Department has said it is aware of reports that a US citizen had been detained in North Korea and it was in touch with the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang on the issue.

"We are of course aware of the reports that a US citizen was detained in North Korea," a US State Department spokeswoman told a regular news briefing.

"We don't have additional information to share at this time. We have been in touch with the Embassy of Sweden about these reports."

The United States has no diplomatic relations with North Korea and the interests of its citizens in the country are represented by Sweden.

US tourist held in North Korea for 'rash behaviour'

North Korea says it detained a 24-year-old American tourist earlier this month for "a gross violation of its legal order".

Miller Matthew Todd was detained on April 10, according to the North Korea news agency following "rash behaviour in the course of going through formalities for entry into the DPRK to tour it."

The news agency said Todd had a tourist visa for the DPRK, but tore it to pieces and shouted that he had come "to the DPRK after choosing it as a shelter."

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