The Chinese have always made the crossing: historically for trade, more recently for tourism. In May 2013, the North Korean city of Sinuiju opened up to westerners for the first time.
“I don’t hide behind the title ‘journalist’ any more,” says Tetiana Chornovol. “My investigative reporting is just one of the weapons I use in my battle against Yanukovych and his clan.”
Nadia Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina, who were released from prison less than two months ago, say they were arrested in Sochi with a group of activists and journalists.
South Africa's gold mining industry has suffered a number of setbacks in recent years. Repeated union strikes have resulted in bloody clashes between workers and police. Economic pressure has increased after a recent fall in the price of gold.
Why are international sporting events so dangerous for construction workers?
The regime that Washington created in the South, the “good” Korea, was set up and run largely by those who had collaborated with Japan and America.
Syrian peace talks are promising, but much will need to be agreed (and a few Gordian Knots sliced) before there can be a lasting peace.
A UN report released today has found that progress made towards reducing poverty is at risk of being reversed because of widening inequality and a failure to strengthen women's rights.
Were millions in the region wrong to believe they deserved better?
The Aipac lobby group is famed for its ability to move bills, spike nominations and keep legislators in line – but is its influence waning?
How would you react if you discovered your music was being used to aid interrogations?
We won’t stand aside as this violence is inflicted on girls in the UK and around the world. Britain is now the world’s biggest supporter of activity to end female genital mutilation.
The Great War’s greatest legacy is uncertainty and a never-ending search for meaning.
A US apology will not bring back the thousands of dead Iraqis, but at least it will amount to an acceptance of moral responsibility.
British commentators have been dismissing Scandinavian culture and politics using selective statistics and un-contextualised observations. But from smart young people to art and happiness: the qualities of Nordic life are well established.
He crushed his opposition and has nothing to show for it but a country that's falling apart.
The problem isn't just in Afghanistan. 30 per cent of woman suffer violence from an intimate partner, but globally laws do little to protect women at home.
In Aberdeen, outside a takeaway called The Gurkha Kitchen, I met a Bhutanese refugee called Landless. Landless was eager to talk.
We must believe these women when they tell us they would never have left their home, their family, their country, if they had a choice, and we must demonstrate this belief by telling our government that they must not be locked up.
No self-respecting person on the left should endorse anti-establishment positions that are in reality just cloaked anti-Semitism.
Dieudonné is no Bernard Manning or Frankie Boyle, whose humour is purposelessly offensive. In recent years, he has set out on a political mission to provoke the French state and test the limits of French law.
The former US Secretary of Defense on what the president never knew.
Michael Butler was a man with a mission in life, not simply a diplomatic mission on his CV.
A new film following Mitt Romney from his failed first presidential bid in 2007-8 to his doomed candidacy in 2012 may not be political dynamite, but it is an oddly compelling portrait of a very awkward man.
250 million school-age children worldwide can't read, write or do a basic maths sum. 130 million of these children are enrolled in school. So what's going wrong?
The aim is to create a movement similar to the United Democratic Front that fought the apartheid government.
The plebiscite amounts to a tacit endorsement for the military-installed government that has launched a crackdown on Morsi and his Islamist party, the Muslim Brotherhood.
For more than half of his time in prison, Marita Maharaj's husband Kris was on death row. His sentence was commuted in 2002, but he still faces life imprisonment.
This is the place to which the Beloved is committed.
Global inequality in numbers.