It is believed that Kim Jong Un has been found in the eastern city of Wonsan amid speculation that his health is failing.
Conjecture over Kim has grown since his conspicuous no-show at April 15 celebrations for the birthday of his grandfather Kim Il Sung, the North's founder – the most important day in the country's political calendar.
Rumours have been circulating about the health status of North Korea's leader, who was last seen in public on April 11 and was not in attendance for the country's most important holiday.
The governing Democratic Party and a satellite party it created to win proportional representative seats combined to win 180 seats in the 300-seat National Assembly, election officials said with vote-counting nearly complete.
Analysts say South Korea's relatively quick and effective handling of the coronavirus epidemic was a boon for the incumbent government ahead of the vote, largely seen as a referendum on its performance.
A barrage of North Korean missiles fired from both the ground and fighter jets splashed down on the waters off the country’s east coast, a show of force on the eve of a key state anniversary in the north and elections in the rival south.
Meanwhile, the Russian parliament strengthened punishment for lockdown violations, introducing heavy fines and prison terms of up to seven years in cases when a breach results in deaths.
In Africa, authorities claim they have been "spared by God" or have simply been saved by the low volume of air traffic to their countries. However, some fear it is simply a lack of testing.
The UN’s most powerful body has been meeting by video because of Covid-19, which has hit New York City, where the UN has its headquarters, exceedingly hard.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the international community must remain united in urging North Korea to return to nuclear talks and in continuing to apply pressure on its nuclear and missile programs.
The string of weapons drills come as a prolonged hiatus in disarmament talks with the United States drags on, and despite recent overtures from Washington offering help to contain the pandemic.
The US trails far behind other countries that prioritise humanity over politics.
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