Koreas to resume family reunions

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North and South Korea have agreed to resume family reunions that were called off by the North two years ago, the two sides have announced in a statement.

The reunions, begun in 2000, were shelved amid worsening relations, but talks on the issue resumed this week.

Red Cross officials from both countries reached agreement after three days of talks at the Mount Kumgang resort in North Korea - where the family reunions are to be held from 26 September to 1 October.

The families will be allowed to stay for a few days, spending time and sharing meals together, before returning to their homes.

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