And finally… leap of faith

A former gymnast has reportedly defected from North Korea to the south by vaulting a three-metre high border fence.

South Korean media said officials who found and detained the man were so astonished they asked him twice to show his jumping skills.

The man, who has not been named, is in his 20s and is now applying for asylum in South Korea, The Telegraph reports.

Border officials are continuing to investigate how one of the most heavily guarded crossings in the world was so easily overcome.

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