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'Nut rage' Korean Air heiress accused of child abuse by husband

Feb 21, 2019 - 7:34 PM

The husband, surnamed Park, is suing Cho Hyun-ah 'for child abuse and inflicting of bodily injury, among other things'

NEW ACCUSATION. In this file photo, former Korean Air executive Cho Hyun-Ah is surrounded by journalists after she received a suspended jail sentence and was freed by a Seoul appeals court in Seoul on May 22, 2015, after she had been jailed for a year in February for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nuts. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

U.N. allows North Koreans to travel to Vietnam

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:26 AM

Vietnam asks for an exemption for senior North Korean officials who are on a UN sanctions blacklist to be allowed to attend the February 27-28 summit in Hanoi

A Vietnamese woman walks past a billboard for the upcoming second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Hanoi on February 20, 2019.  Nhac NGUYEN / AFP

'Pyongyang not the enemy': South Koreans fed up with military service

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:04 PM

Almost all able-bodied South Korean men are obliged to fulfill sentry duties, often in remote locations along the heavily militarized border.

This picture taken on January 14, 2019 shows South Korean soldiers (R) checking new military conscripts during an induction ceremony at the army training centre in Nonsan. US President Donald Trump is due to meet the North's Kim Jong Un in Hanoi for a high-profile summit to make progress on denuclearisation of the peninsula, and a possible peace treaty. If that happens, the future of the South's controversial conscription system -- which forces recruits to serve for months in often remote locations along the militarised border -- will likely be up for debate.  Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Trump in 'no rush' to push North Korea to denuclearize

Feb 20, 2019 - 11:13 AM

On their second summit, Trump says, 'I think that North Korea and Chairman Kim have some very positive things in mind and we'll soon find out, but I'm in no rush'

SUMMIT #1. File photo of the first summit between US President Donald Trump (right) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Kim-dergarten: Vietnam's N. Korea nursery pines for Supreme Leader

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:48 AM

'Jal gaseyo!' the kids chant – goodbye in Korean – at the school where portraits of communist leaders past – Kim Il-sung, his son Kim Jong-il and Vietnam's revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh – hang on the wall

KIM-DERGARTEN. Vietnamese children perform in front of the portraits of the late North Korean leader, Kim Il Sung (left) and Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh at the Vietnam-North Korea Friendship Kindergarten in Hanoi on February 19, 2019. Photo bt Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Speculation swirls over Kim's travel plans for Hanoi summit

Feb 19, 2019 - 2:38 PM

(UPDATED) Washington and Pyongyang have dispatched several teams to Vietnam ahead of the summit in Hanoi on February 27-28, though officials have remained tight-lipped on their movements and meetings

KIM HYOK CHOL. Man understood to be North Korean negotiator Kim Hyok Chol (center, blue tie) after walking off an Air Koryo flight from Pyongyang, at Beijing international airport on February 19, 2019. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

North Koreans pay tribute to Kim's father in freezing cold

Feb 16, 2019 - 1:34 PM

Kim Jong Il officially remains as the enternal general secretary of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea

Rescue of 200 dogs destined for slaughterhouse begins in South Korea

Feb 14, 2019 - 11:53 AM

About one million dogs are eaten a year in South Korea, often as a summertime delicacy, with the greasy red meat – invariably boiled for tenderness – believed to increase energy

Members of the Humane Society International (HSI) carry dogs in crates for transport at a dog farm during a rescue event, involving the closure of the farm organised by the HSI, in Hongseong on February 13, 2019. This farm is a combined dog meat and puppy mill business with almost 200 dogs and puppies on site. HSI provides a solution to help dog meat farmers give up their business as a growing number of South Koreans oppose the cruelty of the dog meat industry.  Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Seoul picked for joint Korean bid to host 2032 Olympics

Feb 12, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Seoul edges out its rival Busan as South Korea's chosen city to host the 2032 Summer Olympics

UNIFIED KOREA. South Korea and North Korea join forces in team sports in the 2018 Asian Games. Rappler Screenshot

Kim-Trump summit a 'remarkable breakthrough' for peace – Moon

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:08 PM

'For us, the era of peace and prosperity on the peninsula has drawn closer,' says President Moon Jae-in in his first comments since the summit was announced

'BREAKTHROUGH.' This handout photo taken on June 12, 2018 and released by The Straits Times shows US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) looking on as documents are exchanged between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd R) and the North Korean leader's sister Kim Yo-jong (2nd L) at a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore. AFP PHOTO / The Straits Times / Kevin LIM

U.S., North Korea to continue summit talks next week – Seoul

Feb 10, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Trump and Kim are due to meet in Hanoi from February 27 to 28 this year following their landmark first summit in Singapore in June 2018

NEXT SUMMIT. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit in June 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

South Korea announces hike in payment for U.S. troops

Feb 10, 2019 - 4:26 PM

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained about the expense of keeping American forces on the peninsula

FOAL EAGLE. This image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (L) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise on March 22, 2017, east of the Korean peninsula, with several other US and Republic of Korea Navy ships and submarines during exercise Foal Eagle 2017. US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper/AFP

U.S., South Korea meet on eve of Trump-Kim II preparatory talks

Feb 04, 2019 - 9:08 PM

A senior South Korean presidential official says 'South Korea and the US have been working well together, and we have high expectations for the meeting between Pyongyang and Washington'

PREPARATION. US envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun (centre R) arrives at Incheon international airport on February 3, 2019. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

U.S. envoy on North Korea in Seoul for Trump-Kim II talks

Feb 03, 2019 - 11:23 PM

He met with his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon and discussed 'pending issues including working-level talks with North Korea'

TRUMP-KIM TALKS. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. intel chiefs at odds with Trump claims on North Korea, ISIS, Iran

Jan 30, 2019 - 8:26 AM

The Coats report also highlights the broad and increasing threat to the United States from China, a point of agreement across the board in the Trump administration

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South Korea in airborne fight against 'Chinese' pollution

Jan 25, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Air quality in South Korea is generally better than in China, its giant neighbor and the world's biggest polluter

AIR POLLUTION. South Korean military conscripts wear face masks to protect themselves against a wave of fine dust that has hit the Korean Peninsula, during their entrance ceremony at the army training centre in Nonsan on January 14, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Kim Jong-nam trial delayed further over witness statement row

Jan 24, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Proceedings in the trial of Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong have moved slowly due to the large number of witnesses and the fact that hearings are held infrequently

TRIAL DELAYED. In this file photo, Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (C) and Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (top C) are escorted by Malaysian police after a special court session to rule on witness statements at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on December 14, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Kim Jong-un expresses 'great satisfaction' over Trump letter

Jan 24, 2019 - 3:39 PM

With the letter, the North Korean is more determined to attend the second Kim-Trump summit set next month

US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have become on June 12 the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet, shake hands and negotiate to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

South Korean prosecutor jailed in #MeToo case

Jan 23, 2019 - 3:55 PM

After suffering in silence for years, a female junior colleague went public and accused Ahn Tae-geun of groping her

Former senior South Korean prosecutor Ahn Tae-geun arrives at the Seoul Central District Court to attend his trial in Seoul on January 23, 2019. Ahn Tae-geun was convicted of abuse of power on January 23 in connection with a high-profile case that triggered the country's #MeToo movement and jailed for two years. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Vietnam 'willing' to host Trump-Kim summit – report

Jan 18, 2019 - 3:47 PM

Vietnam has cropped up in the swirl of rumors and conjecture over a possible site for the meeting, with the capital Hanoi or the coastal city of Danang seemingly the most likely bases for the summit

NEXT SUMMIT. In this file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Top North Korean in Washington to prepare new Trump summit

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:17 AM

(UPDATED) Kim Yong-chol is the first North Korean dignitary in nearly two decades known to have spent the night in the US capital

NEW SUMMIT. This combination of file pictures shows US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice Chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee Kim Yong Chol. File photos by Mandel Ngan and Patrick Semansky/AFP

South Korea taking back trash dumped in PH, Canada's plans still murky

Jan 13, 2019 - 3:40 PM

'Sending the garbage back to its origin is only just, moral, and lawful,' says EcoWaste Coalition

North Korea should take 'bold' steps toward denuclearization – South Korea's Moon

Jan 10, 2019 - 10:03 AM

Moon Jae-in says Kim Jong-un's trip to China this week is a sign a second Trump-Kim summit is 'imminent'

ON DENUCLEARIZATION. In this file photo, South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) walk together during a welcoming ceremony at Pyongyang airport on September 18, 2018. AFP PHOTO/Pyeongyang Press Corps

China's Xi hopes U.S., North Korea will 'meet halfway'

Jan 10, 2019 - 8:29 AM

(3rd UPDATE) President Xi Jinping says China 'supports the DPRK and the United States holding summits and achieving results'

US-NORTH KOREA TALKS. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Factory tour for North Korea's Kim on secretive Beijing visit

Jan 09, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The unannounced trip has been largely shrouded in secrecy. Beyond confirming Kim Jong-un's presence in Beijing, there has been no detail provided from either the North Korean or Chinese side on his schedule.

BEIJING VISIT. This picture taken on April 9, 2018 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 10 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. KCNA VIA KNS/AFP

North Korea's Kim visits China ahead of expected Trump summit

Jan 08, 2019 - 8:03 AM

(UPDATED) The trip is at Xi Jinping's invitation and is set to run until January 10

ANOTHER MEETING. This file photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on May 7, 2018 and released on May 9 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) talking to China's President Xi Jinping (R) during a banquet in the Chinese city of Dalian. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

Azkals, more underdogs trouble Asian football giants

Jan 08, 2019 - 6:50 AM

The Philippine men's football team impresses in its tournament debut as other minnows pull off shockers in the 2019 Asian Cup

KEEPING PACE. Stephan Schrock and the Philippine Azkals give powerhouse South Korea a scare at the start of their campaigns in the 2019 Asian Cup. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Azkals bow to mighty Korea in Asian Cup opener

Jan 07, 2019 - 11:29 PM

Despite the loss, the Philippine Azkals surpass expectations by holding the Asian powerhouse to a scoreless first half

GALLANT STAND. South Korean forward Jaesung Lee heads the ball against an underdog Philippine side that surprisingly put up a fight in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/ AFP

'Asylum-seeking' North Korea envoy from diplomatic family, says defector

Jan 04, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'I worked with Jo in the same department at Pyongyang's foreign ministry for so long but never imagined that he would seek asylum,' says Thae Yong-ho

THAE YONG-HO. Former North Korean deputy ambassador to Britain Thae Yong-ho talks to the media at the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club in Seoul on January 25, 2017. File photo by Ed Jones / AFP

North Korean diplomat seeking asylum in Italy – report

Jan 03, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Jo Song-gil, the acting North Korean ambassador to Rome, has applied for asylum to an unidentified Western country with his family

South Korean forced laborers seek Japanese asset seizure

Jan 02, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The court order comes after Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal displayed an 'inhumane attitude and indifference' with the Supreme Court ruling last October and failed to comply with the provisions

LONE SURVIVOR. Lee Choon-shik (center), a victim of forced labur by Japan during its colonial rule of the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945, sits in the supreme court in Seoul on October 30, 2018.  Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Trump looks forward to new meeting with North Korea's Kim

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:05 AM

Kim Jong Un earlier says that North Korea could take a different approach to nuclear talks if US economic sanctions remain in place

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Garbage from South Korea to be sent back

Jan 02, 2019 - 10:55 AM

(UPDATED) January 9 is the target date for the return of the trash shipment to Pyeongtaek City in South Korea, says a Customs official

REPATRIATION OF GARBAGE. The 51 cases of trash that were misdeclared as 'plastic synthetic flakes' are set to be sent back to South Korea. Photo from Shutterstock

Kim warns North Korea could consider change of tack

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:39 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says the US should stick to its promise and lift the sanctions held against them

TRUMP-KIM TALKS. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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Kim warns North Korea could consider change of tack

Jan 01, 2019 - 9:37 AM

(3rd UPDATE) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says the North may be 'compelled to explore a new path' for defending the country's sovereignty if the US 'remains unchanged' in their stance against sanctions

TRUMP-KIM TALKS. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

North Korea's Kim vows more summits with South next year – Seoul

Dec 30, 2018 - 5:03 PM

(UPDATED) Kim Jong Un 'expressed an intention to meet with Moon frequently in 2019' to pursue peace and 'solve the issue of denuclearizing the peninsula together,' says Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesperson for South Korean President Moon Jae-in

INTER-KOREAN SUMMIT. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) at the Military Demarcation Line. Photo from AFP/Korea Summit Press Pool

Weapons radar row flares up between South Korea and Japan

Dec 28, 2018 - 7:43 PM

Japan claims a South Korean warship aimed its weapons targeting system towards their plane – an allegation South Korea denies

North Korea defectors' details leaked in hacking

Dec 28, 2018 - 6:23 PM

The recent data breach is the first large scale hacking of North Korean defectors' personal information, affecting nearly a thousand

HACKED. About a thousand North Korean defectors are in danger of potential threats from the North after the recent hacking. File photo from Shutterstock

North Korea admits farming failures amid food shortages

Dec 27, 2018 - 2:30 PM

United Nations agencies estimate that 10.3 million people in North Korea are in need of humanitarian assistance

FOOD PRODUCTION. This file photo shows farms and farm houses near the shores of the River Taedong, close to the port of Nampho in South Phyongan Province of North Korea in April 2011. AFP photo

North Korea blasts U.N. resolution on rights abuse

Dec 25, 2018 - 3:33 PM

This comes after the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning the 'systematic, widespread, and gross' human rights violations in isolated North Korea

NORTH KOREA. The North Korean flag is seen past a barbed-wire fenced wall of the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur on March 5, 2017. File photo by Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

South Korea fines BMW $10 million over engine fires

Dec 24, 2018 - 2:12 PM

BMW vehicles bursting into flames made headlines in South Korea earlier this year, with local media reporting more than 40 cases in 2018

Japan rebukes South Korea for weapons radar lock on war plane

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Ties between Japan and South Korea remain icy for decades due to the legacy of Japan's brutal 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean peninsula

North Korea says denuclearization depends on removal of U.S. threat

Dec 20, 2018 - 7:51 PM

North Korea urges the United States to give up the 'delusion' of forcing the country to give up its nuclear arsenal 'unilaterally' through 'pressure and coercion'

US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have become on June 12 the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet, shake hands and negotiate to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

K-pop's BTS 'worth $3.6 billion a year' to South Korea

Dec 18, 2018 - 5:46 PM

The boyband's contribution to their country's economy is worth 26 mid-size companies

NATIONAL TREASURES. BTS is expected to generate an economic value in the trillions if they maintain their popularity. Photo from Facebook.com/bangtan.official

U.N. condemns North Korean human rights violations

Dec 18, 2018 - 4:53 PM

The non-binding resolution, which passes by consensus without a vote, welcomes diplomatic efforts to end the crisis on the Korean peninsula

The North Korean flag is seen past a barbed-wire fenced wall of the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur on March 5, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

North Korea warns U.S. sanctions may 'block path to denuclearization'

Dec 17, 2018 - 9:29 AM

North Korea's warning on Sunday, December 16, comes days after the US said it was imposing sanctions on 3 senior North Korean officials over human rights abuses

DENUCLEARIZATION. US President Donald Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP. Kim Jong-un file photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

2018: Trump's year of disruption – and danger ahead

Dec 16, 2018 - 2:00 PM

From trampling near-sacred allies like Canada to trying to make good with rival Russia and enemy North Korea, Donald Trump's foreign policy shook up the world