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Friends, colleagues mourn Sulli's death

Oct 15, 2019 - 10:07 AM

f(x) member Amber, Goo Hara, and other stars remember the singer and actress

K-pop star Sulli found dead

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:17 PM

(UPDATED) The actress debuted as a member of the girl group f(x)

GONE TOO SOON. Sulli, formerly of f(x) is found dead in her home. Photo from Sulli's Instagram

U.S., Japan, South Korea discuss North Korean denuclearization

Oct 09, 2019 - 12:58 PM

US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun holds talks with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts

STEPHEN BIEGUN. In this file photo taken on February 9, 2019, US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun listens to South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha during their meeting at the foreign ministry in Seoul. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea boat collides with Japan sea patrol; 60 crew rescued

Oct 08, 2019 - 7:20 AM

The North Korean ship – believed to illegally fishing in Japanese waters – capsized after the collision, says Japanese the coast guard

This handout photograph received via Jiji Press and released from the Japan Coast Guard on October 7, 2019 shows a Japanese fisheries agency patrol boat at the site of its collision with a North Korean fishing boat in the Sea of Japan, northwest of Noto peninsula, Ishikawa prefecture. A North Korean boat collided with a Japanese fisheries agency patrol vessel in the Sea of Japan on October 7, sending around 20 North Koreans overboard, Japan's coastguard said. Handout / Japan Coast Guard via Jiji Press / AFP

North Korea says no talks unless U.S. stops hostile policies

Oct 06, 2019 - 8:18 PM

(UPDATED) A spokesman says 'the fate of the US-North Korea dialogue is in Washington's hands and the deadline is until the end of this year'

WALKING AWAY FROM TALKS. A woman walks past a television news screen showing file footage of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the truce village of Panmunjom, at a railway station in Seoul on September 10, 2019. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

North Korean, U.S. officials at nuclear talks after latest missile test

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:03 PM

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Lindh says that dialogue is needed to reach 'denuclearization and peaceful solution'

NUCLEAR TALKS. Members of the North Korean delegation arrive to Arlanda airport north of Stockholm on October 3, 2019. AFP photo

Trump says North Korea talks going ahead despite missile test

Oct 04, 2019 - 12:06 AM

'They want to talk and we'll be talking to them,' says US President Donald Trump in his first public reaction to North Korea's announcement of what it calls a 'new phase' in its arsenal

TALKS. US President Donald Trump (R) walks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un during a break in talks at the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 28, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

9 killed as typhoon lashes South Korea

Oct 03, 2019 - 3:26 PM

(UPDATED) The storm hits the southern parts of South Korea, prompting flood warnings and triggering landslides in affected areas

TYPHOON MITAG. Cars are seen inundated by floodwaters from heavy rains caused by Typhoon Mitag in Gangneung on October 3, 2019. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

North Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of nuclear talks

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:53 AM

(UPDATED) Analysts say Pyongyang frequently couples diplomatic overtures with military moves, as a way of maintaining pressure on negotiating partners

This screen grab image taken from North Korean broadcaster KCTV on August 1, 2019 shows a ballistic missile being launched from an unknown location in North Korea early on July 31. Kim "guided a test-fire of newly-developed large-caliber multiple launch guided rocket system on July 31," state-run KCNA said. Handout / KCTV / AFP

North Korea says to hold nuclear talks with U.S.

Oct 01, 2019 - 5:24 PM

(UPDATED) The two sides agreed to have 'preliminary contact' on October 4 and hold negotiations the following day, says North Korea's vice foreign minister Choe Son-hui

RESUMPTION OF TALKS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un talk before a meeting in the Demilitarized Zone on June 30, 2019, in Panmunjeom, Korea.  File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Huge tanker blast sparks fire injuring 12 in South Korea

Sep 28, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Nine of the injured are from South Korea, while the nationality of the others is not yet known

Top Venezuelan gov't official in North Korea – state media

Sep 26, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Diosdado Cabello, the right-hand man of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, is in North Korea leading a 'high-level delegation'

The president of the National Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, gestures during the 1st International Meeting of Workers in solidarity with the Venezuelan Government and people at the Alba Hotel in Caracas, Venezuela, on August 29, 2019. The Russian ambassador to Venezuela, Vladimir Zaemskiy, accused the United States of obstructing with its sanctions an agreement between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition to resolve the political crisis. Matias Delacroix / AFP

BTS member RM donates $83,000 to hearing-impaired students

Sep 21, 2019 - 10:29 AM

To celebrate his birthday, RM donates around 100 million won to the Seoul Samsung School for hearing-impaired students

WINNER is coming back to Manila in 2020

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:17 PM

The K-pop group is making a stop in the country as part of their 'Cross Tour'

WINNER. The K-pop group is headed to Manila as part of their 'Cross Tour'. Photo from Facebook.com/OfficialYGWINNER

Kim Tae-hee, Rain welcome second daughter

Sep 20, 2019 - 10:34 AM

Congratulations to the couple!

PARENTS OF TWO. Rain and Kim Tae-hee welcome their second daughter. Screengrabs from Instagram.com/rain_oppa, and Instagram.com/taehee35

South Korea confirms first swine fever outbreak

Sep 17, 2019 - 11:29 AM

(UPDATED) Seoul's agriculture ministry says 3,950 pigs from 3 farms in Paju are to be culled

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 10, 2018 shows pigs resting in a pen at a pig farm in Yiyang county, in China's central Henan province. - China's pork industry has been left reeling from African swine fever, which has devastated its pig herd, sent pork prices soaring and forced the country to increase imports to satisfy demand -- and analysts warn worse is yet to come. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) / TO GO WITH STORY: China-livestock-animals-pork, FOCUS by Sebastien RICCI

Trump says 'probably not' right time to visit Pyongyang

Sep 17, 2019 - 10:37 AM

'I don't think we're ready for that,' Trump tells reporters when asked about visiting Pyongyang for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

NO REPRISE FOR NOW. File photo of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walking with US President Donald Trump north of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area (JSA) of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) on June 30, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. puts sanctions on North Korea hacking groups behind major thefts

Sep 14, 2019 - 9:18 AM

The 3 groups – Lazarus Group, Bluenoroff and Andariel – are tied to the Reconnaissance General Bureau, Pyongyang's main intelligence bureau

South Korea to file WTO complaint over Japan's export curbs

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:15 PM

South Korea accuses Japan of violating World Trade Organization principles

TRADE WAR. The trade dispute between South Korea and Japan heats up. Photo from Shutterstock

North Korea again tests 'super-large' rocket launcher – state media

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:02 AM

North Korea's state media says its leader Kim Jong Un supervised a fresh test of a 'super-large multiple rocket launcher' system

A man watches a television news screen showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on September 10, 2019. North Korea on September 10 fired projectiles toward the sea, South Korea's military said, hours after Pyongyang said it is willing to hold working-level talks with the United States in late September. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

North Korea fires 'projectiles' after offering talks with U.S.

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:02 AM

No further details are immediately available but these are the latest to be fired since July. Previous launches have been identified as short-range missiles.

TEST FIRE. In this file photo taken on August 16, 2019 and released on August 17 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows the test-firing of a new weapon, presumed to be a short-range ballistic missile, at an undisclosed location. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

South Korean president appoints justice minister despite scandals

Sep 09, 2019 - 3:33 PM

Cho Kuk is appointed to the role by President Moon Jae-in

APPOINTMENT. A man watches a television news screen showing South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaking after appointing law professor Cho Kuk as justice minister, in Seoul on September 9, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

North Korea reports 5 deaths, damage due to Typhoon Lingling

Sep 08, 2019 - 8:24 PM

North Korean state media reports that Kim Jong-un had berated officials for their 'easygoing' attitude to the approaching storm

North Korea names artillery commander as new military chief

Sep 07, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Pak Jong Chon's promotion may suggest a new military focus on weapons development, says a North Korean defector and researcher in Seoul

Cinemalaya winner 'John Denver Trending' heads to Busan International Film Festival 2019

Sep 06, 2019 - 2:07 PM

Cinemalaya 2019's Best Picture winner will be competing at the 24th Busan International Film Festival in October

BTS label to hold global auditions for K-pop girl group

Sep 05, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Big Hit Entertainment is scouting for new members for their upcoming 2021 K-pop girl group – why not give it a shot?

LOOK: South Korean warships on friendly visit to Manila

Sep 02, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The Philippines is set to acquire several new warships from South Korea

South Korean lawmaker grills official nominee for not giving birth

Sep 02, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Jeong Kab-yoon, a 5-time lawmaker from the Liberty Korea Party, sparks an outcry for scolding Joh Sung-wook, an unmarried academic who is in her mid-50s, for not having children

FIGHTING SOUTH KOREAN PATRIARCHY. This picture from June 9, 2018 shows South Korean women staging a monthly protest against secretly-filmed spycam pornography in Seoul. File photo by Jung Hawon/AFP

U.S. penalizes shipping firms said to help N.Korea circumvent U.N. sanctions

Aug 30, 2019 - 10:55 PM

The US Treasury says the companies are helping North Korea with 'illicit ship-to-ship transfers to circumvent United Nations sanctions that restrict the import of petroleum products'

PENALTIES. The US Treasury Department building is seen in Washington, DC, on July 22, 2019. File photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

North Korea solidifies Kim Jong-un's 'monolithic' power

Aug 30, 2019 - 2:07 PM

The Supreme People's Assembly, the North's rubber-stamp parliament, approves a series of constitutional changes to ensure what the legislature's head Choe Ryong-hae called Kim's 'monolithic guidance'

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 12, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a photo session with teachers who volunteered to work at branch schools on islands and schools in forefront line and mountainous areas, in Pyongyang. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. /

Retrials ordered for ex-South Korean leader Park, Samsung heir

Aug 29, 2019 - 3:08 PM

South Korea's Supreme Court sends their cases back for new proceedings, saying that errors had been made in the judgments

PROTEST FOR PARK. Supporters of South Korea's former president Park Geun-hye shout slogans during a protest demanding her release from prison, outside the Supreme Court in Seoul on August 29, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Alden Richards receives Asian Star Prize at Seoul International Drama Awards 2019

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Alden is the latest Filipino actor to receive the award

K-pop star Seungri accused of illicit gambling

Aug 28, 2019 - 3:48 PM

The former BIGBANG member was questioned by police for illicit overseas gambling, the latest step after his retirement in March due to prostitution claims

Trump says 'not happy' about latest North Korea missile test

Aug 25, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe takes the opposite view, saying North Korea's latest missile test was a clear violation of UN rules

BILATERAL MEETING. US President Donald Trump (R) speaks during a bilateral meeting with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Bellevue in Biarritz, France on August 25, 2019, on the second day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

South Korea begins annual war games to defend against Japan

Aug 25, 2019 - 10:54 AM

The 'East Sea territory defence training' aims to solidify the South Korean military's resolve to defend the Dokdo islands and its surrounding areas

North Korea's Kim oversaw test of 'multiple rocket launcher' – KCNA

Aug 25, 2019 - 8:46 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says the 'newly developed' system was a 'great weapon'

ANOTHER TEST. This picture, taken on April 9, 2018, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. File photo from Korean Central News Agency/AFP

PH to buy 2 navy corvettes from South Korea, may receive 2 more

Aug 24, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the South Korean government plans to donate two of its navy’s old corvettes as the Philippines buys two brand new ones from Hyundai Heavy Industries

NAVY CORVETTE. The BRP Conrado Yap, a Pohang-class corvette donated by South Korea, is welcomed in Manila on August 20, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Alternate lives: Korean orphans' quests for answers

Aug 24, 2019 - 12:30 PM

International adoption from South Korea began after the Korean War as a way to remove mixed-race children, born to local mothers and American GI fathers, from a country that emphasized ethnic homogeneity

This picture taken on July 31, 2019 shows Korean-American adoptee Glenn Morey during an interview with AFP at an exhibition hall for his latest film project on adoption in South Korea, Side x Side, in Seoul. International adoption from South Korea began after the Korean War as a way to remove mixed-race children, born to Korean mothers and American GI fathers, from an ethnically homogenous country with widespread racism. More recently the main driver has been babies born to unmarried women, who still face stigmatisation in a patriarchal society. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

North Korea fires 'short-range ballistic missiles' into sea – Seoul

Aug 24, 2019 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) South Korea says its military is 'tracking the movement in the North in case of additional launches, with firm readiness'

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 attending the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un discussed future talks with the US at a party meeting, state media reported on April 10, in his first official mention of dialogue with Washington ahead of a planned summit with President Donald Trump. KCNA VIA KNS / AFP

South Korea says will share military intel with Japan through U.S.

Aug 23, 2019 - 5:50 PM

South Korea will 'actively utilize the trilateral information-sharing channel with the United States as the intermediary' in place of the accord with Japan

TRILATERAL. In this file photo, Korean minister Kim Hyun-chong arrives in Ottawa, Ontario, on October 25, 2018. File photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

Britain, South Korea sign Brexit trade deal

Aug 23, 2019 - 9:41 AM

It is Britain's first post-Brexit trade deal in Asia and follows similar agreements with nations including Chile, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland

Britain's International Trade Secretary Liz Truss leaves 10 Downing street after a cabinet meeting in London on July 25, 2019 Britain's newly installed Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds his first cabinet meeting today faced with the burning challenge of resolving the three-year Brexit crisis in three months. Isabel Infantes / AFP

Japan 'strongly' protests South Korea defense pact move – FM

Aug 22, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Japan's foreign minister Taro Kono says 'the decision to end the pact by the South Korean government is a complete misjudgment of the current regional security environment and it is extremely regrettable'

PROTEST. This file photo shows Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono. File photo by Angie de Silva/ Rappler

South Korea says to scrap military intel sharing pact with Japan

Aug 22, 2019 - 6:33 PM

The dispute between the two US allies has raised concerns over the potential implications for their security cooperation in the face of North Korean missile tests, and the possible impact on global supply chains

North Korea dismisses nuclear talks if 'hostile military moves' by U.S. continue

Aug 22, 2019 - 2:03 PM

A spokesman for North Korea's foreign ministry dashes hopes for renewed dialogue, attacking a recent mid-range cruise missile test by the US and plans to deploy F-35 fighter jets in the region as 'dangerous'

China hosts Japan, South Korea in show of regional unity

Aug 22, 2019 - 9:29 AM

The East Asian nations hold a three-way summit in Beijing this, with China positioning itself as mediator in a growing trade spat between Japan and South Korea

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (C) joins hands with South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (L) and Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono (R) ahead the ninth trilateral foreign ministers' meeting between China, South Korea and Japan at Gubei Town in Beijing on August 21, 2019.  WU HONG / POOL / AFP

Israel, South Korea announce free trade deal

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Israeli Economy Minister Eli Cohen calls the deal 'historic,' saying it is Israel's first such agreement with an east Asian nation

'HISTORIC.' South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee (L) and Israeli Economy and Industry Minister Eli Cohen stand after signing a free trade agreement between Israel and the Republic of Korea in Jerusalem on August 21, 2019. Photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

U.S. 'prepared to engage' with North Korea in nuclear talks – envoy

Aug 21, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Anticipation for renewed dialogue is on the rise after the US and ally South Korea wrapped up a two-week joint military drill on August 20

NUCLEAR TALKS. US special envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon during their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul on August 21, 2019. Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/AFP

North Korea fires missiles, rejects further talks with South

Aug 16, 2019 - 9:38 AM

(UPDATED) The South Korean military says the projectiles were fired from near the city of Tongchon of Kangwon Province into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan

TEST FIRE. This early August 10, 2019 picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 11, 2019, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (seated) supervising the test-fire of a new weapon at an undisclosed location. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

South Korea's Moon offers olive branch to Japan

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:51 PM

President Moon Jae-in says Seoul is willing to work with Tokyo to secure 'fair trade and cooperation' in the region

MOON JAE-IN. In this file photo, South Korea President Moon Jae-in addresses journalists on February 17, 2018, in Pyeongchang. File photo by Florian Choblet/AFP

South Korea tightens export controls on Japan in trade row

Aug 12, 2019 - 6:25 PM

South Korea creates a new category for countries that have signed the world's top 4 export control agreements but 'violate international norms.' It places Japan alone in that category.

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