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5 things about the third inter-Korean summit 2018 in Pyongyang

Sep 18, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Here are 5 things we have learned so far about the third summit between North and South Korea

THIRD SUMMIT. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) review honor guards during a welcoming ceremony at Pyongyang airport on September 18, 2018. AFP PHOTO/Pyeongyang Press Corps

LIST: Foreign aid for Philippines after Typhoon Ompong

Sep 18, 2018 - 11:17 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Here is a list of countries and international organizations donating to the Philippines after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

TYPHOON OMPONG. Workers clear debris on September 16, 2018, from a landslide after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) in Baguio City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

South Korean leader arrives in Pyongyang for summit

Sep 18, 2018 - 9:15 AM

(UPDATED) Moon Jae-in is on a 3-day trip, following in the footsteps of his predecessors Kim Dae-jung in 2000 and mentor Roh Moo-hyun in 2007

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) and his wife Ri Sol Ju (2nd L) welcome South Korean President Moon Jae-in (2nd R) and his wife Kim Jung-sook (L) during a welcoming ceremony at Pyongyang SooAn airport on September 18, 2018. South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in Pyongyang on September 18, for his third summit this year with Kim Jong Un as he seeks to reboot stalled denuclearisation talks between North Korea and the United States. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND Pyeongyang Press Corps / - / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Pyeongyang Press Corps" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Samsung heir in South Korea's delegation to North Korea

Sep 16, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Lee Jae-yong of Samsung Electronics joins other leaders of South Korean conglomerates to Pyongyang for an inter-Korean summit

South Korea's Moon seeks to break nuclear deadlock at Pyongyang summit

Sep 16, 2018 - 12:40 PM

An analyst says President Moon Jae-in may try to convince North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to verbally commit to providing a list of the country's existing nuclear program

PRESIDENT MOON. In this file photo, a man watches a television screen broadcasting live footage of South Korean President Moon Jae-In's New Year's speech, at a railway station in Seoul on January 10, 2018. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/Rappler

2 Koreas open joint liaison office in North

Sep 14, 2018 - 4:13 PM

'A new chapter in history is open here today,' says South Korean unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon

South Korea says progress of nuclear talks a 'daily concern'

Sep 13, 2018 - 5:43 PM

The meeting will be the third between the leaders of North and South Korea this year and comes as talks between Washington and Pyongyang over dismantling the North's nuclear arsenal have stalled

DENUCLEARIZATION TALKS. South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha attends a meeting during the World Economic Forum on ASEAN summit in Hanoi on September 12, 2018. Photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

New joint liaison office will 'advance inter-Korean relations'

Sep 12, 2018 - 1:09 PM

The office is a significant move in thawing relations between the two countries, and follows a meeting this month between the North's leader Kim Jong-un and a South Korean presidential envoy

THE KOREAS. In this photo taken on August 2, 2017, South Korean soldiers stand before the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjeom, within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Trump received Kim Jong-un letter seeking second meet – White House

Sep 11, 2018 - 10:49 AM

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders says the letter shows Pyongyang's 'continued commitment to focus on denuclearization' on the Korean Peninsula

HISTORIC. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

China calls on U.S., North Korea to implement Singapore deal

Sep 10, 2018 - 3:31 PM

A senior Chinese official says his country hopes that North Korea and the US could implement the outcome of the June nuclear summit in Singapore and work to preserve peaceful talks

Customs alerted on Korean scrap truck smugglers at Davao port

Sep 09, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry and a Davao-based truck dealer say the trucks were smuggled from Korea without the proper registration

SMUGGLING. Used trucks were allegedly smuggled into the Port of Davao from Korea. Photo of the Port of Davao from Wikipedia

South Korea reports first MERS case in 3 years

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:33 PM

'Authorities have traced and separated 20 people who have come in close contact with the infected person,' says the head of Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

North Korea to celebrate 70th anniversary

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:16 PM

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as the North is officially known, was proclaimed on September 9, 1948, 3 years after Moscow and Washington divided the peninsula between them in the closing days of the Second World War

ANNIVERSARY. Decorations commemorating the 70th anniversary of the country's founding hang from a building in Kim Il Sung square in Pyongyang on September 6, 2018. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Trump signals nuclear talks with North Korea still alive

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:45 PM

'Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims 'unwavering faith in President Trump.' Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!' Trump writes on Twitter.

TRUMP-KIM TALKS ALIVE. 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

US charges regime-linked North Korean in WannaCry, Sony hacks

Sep 07, 2018 - 12:22 PM

The suspect, Park Jin Hyok, was part of a unit known as the 'Lazarus Group' that masterminded the notorious hacks, the FBI says

PARK JIN HYOK. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Wilkison announces charges against North Korean national Park Jin Hyok in a range of cyberattacks on September 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP


Mixed U.S. messages from Trump, Pompeo on North Korea

Sep 06, 2018 - 9:29 PM

The difference in tone will add to concerns about US foreign policy since Trump took office last year, with Pompeo's predecessor Rex Tillerson having quit in March after being repeatedly undermined by the president

TRUMP AND POMPEO. Donald Trump image by Mandel Ngan/AFP; Pompeo image by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Two Koreas agree to hold September summit in Pyongyang – Seoul

Sep 06, 2018 - 10:24 AM

Leaders Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in will discuss issues including 'practical measures' to denuclearize the flashpoint peninsula

NEXT SUMMIT. In this file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) shakes hands with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) at the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries at the start of their April summit at the truce village of Panmunjeom. File photo by Korea Summit Press Pool/AFP

South Korean envoy meets Kim in Pyongyang amid nuclear deadlock

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Special envoy Chung Eui-yong's delegation 'met with Chairman Kim Jong Un and delivered a personal letter (from Moon) and exchanged opinions,' a presidential office spokesman in Seoul says

DIPLOMATIC TRIP. Chung Eui-yong (C), head of the presidential National Security Office, Suh Hoon (2nd R), the chief of the South's National Intelligence Service, and other delegators walk to board an aircraft as they leave for Pyongyang at a military airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul, on September 5, 2018.  Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

China's Xi to send top official to North Korea anniversary

Sep 04, 2018 - 8:37 PM

Li Zhanshu, a member of the Communist Party's 7-member politburo standing committee, is invited by the North Korean government and its ruling Workers Party, the official news agency Xinhua says

LI ZHANSHU. Newly elected Chairman of the National People's Congress Li Zhanshu swears an oath after being elected during the fifth plenary session of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 17, 2018. File photo by nicolas Asfouri/AFP

1 dead, 2 injured in gas leak at Samsung chip plant

Sep 04, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The 3 victims were employees of one of Samsung's suppliers and were inspecting the factory's gas-related facilities, Samsung says

CLEANROOM. Samsung semiconductors being worked on in a cleanroom. Image from https://news.samsung.com

South Korea team to fly North to discuss summit details

Sep 02, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Chung Eui-yong, head of the presidential National Security Office, will lead a 5-member delegation to the North's capital

KIM AND MOON. This handout taken on May 26, 2018 and released by South Korea's presidential Blue House on May 27, 2018 shows South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (right) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walking together after the summit at the north side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas. AFP/The Blue House

Malaysian police seeking pair to testify in Kim Jong-nam murder trial

Sep 02, 2018 - 11:43 AM

The police says Raisa Rinda Salma and Dessy Meyrisinta, whose last addresses were recorded in Ampanga City, could not not be reached

ASSASSINATION. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

North Korea competes in shooting championships in the South

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:52 AM

This marks the first time that North Korea has taken part in the International Shooting Sport Federation event in South Korea

South Korea's Moon to send special envoy to North Korea on September 5

Aug 31, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The unnamed envoy will visit the North's capital city on September 5, Yonhap news agency says, citing a presidential spokesman

ASEAN TIES. South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks before the ASEAN-South Korea 2017 Summit in Manila. Screenshot from the ASEAN live feed

Russia blocks publication of U.N. report critical of North Korea

Aug 31, 2018 - 9:37 AM

A diplomatic source says Russia's objection stems mainly from a part of the report that said North Korea had exceeded its 2018 import cap for oil that was set by the 2017 sanctions

TABLE OF POWER. Wide view of the UN Security Council Chamber during the Council’s meeting on the situation in the Middle East, 30 September 2014, United Nations, New York. File photo by Kim Haughton/UN Photo

China slams Trump's 'irresponsible and absurd logic' on North Korea

Aug 30, 2018 - 5:42 PM

'A lot of people, like me, feel that the US is first in the world when it comes to twisting the truth, and irresponsible and absurd logic,' Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says in a regular press briefing

SLAMMING TRUMP. US President Donald Trump makes a statement before saying goodbye to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un (L) after their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.  File photo by Susan Walsh/AFP

Trump says China making things 'much more difficult' with North Korea

Aug 30, 2018 - 8:26 AM

US President Donald Trump insists his relationship with Kim Jong-un remains 'very good'

US-NORTH KOREA RELATIONS. In thsi file photo, 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

Standhardinger rues missed medal: 'We all made mistakes'

Aug 29, 2018 - 12:27 AM

The Filipino-German workhorse believes everyone – and not just head coach Yeng Guiao – is responsible for the Philippines slipping to the consolation round

SCORING MACHINE. Christian Standhardinger vents his ire against Japan with a game-high 27 points as the Philippines secures at least a sixth-place finish in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


Pompeo visit scrapped after belligerent letter from North Korea – report

Aug 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The precise contents of the letter, which came from Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling party, are not known

POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gives a press conference during a NATO Foreign ministers' meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 27, 2018.  File photo by John Thys/AFP

North Korea still 'serious and imminent threat' – Japan

Aug 28, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Japan's 2018 defense white paper also takes aim at China's rise as a military power, saying Beijing is sparking 'strong security concerns in the region and international community, including Japan'

NORTH KOREA. Japan in its first annual defense review says 'there is no change in our basic recognition concerning the threat of North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles.' North Korea's Central Railway Station file photo by Kim Won-jin/AFP

Double whammy: Erram loses game, chips teeth

Aug 27, 2018 - 9:01 PM

The versatile big man gives quite a literal meaning to the expression 'fighting tooth and nail'

TAKING IT IN STRIDE. Philippines' Poy Erram is still all smiles despite breaking his teeth against Korea. Photo by Beatrice Go


Add this one to Gilas’ Korean curse timeline

Aug 27, 2018 - 5:41 PM

It seems like the Philippines falls for the Korean playbook over and over again

ASIAD AGONY. Korea deals Jordan Clarkson and the Philippines another heartbreaker. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Ratliffe admits bittersweet feeling playing vs Gilas

Aug 27, 2018 - 4:13 PM

Former PBA import Ricardo Ratliffe says he's impressed that the Philippines put up a good fight against South Korea

PH FAN. Ricardo Ratcliffe continues to follow the PBA and Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Seoul may delay opening North Korea office

Aug 27, 2018 - 3:49 PM

South Korea shelves it plan to open a liaison office in the north after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancel his trip to Pyongyang

This handout from the Blue House taken and released on May 26, 2018 shows South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (L) shaking hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before their second summit at the north side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). South Korea said President Moon Jae-in met with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on May 26 inside the Demilitarised Zone dividing the two nations, a day after US President Donald Trump threatened to abandon a summit with Pyongyang. handout / The Blue House / AFP

Suspended Chot praises stand-in Guiao

Aug 27, 2018 - 3:48 PM

'We were one or two places away from reversing the outcome of this game,' says Chot Reyes

GREAT EFFORT. Suspended national team coach Chot Reyes says his sub Yeng Guiao put together a 'really great game plan.' Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Grateful netizens wish to see Clarkson play for Gilas again

Aug 27, 2018 - 2:44 PM

Even after the Korean heartbreak, Twitter users hope it won't be the last time Filipino-American NBA star Jordan Clarkson plays for the Philippines

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

North Korean hacker group targets macOS with cryptojacking malware

Aug 27, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Security firm Kaspersky Lab claims this is the first time that the cybercrime group, Lazarus, distributed malware that targets macOS users


PH falls victim to Korean curse yet again in Asian Games 2018

Aug 27, 2018 - 12:36 PM

The Philippine men’s basketball team absorbs another heartbreak as Korea spoils the country’s semifinal bid in the 2018 Asian Games

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Guiao: 'Hard to prepare against a team that has no weakness'

Aug 26, 2018 - 8:56 PM

The Philippine men's basketball team says it's ready to grind it out against South Korea in the knockout quarterfinal

PREPARATION. National team coach Yeng Guiao thinks the squad has prepared well for South Korea. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

China slams 'irresponsible' Trump accusations over North Korea

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'All parties concerned should... show more sincerity and flexibility, instead of being capricious and put the blame on others,' says Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang

SPOKESMAN. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang speaks to the media during a press conference in Beijing on July 13, 2016. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

The week in photos: August 18-24, 2018

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

INNOCENCE. Young Rohingya refugees enjoy ride in a traditional wooden ferris wheel during Eid Al-Adha festival celebrations at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia district near Cox's Bazar on August 23, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Unified Korea team cops Asian Games bronze

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Athletes from North and South Korea join forces to capture the dragon boat bronze

UNITED. Members of the Unified Korea team celebrate their third-place win during the medal ceremony for the women's canoe 200m traditional boat race. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Guiao on PH-Korea showdown: ‘Things are even this time’

Aug 25, 2018 - 3:23 PM

The Philippine basketball team shoots for a semifinal spot versus a familiar heartbreaker

ACID TEST. Jordan Clarkson and the Philippine men's basketball team shoot for a semifinals spot against defending Asian Games champion Korea. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


Trump calls off Pompeo's North Korea trip, blasts China

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:42 AM

US President Donald Trump feels that they have not made 'sufficient progress' in plans to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One in flight as he travels from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, to Bedminster, New Jersey, June 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

South Korean ex-president Park's sentence extended

Aug 24, 2018 - 1:12 PM

The decision by the Seoul High Court means the former head of state, who was ousted after a sprawling corruption scandal triggered mass protests, faces 25 years in jail

25 YEARS. In this file photo taken on March 4, 2013 South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye leaves after addressing the nation at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. File photo by Lee Jae-won/AFP

Pompeo to return to North Korea with new special envoy

Aug 24, 2018 - 12:01 AM

(UPDATED) The trip will be US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's fourth to North Korea, and the second since a historic summit on June 12 between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un

POMPEO RETURNS. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd R) greets North Korea's director of the United Front Department, Kim Yong Chol (2nd L) as they arrive for a meeting at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang on July 6, 2018. File photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP

Emotional farewells as North and South Koreans part for last time

Aug 23, 2018 - 2:48 PM

The relatives burst into tears when a loudspeaker announcement in a banqueting hall at the North's scenic Mount Kumgang resort declared: 'The reunion is over.'

FAREWELL. South Koreans (on the bus) wave farewell through the window to their North Korean relatives at the end of a three-day family reunion event at North Korea's Mount Kumgang resort on August 22, 2018. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

Moving on from China loss, Gilas gears up for Asiad champs Korea

Aug 22, 2018 - 2:33 PM

Korea has inflicted many heartaches on the country and what better way for the Filipinos to bury all those painful memories than to eliminate the Koreans early

ACID TEST. The Philippines' mettle will be tested in a looming quarterfinals duel against Korea. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


Tears as North and South Koreans meet after decades

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) The families try to bridge the decades of separation through precious physical contact and by showing each other pictures of their relatives

Two Koreas march together as Asian Games burst into life

Aug 18, 2018 - 10:03 PM

North Korea and South Korea are also joining forces in women's basketball, canoeing and rowing in the two-week Asian Games in Indonesia

ONE FLAG. Unified Korea's flagbearer Lim Yunghui leads the delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP