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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

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

6 new railways to look out for

Sep 10, 2019 - 12:45 AM

Will we see these railways completed within the lifetime of the current administration?

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

Bahamas fears severe Dorian death toll, as storm lashes North Carolina

Sep 06, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Of the final number killed, Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis declares: 'Let me say that I believe the number will be staggering'

SURVIVORS. People shelter inside a church after surviving Hurricane Dorian on September 5, 2019, in Marsh Harbor, Great Abaco, Bahamas. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/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. /

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

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

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

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'

LOOK: Skyway Stage 3 coping beam falls in NLEX-Balintawak

Aug 18, 2019 - 3:26 PM

The incident causes traffic in the Balintawak-Camachile area, says the NLEX Corporation

COPING BEAM FALLS. A coping beam is seen hanging beside a concrete foundation post of the Skyway Stage 3 project at NLEX-Balintawak on Sunday, August 18, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

North Korea's Kim oversaw test of 'new weapon' – KCNA

Aug 11, 2019 - 9:02 AM

(UPDATED) Defence officials in South Korea say 2 short-range ballistic missiles were fired by North Korea at daybreak

ANOTHER MISSLE LAUNCH. People watch a television news screen showing file footage of North Korea's missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on August 10, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je /AFP

Trump says North Korea's Kim wants to resume nuclear talks

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:04 PM

US President Donald Trump is determined to resume the talks with North Korea ahead of the 2020 US presidential elections

RESUME TALKS. North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea on July 25, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said, after warnings from Pyongyang over military exercises between Washington and Seoul next month. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Trump sides with North Korea's Kim on war games amid new missile tests

Aug 10, 2019 - 9:22 AM

US President Donald Trump does not criticize North Korea's missile tests following a 'beautiful letter' from Kim Jong Un expressing anger over their war games

People watch a television news screen showing a file footage of North Korea's missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on August 6, 2019. North Korea threatened on August 6, to carry out more weapons tests, after it fired its fourth set of projectiles in less than two weeks following the start of joint exercises between the US and the South. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

North Korea stole $2 billion for weapons from cyber attacks – UN report

Aug 08, 2019 - 7:34 AM

The United Nations says it is investigating at least 35 reported instances of Pyongyang 'attacking financial institutions, cryptocurrency exchanges and mining activity designed to earn foreign currency'

Kim Jong-un sends missile 'warning' to South Korea, U.S. as tensions rise

Aug 07, 2019 - 7:22 AM

KCNA, North Korea's state news agency, says Kim watched the launches, which verified the 'war capacity' of the 'new-type tactical guided missiles'

North Korea threatens more launches after fourth test in 12 days

Aug 06, 2019 - 1:04 PM

The rising temperature on the peninsula threatens to derail putative negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington, with the North saying the combined drills are a 'flagrant violation' of the process

People watch a television news screen showing a file footage of North Korea's missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on August 6, 2019. North Korea threatened on August 6, to carry out more weapons tests, after it fired its fourth set of projectiles in less than two weeks following the start of joint exercises between the US and the South. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

U.S., South Korea lack 'political will' on peace talks – KCNA

Aug 06, 2019 - 8:56 AM

An unnamed North Korean foreign ministry spokesman says the US-South Korea war games are a 'flagrant violation' of efforts to reach peace

People watch a television news showing a file footage of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un which held at the truce village of Panmunjom, at a railway station in Seoul on July 25, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Trump on North Korea missile test: Kim won't disappoint me

Aug 03, 2019 - 9:02 AM

'He will do the right thing because he is far too smart not to, and he does not want to disappoint his friend, President Trump,' says the US President in a tweet

TRUMP AND KIM. US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un talk before a meeting in the Demilitarized Zone(DMZ) on June 30, 2019, in Panmunjom, Korea.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Trump has 'no problem' with latest North Korean weapons test

Aug 02, 2019 - 10:12 AM

North Korea carries out a third test in 8 days – two short-range projectiles from its east coast – in the early hours of Friday, says the South's military

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

DR Congo Ebola epidemic widens on eve of first anniversary

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:42 AM

A total of 1,803 lives have been lost in the second worst outbreak of Ebola on record

Health workers wear protective gear to mix water and chlorine in Goma on July 31, 2019. A second person has died of Ebola in the eastern DR Congo city of Goma, a major transport hub, the country's pointman for the epidemic told AFP on July 31, 2019. PAMELA TULIZO / AFP

U.S.-South Korea military exercises still on despite North's warnings

Aug 01, 2019 - 7:29 AM

Despite North Korea saying its missile launches are a 'solemn warning to the South Korean warmongers', a Pentagon official says there is 'no adjustment or change in plans'

A South Korean K2 tank fires during a live fire demonstration for a media preview of the Defense Expo Korea 2018 at Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, 65 kms northeast of Seoul, on September 11, 2018. The defence exhibition specialising in land forces equipment will run from September 12 to 16 with 250 companies from 30 countries involved. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

North Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles – South Korea military

Jul 31, 2019 - 10:10 AM

(UPDATED) South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff say the two devices were fired from the Wonsan area on the east coast at dawn and flew around 250 kilometers

This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on August 29, 2017 and released on August 30, 2017 shows North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad in Pyongyang. Nuclear-armed North Korea said on August 30 that it had fired a missile over Japan the previous day, the first time it has ever acknowledged doing so. / 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. /

Climate change blamed for deaths of 200 Arctic reindeers

Jul 30, 2019 - 8:12 AM

About 1,200 kilometers from the North Pole, researchers from the Norwegian Polar Institute identify around 200 deer carcasses believed to have starved to death last winter

VICTIMS. File photo of reindeers in Tromso region of Northern Norway. Photo by Dmitry Chulov/Shutterstock

North Korea releases Russian fishing boat

Jul 28, 2019 - 2:18 PM

Russian coast guards frequently detain North Korean fishermen in the Far East, many of whom use rudimentary wooden boats

North Korean boat towed after crossing to South Korean waters

Jul 28, 2019 - 9:23 AM

It was not immediately known whether the boat's crew of 3 were defectors or accidental crossers of the border

Elderly woman killed, 2 others wounded in North Cotabato air strike

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The military says the air and ground assault at dawn was in an area controlled by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

North Korea fires short-range missiles in latest provocation

Jul 25, 2019 - 8:12 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Seoul's National Security Office of the presidential Blue House says both of the two missiles are 'analyzed' to be 'new type of short-range ballistic missiles'

Illustration by Max Sky/Shutterstock imag

Russia says North Korea holding ship with 17 crew

Jul 24, 2019 - 8:44 PM

According to the North Korean foreign ministry, the ship was detained for 'violating rules of entry and stay'

IMF slashes Mideast growth projections over Iran sanctions

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:35 PM

The International Monetary Fund projects 2019 economic growth for the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan would be 1%, its worst since the IMF put them in one group in 2009

North Korean leader votes in elections with 99.98% turnout – KCNA

Jul 22, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Given the absence of any competition among candidates, elections in North Korea are essentially a political ritual which, observers say, allows the authorities to claim a popular mandate while reinforcing loyalty to Kim's regime

NORTH KOREAN ELECTIONS. People look at a list of candidates during voting for deputies to the Pyongyang City People's Assembly and the Sadong District People's Assembly, as part of local elections in Pyongyang's Sadong district on July 21, 2019. Photo by Kim Won Jin/AFP

2 soldiers killed in North Cotabato clash with NPA

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Police say the soldiers were conducting a community support program in Arakan town when they were attacked by communist rebels

North Korea warns U.S.-South Korea drills will affect nuclear talks

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:05 PM

'If the military exercise really goes ahead, it would affect the DPRK-US working-level talks,' an unnamed foreign ministry spokesperson says in comments carried by state news agency KCNA, using the official acronym for North Korea

NUCLEAR TALKS. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walks 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. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Court junks drug charges vs North Cotabato state college president

Jul 16, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Kidapawan City Regional Trial Court Judge Henelinda Diaz says the search warrants used to conduct the raid on the home of then CFCST president Samson Molao are invalid

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake hits North Cotabato

Jul 10, 2019 - 12:45 AM

(UPDATED) The earthquake is strongly felt in Makilala town in North Cotabato, Kidapawan City, Koronadal City, and Santa Cruz in Davao del Sur

Image from Phivolcs

Australian student expelled from North Korea denies spying

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:37 PM

'The allegation that I am a spy is (pretty obviously) false,' he writes on Twitter, adding that he is 'well both mentally and physically'

North Korea says released Australian student was 'spying'

Jul 06, 2019 - 9:18 PM

Official North Korean news agency KCNA says Australian Alek Sigley had admitted 'he had been spying by collecting our internal information and sharing with others and repeatedly asked for our forgiveness'

Alek Sigley, an Australian student who was detained in North Korea, heads for his departure at the Beijing International airport on July 4, 2019. A 29-year-old Australian student detained in North Korea surfaced in Beijing on July 4, saying he felt "great" after being released. Sigley was expected to travel to Japan, where his wife still lives.  NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP

Australian held in North Korea arrives in Japan

Jul 05, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Alek Sigley declines to answer questions on his arrival in Tokyo, but smiles broadly as he walked through the airport

Australian student Alek Sigley (C) smiles as he arrives at Haneda International airport in Tokyo on July 4, 2019, following his release. A 29-year-old Australian student detained in North Korea surfaced in Beijing on July 4, saying he felt "great" after being released. Alek Sigley -- one of a handful of Westerners living and studying in North Korea -- disappeared without a trace around June 23, prompting a week of deep concern and frantic speculation about his fate.  Toshifumi KITAMURA / AFP

North Korea says U.S. 'hell-bent' on sanctions despite Trump-Kim meet

Jul 04, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Pyongyang's delegation to the United Nations on Wednesday, July 3, says the US continues to be 'obsessed with sanctions'

TRUMP-KIM III. US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un talk before a meeting in the Demilitarized Zoneon June 30, 2019, in Panmunjeom, Korea. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Australian student detained in North Korea 'released, safe'

Jul 04, 2019 - 12:50 PM

(UPDATED) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Alek Sigley is 'safe and well'

5 things we learned from Trump-Kim III

Jul 02, 2019 - 11:43 AM

Takeaways from the weekend encounter of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un

US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un talk before a meeting in the Demilitarized Zone(DMZ) on June 30, 2019, in Panmunjom, Korea.  Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Right whale likely died off Canada after collision with ship, says official

Jul 01, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Preliminary findings on one of the dead whales are 'highly compatible with death due to blunt trauma, consistent with vessel strike,' says Fisheries and Oceans Canada

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Experts peg the current population of North Atlaintic right whales to less than 500. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

North Korea hails 'historic' Kim-Trump summit

Jul 01, 2019 - 8:01 AM

(UPDATED) Regional powerhouse China says renewed discussions between North Korea and the United States are of 'great significance'

'HISTORIC.' North Korea's Kim Jong-un (L) and US President Donald Trump meet on the south side of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area of Panmunjom in the DMZ on June 30, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Korea's Demilitarized Zone: The world's last Cold War frontier

Jun 30, 2019 - 6:38 PM

5 things you need to know about the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Korean peninsula

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