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Ping-pong diplomacy between the two Koreas

Jul 18, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Table tennis has long had an unusual impact in foreign affairs, most notably in the 'ping-pong diplomacy' of the 1970s between China and the US.

AS ONE. File photo shows Pyon Song Gyong of North Korea serving during a match of the Pyongyang Open annual International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) match in Pyongyang. Photo by  Ed Jones/AFP

PDP-Laban to hold historic meeting with North Korean party

Jul 15, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The ruling PDP-Laban says this is the 'first-ever visit by a Philippine political party to the North Korean capital' of Pyongyang

Trump releases 'very nice' letter from Kim Jong-un

Jul 13, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Addressing Trump, Kim describes their June 12 summit in Singapore, and the resulting joint statement, as the 'start of a meaningful journey'

LETTER. US President Donald Trump tweets a letter he received from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. File photos from AFP; Photo of letter from Trump's official Twitter account

North Korea talks sidelining human rights – UN rapporteur

Jul 09, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Pyongyang remains accused by many – including the UN – of a litany of rights abuses against its population

TOMAS OJEA QUINTANA. UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea, Tomas Ojea Quintana gestures as he attends a press conference on June 7, 2018 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Pompeo in Pyongyang to seek concrete nuclear commitments

Jul 06, 2018 - 6:16 PM

(UPDATED) 'Our expectation is exactly what the president and Kim Jong Un jointly agreed to in Singapore, and that is the denuclearization of North Korea,' says the State Secretary's spokeswoman

POMPEO IN NORTH KOREA. 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. Photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP

Pompeo sets off for North Korea nuclear talks

Jul 05, 2018 - 5:37 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is tasked with negotiating a plan to achieve the 'complete denuclearization' of the Korean peninsula

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

U.S. envoy to work with Sudan to remove from 'terror' list

Jul 05, 2018 - 11:05 AM

Sudanese officials say that having Khartoum on Washington's blacklist makes international banks wary of doing business in Sudan and in turn hampers the country's economic revival

In this file photo, top US envoy in Khartoum, Charge D'affaires Steven Koutsis, speaks during a press conference at the US embassy on October 7, 2017. File photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Trump says North Korea talks 'going well,' lashes out at critics

Jul 03, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Trump boasts the agreement signed by the two leaders in Singapore last June resolved the old foes' nuclear stand-off, but State Secretary Mike Pompeo is tasked with nailing down details

GOING WELL. 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 asked China's Xi to help lift sanctions – report

Jul 01, 2018 - 8:08 PM

A Japanese newspaper reports that Kim Jong-un asked the Chinese president to help ease the sanctions that have crippled North Korea's economy

North Korea planning to continue, hide nuclear production – reports

Jul 01, 2018 - 12:23 PM

The assessment comes on the heels of a landmark meeting between the North's leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump promising denuclearization

DENUCLEARIZATION? North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un reacts at a signing ceremony with US President Donald Trump. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Mattis vows 'strong defensive stance' on North Korea

Jun 29, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Japanese minister Itsunori Onodera acknowledges that the decision to suspend the drills between the US and South Korea is 'important in that it supports diplomatic efforts' to denuclearize the Korean peninsula

ALLIES. Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera (R) and US Defense Secretary James Mattis attend a news conference after their meeting at the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo on June 29, 2018. Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/AFP

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Jun 28, 2018 - 8:52 PM

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Kim Jong-nam murder not a prank – prosecutors

Jun 28, 2018 - 3:54 PM

'It is an assassination, where the murder was carefully planned and executed,' says Malaysian state prosecutors

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 still building at nuclear site, says monitor

Jun 27, 2018 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATED) The Singapore meeting failed to clearly define denuclearization or produce a specific timeline towards dismantling the North Korea's atomic weapons arsenal

DENUCLEARIZATION. File photo shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un signing the guest book during the Inter-Korean summit with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in.  AFP Photo/Korea Summit Press Pool

Koreas hold talks on connecting railways

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:56 PM

Linking up the two systems – and modernizing the North's aging rail infrastructure – would give trade-dependent South Korea a land route to the markets of China, Russia, and on to Europe

INTER-KOREAN RAILWAY. In this file photo, South Korean soldiers walk by the inter-Korean railway under construction with a newly-built tunnel near the border with North Korea in Paju, north of Seoul, September 13, 2001. File photo by Kim Jae-hwan/AFP

Koreas mark war anniversary in mood of detente, North drops anti-U.S. rhetoric

Jun 25, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Pyongyang's tightly controlled official media are normally packed with anti-American invective on June 25, when the North launched a mass invasion of the South in 1950. But this year proved to be a marked exception in the wake of the historic Singapore summit.

ANNIVERSARY.South Korean soldiers salute during a ceremony marking the 68th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War in Seoul on June 25, 2018. The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice with no peace treaty. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Mattis visits China amid Korea talks, strategic tensions

Jun 25, 2018 - 9:55 AM

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis says he wants to 'take measure' of China's strategic ambitions after it positioned weaponry on disputed islets in the South China Sea and is seeking to project its military power deep into the Pacific

JAMES MATTIS. This file photo taken on November 28, 2017 shows US Secretary of Defense James Mattis making a statement at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Despite summit, North Korea still a nuclear threat, says Trump

Jun 23, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'I am continuing for one year the national emergency with respect to North Korea,' says US President Donald Trump in a statement

MEETING. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un became 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. Photo by Susan Walsh/AFP

Koreas to hold reunions for war-separated families in August

Jun 22, 2018 - 8:18 PM

The resumption of the reunions is among the agreements between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South's president Moon Jae-in at their landmark summit in April

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

Japan says halting missile drills after Trump-Kim summit

Jun 22, 2018 - 3:54 PM

'Following achievements made in the US-North Korea summit, we will halt drills involving residents for the time being,' Yoshihide Suga tells reporters, confirming earlier reports

SPOKESMAN. In this file photo, Japan's top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga gestures during his press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on September 4, 2017. JIJI PRESS/STR/AFP

North Korea 'already starting' denuclearization – Trump

Jun 22, 2018 - 12:51 PM

'They've already blown up one of their big test sites. In fact, it was actually 4 of their big test sites. And the big thing is, it will be a total denuclearization, which is already starting,' the US president says

DENUCLEARIZATION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks at a signing ceremony with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (not pictured) during 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 hails 'unity' with China in new visit

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) The two-day visit is designed to reassure Beijing that Pyongyang will not neglect its interests as Donald Trump and the young autocrat move into uncharted diplomatic terrain

CHINA VISIT. This picture taken on June 19, 2018 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency via KNS on June 20, shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (front R) and his wife Ri Sol Ju (front L) arriving at a Beijing airport. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

North Korea's Kim makes 2-day visit to China

Jun 19, 2018 - 11:12 AM

(UPDATED) The trip is Kim Jong-un's 3rd to China since March, when he made his inaugural foreign trip as leader

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 19, 2018

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:55 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano upon his arrival at the Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) Building in Pasay City for the 120TH Anniversary celebration of DFA on June 18, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S., South Korea confirm suspending military drills

Jun 19, 2018 - 9:55 AM

(UPDATED) Seoul says the suspension will affect the large-scale Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises slated for August

JOINT DRILL. In this file photo, South Korea and US soldiers watch from an observation post during a joint live firing drill between South Korea and the US at the Seungjin Fire Training Field. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Koreas discuss joint teams at Asian Games

Jun 18, 2018 - 7:29 PM

North and South Korea formed their first-ever unified Olympic team – a joint women's ice hockey squad – for the 2018 Winter Games

JOINT. South Korea's chief delegate Jeon Choong-ryul (R) shaking hands with his North Korean counterpart Won Kil U (L) during their athletic talks at the south side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarised zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas. Photo from AFP/South Korean Culture, Sports and Tourism Ministry


New North Korean malware 'Typeframe' discovered by U.S.

Jun 18, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Shortly after the Trump-Kim summit, the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security discover new malware 'Typeframe'


PDP-Laban offers to help improve PH-North Korea ties

Jun 16, 2018 - 7:28 PM

The ruling party also plans to send a delegation to Pyongyang 'to meet with their counterparts from the Workers' Party of Korea'

Japan urges N. Korea to jointly break mutual distrust

Jun 16, 2018 - 7:03 PM

Abe also expressed a readiness to finance denuclearization costs in North Korea.

PUBLIC INTEREST. This photo illustration taken in Tokyo on June 13, 2018 shows Japanese daily newspapers with front page coverage of the June 12, 2018 US-North Korea summit in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un. Photo by Martin Bureau / AFP

The week in photos: June 9-15, 2018

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:30 PM

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

A football fan sports a hair tattoo showing the portrait of Argentinian football player Lionel Messi at a hair salon in Novi Sad, Serbia, on June 10, 2018.A Serbian hairdresser proposes to his clients to draw with scissors on the back of their heads portraits of football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia. Mario Hvala gives his creativity free rain ever since, 18 years ago, he made with scissors a tarantula on a client's head after suggesting him: "Let's do something different." For the World Cup, which opens on June 14, 2018, he proposes to football afficionados to do the same thing with Messi and Ronaldo. / AFP PHOTO / VLADIMIR ZIVOJINOVIC

Trump boasts North Korea stand-off 'largely solved'

Jun 16, 2018 - 9:14 AM

'If there's a chance at peace, if there's a chance to end the horrible threat of nuclear conflict, then we must pursue it at all costs,' says US President Donald Trump

'VERY PRODUCTIVE.' In a video message released by the White House, US President Donald Trump calls his recent summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as 'open, direct, and very, very productive.' Screenshot from The White House's YouTube video

Trump salute to North Korean general sparks controversy

Jun 15, 2018 - 1:03 PM

The interaction prompts disbelief among some Trump critics, who already have said the president appeared too accommodating to Kim and his autocratic regime

AGREEMENT. US President Donald Trump holds up a document signed by him and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un following a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump downplays abuses by Kim Jong-un's regime

Jun 14, 2018 - 3:13 PM

'A lot of other people (have) done some really bad things. I mean, I could go through a lot of nations where a lotta bad things were done,' the US president says in an interview with Fox News

US & NORTH KOREA. US President Donald Trump (3rd R) shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (3rd L) as they sit down with their respective delegations for the US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Kim Jong-un knows denuclearization must be 'quick' – Pompeo

Jun 14, 2018 - 11:31 AM

(UPDATED) 'We believe that Kim Jong-un understands the urgency... that we must do this quickly,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says of the effort to have North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons.

ON DENUCLEARIZATION. 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

Trump says North Korea no longer a nuclear threat

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Trump hails the summit in Singapore with Kim, in which the the North Korean leader agreed to work towards denuclearizing his country, although their agreement did not say how this would be done

TRUMP'S BACK. US President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on June 13, 2018, as he returns from the US-North Korean summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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Jun 13, 2018 - 7:36 PM

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'Pyongyang-bound' Trump says world dodged 'nuclear catastrophe'

Jun 13, 2018 - 2:02 PM

'No more rocket launches, nuclear testing or research! The hostages are back home with their families. Thank you to Chairman Kim, our day together was historic!' tweets Donald Trump

HISTORIC. US President Donald Trump speaks at a signing ceremony with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (not pictured) during 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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Jun 13, 2018 - 12:37 PM

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Kim Jong-un invites Trump to visit Pyongyang

Jun 13, 2018 - 8:12 AM

In its first report on the landmark summit, the official KCNA news agency describes the summit as an 'epoch-making meeting' that will help foster 'a radical switchover in the most hostile (North Korea)-US relations'

DIPLOMACY. 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. File photo by Kevin Lim/The Straits Times/AFP

World hails Trump-Kim summit as 'first step' to denuclearization

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:29 AM

Here are some of the main reactions so far

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT. 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. Photo by Susan Walsh/AFP

6 things we learned from historic Trump-Kim summit

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:02 PM

Details you may have missed during the historic Donald Trump - Kim Jong-un summit

FRIENDS. US President Donald Trump 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

Kim Jong-un charm offensive overshadows N. Korea rights abuses

Jun 12, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Days before the Trump-Kim summit, more than 300 rights groups including Human Rights Watch urge North Korea to improve its dire rights records.

CHARM OFFENSIVE. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un reacts at a signing ceremony with US President Donald Trump (not pictured) during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump, Kim hail historic summit; questions over way forward

Jun 12, 2018 - 4:19 PM

(4th UPDATE) US President Donald Trump says the US will halt military exercises with Seoul – something long sought by Pyongyang, which claims the drills are a rehearsal for invasion

SIGNING. US President Donald Trump (2nd R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) sign documents as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and the North Korean leader's sister Kim Yo Jong (L) look on at a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Tensions then smiles at Trump-Kim summit

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:51 AM

(UPDATED) As the two shake hands for around 13 seconds, US President Donald Trump reaches out to touch North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's shoulder, looking down at the shorter man as he speaks

DIPLOMACY. US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) pose together 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

IN PHOTOS: Handshakes that shook the world

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

US President Donald Trump's handshake with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore marks a historic moment

FIRST MEETING. 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. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump, Kim share historic handshake

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:10 AM

(3rd UPDATE) It is the first-ever meeting between sitting leaders of the two nuclear-armed foes

HISTORIC. 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. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

'Don't expect too much': Rodman plays down Trump-Kim summit breakthrough

Jun 12, 2018 - 8:41 AM

'Who knew this would have happened 5 to 6 years ago... It's exciting to be a part of it,' says former US basketball star Dennis Rodman

'EXCITING.' Retired American professional basketball player Dennis Rodman speaks to the press as he arrives at Changi International airport ahead of US-North Korea summit in Singapore on June 11, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Singapore stroll and selfies for Kim ahead of Trump summit

Jun 11, 2018 - 11:54 PM

(UPDATED) In his own country, Kim's appearances are normally carefully managed, with any foreigners present having to go through hours-long security checks beforehand

HE'S HERE. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives before his tour of the Sands Sky Park at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore on June 11, 2018. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Philippines has possible role in outcome of U.S.–North Korea talks

Jun 11, 2018 - 9:24 PM

Former Philippine ambassador to South Korea Luis Cruz says Filipinos should closely follow the events in the Korean Peninsula because the effects on the country are significant

U.S. offers 'unique' guarantees before historic North Korea summit

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:47 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo say the talks were advancing faster than expected but were still ongoing with little more than 12 hours to go before Kim Jong-un sits down with Donald Trump

SUMMIT. This combination of pictures shows a file photo taken on June 11, 2018 of US President Donald Trump during his meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and a file image of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un during his meeting with the Singaporean leader the day before on June 10, 2018, in Singapore. Photos by Roslan Rahman, Saul Loeb/AFP