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Samsung shares surge as Huawei struggles

May 21, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Analysts say the US ban will damage Huawei's ability to sell phones outside China, offering Samsung a chance to consolidate its position at the top of the global market

Long-time indigenous peoples' rights activist wins international award

May 20, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Joanna Cariño, a long-time champion for indigenous peoples' rights, is one of the many activists and human rights workers the Philippine government wants to tag as terrorists

South Korean megachurch leader's rape term extended

May 17, 2019 - 11:29 PM

A Seoul appeals court has sentenced Pastor Lee Jaerock to 16 years behind bars

SENTENCED. In this file photo, South Korean Pastor Lee Jaerock arrives at the Seoul Central District Court to attend his trial in Seoul on November 22, 2018. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Ex-vice justice minister arrested for bribery in South Korea

May 17, 2019 - 1:29 PM

Kim Hak-ui is accused of accepting bribes worth 130 million won and sexual entertainment on more than 100 occasions from businessman Yoon Jung-cheon

KIM HAK-UI. In a photo taken on May 16, 2019 former South Korean vice justice minister Kim Hak-ui is surrounded by the media outisde the central district court in Seoul. -Photo by Yonhap/AFP

'Extreme drought' in North Korea – KCNA

May 16, 2019 - 12:15 AM

From January to early May this year, North Korea only received 54.4 millimeters of rain or snow, the smallest amount since the same period in 1982, the state-run KCNA says

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

South Korean court denies arrest warrant for K-pop star Seungri

May 15, 2019 - 7:30 AM

The court refuses to issue an arrest warrant against Seungri even after the K-pop star's prostitution charges

North Korea fires missiles as U.S. envoy visits Seoul

May 09, 2019 - 4:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) South Korean President Moon Jae-in says Pyongyang's latest move had 'an element of protest and is a pressuring action to steer the nuclear talks in a direction it desires'

PROJECTILES FIRED. Replicas of North Korean Scud-B missile (C back) and South Korean Hawk surface-to-air missiles (front) are displayed at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul on June 10, 2018. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Inter-Korean border village reopens for public tours

May 02, 2019 - 12:22 PM

The guards on both sides of the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the Korean peninsula are visibly no longer armed

UNARMED. North Korean soldiers walk on the North side of the border truce village of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on May 1, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Two Koreas mark Moon-Kim summit anniversary with different tones

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:34 PM

Little progress has been made on North Korea's nuclear weapons one year since the historic summit between the two countries

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 ahead of their summit at the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27, 2018. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South's President Moon Jae-in sat down to a historic summit on April 27 after shaking hands over the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries in a gesture laden with symbolism. / AFP PHOTO / Korea Summit Press Pool / Korea Summit Press Pool

Secrets and crimes: Gay South Korean soldiers trapped in legal bind

Apr 19, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The South Korean military classes openly gay men in its ranks as having 'special needs' and campaigners say it actively pursues soldiers who have consensual same-sex intercourse with each other

ON DUTY. South Korean soldiers gather at Arrowhead Ridge, as a tactical road is built across the military demarcation line inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the central section of the inter-Korean border in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province, in South Korea on November 22, 2018. File photo by Kim Min-Hee / POOL / AFP

South Korea arsonist kills 5 neighbors as they flee fire – police

Apr 17, 2019 - 3:58 PM

A 42-year-old man starts the fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the southern city of Jinju, waiting on the second floor of the building to attack people running downstairs from the blaze

South Korea's Moon Jae-in seeks fourth summit with Kim Jong-un

Apr 15, 2019 - 4:40 PM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in hails North Korean President Kim Jong-un's willingness to salvage high-stakes talks with the US

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. File photo by Pyeongyang Press Corps and AFP

South Korean constitutional court orders abortion ban be lifted

Apr 11, 2019 - 3:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'The abortion ban limits women's rights to pursue their own destinies, and violates their rights to health by limiting their access to safe and timely procedures,' the court says in a statement

DECRIMINALIZING ABORTION. South Korean women's rights activists react after the constitutional court's ruling on decriminalization of abortion during a rally against the abortion ban outside the court in Seoul on April 11, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

North Korea convenes top-level meeting over 'tense situation' – KCNA

Apr 10, 2019 - 10:50 PM

It comes ahead of the opening of the country's rubber stamp legislature on April 11

TOP-LEVEL MEETING. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called a full meeting Wednesday, April 10, of a top committee of the ruling Workers' Party. File photo by KCNA/AFP

Scandal-hit Korean Air chairman dies at 70, shares soar

Apr 08, 2019 - 12:58 PM

The company says Cho 'died peacefully' in a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday but did not provide details about his cause of death

CHO YANG-HO. South Korea's flag carrier Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho speaks to the media as he arrives at the Seoul Southern District Prosecutors' Office for questioning over suspected tax evasion, in Seoul on June 28, 2018. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

World's first 5G phone released in South Korea

Apr 05, 2019 - 4:19 PM

South Korea's 3 mobile carriers – SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus – hold launch events across Seoul for the Galaxy S10 5G, whose base version costs 1.39 million won, or $1,200

SAMSUNG'S 5G PHONE. The day's first Korea Telecom 5G customers receive a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G phone at a KT launch event in Seoul on April 5, 2019. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Seoul declares national disaster as winds fan giant forest fire

Apr 05, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Fanned by strong winds it quickly spread through the mountainous area, incinerating 400 homes and 500 hectares of land, says the government

Firefighters try to put out a fire from smouldering debris after a forest fire hit the area in Donghae on April 5, 2019. - A giant forest fire swept across swathes of South Korea on April 5, as authorities declared a rare national emergency, deploying 900 fire engines and tens of thousands of personnel to bring it under control. (Photo by YONHAP / YONHAP / AFP) / - South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT NO ARCHIVES RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE

South Korea launches 5G networks early to secure world first

Apr 04, 2019 - 12:34 PM

(UPDATED) Three top telecom providers – SK Telecom, KT, and LG Uplus – begin their 5G services at 11 pm South Korea time, Wednesday, despite previously announcing the launch date would be April 5

5G LAUNCH. SK Telecom CEO Park Jung-ho delivers a speech during a launch event for the company's 5G mobile network, in Seoul on April 3, 2019. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP


South Korea to launch world's first national 5G networks

Apr 03, 2019 - 6:01 PM

The superfast communications heralded by fifth-generation wireless technology will ultimately underpin everything from toasters to telephones; from electric cars to power grids

5G IN SOUTH KOREA. SK Telecom CEO Park Jung-ho delivers a speech during a launch event for the company's 5G mobile network, in Seoul on April 3, 2019. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Trump, Moon to meet in Washington in April – Seoul

Mar 29, 2019 - 12:57 PM

Moon will visit Washington on April 11, the South's presidential Blue House says

TRUMP AND MOON. In this file photo taken on September 24, 2018, US President Donald Trump (R) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands after signing a trade agreement at a bilateral meeting in New York. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Made in China: Loan terms with waivers, shrouded in secrecy

Mar 27, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Rappler reviews loan documents for the Philippines' infrastructure projects and finds that China is demanding more than others and wants deals kept opaque

North Korea returns to inter-Korean liaison office

Mar 25, 2019 - 2:21 PM

'Some of the North Korean staff members are working at the South-North Joint Liaison Office starting from today,' the unification ministry says in a statement

LIAISON OFFICE. South and North Korean officials attend an opening ceremony of a joint liaison office in Kaesong, North Korea, on September 14, 2018. File photo by AFP

North Korea pulls out of inter-Korean liaison office

Mar 22, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Chun Hae-sung, South Korea's vice unification minister, tells reporters Pyongyang 'notified the South they are pulling out of the liaison office'

LIAISON OFFICE WOES. South and North Korean officials attend an opening ceremony of a joint liaison office in Kaesong, North Korea, on September 14, 2018. File photo by Korea Pool/AFP

K-pop star Jung Joon-young arrested for filming and sharing sex videos

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The K-pop singer is arrested after apologizing for filming and distributing illicit sex videos without his partners' consent

Hundreds of couples livestreamed in South Korean motel spycam porn

Mar 21, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Four men install tiny cameras in 42 rooms in 30 motels, hidden inside hairdryer holders, wall sockets and digital TV boxes, then stream the footage online

Police seek arrest warrant in K-pop sex video scandal

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young is one of the stars implicated in a sex video scandal

K-pop star Jung Joon-young (C) arrives for questioning at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul on March 14, 2019. - A burgeoning K-pop sex scandal claimed a second scalp as a singer who rose to fame after coming second in one of South Korea's top talent shows admitted secretly filming himself having sex and sharing the footage. Jung Joon-young, 30, announced his immediate retirement from showbusiness amid allegations he shot and shared sexual imagery without his partners' consent. (Photo by JUNG Yeon-Je / AFP)

Two more K-pop stars embroiled in sex video scandal

Mar 14, 2019 - 5:20 PM

(UPDATED) Highlight's Yong Jun-hyung and Choi Jong-hoon of FT Island also quit after admitting to having watched the illicit sex videos taken by K-pop star Jung Joon-young

Clean-cut K-pop embroiled in Korean sex scandal

Mar 14, 2019 - 2:53 PM

Jung Joon-young and Seungri's scandals put the spotlight on discrimination and abuse in South Korea

South Korean star Jung Joon-young also quits as K-pop sex scandal spreads

Mar 13, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'I admit to all my crimes,' Korean star Jung Joon-young says after announcing his immediate retirement

North Korea 'missile launch' plans under scrutiny as concern mounts

Mar 11, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Satellite analysis now indicates increased activity at two key sites – the Samundong missile research facility and the Sohae rocket launch center

NORTH KOREA. A general view shows Kim Il-sung square and the Pyongyang city skyline on March 9, 2019. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Seoul replaces minister in charge of relations with Pyongyang

Mar 08, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Kim Yeon-chul replaces Cho Myoung-gyon in the role of unification minister, which is seen as key in inter-Korean relations

KIM YEON-CHUL. This undated handout photo released by the South Korean presidential Blue House in Seoul on March 8, 2019 shows an image of Kim Yeon-chul, a pro-engagement scholar who has headed the state-run Korea Institute for National Unification since last year. Handout photo by The Blue House/AFP

North Korea slams new joint drills between Seoul and Washington

Mar 07, 2019 - 10:51 PM

The US and South Korea agree to replace two major war games that take place every spring with a shorter 'Dong Maeng' or 'Alliance' exercise – a move designed to further ease tensions with the North

ALLIES. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-In (R) during a joint press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 7, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/AFP

South Korea's Moon urges new U.S.-North denuclearization talks

Mar 04, 2019 - 8:08 PM

South Korea President Moon Jae-in urges his officials to find out what exactly had gone awry at the high-stakes meeting, and predicts a deal will ultimately be reached

US-NORTH TALKS. In this file photo, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech during celebrations marking the 72th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945, in Seoul on August 15, 2017. File photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/Pool/AFP

U.S., South Korea to end key joint military exercises

Mar 03, 2019 - 8:38 AM

(UPDATED) This comes as the United States aims to improve ties with North Korea

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

Moon says Trump expressed regret at not striking North Korea deal

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:52 PM

'While President Trump expressed regret that he didn't reach an agreement at the Hanoi summit, he made clear his resolve to solve the issue with North Korea through dialogue,' says a statement from the presidential Blue House

ALLIES. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-In (R) during a joint press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 7, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/AFP

Seoul police launch probe into prostitution claims involving Big Bang’s Seungri

Feb 26, 2019 - 7:45 PM

YG Entertainment denies the claims

SEUNGRI. The Big Bang singer faces claims that he is involved in procuring prostitutes for business investors. Photo from Instagram.com/seungriseyo

Korean War could be declared over at Hanoi summit – Seoul

Feb 25, 2019 - 5:26 PM

'I believe that the possibility is there,' 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

South Koreans fearful of 'nightmare' U.S. troop withdrawal

Feb 24, 2019 - 3:03 PM

South Koreans dependent on US troops to make a living worry over the prospect of American soldiers withdrawing from the country

US TROOPS IN KOREA. This picture taken on February 21, 2019 shows US soldiers crossing a road at a shopping zone outside the US Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

'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

'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

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

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

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

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