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Two Koreas' leaders in mountain show of unity

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The North Korean leader agrees to shutter the Tongchang-ri missile-testing site in the presence of international observers

MOUNT PAEKTU PICTURE-TAKING. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) and his wife Ri Sol Ju (L) pose with South Korean President Moon Jae-in (2nd R) and his wife Kim Jung-sook (R) at the lakeside on the top of Mount Paektu on September 20, 2018. Photo by Pyeongyang Press Corps/AFP

North and South Korea to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics

Sep 20, 2018 - 10:14 AM

The Olympic proposal would require an unprecedented level of cooperation and mutual trust on the long-divided Korean peninsula

UNIFIED KOREA. The two Koreas have continued their sports diplomacy, forming joint teams in several events including the recent 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

North Korea's Kim says to visit Seoul, shut missile site

Sep 19, 2018 - 3:44 PM

The two leaders agree to hold family reunions on a regular basis, work towards joining up road and rail links, and mount a combined bid for the 2032 Olympics

TOGETHER. South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) applaud during a joint press conference after their summit at Paekhwawon State Guesthouse in Pyongyang on September 19, 2018. AFP PHOTO/Pyeongyang Press Corps

South Korean leader and North's Kim hold summit talks

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:27 AM

'I am acutely aware of the weight that we bear,' Moon Jae-in tells Kim Jong-un as they open two hours of formal talks at the headquarters of the ruling Workers' Party

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robredo to youth leaders: 'Know where you're needed, be there'

Aug 13, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'The center of leadership will always be the people whom you serve,' Vice President Leni Robredo tells young leaders at the 2nd Asia Pacific Youth Exchange

MESSAGE TO YOUTH. Vice President Leni Robredo addresses the delegates of the 2nd Asia Pacific Youth Exchange during its launching ceremony held on August 13, 2018. Photo by OVP

Koreas to hold Pyongyang summit in September

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:41 PM

The two sides 'agreed at the meeting to hold a South-North summit in Pyongyang in September as planned,' the joint statement says, without giving a precise date

DEMILITARIZED ZONE. 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. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Robredo to speak at youth leadership event in South Korea

Aug 11, 2018 - 8:46 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo is joined by representatives from Youth for Peace Movement-Davao Oriental

ROBREDO SPEAKS. In this file photo, Vice President Leni Robredo addresses Senior High School graduates and Junior High School completers at the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Laguna in Calamba during their commencement exercises on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Photo from Office of the Vice President

South Korean firms caught importing coal, iron from North – Seoul

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

News of the apparent breach comes after a UN report last week accused the North of evading sanctions by continuing to export coal, iron, and other commodities

Coal shipment stock photo from Shutterstock

Samsung to invest billions in new tech to drive fresh growth

Aug 08, 2018 - 4:47 PM

The initial $22 billion investment is part of a total of $161 billion the group plans to invest over the next 3 years across its businesses.

SAMSUNG's GROWTH. A Samsung logo is displayed in a mall beneath the company's headquarters in the Gangnam district of Seoul on October 12, 2016. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

South Korea women hold record mass rally against 'spycam porn'

Aug 04, 2018 - 10:13 PM

The protestors are demanding that the government toughen punishments for offenders, and shutter websites hosting the footage

NO TO 'SPYCAM PORN'. Female protesters shout slogans during a rally against 'spy-cam porn' in central Seoul on August 4, 2018. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Seoul deploys warship to Libya after South Korean, Filipinos kidnapped

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Munmu the Great is now on its way to Libya to secure the release of 3 Filipino engineers and a South Korean who were abducted in an attack on a water project site in western Libya on July 6

South Korea court gives former president 8 more years in prison

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:26 PM

The new penalty for disgraced South Korean president Park Geun-hye is on top of the 24-year sentence she is already serving for corruption and abuse of power

CONVICTED. This file photo taken on August 25, 2017 shows South Korean ousted leader Park Geun-hye (left) arriving at a court in Seoul. Photo by Kim Hong-ji /Pool/AFP

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

Ateneo Blue Eagles bow to South Korea, pick up first loss in Jones Cup

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:59 PM

The Blue Eagles fail to earn a win against rival South Korea

HEIGHT ADVANTAGE.. 6-foot-10 Rookie Angelo Kouame matches up with South Korea's towering lineup. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

U.S., Japan, Australia most trusted by Filipinos – Pulse Asia

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:32 AM

China ranks 4th in a list of countries most trusted by Filipinos, based on a Pulse Asia survey commissioned by the Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute

Photos in graphic courtesy of Shutterstock

Jung Joon-young, Yook Sung-jae on what it takes to be a K-pop idol

Jul 13, 2018 - 6:42 PM

The two singers also answer the question: Can Filipinos become K-pop idols?

K-POP. Korean stars Jung Joon-young and Yook Sung-jae talk about being part of the K-pop industry on Friday, July 13. Rappler screenshot

Samsung opens world's biggest smartphone factory in India

Jul 09, 2018 - 11:05 PM

The decision by Samsung comes at a critical time for the South Korean electronics giant, which is facing a tough battle from Chinese competitors for the control of India's massive smartphone market

THE LARGEST MOBILE FACTORY. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in speacks during the inauguration of the world's largest mobile factory at the Samsung India electronics private limited in Noida on July 9, 2018. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

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

South Korea women protest 'spycam porn' in mass rally

Jul 07, 2018 - 7:53 PM

'What kind of country has South Korea become? A country where women can't even pee without having to worry about having their butts filmed in secret?' says a protester

PROTEST. Female protesters call for South Korea's government to crack down on widespread spycam porn crimes during a rally in Seoul on July 7, 2018. Photo by STR/AFP

2018 ASEAN-Korea Youth Network workshop to be held in Korea, PH

Jul 04, 2018 - 5:28 PM

This year's workshop will be participated by around 70 youth from the 10 ASEAN Member States, Korea, China, and Japan

HIGHLIGHTS: Jung Hae-in makes Filipinos smile in 1st fan meeting

Jul 01, 2018 - 12:46 PM

#TeamBahay? Don't worry, we got you covered.

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES. Jung Hae-in talks about some of his childhood memories during his fan meeting in Manila. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

LOOK: Mexico fans laud South Korea for sealing team's place in last 16

Jun 28, 2018 - 3:28 PM

It's raining tequila in front of the South Korean embassy in Mexico City

VIVA KOREA! A football fan holds a flag of South Korea as thousands watch the World Cup match between Mexico and Sweden on a screen at the Angel de la Independencia Monument in Mexico City. Phot by Johan Ordonez/AFP

South Korea posts biggest World Cup shocker, but coach feels ‘empty’

Jun 28, 2018 - 12:17 PM

The unfancied South Koreans pull off an upset over Germany, but it isn't enough to secure them a last 16 spot

BITTERSWEET. South Korea can’t quite relish its monumental win. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 28, 2018

Jun 28, 2018 - 9:28 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

TAHO VENDOR. Mario Cañete is with his daughter at the basketball-gym-turned-patients-ward of National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City on Wednesday, June 27, a day after he was diagnosed with leptospirosis. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Germany crashes out of World Cup as South Korea stuns defending champ

Jun 28, 2018 - 12:46 AM

Germany is the 4th World Cup title holder of the century to be eliminated in the group stage

UPSET. Germany's defender Niklas Suele (L) reacts next to South Korea's team players who eliminated the 2014 champion for the first time since 1938. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Reus on a mission as Germany seeks to complete escape act

Jun 26, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Germany will only go through to the last 16 if it wins by two or more clear goals against South Korea

GRAND RETURN. Marco Reus finally plays the game he dreamed of against Sweden after he was hit with numerous injuries.

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