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South Korea says it fired warning shots at intruding Russian warplane

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:06 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Russian A-50 early warning and control aircraft breaches South Korean airspace twice off its east coast, forcing the air force to scramble fighters

Song Hye-kyo, Song Joong-ki are officially divorced

Jul 22, 2019 - 2:57 PM

A family court approves the divorce of the former 'Descendants of the Sun' stars

South Korean actor Song Song Joong-Ki (L) and actress Song Hye-Kyo pose for a photo call on the red carpet of the 52nd annual BaekSang Art Awards in Seoul on June 3, 2016. (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE / AFP)

Mighty Sports survives gutsy Korea to take Jones Cup pole position

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Might Sports cruises to a perfect 5-0 record in the 2019 Jones Cup

PERFECT. Hamady N’Diaye throws down a dunk as Mighty Sports remains undefeated in the 2019 Jones Cup tournament. Photo by Cignal-SBP

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

South Korea, Japan hold talks as diplomatic row worsens

Jul 12, 2019 - 10:42 PM

Japan recently ramped up long-running tensions over the use of forced labor during World War II by announcing restrictions on exports used by South Korean chip and smartphone companies

TALKS. South Korea's officers enters the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to hold a talk with their Japanese counterpart on the imposed restrictions, ending expedited shipments of chemical compounds used to manufacture microchips and smartphones in Tokyo on July 12, 2019. Photo by JIJI PRESS/AFP

Philippine Taekwondo team wins gold medals in Chuncheon Korea Open 2019

Jul 12, 2019 - 1:05 PM

The Chuncheon Korea Open is part of the national team’s preparation for the SEA Games in November

Deported K-pop star Steve Yoo may be allowed to return home

Jul 11, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Steve Yoo, also known as Yoo Seung-jun, was barred from South Korea for avoiding military service in 2002

Kangin exits Super Junior

Jul 11, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The 34-year-old bids goodbye to the iconic K-pop group

GOODBYE. Kangin officially leaves Super Junior but will stay on with SM Entertainment. Photo from Kangin's Instagram

Seoul dissolves Japan fund for World War II 'comfort women'

Jul 05, 2019 - 3:28 PM

It is not clear what will happen to the money intended to compensate so-called 'comfort women' – a euphemism for those forced to provide sex for Japanese troops during World War II.

PROTEST. South Korean protesters sit near a statue of a teenage girl symbolizing former 'comfort women,' who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, during a weekly demonstration in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul.  Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Tom Holland visits patients at Seoul Children's Hospital

Jul 04, 2019 - 2:57 PM

'Spider-Man' actor Tom Holland gives kids a superhero surprise of a lifetime!

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

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

Trump steps into North Korea, in historic first

Jun 30, 2019 - 3:29 PM

(UPDATED) The impromptu meeting in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Korean peninsula comes with negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington over the North's nuclear arsenal at a deadlock

WALKING IN NORTH KOREA. 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 of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone on June 30, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

North Korea slams South for 'meddling' in U.S. talks

Jun 27, 2019 - 1:23 PM

'The south Korean authorities would better mind their own internal business,' senior foreign ministry official Kwon Jong-gun says, in a stinging rebuke to the North's neighbor days before US President Donald Trump arrives in Seoul

MORE 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

Moon denies U.S.-North Korea nuclear talks in 'stalemate'

Jun 26, 2019 - 4:11 PM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in – who brokered talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last year – also urges Pyongyang to resume the dialogue to show its desire to denuclearize

MOON JAE-IN. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in at a press conference at the Grand Hotel in Saltsjobaden outside Stockholm, Sweden, on June 15, 2019. Photo by Soren Andersson/TT News Agency/AFP

South Korean Olympians in sexual harassment incident

Jun 25, 2019 - 5:00 PM

An Olympic short track medalist, who has not been identified, sexually harasses another male Games podium finisher

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100,000 South Koreans call for judge to be sacked over child rape case

Jun 20, 2019 - 6:08 PM

Women's rights activists and the public protest the verdict, which reduces the sentence from 8 years to 3, saying child victims of sexual violence were not being protected

South Korea to send 50,000 tons of rice to North

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:14 AM

It will be the first time the South provides food aid to the North since 2010, when it sent 5,000 tons of rice across the border

People take part in an annual rice planting event in Nampho City in Chongsan-ri, near Nampho on May 12, 2019. The event takes place every May 12 to mark the occasion in 1971 when late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il planted rice in the area. KIM Won Jin / AFP

YG Entertainment founder Yang Hyun-suk resigns

Jun 14, 2019 - 5:18 PM

(UPDATED) 'I believe that the truth of the current media reports and malicious gossip will be revealed through investigations,' says the entertainment executive who has been accused of providing prostitutes to investors

STEPPING DOWN. YG Entertainment CEO, shown here at an event in August 2013, announces his resignation. Photo by Starnews / Starnews / AFP

Sister of North Korean leader pays respects at Panmunjeom meeting

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Kim Yo-jong, who holds a powerful position in the reclusive state, delivers the message, and flowers, on her brother's behalf at a meeting with South Korean officials at Panmunjeom in the demilitarized zone

MEETING. This handout photo provided by South Korean Unification Ministry shows Kim Yo-jong (R), sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and Chung Eui-yong (2nd L), South Korea's top national security advisor, during a meeting to deliver a message and flowers on her brother's behalf at the border truce village of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on June 12, 2019. AFP PHOTO / South Korean Unification Ministry

B.I leaves K-pop group iKON after attempted illegal drug purchase

Jun 12, 2019 - 4:45 PM

'I am so ashamed and apologetic to fans who were greatly disappointed and hurt because of my wrong words and actions,' the group leader says

ANOTHER SCANDAL. iKON's leader leaves following reports be bought illegal drugs in 2016. File photo from iKON's official Facebook page

South Korea approves $8 million in aid for hungry North

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:57 PM

It will be the first such aid Seoul has provided Pyongyang since 2015 and follows the North's lowest recorded harvest for a decade, according to the United Nations

DROUGHT. North Korea's border county of Kaepoong is seen from a South Korean observation post in Paju near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on May 17, 2019. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Philippines, South Korea begin free trade deal talks

Jun 03, 2019 - 6:30 PM

With the start of negotiations for a free trade agreement, the Philippines' Department of Trade and Industry says it expects better bilateral ties with South Korea

TALKS BEGIN. The Philippines and South Korea officially begin negotiations which is expected to lead to a free trade agreement. Photo from DTI

South Korean grandmothers school pupils for the first time

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:29 PM

'I have often felt like others looked down on me because of my illiteracy,' says Nam, who at 84 is the oldest of 3 grandmothers in second grade at Woldeung Elementary School

This picture taken on May 15, 2019 shows elderly South Korean women (front L-R) Park Young-ae, Nam Yang-soon and Shin Dong-hee posing and their eight-year-old classmates in a classroom at Woldeung Elementary School on the outskirts of Suncheon, 320 kilometres (198 miles) south of Seoul. - With South Korea's population ageing rapidly and families migrating from the countryside to the cities for decades, rural primary schools are facing falling pupil numbers. Now some are targeting the opposite end of the age spectrum and recruiting elderly illiterate grandmothers -- who were denied education on gender grounds during their own childhoods -- to stave off the threat of closure and teach them to read and write. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP) / To go with AFP story SKorea-social-education-demographics, FEATURE by Kang Jin-kyu

Here's why 'Arthdal Chronicles' is your next Netflix must-watch

Jun 01, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Learn more about the Netflix series here!

'ARTHDAL CHRONICLES.' Korea’s 'first ancient historical drama' will also stream on Netflix. Still courtesy of Netflix

Song-Song fans celebrate as Song Joong-ki talks about wife, Song Hye-kyo

May 31, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Their Song-Song hearts are happy!

At least 7 South Koreans dead, 21 missing as Budapest tourist boat sinks

May 30, 2019 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) A tourist sightseeing boat carrying 33 South Koreans and two Hungarian crew members sinks after colliding with a larger river cruise boat during torrential rain

A victim's body is covered by a black plastic at Danube River close to the National Theatre of Budapest on May 29, 2019. - A river boat used for tourism capsized in the Hungarian capital on May 29, 2019 with dozens of people on board, and a rescue effort was underway as 3 people died and 16 others missing. (Photo by GERGELY BESENYEI / AFP)

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