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Trump warns Kim he has 'everything' to lose through hostility

Dec 09, 2019 - 7:45 AM

'Kim Jong-un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way,' US President Donald Trump tweets in response to an unspecified test at the Sohae space launch center

DONALD TRUMP. In this file photo taken on October 11, 2019 US President Donald Trump speaks to the press at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Fun and action at Michael Bay's 6 Underground world premier

Dec 08, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Lead star Ryan Reynolds says the Netflix film is “the most Michael Bay movie in the history of Michael Bay”

Trump and Moon discuss maintaining talks with North – Seoul

Dec 07, 2019 - 3:12 PM

'The two leaders shared an assessment that the current situation on the Korean peninsula is grave,' says spokeswoman of the South's presidential office

Till death do I stay single: South Korea's #NoMarriage women

Dec 06, 2019 - 6:48 PM

A growing number of South Korean women are banding together to reject rigid patriarchal norms and vowing never to wed, have children or even date and have sex

#NOMARRIAGE. This picture taken on October 10, 2019, shows South Korean woman Yoon Ji-hye posing during an interview with AFP at the Myungdong shopping district in Seoul. A growing number of South Korean women are banding together to reject rigid patriarchal norms and vowing never to wed, have children or even date and have sex. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP)

K-pop star Kang Daniel to take showbiz break due to 'depression, panic disorder'

Dec 06, 2019 - 12:50 PM

'We reached the conclusion that sufficient rest and stability is of the highest priority for the artist's health and safety,' says the South Korean singer's management company

Korean actor Cha In-ha found dead

Dec 03, 2019 - 9:01 PM

The actor's management Fantagio confirms the sad news

North Korea blasts Japan's Abe, warns of 'real ballistic missile'

Nov 30, 2019 - 11:55 PM

'Abe may see what a real ballistic missile is in the not distant future and under his nose... Abe is none other than a perfect imbecile,' says a foreign ministry official, as reported by North Korean news agency KCNA

WORD WAR. North Korea hits back at Japan for its criticisms against the solitary state's nuclear exercises. Kim file photo from KCNA via KNS/AFP; Abe file photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

K-pop star Jung Joon-young jailed for 6 years for gang rape, spycam crimes

Nov 29, 2019 - 4:00 PM

South Korean singer Jung Joon-young is convicted of gang rape and secretly filming and then distributing illicit sex videos of his female partners

North Korea fires 2 'unidentified projectiles' on Thanksgiving

Nov 28, 2019 - 6:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says the North fires two 'unidentified projectiles' on the day of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US

THANKSGIVING GIFT. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on November 29, 2019 shows the test-fire of a super-large multiple launch rocket system from an unidentified location. KCNA/KCNA VIA KNS/AFP

5 PH-South Korea deals signed, but no free trade agreement yet

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:10 AM

Only a statement on an 'early achievement package' on the much-awaited FTA is signed during President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to Busan, South Korea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in witness the exchange of signed agreements between Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez and Minister of Trade Yoo Myung-hee following the successful bilateral meeting at The Westin Chosun Busan Hotel on November 25, 2019. The signed agreement is on the Joint Statement by the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of Korea on the Early Achievement Package of the Negotiations of the Korea-Philippines Free Trade Agreement. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Bullying debate after death of K-pop star Goo Hara

Nov 25, 2019 - 3:36 PM

The singer's death has sparked an online petition on the website of the South’s presidential office calling for stronger punishments for cybercrimes and abusive online comments

Duterte leaves for ASEAN-Korea summit in Busan

Nov 25, 2019 - 12:25 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will also meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a warm welcome to the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Han Dong-Man who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on November 18, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

South Korea, Japan seek summit after intel pact thaw

Nov 23, 2019 - 6:01 PM

The proposal for a summit comes after ties between the two countries hit rock bottom in recent months over trade and Japan's historic war-crime atrocities

South Korea salvages military pact with Japan at 11th hour

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:32 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Kim You-geun, a national security official at Seoul's presidential Blue House, confirms the accord, known as the General Security of Military Agreement, would not be allowed to lapse at midnight

Kim Jong-un rejects invitation to South Korea summit – KCNA

Nov 21, 2019 - 4:29 PM

In a commentary, North Korea accuses the South of failing to carry out agreements reached between the two Koreas and harming cross-border ties by relying on the United States

KIM JONG-UN. 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

U.S. walks out of defense cost talks – Seoul

Nov 19, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Seoul officials say Washington is seeking $5 billion from its treaty partner next year – a fivefold increase –- raising concerns the issue will undermine their alliance

DEFENSE COST TALKS. James DeHart, the US Department of State's senior advisor for security negotiations and agreements bureau of political-military affairs, speaks after a meeting with South Korean counterpart on the Special Measures Agreement (SMA) at the public affairs section of the US Embassy in Seoul on November 19, 2019. Photo by Lee Jin-man/AFP

North Korea 'no longer interested' in summits with U.S. – KCNA

Nov 18, 2019 - 7:14 PM

'We are no longer interested in such talks that bring nothing to us,' says North Korea's foreign ministry adviser Kim Kye-gwan

NO MORE SUMMITS? In this file photo, 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 Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized zone on June 30, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S., South Korea postpone joint drills in 'act of goodwill'

Nov 17, 2019 - 7:35 PM

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the decision is 'an act of goodwill to contribute to an environment conducive to diplomacy and the advancement of peace'

Gilas Women drop Olympic hopes after 39-point loss to South Korea

Nov 16, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Gilas Pilipinas Women remain winless in the FIBA Women's Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament, losing a combined 96 points in two games

BLOWN OUT. Afril Bernardino and Gilas Pilipinas suffer another lopsided loss, this time at the hands of South Korea. Photo from fiba.basketball


Exiled K-pop star Steve Yoo backed by court after draft-dodging

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:47 PM

But South Korea's foreign ministry says it plans to appeal the Supreme Court decision

BACK IN KOREA? The South Korean Supreme Court sides with the exiled K-pop star. Image from Steve Yoo's Instagram

Meet South Korea's model daughter-in-law, a Filipina

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:44 PM

South Korea's Family Welfare Association gives Emma Sumampong her 'hyobu' status, an award for 'filial service' to her parents-in-law

This picture taken on August 30, 2019 shows Emma Sumampong (L) and her mother-in-law Kim Geum-nyeo (R) during an interview with AFP at her house in the mountainous town of Hoengseong.

Fans urge Blackpink to leave YG Entertainment after comeback remains elusive

Nov 15, 2019 - 11:59 AM

On Twitter, fans say the group is not getting the promotion they deserve

BLACKPINK. The K-pop girl group is being urged by fans to leave its label, YG Entertainment. Photo from Facebook.com/BLACKPINKOFFICIAL

Preliminary contract for new PH Navy warships signed in South Korea

Nov 12, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The Navy chief says they're figuring out where to get the P28 billion to buy a pair of brand new corvettes, which will be the Philippines' most powerful warships – if the plan pushes through

PHILIPPINE WARSHIP. The brand new BRP Antonio Luna, a multidimensional frigate, is launched to sea for the first time at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea on November 8, 2019. Photo from the Philippine Navy

BTS's Jungkook investigated over car crash

Nov 04, 2019 - 2:59 PM

(UPDATED) Both the singer and the taxi driver were treated for minor injuries

GOLDEN MAKNAE. BTS member Jungkook figures in a car accident involving the violation of a traffic law, according to police. Image from Jungkook's official fanstagram

DFA warns Filipinos against using fake Korea visa services

Nov 04, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also asks the public not to share social media posts advertising the fake visa schemes

Moon, Abe hold 'friendly' talks on ASEAN sidelines

Nov 04, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Ties between Seoul and Tokyo are at rock-bottom over a dispute related to Japan's use of forced labor during World War II, with the countries trading retaliatory sanctions

This picture taken on November 4, 2019 and released by the presidential Blue House via Yonhap shows South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (2nd R) talking with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd L) during their meeting in Bangkok, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

World's biggest trade deal to be delayed to 2020 – draft ASEAN statement

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:55 PM

(UPDATED) Objections by India have dashed hopes of finalizing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership at the ASEAN Summit 2019

ASEAN-INDIA SUMMIT. ASEAN leaders and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (6th from left) pose for a group photo during the 16th ASEAN-India Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

2 bodies retrieved from South Korea helicopter crash

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:07 PM

The Coast Guard says one was believed to be a fireman, but it is still trying to identify the pair

SEARCHING. This handout photo taken on November 1, 2019 and provided by the Korea Coast Guard shows rescue members searching for missing people after a helicopter crashed into the sea near the Dokdo islets, known as Takeshima in Japan. Photo by Korea Coast Guard/AFP

7 South Koreans missing after helicopter crash near disputed islets

Nov 01, 2019 - 2:42 PM

South Korea's coast guard says the chopper had just picked an injured fisherman up from Dokdo, which is known as Takeshima in Japan, when it went down

SEARCHING. This handout photo taken on November 1, 2019 and provided by the Korea Coast Guard shows rescue members searching for missing people after a helicopter crashed into the sea near the Dokdo islets, known as Takeshima in Japan. Handout/Korea Coast Guard/AFP

North Korea fires short-range projectiles – South's military

Oct 31, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The weapons are launched from South Pyongan province in an easterly direction over the sea, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff says in a statement

North Korea's Kim sends Moon condolences for mother's death

Oct 31, 2019 - 3:33 PM

Kang Han-ok dies from a chronic illness on Tuesday, October 29, at the age of 92

MOON JAE-IN. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in delivers an annual budget address at the National Assembly in Seoul on October 22, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Japan beer exports to South Korea down 99.9% over boycott

Oct 30, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Just $5,400 worth of Japanese beer is shipped to South Korea in September 2019, compared to $7.2 million worth in the same month last year

This picture taken on July 17, 2019 shows a sign reading "We do not sell Japanese products!" as cans of South Korean beer are displayed on shelves at a grocery shop in Seoul. - Angry South Koreans are boycotting Japanese products from beer to stationery as a trade dispute between the neighbours intensifies, with thousands of shop owners even removing the imported goods from their shelves. Tokyo earlier this month ramped up long-running tensions over the use of forced labour during World war II by announcing restrictions on key exports used by South Korean chip and smartphone makers, including Samsung Electronics. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY SKorea-Japan-economy-diplomacy-trade / FOCUS BY Claire Lee

Travelers to Korea can now depart from Clark airport

Oct 27, 2019 - 6:57 PM

The Clark-to-Incheon route will run daily, with one round trip each day

Photo from Clark International Airport Facebook

Dancing in the streets: Performers gather for K-pop festival

Oct 16, 2019 - 4:15 PM

The Changwon K-pop World Festival, contestants from around the globe perform imitation dances or sing cover versions of the genre's biggest hits

In a photo taken on October 11, 2019, competitors from Cambodia perform at the 'K-pop World Festival' in Changwon. - At the grandly titled and government-funded Changwon K-pop World Festival contestants from around the globe perform imitation dances or sing cover versions of the genre's biggest hits -- with thousands of fans cheering them on. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP) / TO GO WITH SKorea-entertainment-music-diplomacy,FOCUS by Claire Lee

Friends, colleagues mourn Sulli's death

Oct 15, 2019 - 10:07 AM

f(x) member Amber, Goo Hara, and other stars remember the singer and actress

K-pop star Sulli found dead

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:17 PM

(UPDATED) The actress debuted as a member of the girl group f(x)

GONE TOO SOON. Sulli, formerly of f(x) is found dead in her home. Photo from Sulli's Instagram

U.S., Japan, South Korea discuss North Korean denuclearization

Oct 09, 2019 - 12:58 PM

US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun holds talks with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts

STEPHEN BIEGUN. In this file photo taken on February 9, 2019, US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun listens to South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha during their meeting at the foreign ministry in Seoul. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea boat collides with Japan sea patrol; 60 crew rescued

Oct 08, 2019 - 7:20 AM

The North Korean ship – believed to illegally fishing in Japanese waters – capsized after the collision, says Japanese the coast guard

This handout photograph received via Jiji Press and released from the Japan Coast Guard on October 7, 2019 shows a Japanese fisheries agency patrol boat at the site of its collision with a North Korean fishing boat in the Sea of Japan, northwest of Noto peninsula, Ishikawa prefecture. A North Korean boat collided with a Japanese fisheries agency patrol vessel in the Sea of Japan on October 7, sending around 20 North Koreans overboard, Japan's coastguard said. Handout / Japan Coast Guard via Jiji Press / AFP

North Korea says no talks unless U.S. stops hostile policies

Oct 06, 2019 - 8:18 PM

(UPDATED) A spokesman says 'the fate of the US-North Korea dialogue is in Washington's hands and the deadline is until the end of this year'

WALKING AWAY FROM TALKS. A woman walks past a television news screen showing file footage of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the truce village of Panmunjom, at a railway station in Seoul on September 10, 2019. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

North Korean, U.S. officials at nuclear talks after latest missile test

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:03 PM

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Lindh says that dialogue is needed to reach 'denuclearization and peaceful solution'

NUCLEAR TALKS. Members of the North Korean delegation arrive to Arlanda airport north of Stockholm on October 3, 2019. AFP photo

Trump says North Korea talks going ahead despite missile test

Oct 04, 2019 - 12:06 AM

'They want to talk and we'll be talking to them,' says US President Donald Trump in his first public reaction to North Korea's announcement of what it calls a 'new phase' in its arsenal

TALKS. US President Donald Trump (R) walks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un during a break in talks at the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 28, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

9 killed as typhoon lashes South Korea

Oct 03, 2019 - 3:26 PM

(UPDATED) The storm hits the southern parts of South Korea, prompting flood warnings and triggering landslides in affected areas

TYPHOON MITAG. Cars are seen inundated by floodwaters from heavy rains caused by Typhoon Mitag in Gangneung on October 3, 2019. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

North Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of nuclear talks

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:53 AM

(UPDATED) Analysts say Pyongyang frequently couples diplomatic overtures with military moves, as a way of maintaining pressure on negotiating partners

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

North Korea says to hold nuclear talks with U.S.

Oct 01, 2019 - 5:24 PM

(UPDATED) The two sides agreed to have 'preliminary contact' on October 4 and hold negotiations the following day, says North Korea's vice foreign minister Choe Son-hui

RESUMPTION OF TALKS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un talk before a meeting in the Demilitarized Zone on June 30, 2019, in Panmunjeom, Korea.  File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Huge tanker blast sparks fire injuring 12 in South Korea

Sep 28, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Nine of the injured are from South Korea, while the nationality of the others is not yet known

Top Venezuelan gov't official in North Korea – state media

Sep 26, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Diosdado Cabello, the right-hand man of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, is in North Korea leading a 'high-level delegation'

The president of the National Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, gestures during the 1st International Meeting of Workers in solidarity with the Venezuelan Government and people at the Alba Hotel in Caracas, Venezuela, on August 29, 2019. The Russian ambassador to Venezuela, Vladimir Zaemskiy, accused the United States of obstructing with its sanctions an agreement between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition to resolve the political crisis. Matias Delacroix / AFP

BTS member RM donates $83,000 to hearing-impaired students

Sep 21, 2019 - 10:29 AM

To celebrate his birthday, RM donates around 100 million won to the Seoul Samsung School for hearing-impaired students

WINNER is coming back to Manila in 2020

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:17 PM

The K-pop group is making a stop in the country as part of their 'Cross Tour'

WINNER. The K-pop group is headed to Manila as part of their 'Cross Tour'. Photo from Facebook.com/OfficialYGWINNER

Kim Tae-hee, Rain welcome second daughter

Sep 20, 2019 - 10:34 AM

Congratulations to the couple!

PARENTS OF TWO. Rain and Kim Tae-hee welcome their second daughter. Screengrabs from Instagram.com/rain_oppa, and Instagram.com/taehee35

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