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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

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

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

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

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

South Korea to file WTO complaint over Japan's export curbs

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:15 PM

South Korea accuses Japan of violating World Trade Organization principles

TRADE WAR. The trade dispute between South Korea and Japan heats up. Photo from Shutterstock

North Korea again tests 'super-large' rocket launcher – state media

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:02 AM

North Korea's state media says its leader Kim Jong Un supervised a fresh test of a 'super-large multiple rocket launcher' system

A man watches a television news screen showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on September 10, 2019. North Korea on September 10 fired projectiles toward the sea, South Korea's military said, hours after Pyongyang said it is willing to hold working-level talks with the United States in late September. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

North Korea fires 'projectiles' after offering talks with U.S.

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:02 AM

No further details are immediately available but these are the latest to be fired since July. Previous launches have been identified as short-range missiles.

TEST FIRE. In this file photo taken on August 16, 2019 and released on August 17 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows the test-firing of a new weapon, presumed to be a short-range ballistic missile, at an undisclosed location. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

South Korean president appoints justice minister despite scandals

Sep 09, 2019 - 3:33 PM

Cho Kuk is appointed to the role by President Moon Jae-in

APPOINTMENT. A man watches a television news screen showing South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaking after appointing law professor Cho Kuk as justice minister, in Seoul on September 9, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Cinemalaya winner 'John Denver Trending' heads to Busan International Film Festival 2019

Sep 06, 2019 - 2:07 PM

Cinemalaya 2019's Best Picture winner will be competing at the 24th Busan International Film Festival in October

BTS label to hold global auditions for K-pop girl group

Sep 05, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Big Hit Entertainment is scouting for new members for their upcoming 2021 K-pop girl group – why not give it a shot?

LOOK: South Korean warships on friendly visit to Manila

Sep 02, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The Philippines is set to acquire several new warships from South Korea

South Korean lawmaker grills official nominee for not giving birth

Sep 02, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Jeong Kab-yoon, a 5-time lawmaker from the Liberty Korea Party, sparks an outcry for scolding Joh Sung-wook, an unmarried academic who is in her mid-50s, for not having children

FIGHTING SOUTH KOREAN PATRIARCHY. This picture from June 9, 2018 shows South Korean women staging a monthly protest against secretly-filmed spycam pornography in Seoul. File photo by Jung Hawon/AFP

Retrials ordered for ex-South Korean leader Park, Samsung heir

Aug 29, 2019 - 3:08 PM

South Korea's Supreme Court sends their cases back for new proceedings, saying that errors had been made in the judgments

PROTEST FOR PARK. Supporters of South Korea's former president Park Geun-hye shout slogans during a protest demanding her release from prison, outside the Supreme Court in Seoul on August 29, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Alden Richards receives Asian Star Prize at Seoul International Drama Awards 2019

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Alden is the latest Filipino actor to receive the award

K-pop star Seungri accused of illicit gambling

Aug 28, 2019 - 3:48 PM

The former BIGBANG member was questioned by police for illicit overseas gambling, the latest step after his retirement in March due to prostitution claims

South Korea begins annual war games to defend against Japan

Aug 25, 2019 - 10:54 AM

The 'East Sea territory defence training' aims to solidify the South Korean military's resolve to defend the Dokdo islands and its surrounding areas

North Korea's Kim oversaw test of 'multiple rocket launcher' – KCNA

Aug 25, 2019 - 8:46 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says the 'newly developed' system was a 'great weapon'

ANOTHER TEST. 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

PH to buy 2 navy corvettes from South Korea, may receive 2 more

Aug 24, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the South Korean government plans to donate two of its navy’s old corvettes as the Philippines buys two brand new ones from Hyundai Heavy Industries

NAVY CORVETTE. The BRP Conrado Yap, a Pohang-class corvette donated by South Korea, is welcomed in Manila on August 20, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Alternate lives: Korean orphans' quests for answers

Aug 24, 2019 - 12:30 PM

International adoption from South Korea began after the Korean War as a way to remove mixed-race children, born to local mothers and American GI fathers, from a country that emphasized ethnic homogeneity

This picture taken on July 31, 2019 shows Korean-American adoptee Glenn Morey during an interview with AFP at an exhibition hall for his latest film project on adoption in South Korea, Side x Side, in Seoul. International adoption from South Korea began after the Korean War as a way to remove mixed-race children, born to Korean mothers and American GI fathers, from an ethnically homogenous country with widespread racism. More recently the main driver has been babies born to unmarried women, who still face stigmatisation in a patriarchal society. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

North Korea fires 'short-range ballistic missiles' into sea – Seoul

Aug 24, 2019 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) South Korea says its military is 'tracking the movement in the North in case of additional launches, with firm readiness'

This picture taken on April 9, 2018 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 10 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un discussed future talks with the US at a party meeting, state media reported on April 10, in his first official mention of dialogue with Washington ahead of a planned summit with President Donald Trump. KCNA VIA KNS / AFP

South Korea says will share military intel with Japan through U.S.

Aug 23, 2019 - 5:50 PM

South Korea will 'actively utilize the trilateral information-sharing channel with the United States as the intermediary' in place of the accord with Japan

TRILATERAL. In this file photo, Korean minister Kim Hyun-chong arrives in Ottawa, Ontario, on October 25, 2018. File photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

Britain, South Korea sign Brexit trade deal

Aug 23, 2019 - 9:41 AM

It is Britain's first post-Brexit trade deal in Asia and follows similar agreements with nations including Chile, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland

Britain's International Trade Secretary Liz Truss leaves 10 Downing street after a cabinet meeting in London on July 25, 2019 Britain's newly installed Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds his first cabinet meeting today faced with the burning challenge of resolving the three-year Brexit crisis in three months. Isabel Infantes / AFP

Japan 'strongly' protests South Korea defense pact move – FM

Aug 22, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Japan's foreign minister Taro Kono says 'the decision to end the pact by the South Korean government is a complete misjudgment of the current regional security environment and it is extremely regrettable'

PROTEST. This file photo shows Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono. File photo by Angie de Silva/ Rappler

South Korea says to scrap military intel sharing pact with Japan

Aug 22, 2019 - 6:33 PM

The dispute between the two US allies has raised concerns over the potential implications for their security cooperation in the face of North Korean missile tests, and the possible impact on global supply chains

China hosts Japan, South Korea in show of regional unity

Aug 22, 2019 - 9:29 AM

The East Asian nations hold a three-way summit in Beijing this, with China positioning itself as mediator in a growing trade spat between Japan and South Korea

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (C) joins hands with South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (L) and Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono (R) ahead the ninth trilateral foreign ministers' meeting between China, South Korea and Japan at Gubei Town in Beijing on August 21, 2019.  WU HONG / POOL / AFP

Israel, South Korea announce free trade deal

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Israeli Economy Minister Eli Cohen calls the deal 'historic,' saying it is Israel's first such agreement with an east Asian nation

'HISTORIC.' South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee (L) and Israeli Economy and Industry Minister Eli Cohen stand after signing a free trade agreement between Israel and the Republic of Korea in Jerusalem on August 21, 2019. Photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

U.S. 'prepared to engage' with North Korea in nuclear talks – envoy

Aug 21, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Anticipation for renewed dialogue is on the rise after the US and ally South Korea wrapped up a two-week joint military drill on August 20

NUCLEAR TALKS. US special envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon during their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul on August 21, 2019. Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/AFP

North Korea fires missiles, rejects further talks with South

Aug 16, 2019 - 9:38 AM

(UPDATED) The South Korean military says the projectiles were fired from near the city of Tongchon of Kangwon Province into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan

TEST FIRE. This early August 10, 2019 picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 11, 2019, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (seated) supervising the test-fire of a new weapon at an undisclosed location. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

South Korea's Moon offers olive branch to Japan

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:51 PM

President Moon Jae-in says Seoul is willing to work with Tokyo to secure 'fair trade and cooperation' in the region

MOON JAE-IN. In this file photo, South Korea President Moon Jae-in addresses journalists on February 17, 2018, in Pyeongchang. File photo by Florian Choblet/AFP

South Korea tightens export controls on Japan in trade row

Aug 12, 2019 - 6:25 PM

South Korea creates a new category for countries that have signed the world's top 4 export control agreements but 'violate international norms.' It places Japan alone in that category.

Photo from Shutterstock

K-pop superstars BTS to take 'long-term break'

Aug 12, 2019 - 11:33 AM

The group is set to take their 'first official long-term break since their debut'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 15, 2019 South Korean boy band BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, pose on the red carpet at the 28th Seoul Music Awards in Seoul. - The seven-piece South Korean boy band, whose world tour "Love Yourself: Speak Yourself", came to Paris for two nights late last week, after a string of sold-out shows in Los Angeles, Chicago and London's iconic Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Trump says North Korea's Kim wants to resume nuclear talks

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:04 PM

US President Donald Trump is determined to resume the talks with North Korea ahead of the 2020 US presidential elections

RESUME TALKS. North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea on July 25, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said, after warnings from Pyongyang over military exercises between Washington and Seoul next month. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

North Korea threatens more launches after fourth test in 12 days

Aug 06, 2019 - 1:04 PM

The rising temperature on the peninsula threatens to derail putative negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington, with the North saying the combined drills are a 'flagrant violation' of the process

People watch a television news screen showing a file footage of North Korea's missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on August 6, 2019. North Korea threatened on August 6, to carry out more weapons tests, after it fired its fourth set of projectiles in less than two weeks following the start of joint exercises between the US and the South. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

U.S., South Korea lack 'political will' on peace talks – KCNA

Aug 06, 2019 - 8:56 AM

An unnamed North Korean foreign ministry spokesman says the US-South Korea war games are a 'flagrant violation' of efforts to reach peace

People watch a television news showing a file footage of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un which held at the truce village of Panmunjom, at a railway station in Seoul on July 25, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Japan and South Korea trade tit-for-tat export blows

Aug 02, 2019 - 3:09 PM

(UPDATED) Japan's move comes with the countries mired in a long-running dispute over the use of forced labor during World War II

NO ABE. South Korean protestors hold placards reading 'No Abe!' during a rally against Japan's decision to remove South Korea from a so-called white list of favoured export partners, in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on August 2, 2019.  Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Trump has 'no problem' with latest North Korean weapons test

Aug 02, 2019 - 10:12 AM

North Korea carries out a third test in 8 days – two short-range projectiles from its east coast – in the early hours of Friday, says the South's military

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

U.S.-South Korea military exercises still on despite North's warnings

Aug 01, 2019 - 7:29 AM

Despite North Korea saying its missile launches are a 'solemn warning to the South Korean warmongers', a Pentagon official says there is 'no adjustment or change in plans'

A South Korean K2 tank fires during a live fire demonstration for a media preview of the Defense Expo Korea 2018 at Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, 65 kms northeast of Seoul, on September 11, 2018. The defence exhibition specialising in land forces equipment will run from September 12 to 16 with 250 companies from 30 countries involved. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Accused Hungarian swimmer allowed to leave South Korea

Jul 31, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Olympic medalist Tamas Kenderesi has been allowed to leave South Korea after paying a fine for 'thoughtlessly touching' a nightclub dancer

DENIAL. Tamas Kenderesi denies allegations of sexual harassment. Photo from Instagram/@tamaskenderesi

Top diplomats from South Korea, Japan to hold talks – Seoul

Jul 31, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Diplomats aim to defuse tensions in a long-running dispute between Japan and South Korea

PROTEST AGAINST JAPAN. South Korean protesters hold up placards reading "No Abe!" during a rally denouncing Japan for its recent trade restrictions against Seoul over wartime slavery disputes, near the Japanese embassy in Seoul on July 20, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

North Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles – South Korea military

Jul 31, 2019 - 10:10 AM

(UPDATED) South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff say the two devices were fired from the Wonsan area on the east coast at dawn and flew around 250 kilometers

This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on August 29, 2017 and released on August 30, 2017 shows North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad in Pyongyang. Nuclear-armed North Korea said on August 30 that it had fired a missile over Japan the previous day, the first time it has ever acknowledged doing so. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. /

Show me the money: Korean football fans to sue over Ronaldo benching

Jul 29, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Organizers say the contract with Juventus obliged Cristiano Ronaldo to suit up for at least 45 minutes, but he did not play a single second

DISAPPOINTED. Cristiano Ronaldo has been the subject of backlash from Korean fans. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP


Dressel treble after nightclub deaths rock world swim championships

Jul 28, 2019 - 10:58 AM

American superstar Caeleb Dressel looks untouchable, but controversies continue to hit the world meet

RECORD-SMASHER. After shattering Michael Phelps’ decade-long record, Caeleb Dressel becomes the first swimmer to capture at least 6 gold medals at two world championships. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

North Korean boat towed after crossing to South Korean waters

Jul 28, 2019 - 9:23 AM

It was not immediately known whether the boat's crew of 3 were defectors or accidental crossers of the border

2 dead in Korean nightclub balcony collapse at world swim meet

Jul 27, 2019 - 10:05 AM

(UPDATED) A 38-year-old and a 27-year-old succumbed to grave injuries after an internal balcony gave away in a South Korea nightclub