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N. Korea leader Kim Jong-Un gets new 'top post'

Seoul - North Korea has created a new, supreme governing commission with leader Kim Jong-Un as its chairman, underlining the 33-year-old's absolute control over every aspect of state policy in the isolated, nuclear-armed nation.

N. Korea parliament meeting watched for economic clues

Seoul - North Korea was to convene a session of its legislative assembly on Wednesday, with observers looking for more details to emerge of a new economic plan announced at a rare party congress in May.

North Korea rejects UN rebuke, warns tensions 'uncontrollable'

Seoul - Pyongyang on Saturday rejected the UN Security Council's sharp criticism of its latest missile tests and blamed the United States for driving the divided peninsula toward an "uncontrollable extreme phase".

Missile test could give North Korea ICBM by 2020: US think-tank

Seoul - North Korea's test of a new medium-range missile could help the nuclear-armed state develop an operational intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of striking the US mainland by 2020, a US think-tank said on Friday.

New Busan film fest chief vows to guarantee independence

Seoul - The South Korean head of Asia's top film festival vowed Thursday to adopt new rules on artistic freedom in a bid to stave off a threatened boycott by local moviemakers.

N. Korea leader says new missile can strike US Pacific bases

Seoul - Leader Kim Jong-Un threatened US military bases across the Pacific after North Korea's test of a powerful new missile triggered emergency UN Security Council talks on curbing Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

Heads up! Seoul launches campaign to keep smartphone users safe

Seoul - Pedestrians glued to their smartphones were given something else to look at this week, as officials in Seoul launched a safety campaign to keep them from walking into busy traffic.

N. Korea test fires two powerful, mid-range missiles

Seoul - North Korea conducted two back-to-back tests of a powerful new medium-range missile on Wednesday, with one launch ending in failure but the other flying a distance of 400 kilometres (250 miles), South Korea's Defence Ministry said.

Signs of possible N. Korea missile launch: reports

Seoul - North Korea appears to be readying another test of a powerful, new medium-range missile, following a series of failures for a ballistic weapons programme that aspires to threaten the US mainland, multiple reports said Tuesday.

Samsung beats Apple to remain Asia’s number one brand

Seoul - South Korea’s Samsung has retained its position as the number one brand in Asia, beating Apple, its main rival in the mobile phone business, according to a survey.

S. Korea begins operation to lift sunken ferry

Seoul - A salvage firm Sunday began a difficult and costly operation to raise a sunken South Korean ferry which capsized at sea more than two years ago in a disaster that shocked and enraged the country.

S. Korea launches military patrol against Chinese fishing boats

Seoul - South Korea launched an operation Friday to drive out illegal Chinese fishing boats from neutral waters close to the disputed sea border with the North, in a move that could further escalate cross-border tensions.

North Korea plant makes kimchi under Kim's 'loving care'

Seoul - North Korea is producing kimchi at a new plant "built under the loving care" of leader Kim Jong-Un, who praised the spicy pickle as "one of the world's five health foods", state media said Friday.

South Korea holds fathers after children's teacher raped

Seoul - Three men have been detained in South Korea for allegedly gang-raping a teacher on a remote island, police said Thursday, with two of the suspects believed to be parents of the woman's students.

N. Korea to convene rare parliamentary session on June 29

Seoul - North Korea announced Thursday it will convene a rare parliamentary session late this month, when it may confer a new title on leader Kim Jong-Un as he further tightens his grip on power.

Highly flexible lights made from graphene

Graphene has been successfully used as the basis of a new generation of flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). These lights are flexible, being based on a plastic material.

Korea, Brazil develop kit that detects Zika virus in 20 minutes

Seoul - South Korean and Brazilian researchers have jointly developed a new technology that will detect the Zika virus in 20 minutes.

Train seat alert for pregnant women trialed

Busan - A bespoke bluetooth app, designed to alert underground train users to give up designated seats for pregnant travelers is been trialed in South Korea.

North Korea defectors from China restaurant arrive in Seoul

Seoul - Three North Korean women who worked at a state-run restaurant in China have arrived in South Korea after defecting, authorities in Seoul said Wednesday.

North Korea takes a shine to Donald Trump

Seoul - Donald Trump's push for the White House has caught the approving eye of North Korea, which appears to be relishing the potential strategic benefits of a Trump presidency.
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