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S. Korea navy fires warning shots after North incursion

Seoul - A South Korean naval vessel fired warning shots Friday after a North Korean patrol boat and fishing boat crossed the countries' disputed maritime border, Seoul's defence ministry said.

UN chief fuels presidential speculation with S. Korea trip

Seoul - Ban Ki-moon arrived in South Korea on Wednesday for a six-day visit that has fuelled speculation the UN chief is lining up a tilt at the presidency of his home country.

Koreans snub smartphones in 'Relax Your Brain' contest

Seoul - For 90 minutes, dozens of South Koreans avoided their smartphones and other electronic devices as they took part in an event that encourages people to live a stress-free life in one of the world’s most wired countries.

N. Korea says its proposed talks with South could prevent 'war'

Seoul - North Korea on Saturday suggested holding a preparatory meeting with South Korea ahead of proposed military talks between the two foes that it said could "prevent in advance a second Korean war.

Fatal stabbing fuels concern over gender violence in S. Korea

Seoul - The brutal murder of a woman in Seoul's upmarket Gangnam district has triggered a public outcry and a debate over what some see as a growing streak of violent misogyny in South Korea.

Explosions rock U.S. military base near South Korea's capital

Waegwan - No casualties have been reported so far after a series of oxygen tank explosions blew apart buildings at a U.S. military base in South Korea.

Crisis for South Korea shipbuilders as golden age fades

Seoul - After more than a decade of global dominance, South Korea's shipbuilders face an unprecedented crisis that threatens the very survival of one of the flagship industries of Asia's fourth largest economy.

North Korea appoints new foreign minister

Seoul - North Korea has appointed as its new foreign minister a career diplomat at the centre of managing relations with the United States and South Korea for more than 20 years.

Hollywood takes notice as Korean films surf K-culture wave

Seoul - With K-pop and K-drama television series riding high across Asia and beyond, a trio of South Korean films with top billing at this year's Cannes film festival also shows the country's growing cinematic clout.

No 'imminent' signs of N. Korea nuclear test: U.S. think tank

Seoul - Recent satellite images show no imminent signs of a fifth North Korean nuclear test, following the conclusion of a party congress that many thought Pyongyang would mark with an atomic detonation, a US think tank said Wednesday.

North Korea detains, expels BBC reporter

Seoul - A BBC reporter in North Korea was detained, interrogated for eight hours and eventually expelled over his reporting in the run-up to a rare ruling party congress, the British broadcaster said on Monday.

Car beats man in human-versus-machine race

Seoul - In a human-versus-machine competition, a car defeated an upcoming Brazil Olympic participant in a 70-meter race in South Korea.

North Korea readies for party congress, nuclear test fears persist

Seoul - North Korea readied Thursday to kick off its most important ruling party gathering for nearly 40 years, amid persistent concerns of a nuclear test, despite no clear signs of an imminent detonation.

North Korea completes work at missile sub shipyard: U.S. think tank

Seoul - Recent satellite images suggest North Korea has completed the external refurbishment of a shipyard dedicated to building and launching a new class of ballistic missile submarines, a US think tank said Wednesday.

British firm's Korean unit apologises over poison deaths

Seoul - The head of a Korean subsidiary of a British consumer goods company was slapped and shouted down Monday as he apologised for his firm's role in selling a humidifier disinfectant blamed for more than 100 deaths in South Korea.

A coronation for North Korea's Kim Jong-Un

Seoul - After four years of top-level reshuffles, purges and executions, Kim Jong-Un will formally cement his unassailable status as North Korea's supreme leader at a landmark ruling party congress this week.

North Korea gives Korean-American 10 years' hard labour: Xinhua

Seoul - North Korea on Friday sentenced a detained Korean-American, Kim Dong-Chul, to 10 years' hard labour on charges of subversion and espionage, China's official Xinhua news agency said.

Two North Korea missile tests fail: South

Seoul - North Korea on Thursday made two failed bids to test fire a powerful, new medium-range ballistic missile, in a thwarted display of military strength ahead of a landmark ruling party congress.

North Korea video appeal by family of 'kidnapped' daughter

Seoul - North Korea has released a video appeal by the parents of one of 12 waitresses that Pyongyang insists were kidnapped by South Korean agents from the restaurant where they were working in China.

N. Korea builds replica of South 'Blue House' for target practice

Seoul - North Korea is preparing to blow apart a replica of South Korea's presidential Blue House on an artillery range outside Pyongyang, in an apparent propaganda exercise, the South's military said Wednesday.
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