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North Koreans mark anniversary of founder's birth

Seoul - North Korea marked the anniversary of the birth of its founder Kim Il Sung Thursday, with mask-wearing citizens placing flowers before his statue in Pyongyang.

Iran releases seized S. Korean tanker: Seoul foreign ministry

Seoul - Iran on Friday released a South Korean-flagged tanker it seized amid a dispute over billions in frozen oil funds, and the vessel's captain, the foreign ministry in Seoul said.

Video saved the K-pop stars: Brave Girls reborn via YouTube

Gwacheon - The Brave Girls were losing courage just weeks ago, on the verge of breaking up and abandoning their dreams of K-pop stardom after years of going nowhere.

Crushing poll defeats for South Korea's ruling party

Seoul - South Korea's conservative opposition won landslide victories in elections for the mayors of the country's two biggest cities, results showed Thursday, in a bad sign for Moon Jae-in's Democratic Party a year before the next presidential poll.

Samsung Electronics forecasts 44.19% jump in Q1 operating profit

Seoul - South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics flagged a 44.19 percent rise in first quarter operating profit Wednesday, largely driven by robust sales of smartphones and the launch of its flagship Galaxy S21 series.

N. Korea says will not go to Olympics over Covid fears

Seoul - North Korea will not attend this year's Tokyo Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic, Pyongyang's sports ministry said, dashing Seoul's hopes of using the Games to restart talks with its nuclear-armed neighbour.

BTS agency to acquire Scooter Braun's Ithaca for $1.05 billion

Seoul - The agency behind K-pop phenomenon BTS announced a $1.05 billion deal Friday to buy the US firm that manages Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and other major stars. HYBE, formerly known as Big Hit Entertainment, is investing 1.

The road not taken: South Korea's self-driving professor

Yongin - Decades before the race to build a self-driving car became a multi-billion-dollar contest between tech giants such as Tesla and Google, a South Korean professor built an autonomous vehicle and test-drove it across the country -- only for his research t...

Top flight: South Korea's 18-year-old world drone champion

Hwaseong-si - In a South Korean rice field, the teenage world drone-racing champion is preparing to defend his title in one of the planet's fastest and highest-tech sports.

North Korean leader's sister slams South's Moon as US 'parrot'

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's influential sister slammed the South's president Tuesday as "a parrot raised by America" after he criticised a missile test by Pyongyang.

North Korea accuses UN Security Council of double standards

Seoul - Nuclear-armed North Korea accused the UN Security Council of double standards Monday ahead of a meeting on its latest missile test.

North Korea accuses Biden of 'provocation' after missile test

Seoul - North Korea threatened a further military build-up on Saturday in response to Joe Biden's condemnation of this week's missile launches, a weapons test that marked Pyongyang's first substantive provocation since the US president took office.

Young, rich and racy: South Korea's livestreamers

Seoul - From a converted storeroom on the roof of his mother's Seoul apartment, Kim Min-kyo plays video games for up to 15 hours a day -- and makes a fortune from the thousands of fans watching him.

N. Korea launch was new 'tactical guided projectile': Pyongyang

Seoul - North Korea has tested a new "tactical guided projectile" with a solid-fuel engine, state media said Friday after the nuclear-armed country carried out its first substantive provocation since US President Joe Biden's inauguration.

North Korea launches suspected ballistic missiles

Seoul - North Korea fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea Thursday, in its first substantive provocation to the new US administration of Joe Biden.

North Korea cuts ties with Malaysia over US extradition

Seoul - North Korea severed diplomatic ties with Malaysia on Friday, abruptly ending a once-close relationship that soured following the assassination of Kim Jong Un's half-brother in a Kuala Lumpur airport four years ago.

North Korea says will ignore US while 'hostile policy' in place

Seoul - North Korea accused the new US administration of adopting "lunatic theory" Thursday, ruling out any engagement with Washington unless it changed course, as President Joe Biden's top envoys held talks in Seoul.

North Korea says will ignore US while 'hostile policy' in place

Seoul - North Korea said Thursday it will ignore all US efforts to foster contact or dialogue unless Washington changes course, hours before President Joe Biden's top envoys held talks in Seoul.

Top US envoys in Seoul with China, North Korea on agenda

Seoul - Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin and top US diplomat Antony Blinken met their South Korean counterparts in Seoul on Wednesday to bolster a united front against an increasingly assertive China and the nuclear-armed North.

N. Korean leader's sister warns US as Biden envoys begin Asia trip

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's influential sister warned the United States against actions that could make it "lose sleep", state media reported Tuesday, as top Biden administration officials began a visit to key allies Tokyo and Seoul.
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