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N. Korea leader's aide expelled to farm: intelligence agency

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has sent one of his top aides to a farm for "re-education" to punish him for the sloppy construction of a power plant, South Korea's spy agency said Tuesday.

North Korea slams South's live-fire drill

Seoul - North Korea on Tuesday bitterly criticised the South for staging a live-fire drill near their disputed sea border, hinting it may respond to Seoul's "confrontation" just days before the rivals were due to hold talks designed to improved relations.

Two dead in U.S. military helicopter crash

Seoul - Two people were killed when a US military attack helicopter crashed on a mountain road in South Korea on Monday evening, officials said.

Former S. Korean president Kim Young-Sam dies at 87

Seoul - Former South Korean President Kim Young-Sam, whose election pulled down the final curtain on more than 30 years of military rule, died on Sunday, hospital officials said. He was 87.

North, South Korea to hold rare talks next week

Seoul - North and South Korea agreed Friday to hold rare talks next week, aimed at setting up a high-level dialogue that might provide the foundation for a sustainable improvement in cross-border ties.

South Korea on alert for sign of North Korea missile test

Seoul - South Korea said Monday it was "closely watching" for any signs of an imminent North Korean missile test after Pyongyang reportedly issued a no-sail zone off its east coast.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon to visit North Korea: Yonhap

Seoul - UN chief Ban Ki-moon will visit North Korea this week for a likely meeting with the nuclear-armed state's diplomatically reclusive leader, Kim Jong-Un, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Monday.

S. Korean president open to summit with North ... maybe

Seoul - South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said Friday she would be willing to hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, but only if there was a "breakthrough" on Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

S. Korea, Japan hold first post-summit talks on WWII sex slaves

Seoul - South Korea and Japan on Wednesday discussed their long-running dispute over Korean women forced into wartime sexual slavery -- the first such talks since their leaders vowed to push for a mutually acceptable settlement.

State funeral list in N. Korea triggers purge speculation

Seoul - A state funeral in North Korea has sparked another fresh round of purge rumours after one of Kim Jong-Un's most powerful aides was omitted from the official funeral committee list.

Bindi Irwin must prove father's death via contract with DWTS

A judge in the L.A. Superior Court has ruled Bindi Irwin will not be paid for appearing on the show Dancing with the Stars until proof is provided of her father's death. Steve Irwin was best known as the Crocodile Hunter on Animal Planet.

Tech-sharing key to success of climate summit: France

Seoul - French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that sharing emissions-cutting technology with emerging nations like India and China will be a key part of the "success or failure" of climate change talks in Paris next month.

South Korea, Japan summit breaks diplomatic freeze

Seoul - The leaders of South Korea and Japan broke an extended diplomatic freeze Monday with a rare summit at which they agreed to push for swift resolution of historical disputes that have tainted ties for decades.

S. Korea, China, Japan put hostility aside at rare summit

Seoul - The leaders of South Korea, China and Japan said Sunday they were willing to work together again for regional trade and security after setting aside historical animosities with their first summit talks in more than three years.

S. Korea confirms Japan summit, 'comfort women' on agenda

Seoul - South Korean President Park Geun-Hye will hold a long-awaited summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe next week, with the sensitive issue of Korean "comfort women" on the agenda, officials said Wednesday.

Two Koreas wrap up emotional family reunion

Seoul - North and South Korean families divided since the Korean War said a tearful final farewell on Monday, wrapping up a rare reunion that was clouded at the last by a maritime border spat.

Second round of reunions for separated Korean families

Seoul - A second round of highly-charged family reunions brought together relatives split for six decades by the Korean War on Saturday, with around 250 mostly elderly South Koreans crossing into the North.

Reunited Koreans given privacy to bridge 60-year divide

Seoul - Around 400 elderly South Koreans met privately Wednesday with North Korean relatives they haven't seen for more than 60 years, on the second day of a highly charged reunion for families torn apart by the Korean War.

Shock, hugs and tears as war-divided Koreans reunite

Goseong - Nearly 400 mostly elderly and frail South Koreans held a tearful, emotionally fraught reunion Tuesday with family members in North Korea, more than 60 years after they were separated by the Korean War.

Korean families gather for rare North-South reunion

Sokcho - Almost 400 South Koreans -- many of them elderly, some in wheelchairs, all in a state of nervous anticipation -- gathered Monday before crossing into North Korea for a rare and emotional reunion with separated family members.
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