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North Korean soldier defects to South across border

Seoul - A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea on Saturday across their heavily fortified land border, which the two sides have begun to demilitarise as relations between the Cold War-era foes warm, the South's military said.

N. Korean soldier defects across border: South's military

Seoul - A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea across the eastern land border on Saturday, the South's military said.

Two Koreas start landmark journey for railway reconnection

Seoul - A South Korean train crossed into North Korea on Friday for the first time in a decade -- packed with engineers on a mission to upgrade the North’s dilapidated rail tracks and create a linked, cross-border network.

Top S. Korea court orders Japanese firm to pay out over forced labour

Seoul - South Korea's top court on Thursday ordered a Japanese heavy industries giant to pay compensation over forced wartime labour -- the latest in a series of decisions to strain ties between the two neighbours.

Doggy diplomacy: S. Korea unveils newborn Northern pups

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife have been pictured cuddling a litter of puppies whelped by one of the dogs given to them by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a symbol of the strengthening ties between the two countries.

Hand in hand, Koreas seek to end UNESCO wrestling

Andong - North and South Korea have long grappled over their joint symbols at the United Nations culture organisation UNESCO, but they could share the honours this week when twin applications for traditional Korean wrestling come up for consideration.

New partnership looks at how AI can benefit society

A partnership body called Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society (PAI) has received a boost from Samsung, with the South Korean technology organization joining in to find ways to maximize the societal benefits of AI.

UN grants sanctions exemption for Korea railway survey

Seoul - The UN Security Council has granted a sanctions exemption for the two Koreas to jointly conduct a survey on reconnecting railways across their border, a spokesman for the South Korean presidency said Saturday.

Two Koreas connect DMZ road across border: Seoul

Seoul - North and South Korea have connected a road across their shared border for the first time in 14 years, Seoul's defence ministry said Thursday in the latest reconciliation gesture between the neighbours.

On a mission from God: South Korea's many cults

Seoul - The jailing of a South Korean religious leader on Thursday for the rape of multiple followers is only the latest example of such abuse.

South Korea closes biggest dog slaughterhouse complex

Seoul - South Korean officials on Thursday began to dismantle the country's largest canine slaughterhouse complex, as animal rights activists push to end the custom of eating dog meat.

S. Korean cult leader jailed for raping followers

Seoul - A South Korean cult leader was convicted Thursday of the multiple rape of eight female followers -- some of whom believed he was God -- and jailed for 15 years.

S. Korean cult leader jailed for raping followers

Seoul - A South Korean cult leader was convicted Thursday of the multiple rape of eight female followers -- some of whom believed he was God -- and jailed for 15 years.

S. Korea to close Japan-funded 'comfort women' foundation

Seoul - South Korea on Wednesday announced the formal shutdown of a controversial Japanese-funded foundation created to help former wartime sex slaves -- a move that will further sour ties between the neighbours.

N. Korea swiftly expels US citizen amid nuclear talks

Seoul - North Korea said Friday it had expelled a US citizen who tried to enter illegally, an unusually swift resolution of a case that could have further complicated reconciliation moves between the two countries.

North Korea tests new 'ultramodern tactical weapon': KCNA

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has overseen the testing of a "newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon", Pyongyang's state media reported Friday, in a move that will raise the temperature over denuclearisation talks.

North Korea 'tests high-tech new weapon': report

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has supervised the testing of a "high-tech" new weapon, Pyongyang's state media reported Friday according to Yonhap news agency.

BTS management apologise for nuclear blast T-shirt after Japan row

Seoul - The managers of hugely popular South Korean boyband BTS have issued an extensive apology after controversy erupted in the lucrative Japanese market over a T-shirt worn by one of the vocalists showing a nuclear blast.

Jobs for the boys under fire in South Korea

Seoul - In her year-long quest for a job, South Korean college graduate Casey Lee has faced a barrage of personal and contradictory questions."One company asked if I had a boyfriend and when I'd get married," she told AFP.

S. Korea's Moon sacks finance minister, policy chief

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in sacked his top two economic officials Friday, the government said, as the world's 11th-largest economy struggles with slowing growth, rising unemployment and persistent income gaps.
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