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N. Korea nuclear test site may be a 'Tired Mountain': 38 North

Seoul - North Korea's nuclear test site may be suffering from the geological condition "Tired Mountain Syndrome" following the latest in a series of atomic blasts, but it is unlikely to be abandoned, an expert website said Wednesday.

US, S. Korea begin major navy drill

Seongnam - The United States and South Korea on Monday launched a joint naval exercise in a fresh show of force against North Korea over its growing missile and nuclear threats.

Defence lawyers for S.Korea's Park quit over alleged bias

Seoul - Former South Korean president Park Geun-Hye's defence lawyers resigned en masse Monday in protest at what they called a biased corruption trial, as the ex-leader described the proceedings as "political revenge".

Op-Ed: Chinese leaked plans to invade Taiwan in mid 2020s in new book

Sydney - According to a new book called "The Chinese Invasion Threat" by Ian Easton, research fellow of the 2049 Institute, China has drawn up plans to invade Taiwan some time in the mid-2020s. These plans are deemed credible in Washington.

Wearable solar thermoelectric generator invented

Ulsan - Power on the move has taken a step forwards with the invention of a new type of energy harvesting system. The system is capable of generating electricity by simply being attached to clothes, as well as windows, and outer walls of a building.

N. Korea readies missile launch ahead of US-S. Korea drill: report

Seoul - North Korea is believed to be preparing to launch a ballistic missile ahead of an upcoming joint naval drill by the US and South Korea, a news report said Saturday, citing a government source.

Weinstein being 'condemned by vigilantes': Oliver Stone

Busan - Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone on Friday said disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was being "condemned by a vigilante system" as people rush to pass judgement on allegations he sexually abused and raped multiple women.

Battle of the online sex crimes in high-tech S. Korea

Seoul - Tony Kim has been paid to watch porn for the last six years, spending his days staring attentively at graphic videos of naked women and sexual liaisons.

Appeal trial for Samsung heir starts in Seoul

Seoul - Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong was back in court Thursday to appeal his five-year sentence for bribing South Korea's ousted president Park Geun-Hye, with prosecutors arguing for a longer jail term.

US bombers overfly Korean peninsula in show of force

Seoul - The US has flown two supersonic heavy bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force against Pyongyang, staging the first night-time joint aviation exercises with Japan and South Korea.

N. Korea hacked Seoul's war plan: report

Seoul - North Korean computer hackers have stolen hundreds of classified military documents from South Korea including detailed wartime operational plans involving its US ally, a report said Tuesday.

N. Korea's Kim promotes sister, reaffirms nuclear drive

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has promoted his sister to a senior ruling party post, state media said Sunday, and praised the country's nuclear weapons programme which has sparked international alarm.

North Korea gets second web connection via Russian firm

Seoul - A state-owned Russian company has opened up a second internet connection for North Korea which could strengthen Pyongyang's cyber capabilities and undermine US efforts to isolate the regime, security experts said.

Dark nights in power-starved North Korea

Kumhwa - At the turbine hall at North Korea's Wonsan Number 5 hydropower station, a placard mounted on a wall proclaims: "Prosperous and Powerful Nation". But when it comes to electricity the North is anything but.

S. Korea welcomes 'special' Olympic skaters from North

Seoul - South Korean organisers of next year's Winter Olympics welcomed Saturday the "special" qualifying of figure skaters from the North, as Seoul seeks to promote its isolated neighbour's participation as a key part of the "Peace Games".

South Korea follows China in banning cryptocurrency ICOs

Seoul - The South Korean Financial Services Commission announced it will ban raising money for all forms of cryptocurrencies through initial coin offerings (ICOs). The Commission said that trading in the currencies needs to be tightly controlled and monitored.

N. Korea accuses 'old lunatic' Trump of exploiting Warmbier death

Seoul - North Korea on Thursday accused Donald Trump of exploiting Otto Warmbier's death, calling the US president an "old lunatic" for alleging that the American student was tortured while in Pyongyang's custody.

Seoul says N. Korean hackers tried to steal bitcoins: Yonhap

Seoul - Police investigations have pointed to North Korea as responsible for recent attempts to hack South Korea's virtual currency exchanges, a report said Wednesday.

Trump Twitter tirades deepen Asia alarm over conflict risk

Seoul - Donald Trump may have stumbled into dangerous new territory with tweets that North Korea interpreted as a declaration of war, alarming a region used to living on the edge but now seriously considering the possibility of conflict.

North Korea 'more opaque' after YouTube propaganda ban: monitors

Seoul - North Korea has become "more opaque" to the outside world following a decision by YouTube to silence an official propaganda channel, a monitoring group has warned, as new sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear programme begin to bite.
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