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South Korean girls build backpacks out of junkfood containers

Some students are making snack back packs from discarded junk food containers. Everything from bottles of yogurt to "Pocky" containers is getting transformed by South Korean girls.

Gangnam Style hits two billion views on YouTube

The video for Gangnam Style has become the first YouTube video to be watched more than two billion times. The hit, by the South Korean rapper Psy, was first released in July 2012.

Chubby dancing Korean baby takes over YouTube (Video)

Sorry Psy, your position on YouTube has now been replaced by someone much younger, cuter (and chubbier). This baby girl and her friend rocked for the camera and are now going viral.

Video captures students final moments on S. Korea ferry

The heart-breaking video, taken on a cellphone, shows the last moments of the South Korean school children who tragically lost their lives aboard the sinking ferry.

School official kills self as hopes for ferry passengers diminish

Jindo - An assistant principal from the high school attended by hundreds of students aboard the South Korean ferry that sank in the Yellow Sea this week committed suicide Friday outside a gymnasium where parents of the presumed victims had gathered.

Microsoft uses South Korea ferry disaster to promote Office 365

Microsoft South Korea has seized the recent sinking of the South Korean ferry Sewol to promote the company's Office 365 in a particularly tasteless piece of promotion.

China tells Hagel won't 'stir up troubles' in Japan dispute

Beijing - Beijing will not act first to "stir up troubles" over island disputes with neighbours, China's defence minister said Tuesday at a meeting with American counterpart Chuck Hagel.

US defence chief warns China, drawing parallel with Crimea

Tokyo - Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Sunday warned China against unilateral action to resolve territorial disputes with its neighbours, drawing a parallel with Russia's incursion in Ukraine as he announced two more warships would be sent to Japan.

South Korea boosts air defenses with about $6.8 billion budget for F-35s

South Korea expects to pay around 7.34 trillion won ($6.79 billion) for 40 Lockheed Martin <LMT.N> F-35 fighter jets, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Monday, as Seoul boosts its air def...

Exclusive: More South Koreans set to follow Ahn abroad, says dad

More Olympic athletes are set to ditch their South Korean passports and compete for rival nations unless the country's skating union (KSU) reforms, the father of Korea's greatest sporting...

Leading Korea skating official resigns after Sochi flop

The powerful vice chairman of the Korean Skating Union (KSU), Jeon Myung-gyu, resigned on Monday as South Korea moved to put a disappointing Sochi Olympics behind it and start building for the 2018 Pyeongchan...

Canada, South Korea conclude long-delayed free trade deal

Canada and South Korea announced on Tuesday they had wrapped up talks on a long-delayed free trade deal which had stalled for years amid squabbles over exports of autos and beef.

U.N. sanctions experts investigate Rodman's North Korea trips

A group of United Nations sanctions experts has been investigating former basketball star Dennis Rodman because of gifts he brought to North Korea during his visits to the reclusive state, ac...

Ahn's gold hard for South Koreans to swallow

Seeing Viktor Ahn draped in the Russian flag and crying tears of joy after winning short track gold for his adopted country has prompted an outpouring of fury in South Korea towards the country's skating unio...

South Korea plans to open a new robot theme park in 2016

Seoul - A massive world robot theme park project is underway in South Korea, a family friendly amusement park that will also double as a robotics grad school.

Dennis Rodman says he'd trade places with American held in North Korea

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman said on Friday he was willing to trade places with Kenneth Bae, an American missionary imprisoned in North Korea, the next time he visits his friend, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

South Korea's Lee banned for missing dope tests

South Korea's Olympic badminton gold medalist Lee Yong-dae has been hit with a one-year ban for missing doping tests, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Tuesday.

Colorful characters spent the weekend in downtown Sacramento Special

Sacramento - If you are an Anime fan or into Cosplay, chances are you heard of or attended the SacAnime Convention, Northern California's biggest “dress-up” event. The Sacramento Convention Center hosted the three day show Jan. 3rd through the 5th.

Op-Ed: America in 2014

New York - Nations, like people, are full of flaws and inadequacies. On the bright side though, we believe that we can improve if we try. Nations are also like people when it comes to the habit of mind that thinks "things were better back when."

North Korea shake-up purges Jang Song-thaek, Kim uncle

Pyongyang - The reclusive state of North Korea is rarely in western headlines for the right reasons and Wednesday is no different. The whereabouts of a powerful uncle of the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, are unknown following speculation that he has been "removed".

US urges North Korea to release detained tourist Merill Newman

Pyongyang - The White House is urging North Korea to release 85-year-old war veteran Merill Newman, of Palo Alto, California, who has been detained in the Communist country for over a month.

Photo Essay:Thunderstorm creates authentic Burning Man experience Special

Over 1,000 people attended Korea Burn 2013, a small-scale Burning Man on Sept. 13 to 15. Though much effort went into organizing it, the Korean version is a camping trip compared to the original. It took a massive thunderstorm to make it more authentic.

Korean woman 'trapped on the Internet'

A mysterious Korean woman known as Chip-chan, at first thought to be dead, has become an Internet sensation as viewers try to piece together who the woman is.

Review: Cop thriller Cold Eyes keeps the tension tight and fast-paced Special

Toronto - How do you make a standard cops-and-robbers film a riveting suspenseful 120 minutes of intrigue and action? Just ask the filmmakers behind Cold Eyes, a Korean film screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.

LG phone giveaway ends with 20 injured

Seoul - While the idea of getting free anything is enough to entice people to line up and crowd, a giveaway in Seoul, Korea of 100 vouchers for free LG smartphones ended with 20 injured.

North Korea's nuclear plant restart belies Politburo changes

North Korea announced it is restarting operations at its nuclear facilities including the currently mothballed reactor at Yongbyon nuclear facility. But, behind the latest sabre-rattling there are changes at the very top of Pyongyang's political elite.

Video: Korean movie 'The Berlin File' teaser trailer

A 30-second teaser trailer has been released for the upcoming South Korea action spy thriller movie called "The Berlin File" which focuses on a North Korean spy sold out by his own government.

Video: 'The Tower' Korean movie trailer

South Korean film "The Tower" is due to have a limited screening in the United States on January 11. The movie was originally released to theaters in South Korean on Christmas Day, December 25.

PSY portrayal as a rapist in a Japanese manga enrages Koreans

In a soon-to-be released Japanese manga, Korean rapper PSY is being portrayed as a rapist. In turn, Koreans are expressing their outrage online.
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Containers like these are being used to make some neat recycled backpacks.
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The South Korean stand was selling tradition Korean garb, a hit with these visitors.
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Still from the Korean film Cold Eyes
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In the grounds, the stands from Rwanda and Russia.
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The ending of the Fan Dance.
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Japanese Coast Guard officials remove the bodies of men found aboard a North Korean fishing boat.
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The exhibit showcases the South African, US, UN and South Korean flags.
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