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Trump's continuous comments threaten talks between two Koreas

North Korea has warned the U.S. about using "pressure and military threats" against it as the two countries prepare for a historic summit.

Worries about South Korean crackdown drives bitcoin price down

The price of the largest by cap cryptocoin, bitcoin, plunged down below $12,000 on Tuesday. This represented a six-week low for the coin. Later in the day it was actually below $11,000.

Op-Ed: Ripple's deal with MoneyGram weakens South Korean ban effects

Seoul - While talk of South Korea banning cryptocurrency trading has caused the price of top coins such as bitcoin to decline considerably this week, the price of Ripple (XRP) was back over two dollars at least temporarily.

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Youbit suffers second hack

Cryptocurrency exchange Youbit is shutting down after it was hacked for the second time in less than eight months. The exchange earlier called Yapizon lost 4,000 bitcoins in a hack in April.

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.

Moon Jae-in closes 10 coal-fired power plants to combat dirty air

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in will temporarily shut down 10 coal-fired power plants in June that are over 30 years old in an effort to mitigate air pollution, according to a statement issued by the president's office on Monday.

Op-Ed: Polls open in South Korea left-leaning candidate leads in polls

Seoul - The polls are already open in the South Korean presidential election. The election was called seven months early after a corruption scandal that resulted in President Park Geun-hye being removed from power by impeachment.

Review: Train To Busan serves up a superior zombie movie Special

Seoul - Zombie movies are released at a plentiful rate and many are mediocre. 'Train To Busan' is, however, a genre redefining moment. Well-scripted and effectively paced, it provides plenty of excitement on-board a claustrophobic train ride to Busan.

South Korea's 'Method-2' manned robot takes its first steps

Gunpo - A giant and very scary-looking manned robot out of James Cameron’s Avatar took its first steps in South Korea the other day. But the giant robot comes in peace, according to its creators at Hankook Mirae Technology, a South Korean robotics firm.

Discovery of Viagra pills makes it harder on S. Korean president

Seoul - The office of South Korean President Park Geun-hye admitted on Wednesday they had purchased several hundred Viagra pills earlier this year while preparing for a trip to Africa, not for erectile dysfunction, but to treat possible altitude sickness.

Hanjin shipping crisis being felt by tech companies worldwide

Seoul - After filing for bankruptcy protection last week, Hanjin Shipping Company and its creditors are scrambling to move an estimated $14 billion worth of goods off ships that are stranded offshore in ports around the world.

South Korea withdraws support for Hanjin shipping line

South Korea has withdrawn its support for shipping giant Hanjin, signaling it sees no future for the ailing company. With bankruptcy the only option left, 45 loaded container ships have been left stranded at sea.

Robots, drones to help secure 2018 Winter Olympics in S. Korea

Organizers will deploy robots and drones to help secure the 2018 Games in South Korea in what is expected to be the most high-tech Winter Olympics in history.

South Korea bans some wheat from U.S. over safety issues

South Korea has stopped the importation of some genetically modified wheat from the United States, especially from Washington state, over safety issues.

Samsung files case against Huawei for patent infringement

Samsung Electronics has hit back at rival Huawei, filing a patent infringement case against the Chinese electronics company in a move seen to worsen the two firms’ rivalry.

South Korea eyes new technology to combat fine dust

Seoul - South Korea seeks to develop a new technology that will curb fine dust that is now emerging as a major health threat in the country.

One patient was responsible for half of MERS cases

In 2015 there was a serious incident of the respiratory viral disease MERS. A review of the cases reveals that almost half of the infections were spread by just one person.

Korean selfie tourist dies in Peru plunge

Lima - The body of a 28-year-old South Korean tourist who died after he fell from one of the world’s highest waterfalls while taking a selfie has been recovered.

Korea, Brazil develop kit that detects Zika virus in 20 minutes

Seoul - South Korean and Brazilian researchers have jointly developed a new technology that will detect the Zika virus in 20 minutes.

Koreans snub smartphones in 'Relax Your Brain' contest

Seoul - For 90 minutes, dozens of South Koreans avoided their smartphones and other electronic devices as they took part in an event that encourages people to live a stress-free life in one of the world’s most wired countries.

Explosions rock U.S. military base near South Korea's capital

Waegwan - No casualties have been reported so far after a series of oxygen tank explosions blew apart buildings at a U.S. military base in South Korea.

Dinosaur world expo opens in South Korea

Organizers expect at least 1.9 million people to visit this year’s Gyeongnam Goseong Dinosaur World Expo in South Korea.

This prehistoric puppy tells the story of canine evolution

Frozen in Siberian permafrost, this puppy died more than 12,000 years ago and is remarkably well-preserved. In fact, it's so well-preserved that scientists have performed an autopsy, in the hopes that it will solve the mysteries of canine evolution.

South Korea approves first driverless car

Seoul - South Korea has joined the growing ranks of countries starting to embrace the use of self-driving cars. The country’s first autonomous vehicle will be Hyundai's luxury sedan Genesis, which will have a state-of-the-art driving assist system.

The Beatles dominate South Korean music scene

Within just hours into their online invasion of South Korea, the Beatles dominated the country’s music scene with their first number one song in the United States almost 53 years ago topping the chart.

U.S. deploys F-22 stealth jets to deter North Korea

The U.S. deployed a formation of F-22 Raptor jets to the skies of South Korea on Wednesday in the latest show of force against North Korea.

Korean trade unionists 'under threat' as leader is arrested

Seoul - According to the campaign group Labour Start, the administration of President Park, Guen-hye of Korea, since 2013, is seeking to weaken the rights of workers and their unions. For this reason, a petition has been established.

South Korea and Japan agree to end the issue of 'comfort women'

Seoul - South Korea and Japan finally reached an agreement on Monday that will resolve the issue of "comfort women" which has plagued relationships between the two nations.

South Korean forest bulldozed to create ski run for Olympics

South Korea, host of the 2018 Winter Games, has been accused of bulldozing a 500-year-old virgin forest to make room for an Olympic ski slope.

North and South Korea try words instead of saber-rattling

Paju - High-level talks are underway between North and South Korea as the longtime enemies try to avert a military confrontation amid rising hostility between them.
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