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North and South Korea to hold high level talks

Pyongyang - After senior North Korean officials made a surprise visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremonies of the Asian Games, Hwang Pyong-so, regarded as the second most powerful person in the North, met with South Korea's Reunification Minister.

Two members of female K-Pop group killed in auto accident

Seoul - Two members of South Korean K-Pop group Ladies' Code were killed in an auto accident near Seoul, South Korea. Go Eun-bi, 22, died shortly after the crash Wednesday while Kwon Ri-sae, 23, succumbed to her injuries Sunday morning.

Op-Ed: Continuing aftermath of the Sewol ferry disaster

A solution must be found, and quickly, if there is to be any peace for the grieving parents and the country that mourns alongside them.

South Korea's only astronaut quits and ends their space program

Yi So-yeon quit her job as an astronaut to focus on interactions between science and business. As South Korea's first and only astronaut this ends the program for the country at this time.

Body found in South Korea identified as owner of sunken ferry

Suncheon - A body found in southern South Korea last month is that of the missing owner of the ferry that capsized in April, killing more than 300 and sparking a national outrage that still threatens the government in Seoul.

South Korean officials allow workers to take a nap on the job

Seoul - City workers in Seoul now have a chance to get a bit of extra rest. Between 13:00 and 18:00 they are allowed to take a nap while at work.

Dozens who survived South Korea ferry disaster return to school

Ansan - South Korean schoolkids who survived last April's catastrophic ferry sinking that killed 250 classmates returned to class Wednesday pledging to remember their lost friends and teachers.

Child draws on dad's passport, dad can't leave South Korea

Seoul - A four-year-old Chinese boy managed to get hold of his father's passport, and apparently thought it needed an artist's touch. Unfortunately for the father, the budding Rembrandt has left him stranded in South Korea for unrecognizable documentation.

Korean ferry disaster death toll and survivor list revised again

South Korean authorities have revised the data on the missing and rescued people from the SEWOL maritime tragedy again. This is the seventh time in three weeks since the ferry capsized off the coast of Jindo island, South Korea.

Diver dies while searching sunken South Korean ferry for victims

Jindo - A diver searching the sunken ferry Sewol for bodies lost in last month's disaster off South Korea died Tuesday when a communication line broke, authorities said.

China, Japan and S. Korea to collaborate on environmental issues

In a rare moment of mutual commitment, environmental ministers from China, Japan and South Korea, meeting in Daegu, S. Korea on Tuesday, issued a joint statement, agreeing to unite in addressing environmental issues, particularly PM2.5 pollutants.

Ferry that sank off South Korea was overloaded

Incheon - The ferry that sank off South Korea last week, killing as many as 300 passengers, was carrying three times as much cargo as recommended and might have been dangerously unstable.

Ferry crew desertion like murder, South Korea's president says

South Korea's president said Monday that the captain and some crew members who escaped a ferry that sank with hundreds of vacationers had committed acts "tantamount to murder."

Death toll rises to 61 as searchers enter capsized ferry

Ansan - Divers recovered more than a dozen bodies Sunday from a sunken ferry believed to still contain more than 250 passengers, mostly South Korean high school students on vacation who died Wednesday when the boat they were riding in capsized in the Yellow Sea.

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.

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.

Eating Vicariously — South Korea feeds the online voyeur fad

Seoul - People in South Korea clamour to watch others enjoy elaborate meals in an online fad that is taking the country by storm.

One in three people overweight

According to figures just released by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) almost 1 billion people in the developing world are overweight.

Japanese PM Abe visits war shrine, angering China and South Korea

Tokyo - Tensions between China and Japan have been heightened for some months and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to a controversial war shrine has infuriated many in the region.

North Korea faxes Seoul: Will 'strike mercilessly without notice'

In what has become a common occurrence during N. Korean anniversaries and festivals, protesters in Seoul earlier this week burned effigies of N. Korean leaders, as well as their flag. North Korea, in response to the protest, sent South Korea a fax.

Execution of Chang Song-thaek, uncle of Kim, stuns world leaders

Pyongyang - News that ousted Chang or Jang Song-thaek, a powerful uncle of Kim Jong-un has been executed, has sent ripples of shock-waves to other countries. The uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was ousted from office and not seen in public since November.

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".

Obama chooses to minimize China island conflict

Once again President Obama has chosen to minimize confrontation, this time with China. The U.S. government is advising U.S. commercial and private planes to avoid islands China claims.

80 public executions in a single day across North Korea

Pyongyang - There are reports Monday that 80 people have been publicly executed in North Korea -- their crimes allegedly include including watching South Korean films and distributing pornography.

Photo Essay: New and old cultures mingle at the Nampo-Dong Market Special

Busan - There is a place in the former capital of South Korea, Busan, that is said to be a hidden tourist attraction. Nampo-Dong is not widely advertised in travel brochures, but it is gaining popularity among the international community.

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.

South Korea shocks China in FIBA Asia Championship match

Asian basketball giant China gave in to South Korea's relentless assault in the closing minutes of their first encounter in the 27th FIBA Asia Championship games at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila Thursday night.

Under One Skin: Korean Mud Festival continues to gain recognition Special

What started as a promotion for a mud-made cosmetic line has become one of South Korea’s most anticipated highlights — the Boryeong Mud Festival.

South Korea accuses North Korea of cyber attack

The South Korean government has accused North Korea of launching cyber attacks on its website for its presidential office, as well as other governmental agencies.

Op-Ed: North Korea restores hotline, allows managers to visit Kaesong

Pyongyang - North Korea restored the hotline with South Korea on June 3 and also announced it would allow South Korean business people to visit the Kaesong industrial zone that has been closed since the early part of April.
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People throughout South Korea wear yellow ribbons in memory of the SEWOL ferry disaster.
People throughout South Korea wear yellow ribbons in memory of the SEWOL ferry disaster.
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Mud Festival photos
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A passerby stopped to write a message on a ribbon and tie it to an alter as a sign of respect for the victims of the SEWOL ferry accident.
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The mascots.
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North Korea announced this week any provocations by US and South Korean joint military exercises cou...
North Korea announced this week any provocations by US and South Korean joint military exercises could result in an "all-out war at any time."
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Young-Cheol Kim (left) and Mi-ran Kim (right) are two North Korean defectors.
Young-Cheol Kim (left) and Mi-ran Kim (right) are two North Korean defectors.
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The Carolna Cup is an annual tradition that takes place in Camden South Carolina
The Carolna Cup is an annual tradition that takes place in Camden South Carolina
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People throughout South Korea wear yellow ribbons in memory of the SEWOL ferry disaster.
People throughout South Korea wear yellow ribbons in memory of the SEWOL ferry disaster.
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People throughout South Korea wear yellow ribbons in memory of the SEWOL ferry disaster.
People throughout South Korea wear yellow ribbons in memory of the SEWOL ferry disaster.
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A yellow ribbon is pinned to a Buddha's Birthday lantern display at a Temple in Busan, South Korea. The ribbon is in memory of the SEWOL ferry disaster that claimed the lives of hundreds of high school students.
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Mud Festival photos
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(From left to right) Host Randall Baran-Chong, Young-Cheol Kim, translator, Mi-ran Kim, Suk woo Kim
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After posing for the picture above, "Captan Morgan's" companion was unable to stay on two legs collapsing to the ground and almost pulling the Captan with her.
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South Korean sentry post near the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea
South Korean sentry post near the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea
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People throughout South Korea wear yellow ribbons in memory of the SEWOL ferry disaster.
People throughout South Korea wear yellow ribbons in memory of the SEWOL ferry disaster.
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People throughout South Korea wear yellow ribbons in memory of the SEWOL ferry disaster.
People throughout South Korea wear yellow ribbons in memory of the SEWOL ferry disaster.
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New satellite imagery from 23 January 2013 and previous images dating back a month reveal that the site appears to be at a continued state of readiness.
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Map of the disputed sea border between North and South Korea.
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