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South Korean transgender soldier pleads to stay in army

Seoul - A transgender South Korean soldier who enlisted as a man and underwent a sex change last year pleaded tearfully to be allowed to stay in uniform Wednesday after the military decided to discharge her.

Guide saw wall of snow carry away Korean trekking team in Nepal

Pokhara - Rescuers intensified an increasingly desperate hunt Monday for four South Korean trekkers and three Nepalis swept away by an avalanche in the Himalayas as a guide told how he saw people carried off by the snow.

Guide saw wall of snow carry away Korean trekking team in Nepal

Pokhara - Rescuers intensified an increasingly desperate hunt Monday for four South Korean trekkers and three Nepalis swept away by an avalanche in the Himalayas as a guide told how he saw people carried off by the snow.

North Korean defector numbers to South lowest since 2001

Seoul - The number of North Koreans defecting to the South dropped to its lowest in nearly two decades last year, Seoul said Monday, continuing a downward trend as Pyongyang tightens controls on movement.

Heavy snow hampers search for missing S. Korean, Nepal trekkers

Kathmandu - Avalanches, heavy snow and poor visibility hampered the search Sunday for four South Koreans and three Nepalis caught in an avalanche in the popular Annapurna region of the Himalayas, officials saidRelatives of the missing Koreans have arrived in Kathm...

Time running out on US-S. Korea troop talks: envoy

Seoul - Washington has compromised in its demands that South Korea should pay billions of dollars towards US troop presence and it was Seoul's turn to reciprocate before time ran out, the American ambassador said Thursday.

Trump sends birthday greetings to N. Korea's Kim: Seoul

Seoul - US President Donald Trump wished North Korea's Kim Jong Un a happy birthday, Seoul said Friday -- with nuclear talks deadlocked and six years after former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman serenaded Pyongyang's leader.

Guilty verdict overturned in S. Korea #MeToo case

Seoul - A former prosecutor who was tried following groping allegations that fuelled South Korea's #MeToo movement walked free on Thursday after his conviction was quashed by the country's top court.

South Korea's Moon seeks Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday called for better relations with the North so leader Kim Jong Un can visit Seoul, despite Pyongyang's abandonment of its nuclear and missile test moratoriums.

South Korea's Moon seeks Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday called for better relations with the North so leader Kim Jong Un can visit Seoul, despite Pyongyang's abandonment of its nuclear and missile test moratoriums.

China hosts Japan, South Korea with eyes on nuclear North

Chengdu - China hosted the leaders of squabbling neighbours South Korea and Japan for their first official meeting in over a year on Tuesday, flexing its diplomatic muscle with America's two key Asian allies and seeking unity on how to deal with a belligerent No...

China, S. Korea and Japan leaders to discuss N. Korea tensions

Bejing - Chinese, Japanese and South Korean leaders will discuss a potential free-trade deal and tensions over the North Korean nuclear issue when they meet in southern China next week, officials said Thursday.

Til death do I stay single: South Korea's #NoMarriage women

Seoul - "I'm a straight woman who is no longer interested in having relationships with men."Bonnie Lee doesn't care about finding a boyfriend or a fairytale wedding, and will decide her own happily-ever-after.And she is not alone.

Trenchcoats and rockets: Kim supervises N. Korea weapons test

Seoul - North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un supervised Thursday's test of what it called a "super-large multiple launch rocket system", Pyongyang's state media said Friday, hinting that it could be the last in that series.

North Korea fires two 'unidentified projectiles' on Thanksgiving

Seoul - North Korea fired two "unidentified projectiles" on Thursday -- the Thanksgiving holiday in the US -- Seoul said, as nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington remain deadlocked.

Mongolian women fight for law against widespread sexual harassment

Ulaanbaatar - The arrest abroad of Mongolia's most senior judge on allegations that he groped a woman has sparked a fierce debate over his country's lack of laws against sexual harassment.

Bullying debate after death of K-pop star Goo Hara

Seoul - Fans mourned and questions were asked Monday after K-pop star and revenge porn victim Goo Hara was found dead in a possible suicide, which would make her the second female singer in a month to take her own life in the high-pressure industry.

K-pop star Goo Hara found dead at her home

Seoul - K-pop star Goo Hara was found dead at her home on Sunday, South Korean police confirmed.Goo, a former member of girl group Kara, was discovered at her home in Seoul early Sunday evening, officers said.

South Korea, Japan seek summit after intel pact thaw

Nagoya - Japan and South Korean foreign ministers agreed Saturday to arrange a summit between their leaders next month, seeking to build on a lowering of tensions after Seoul stuck to a key military pact.

South Korea salvages military pact with Japan at 11th hour

Seoul - South Korea decided Friday against scrapping a critical military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, in a dramatic 11th-hour U-turn that came as a relief to the United States.

Kim Jong Un rejects invitation to S. Korea summit: KCNA

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has rejected an invitation by South Korean President Moon Jae-in to a regional summit next week, Pyongyang's state media said Thursday, in a stark illustration of the dire relations between the neighbours.

S. Korean regulators in constant search for porn

Seoul - In a drab government office in Seoul, a team of broadcast regulators spend their days watching online porn -- the front line troops of South Korea's attempts to crack down on spycam videos that mostly expose women.

Yemen rebels release seized S. Korean, Saudi vessels: Seoul

Seoul - Sixteen crew members, including two South Koreans, who were held when their three vessels were seized by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels at the weekend have been freed, Seoul's foreign ministry said Wednesday.

US hails $110 mn rice export agreement with S.Korea

Washington - South Korea has agreed to buy more than $100 million in annual US rice exports, US officials said Tuesday.

Two planes in 'minor' collision at Frankfurt airport

Frankfurt Am Main - An Air Namibia plane collided with a Korean Air jet after landing at Frankfurt airport on Saturday evening, officials said, adding that no one was injured.Both aircraft were damaged in what Air Namibia on Sunday called "a minor accident".

Exiled K-pop star backed by court after draft-dodging

Seoul - A K-pop singer who was deported and barred from South Korea for avoiding conscription by becoming a US citizen should be allowed to return after 17 years in exile, a court ruled Friday.

US, South Korea could scale back joint drills: Esper

Seoul - US military exercises with South Korea could be scaled back to aid diplomacy with the nuclear-armed North, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said, as Pyongyang warned it was running out of patience.

Rights group condemns Seoul for deporting 'killers' to North

Seoul - An international human rights group on Wednesday condemned Seoul for deporting two alleged North Korean mass murderers, saying they were being handed back to Pyongyang's "extremely brutal" legal system in breach of international law.

Seoul-Tokyo row risks sending 'wrong message': USFK chief

Sogongdong - Seoul's decision to terminate a key military intelligence sharing pact with Japan risks sending the "wrong message" to adversaries, the commander of US troops in South Korea said ahead of the deal's expiration next week.

Moon, Abe hold 'friendly' talks on ASEAN sidelines

Bangkok - South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday held their first talks for more than a year on the sidelines of a regional summit in Thailand, Moon's office said, with the neighbours' relationship in dire straits.
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