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Iran releases seized South Korean tanker

Tehran - Iran on Friday released a South Korean-flagged tanker it had seized three months ago after a dispute over billions in frozen oil funds.

Iran releases seized S. Korean tanker: Seoul foreign ministry

Seoul - Iran on Friday released a South Korean-flagged tanker it seized amid a dispute over billions in frozen oil funds, and the vessel's captain, the foreign ministry in Seoul said.

'Being Asian here is terrifying': Korean gamer describes racism in US

San Francisco - A South Korean professional video gamer has described the "unspeakable" racism he has suffered while based in Texas in a clip that has gone viral on social media, sparking condemnation of the abuse.

Video saved the K-pop stars: Brave Girls reborn via YouTube

Gwacheon - The Brave Girls were losing courage just weeks ago, on the verge of breaking up and abandoning their dreams of K-pop stardom after years of going nowhere.

Crushing poll defeats for South Korea's ruling party

Seoul - South Korea's conservative opposition won landslide victories in elections for the mayors of the country's two biggest cities, results showed Thursday, in a bad sign for Moon Jae-in's Democratic Party a year before the next presidential poll.

Samsung Electronics forecasts 44.19% jump in Q1 operating profit

Seoul - South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics flagged a 44.19 percent rise in first quarter operating profit Wednesday, largely driven by robust sales of smartphones and the launch of its flagship Galaxy S21 series.

US, Japan, S.Korea show united front on N.Korea

Washington - The United States, Japan and South Korea showed a united front Friday on concerns about North Korea's nuclear and missile programs as President Joe Biden completes a review on the way forward.

BTS agency to acquire Scooter Braun's Ithaca for $1.05 billion

Seoul - The agency behind K-pop phenomenon BTS announced a $1.05 billion deal Friday to buy the US firm that manages Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and other major stars. HYBE, formerly known as Big Hit Entertainment, is investing 1.

The road not taken: South Korea's self-driving professor

Yongin - Decades before the race to build a self-driving car became a multi-billion-dollar contest between tech giants such as Tesla and Google, a South Korean professor built an autonomous vehicle and test-drove it across the country -- only for his research t...

Top flight: South Korea's 18-year-old world drone champion

Hwaseong-si - In a South Korean rice field, the teenage world drone-racing champion is preparing to defend his title in one of the planet's fastest and highest-tech sports.

North Korean leader's sister slams South's Moon as US 'parrot'

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's influential sister slammed the South's president Tuesday as "a parrot raised by America" after he criticised a missile test by Pyongyang.

North Korea accuses Biden of 'provocation' after missile test

Seoul - North Korea threatened a further military build-up on Saturday in response to Joe Biden's condemnation of this week's missile launches, a weapons test that marked Pyongyang's first substantive provocation since the US president took office.

Young, rich and racy: South Korea's livestreamers

Seoul - From a converted storeroom on the roof of his mother's Seoul apartment, Kim Min-kyo plays video games for up to 15 hours a day -- and makes a fortune from the thousands of fans watching him.

Biden warns North Korea against escalation after missile launch

Washington - President Joe Biden warned North Korea Thursday that the United States will "respond accordingly" if it escalates its military testing, after Pyongyang fired two missiles in its first major provocation since he took office.

N. Korea launch was new 'tactical guided projectile': Pyongyang

Seoul - North Korea has tested a new "tactical guided projectile" with a solid-fuel engine, state media said Friday after the nuclear-armed country carried out its first substantive provocation since US President Joe Biden's inauguration.

North Korea launches suspected ballistic missiles

Seoul - North Korea fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea Thursday, in its first substantive provocation to the new US administration of Joe Biden.

N. Korea fired two missiles in first test under Biden: US, South

Washington - North Korea fired two short-range missiles just days after a visit to the region by the top US defense and diplomatic officials, but President Joe Biden said they were not a serious provocation.

North Korea says will ignore US while 'hostile policy' in place

Seoul - North Korea accused the new US administration of adopting "lunatic theory" Thursday, ruling out any engagement with Washington unless it changed course, as President Joe Biden's top envoys held talks in Seoul.

Top US envoys in Seoul with China, North Korea on agenda

Seoul - Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin and top US diplomat Antony Blinken met their South Korean counterparts in Seoul on Wednesday to bolster a united front against an increasingly assertive China and the nuclear-armed North.

N. Korean leader's sister warns US as Biden envoys begin Asia trip

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's influential sister warned the United States against actions that could make it "lose sleep", state media reported Tuesday, as top Biden administration officials began a visit to key allies Tokyo and Seoul.

Top US officials head to Asia to boost alliances in first foreign trip

Apo - Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin arrived in Japan on Monday, as he and top US diplomat Antony Blinken began their first overseas trip, looking to rally key Asian allies as a bulwark to China.

Biden aides to hold first talks with China, press concerns

Washington - US President Joe Biden's top aides will hold their first talks with China next week in Alaska, after Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowed Wednesday to seek "tangible" outcomes from meeting with the nation he has called the greatest threat.

Blinken, Austin to visit Tokyo, Seoul together on first foreign trip

Washington - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will together visit Japan and South Korea next week as President Joe Biden shores up alliances in the face of China on his administration's first foreign travel.

South Korea to pay 13.9% more for US troop presence

Seoul - South Korea has agreed to pay 13.9 percent more towards the cost of the US troop presence on the peninsula, its foreign ministry said Wednesday, in a six-year deal resolving an issue that festered under the Trump administration.

South Korea, US agree on troop deal

Seoul - South Korea and the United States have reached agreement on Seoul's contribution to the costs of the US troop presence on the peninsula, Seoul said Monday, as the two allies kicked off annual joint military exercises.

South Korea, US to stage smaller military drills over Covid

Seoul - South Korea and the United States will conduct their annual military training this week but the drills will be smaller because of Covid-19, Seoul said Sunday.

Anger as South Korean transgender soldier found dead

Seoul - A transgender South Korean soldier who was forcibly discharged from the army after gender-reassignment surgery has been found dead, police said, prompting anger Thursday and calls for legal reforms.

Hong Kong and South Korea start coronavirus vaccination drives

Fpo - Hong Kong and South Korea kicked off coronavirus vaccination drives on Friday, as momentum builds for inoculation rollouts across the Asia-Pacific region.

Self-made South Korean billionaires promise to give half away

Seoul - Two self-made South Korean billionaires have pledged in as many weeks to give away half their fortunes –- a rarity in a country where business is dominated by family-controlled conglomerates and charity often begins and ends at home.

North Korea exploited South Korean POWs 'for decades': report

Seoul - North Korea used South Korean prisoners of war and their descendants through several generations as slave labour in a vast network of coal mines, a rights group said Thursday.
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