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N. Korea pulls out of inter-Korean liaison office

Seoul - North Korea pulled its staff out of an inter-Korean liaison office Friday, Seoul said, weeks after leader Kim Jong Un's summit with US President Donald Trump ended without agreement.

N. Korea pulls out of inter-Korean liaison office: Seoul

Seoul - North Korea pulled its staff out of an inter-Korean liaison office Friday, Seoul said, weeks after leader Kim Jong Un's summit with US President Donald Trump ended without agreement.

'Made by war criminals': plan for Japanese labels in S. Korea

Seoul - South Korea's foreign minister has intervened over a provincial proposal to apply stickers to some Japanese-made items in schools as "made by a Japanese firm responsible for war crimes".

K-pop star arrested for filming and sharing sex video

Seoul - K-pop star Jung Joon-young has been arrested, hours after he apologised for filming and distributing illicit sex videos, in a scandal that has rocked South Korea's entertainment industry.

Hundreds of couples livestreamed in S. Korean motel spycam porn

Seoul - More than 800 South Korean couples were livestreamed having sex in love motels, Seoul police said Thursday in one of the largest-scale and most intrusive examples yet of the country's spycam epidemic.

Time for N. Korea to take concrete steps: Moon adviser

Seoul - North Korea should take "actual action" towards giving up its nuclear weapons to break the deadlock in talks with Washington, a top security adviser to the South's president said, suggesting Seoul's patience with Pyongyang may be wearing thin.

Seoul passes emergency bills to fight air pollution

Seoul - South Korea's parliament passed emergency measures on Wednesday to tackle the "social disaster" of air pollution, after the country saw record levels of pollution earlier this month.

Clean-cut K-pop embroiled in S. Korean sex scandal

Seoul - With wholesome looks and increasingly global fanbases, K-pop has sold its stars as the ultimate squeaky clean pin-ups. But a burgeoning sex scandal in the industry shows how pervasive discrimination and abuse are in South Korean society, activists say....

Second S. Korean star quits as K-pop sex scandal spreads

Seoul - A burgeoning K-pop sex scandal claimed a second scalp as a singer who rose to fame after coming second in one of South Korea's top talent shows admitted secretly filming himself having sex and sharing the footage.

N. Korea 'missile launch' plans under scrutiny as concern mounts

Seoul - South Korea's military said Monday it was closely monitoring North Korean facilities after a series of satellite images triggered international alarm that Pyongyang might be preparing a long-range missile or space launch.

Seoul replaces minister in charge of relations with Pyongyang

Seoul - An academic and former head of a research institute was Friday appointed as Seoul's new unification minister, the South's key point of contact on inter-Korean affairs.

N. Korea slams new joint drills between Seoul and Washington

Seoul - North Korea on Thursday attacked ongoing joint military exercises between Seoul and Washington as an "open challenge" to moves towards peace on the Korean peninsula.

Rights group calls for end to South Korea military sex law

Seoul - An international human rights group called on Thursday for South Korea to stop criminalising homosexual acts between soldiers, calling the military law a "blight" on the country's human rights record.

S. Korean star director sues women's rights group over '#MeToo damages'

Seoul - A famed South Korean film director who was accused of sexual abuse has filed a lawsuit against a women's rights group over "damages" caused by the #MeToo movement against him, a Seoul court said Thursday.

The enemy within: shadow of Japanese past hangs over S. Korea

Ansan - A century after mass protests against Japanese colonial rule in Korea the issue of those who collaborated with Tokyo -- many of whom later become part of the South Korean elite -- remains hidden in the shadows.

US NKorea envoy in talks after Pyonyang rocket site work revealed

Washington - Washington's North Korea envoy Stephen Biegun was to meet Wednesday with officials from Japan and South Korea to discuss the outcome of the Hanoi summit last week, amid new evidence that Pyongyang is rebuilding a rocket launch site.

S.Korea court grants bail for ex-president Lee

Seoul - Jailed former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was granted bail on Wednesday, nearly a year after he was arrested over corruption charges.

S. Korea's Moon urges new US-North denuclearisation talks

Seoul - South Korea President Moon Jae-in on Monday urged the US and North Korea to quickly resume denuclearisation talks after their Hanoi summit last week ended without a deal.

US, South Korea to end key joint military exercises

Seoul - The US and South Korea announced Sunday an end to key annual large-scale military exercises in support of diplomatic efforts to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.

Shadowy group declares 'government-in-exile' for North Korea

Seoul - A shadowy group believed to be protecting the son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's assassinated brother declared the formation of a government-in-exile Friday, dedicating itself to the abolition of the "great evil".

South Korea's fertility rate drops below one for first time

Seoul - South Korea's fertility rate hit another record low last year, government data showed Wednesday, falling below one for the first time despite a raft of measures to try to reverse one of the world's lowest birth rates.

Korean War could be declared over at Hanoi summit: Seoul

Seoul - Hopes that Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will formally declare an end to the 1950-53 Korean War at the Hanoi summit rose Monday, after South Korea said the two leaders could reach an agreement.

South Korea retracts guidelines on look-alike K-pop stars

Seoul - Government guidelines aimed at promoting more diversity in South Korea's K-pop world have been withdrawn after critics said they amounted to state censorship of a booming industry.

'Pyongyang not the enemy': S. Koreans fed up with military service

Seoul - Namgung Jin is anxious as he awaits the start of his military service in South Korea -- almost two years in uniform guarding against the nuclear-armed neighbour to the north, with the two countries technically still at war.

Disgraced South Korean poet loses defamation suit

Seoul - A South Korean poet once tipped for the Nobel Prize for Literature on Friday lost a defamation suit against a fellow writer who accused him, in verse, of sexual abuse.

S. Korea TV station apologises over 'spycam' controversy

Seoul - A major South Korean TV station was forced to apologise after airing a performance by a well-known rapper in which he appeared to endorse secretly-filmed pornography, as the country battles a growing epidemic of so-called spycam videos.

Kim-Trump summit a 'remarkable breakthrough' for peace: Moon

Seoul - The agreement for a second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un was a "remarkable breakthrough" for peace negotiations on the Korean peninsula, President Moon Jae-in said Monday, but he acknowledged doubts remained over denuclearisation.

US, N. Korea to continue summit talks next week: Seoul

Seoul - The United States and North Korea will hold further talks next week to prepare for a second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un later this month, Seoul said Sunday.

S. Korea announces hike in payment for US troops

Seoul - Seoul said Sunday it agreed to hike its payment for maintaining American troops on its soil, settling a dispute with its longtime ally ahead of a second summit between the US and North Korea.

Thousands of South Koreans mourn tragic death of coal worker

Seoul - Some 2,500 South Koreans marched through Seoul Saturday to honour a worker who was crushed to death at a coal plant fuelling an outcry which led to a landmark amendment of the nation's industrial safety laws.
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