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S. Korea urges North to respond to military talks offer

Seoul - South Korea urged the North on Friday to break its silence on an offer of military talks aimed at easing simmering tensions over the hermit state's nuclear ambitions.

S. Korean rapper T.O.P gets suspended sentence for drug use

Seoul - South Korean pop star T.O.P received Thursday a 10-month suspended jail sentence for smoking marijuana multiple times last year, weeks after being hospitalised for a drugs overdose.

No response from North Korea as proposed talks loom: Seoul

Seoul - North Korea has not responded to South Korea's offer to hold military talks Friday, Seoul said, dimming prospects of any ease in tensions after Pyongyang tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

Boxed in: S.Korea child law sees more babies abandoned

Seoul - The young woman laboured up the steps, past brightly decorated walls akin to a child's nursery, her daughter in her arms. Opening a hatch in the wall, she put her inside, turned around and walked away.

Japan says time for pressure, not dialogue with N.Korea

New York - Japan on Monday downplayed South Korea's offer to hold military talks with North Korea, saying the priority should be piling pressure on Pyongyang through sanctions."This is not a time for dialogue.

EU raises prospect of new sanctions against North Korea

Brussels - European Union member states agreed Monday to consider imposing new sanctions on North Korea after it tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

S. Korea seeks rare talks with North to ease military tensions

Seoul - South Korea on Monday offered to hold rare military talks with North Korea, aiming to ease tensions after Pyongyang tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

Gay rights supporters parade amid rain, protests in Seoul

Seoul - Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul Saturday, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians.

Pride and prejudice at S.Korea gay parade

Seoul - Thousands of people will march through Seoul to support gay rights in this Saturday's Pride parade, and probably just as many conservative Christians urging them to "repent" their "sins".

Japan protests S. Korea's 'comfort women' heritage bid

Toukyo - Japan has lodged a diplomatic protest with South Korea over its support for registering with the United Nations documents related to "comfort women" forced into World War II sexual slavery by Japanese troops, officials said Tuesday.

S. Korea's first black model faces widespread racism

Seoul - Teenage male model Han Hyun-Min's long legs and powerful strut have made him a rising star on South Korean catwalks, but his agent knew there would be a problem in the ethnically homogenous country: he is half black.

S. Korea to build 'comfort women' museum in Seoul

Seoul - South Korea intends to build a museum in memory of wartime sex slaves for Japanese troops, a government minister said Monday, re-igniting perennial tensions in the two neighbours' relationship.

N. Korea warns of nuclear 'tipping point' over US bomber drill

Seoul - North Korea on Sunday lashed out at a live-fire drill the US and South Korea staged in a show of force against Pyongyang, accusing Washington of pushing the peninsula to the "tipping point" of nuclear war.

US bombers drill near Korea DMZ in show of force

Seoul - US bombers carried out a rare live fire drill in South Korea Saturday, flying close to the DMZ in a show of force after Pyongyang's latest missile test, the South's defence ministry said.

N.Korea says 'piece of cake' to wipe out South: state media

Seoul - Pyongyang warned it would be a "piece of cake" to destroy "gangster" South Korea, state media reported Thursday, as it raged against Seoul for a joint missile drill with the US following its landmark intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test.

UN chief condemns North Korea's 'dangerous escalation'

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday strongly condemned North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang claimed was its first successful ICBM test.

UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on N. Korea

New York - The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday after North Korea said it had successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile, diplomats said.

China defends N.Korea efforts, after Trump outburst

Bejing - China defended its "relentless efforts" to resolve the North Korea nuclear issue on Tuesday following a Twitter outburst from US President Donald Trump, as Pyongyang claimed to have tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.

N.Korea's veteran newsreader returns to declare ICBM launch

Seoul - Pyongyang deployed one of its most symbolic media assets to declare a key moment in North Korea's missile development -- a female TV announcer in her 70s.

N. Korea claims major breakthrough with first ICBM test

Seoul - North Korea declared Tuesday it had successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile -- a watershed moment in its push to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the mainland United States.

N.Korea fires ballistic missile: South's military

Seoul - North Korea launched a ballistic missile Tuesday, the South's military said, just days after Seoul's new leader Moon Jae-In and US President Donald Trump focused on the threat from Pyongyang in their first summit.

Five N. Koreans sail across tense border to S. Korea

Seoul - Five North Koreans in a small boat crossed the sea border into South Korean waters Saturday, a Coast Guard official said, in an apparent bid to defect to the South.

Trump, hosting Moon, sees 'many options' on N.Korea

Washington - President Donald Trump welcomed South Korea's Moon Jae-In to the White House Friday for talks on how to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, with the leaders at odds on whether to isolate or engage the regime.

Trump declares 'patience is over' with North Korea

Washington - President Donald Trump declared that the US had run out of patience with North Korea over its nuclear drive Friday as he welcomed South Korea's new leader Moon Jae-In to talks at the White House.

US sanctions Chinese bank for laundering N.Korean cash

Washington - The United States slapped unprecedented sanctions Thursday on a Chinese bank accused of laundering North Korean cash after President Donald Trump said Beijing's efforts to put the brakes on Pyongyang's nuclear drive had failed.

US sanctions Chinese bank for laundering North Korean cash

Washington - The United States slapped unprecedented sanctions Thursday on a Chinese bank accused of laundering North Korean cash after Donald Trump said Beijing's efforts to put the brakes on Pyongyang's nuclear drive had failed.

South Korean president lobbies US leaders on North Korea policy

Washington - South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In lobbied US leaders on Thursday to back his policy of engagement with North Korea, as the Trump administration vowed to increase pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear program.

S. Korea to offer North treaty for denuclearisation: minister

Seoul - South Korea's new government will seek to sign a peace treaty with the North if it abandons its nuclear weapons, a minister said Thursday.

South Korean president arrives in Washington

Washington - South Korea's President Moon Jae-In arrived in Washington Wednesday on his first overseas trip since taking office, for planned talks with his US counterpart Donald Trump.

South Korea president arrives in Washington

Washington - South Korea's President Moon Jae-In arrived in Washington on his first overseas trip since taking office, for planned talks with his US counterpart Donald Trump.
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