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S. Korean man kills himself as dispute with Japan escalates

Seoul - An elderly South Korean man died on Friday after setting himself on fire outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul as a bitter diplomatic dispute over wartime forced labour compensation took a fatal turn.

US hopes North Korea talks will go ahead despite Pyongyang threat

Washington - The United States said Tuesday it hoped to hold denuclearization talks with North Korea, after Pyongyang warned that US-South Korean military exercises could affect their planned resumption.

Toxic employers face jail as South Korea tackles workplace bullying

Seoul - After enduring months of constant harassment at work, South Korean office worker Christine Jung finally confronted her aggressor -- only to be fired and sued for defamation by her employer.

South Korea, Japan hold talks as diplomatic row worsens

Apo - Japanese and South Korean officials held hours of talks Friday to discuss a worsening diplomatic row that has prompted Washington to offer to mediate between the US allies.

Lost lessons: N. Koreans get 're-education' in South

Seoul - One of the first things North Korean defector Ri Kwang-myong did after reaching the South was to go back to school -- 12 years after finishing his education.

Japan-South Korea trade spat threatens global tech market

Seoul - A simmering diplomatic row with Japan is threatening South Korea's output of components that drive smartphones and computer displays, which analysts say could batter the global tech market and hike prices for consumers.

South Korea warns of 'prolonged' export row with Japan

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in told top business leaders Wednesday that Japan's restrictions on exports of chemicals crucial to the country's tech sector had caused an "unprecedented emergency" and warned of a drawn-out trade dispute.

South Korean follows parents in rare defection to North: media

Seoul - A South Korean man has defected to North Korea, following in the footsteps of his political parents who also made a high-profile switch of allegiance in the 1980s, according to Pyongyang's state media.

Moon hails Trump-Kim meeting as result of 'astounding imagination'

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday hailed the third meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarised Zone as the result of an "astounding imagination" and thinking outside the box.

Japan restricts exports to South Korea over wartime labour row

Apo - Japan on Monday imposed restrictions on exports used by South Korea's chip and smartphone companies, ramping up long-simmering tensions between the US allies over the use of forced labour during World War Two.

Japan restricts chip, smartphone materials exports to South Korea

Apo - Japan said Monday it will tighten regulations on the export to South Korea of several chemicals used in chip and smartphone production amid a row with Seoul on wartime forced labour.

'It's complicated': Top 10 quotes from historic Trump-Kim meet

Seoul - It was a historic first as Donald Trump stepped over a small concrete block onto North Korean soil. But the event was shrouded in uncertainty until just an hour before.

'It's complicated': Top 10 quotes from historic Trump-Kim meet

Seoul - It was a historic first as Donald Trump stepped over a small concrete block onto North Korean soil. But the event was shrouded in uncertainty until just an hour before.

Trump-Kim III: publicity stunt or leap for peace?

Seoul - Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un's meeting in the Korean Demilitarized Zone produced a barrage of headlines and images, but left analysts questioning whether it was a small step for publicity or a giant leap for peace.

Trump steps into North Korea in historic first

Andong - Donald Trump stepped onto North Korean soil in a historic first Sunday as he met Pyongyang's leader Kim Jong Un in a moment of high diplomatic drama on the world's last Cold War frontier.

DMZ: the world's last Cold War frontier

Seoul - Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un shook hands at the Demilitarized Zone on Sunday, with the US leader becoming the first sitting president to enter the North when he stepped over the thin concrete line that divides the Korean peninsula.

Hungary boat tragedy 26th victim confirmed

Budapest - Hungarian police said Friday they had identified the 26th victim of the sinking last month of a Budapest tourist boat carrying South Korean passengers.

S. Korean opposition promotes women's rights... by dropping shorts

Seoul - An event to promote women's rights in South Korea featuring female opposition party supporters pulling down their shorts has drawn widespread criticism, with many saying the stunt revealed a patriarchal culture in the party and Korean society generally...

N. Korea slams South for 'meddling' in US talks

Seoul - North Korea on Thursday warned the South to stop "meddling" in nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington, denying President Moon Jae-in's assertion that dialogue was under way between the two Koreas.

Trump, Kim exchanged 12 letters: S. Korea minister

Seoul - Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have exchanged a total of 12 letters since the beginning of last year, South Korea's Unification Minster said, with the North Korean leader the more assiduous suitor in their nuclear bromance, penning eight.

Moon denies US-N. Korea nuclear talks in 'stalemate'

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday dismissed the idea that nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington had stalemated but stressed patience was needed to bridge a 70-year "sea of mistrust".

South Korean Olympians in sexual harassment incident

Seoul - A South Korean Olympic short-track medallist sexually harassed another male Games podium-finisher, officials said Tuesday -- prompting them to suspend the entire team.

BTS fans get chance to manage their idols in new game

Seoul - A million fans of K-pop boy band BTS have signed up to have the singers at their fingertips when a mobile game about them is released this week, according to reports.

US President Trump to visit Seoul after letters with Kim

Seoul - US President Donald Trump will visit South Korea at the weekend after the G20 summit to discuss deadlocked nuclear talks with the North with President Moon Jae-in, Seoul's presidential office said Monday.

100,000 South Koreans call for judge to be sacked over child rape case

Seoul - More than 100,000 South Koreans are demanding the dismissal of a judge who reduced the prison sentence of a child rapist to three years.

K-pop 'Gangnam' mogul resigns as drug, sex scandals rock agency

Seoul - K-pop mogul Yang Hyun-suk resigned Friday as head of South Korea's major record agency YG Entertainment amid drug and sex scandals that have rocked his company.

Hungary boat tragedy toll climbs to 25

Budapest - The death toll from a Budapest tourist boat sinking rose to 25 with a man's body found about 100 kilometres from the accident site, police said Thursday.

Sister of N. Korean leader pays respects Panmunjom meeting

Seoul - The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday delivered a condolence message for former South Korean first lady Lee He-ho, the first high-level contact between the two countries in months.

North Korea taking 'emergency' measures to contain swine fever

Seoul - North Korea is taking emergency measures to prevent the spread of the highly contagious African swine fever, its state media said Wednesday, weeks after confirming an outbreak in the isolated country.

More bodies found as Hungary lifts sunken tourist boat from river

Budapest - Hungarian police recovered more bodies on Tuesday after raising a sightseeing boat that sank in the river Danube in Budapest last month, an accident that has claimed at least 24 lives.Police removed four bodies from the Mermaid tourist boat.
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