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Brothers in arms: S. Korea debates military service exemptions

Nonsan - Despite generating almost $4 billion a year for the South Korean economy, the seven floppy-haired members of K-pop boyband BTS will still have to perform nearly two years of mind-numbing military service.

Second S. Korea taxi driver in ride-sharing protest suicide

Seoul - A South Korean taxi driver burned himself to death in protest against a ride-sharing service being introduced by the country's largest mobile chat app, the second to do so in a month.

Founder of South Korean 'spycam' porn site jailed

Seoul - The female co-founder of South Korea's largest porn site has been jailed following months of mounting public fury over the spread of secretly filmed spycam pornography.

'Asylum-seeking' N. Korea envoy from diplomatic family, says defector

Seoul - A North Korean diplomat in Italy said to be seeking asylum is from a "prestigious diplomatic family" with both his father and father-in-law having worked in Pyongyang's foreign ministry, according to a senior defector.

N. Korea's Kim vows more summits with South next year: Seoul

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to meet the South's President Moon Jae-in "frequently" next year to discuss denuclearisation of the peninsula in a rare letter sent to Seoul, Moon's office said Sunday.

Weapons radar row flares up between S. Korea and Japan

Seoul - A row between Seoul and Tokyo escalated Friday after Japan released video it said backed up its claim that a South Korean warship had locked its weapons targeting system onto a Japanese plane.

Two Koreas pledge to restore road, rail links

Seoul - The two Koreas on Wednesday held a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for reconnecting and repairing roads and railways across the divided peninsula, with the North calling on the South to push through joint projects despite sanctions on Pyongyang.

Two Koreas to pledge road, rail links on divided peninsula

Seoul - A South Korean delegation left for North Korea on Wednesday to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for reconnecting roads and railways across the divided peninsula despite stalled denuclearisation talks.

'No place for a mother': S. Korea battles to raise birth rate

Seoul - When Ashley Park started her marketing job at a Seoul drugmaker she had a near-perfect college record, flawless English, and got on well with her colleagues -- none of which mattered to her employer once she fell pregnant.

Koreas to meet IOC in February on joint Olympic bid

Seoul - The two Koreas on Friday agreed to hold talks with the International Olympic Committee on their joint bid for the 2032 Summer Games in February, Seoul said, as a rapid diplomatic thaw takes hold on the peninsula.

Dead stag installed at former US base in South Korea

Paju - A stuffed deer stands in a former US ammunition store just outside the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas, tree branches spreading up from its antlers towards the roof.

North and South Korean soldiers enter each other's territory

Seoul - Soldiers from North and South Korea crossed into each other's territory peacefully for the first time on Wednesday, Seoul said, as they began checking the dismantlement of guard posts in the Demilitarized Zone.

S.Korea's Moon still hopes to host Kim this year

Auckland - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could still visit Seoul for the first time in the next few weeks, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday, describing the possible trip as a major boost in efforts to make the peninsula nuclear-free.

S.Korea's Moon still hopes to host Kim this year

Auckland - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could still visit Seoul for the first time in the next few weeks, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday, describing the possible trip as a major boost in efforts to make the peninsula nuclear-free.

North Korean soldier defects to South across border

Seoul - A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea on Saturday across their heavily fortified land border, which the two sides have begun to demilitarise as relations between the Cold War-era foes warm, the South's military said.

N. Korean soldier defects across border: South's military

Seoul - A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea across the eastern land border on Saturday, the South's military said.

Trump reaffirms second North Korea summit plan

Buenos Aires - US President Donald Trump reaffirmed Friday in a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in that he wants a second summit with North Korea's leader, the White House said.

Two Koreas start landmark journey for railway reconnection

Seoul - A South Korean train crossed into North Korea on Friday for the first time in a decade -- packed with engineers on a mission to upgrade the North’s dilapidated rail tracks and create a linked, cross-border network.

Top S. Korea court orders Japanese firm to pay out over forced labour

Seoul - South Korea's top court on Thursday ordered a Japanese heavy industries giant to pay compensation over forced wartime labour -- the latest in a series of decisions to strain ties between the two neighbours.

North, South Korea join hands to win UNESCO status for wrestling

Paris - North and South Korea marked a new step in their reconciliation efforts Monday as UNESCO accepted a joint bid for Korean wrestling to be recognised as one of the world's most treasured cultural practices.

North, South Korea win heritage status with joint wrestling bid: UNESCO

Paris - North and South Korea marked a new step in their reconciliation efforts Monday as UNESCO accepted their joint bid for Korean wrestling to be recognised as part of the world's cultural heritage.

Doggy diplomacy: S. Korea unveils newborn Northern pups

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife have been pictured cuddling a litter of puppies whelped by one of the dogs given to them by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a symbol of the strengthening ties between the two countries.

Hand in hand, Koreas seek to end UNESCO wrestling

Andong - North and South Korea have long grappled over their joint symbols at the United Nations culture organisation UNESCO, but they could share the honours this week when twin applications for traditional Korean wrestling come up for consideration.

UN grants sanctions exemption for Korea railway survey

Seoul - The UN Security Council has granted a sanctions exemption for the two Koreas to jointly conduct a survey on reconnecting railways across their border, a spokesman for the South Korean presidency said Saturday.

Two Koreas connect DMZ road across border: Seoul

Seoul - North and South Korea have connected a road across their shared border for the first time in 14 years, Seoul's defence ministry said Thursday in the latest reconciliation gesture between the neighbours.

On a mission from God: South Korea's many cults

Seoul - The jailing of a South Korean religious leader on Thursday for the rape of multiple followers is only the latest example of such abuse.

South Korea closes biggest dog slaughterhouse complex

Seoul - South Korean officials on Thursday began to dismantle the country's largest canine slaughterhouse complex, as animal rights activists push to end the custom of eating dog meat.

S. Korean cult leader jailed for raping followers

Seoul - A South Korean cult leader was convicted Thursday of the multiple rape of eight female followers -- some of whom believed he was God -- and jailed for 15 years.

S. Korean cult leader jailed for raping followers

Seoul - A South Korean cult leader was convicted Thursday of the multiple rape of eight female followers -- some of whom believed he was God -- and jailed for 15 years.

US, South Korea scale back military exercise

Washington - The United States and South Korea have scaled down a joint military exercise scheduled for the spring of 2019 to facilitate nuclear talks with North Korea, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday.
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