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South Korean megachurch leader's rape term extended

Seoul - A Seoul appeals court on Friday extended the jail term imposed on a South Korea cult leader for raping female followers, sentencing him to 16 years behind bars.Pastor Lee Jaerock was convicted last year of raping eight women more than 40 times.

Trump to visit S. Korea for talks on North's nukes: White House

Washington - President Donald Trump will visit South Korea in June to meet with his counterpart Moon Jae-in over their efforts to persuade North Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons arsenal, the White House said Wednesday.

Grief, questions as France remembers troops slain in hostage raid

Paris - A grieving France paid its respects Tuesday to two commandos killed during a raid to rescue four hostages in the Sahel region of Africa last week, under the shadow of a row over risks taken by two of those freed.

S. Korean hostage in Burkina Faso was 'regular tourist': official

Paris - A South Korean hostage rescued by French special forces in Burkina Faso last week was a tourist travelling in the region who had been seized close to the border with Benin, an embassy official said on Monday.

Unification support falls in S. Korea as talks stall

Seoul - Ever more South Koreans prefer peaceful co-existence with the nuclear-armed North to reunification of the peninsula, a survey found Monday.

North Korea's missile tests not 'breach of trust': Trump

Washington - North Korean missile launches over the past week have not affected Donald Trump's relationship with Kim Jong Un, the US president said Friday, in a change of course after initially expressing his dissatisfaction.

Rescued in Burkina: the 4 hostages freed in French raid

Paris - French special forces have rescued four foreign hostages in a complex overnight operation in northern Burkina Faso in which two of its soldiers were killed.

French special forces free 4 hostages in Burkina Faso

Paris - French special forces have freed two French hostages, an American and a South Korean in northern Burkina Faso in an overnight raid in which two soldiers died, authorities announced Friday.

Rare Asian black bear spotted in Korean DMZ

Seoul - A rare Asiatic black bear has been photographed in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas, Seoul's environmental ministry said.The area around the four-kilometre (2.

'Nobody's happy' about N. Korea missile launch, says Trump

Seoul - US President Donald Trump said that "nobody's happy" after North Korea raised the pressure over the future of their deadlocked nuclear negotiations by launching two short-range missiles.

North Korea fires projectiles: South's military

Seoul - North Korea fired a number of unidentified projectiles Thursday, the South's military said, as a US envoy visited Seoul for discussions on how to break the nuclear deadlock.

What missile? US and Koreas play down weapons test

Seoul - At least one of the weapons North Korea fired at the weekend had many of the hallmarks of a missile, but that was the one word conspicuously missing from descriptions of the tests by Washington, Seoul, and even Pyongyang.

UN warns of increased tensions over N. Korea weapons test

New York - The United Nations on Monday criticized North Korea following its latest weapons test, warning such action would only increase regional tensions.

US still sees 'path forward' in N.Korea talks: Pompeo

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that the US still sees "a path forward" in its nuclear talks with North Korea, even after Pyongyang's latest round of test launches.

N. Korea tested rocket launchers and 'tactical guided weapons'

Seoul - North Korea's state media said Sunday that leader Kim Jong Un had overseen a rocket and tactical guided weapons test, after the drill Saturday had raised concerns Pyongyang was escalating provocations with US nuclear negotiations deadlocked.

North Korea fires short-range missiles: Seoul

North Korea launched short-range missiles into the sea Saturday, the South Korean military said, in what would be Pyongyang's first such action for more than a year as it seeks to up pressure on Washington with nuclear talks deadlocked.

'Legacy of dictatorship' looms as S. Koreans rail against political parties

Seoul - A petition calling for the South Korean government to dissolve the main opposition party has gained 1.7 million signatures in less than two weeks, in what analysts call a sign of growing intolerance in the former dictatorship.

Inter-Korean border village re-opens for public tours

Andong - South Korean soldiers held their normal stern and unmoving positions Wednesday outside the blue huts of Panmunjom village, the only place along the border where troops from the two Koreas stand nearly face-to-face, but with one notable omission: their ...

Two Koreas mark Moon-Kim summit anniversary with different tones

Seoul - North and South Korea Saturday struck different notes as they marked the first anniversary of a summit between their leaders that fuelled a whirlwind of diplomacy which has died down amid deadlock over Pyongyang's denuclearisation.

Samsung delays launch of folding Galaxy smartphone

San Francisco - Samsung said Monday it was delaying the launch of its folding smartphone after trouble with handsets sent to reviewers.Some reviewers who got their hands on the Galaxy Fold early reported problems with screens breaking.

K-pop phenomenon BTS first Korean act to top UK chart

London - K-pop sensation BTS scored another record on Friday, becoming the first Korean act to top Britain's album chart.

Seoul seeks to capitalise on Stalin's Korean deportations

Seoul - South Korean president Moon Jae-in meets ethnic Koreans in Central Asia this week as he looks to capitalise on the enduring legacy of Joseph Stalin's mass deportations more than 80 years ago.

Japan slams WTO ruling on S. Korea Fukushima food row

Apo - Japan Friday attacked an "extremely regrettable" ruling by the World Trade Organization that upheld a ban by South Korea on some seafood from Fukushima imposed after the 2011 nuclear disaster.

Trump floats idea of third North Korea summit

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Thursday he is considering a potential third nuclear summit with North Korea's leader.

South Korean constitutional court orders abortion ban be lifted

Seoul - South Korea's constitutional court on Thursday ordered the country's decades-old abortion ban to be lifted in a landmark ruling over a law that campaigners say puts women at risk.

South Korean constitutional court orders abortion ban be lifted

Seoul - South Korea's constitutional court on Thursday ordered the country's decades-old abortion ban to be lifted in a landmark ruling over a law that campaigners say puts women at risk.

South Korea constitutional court to rule on abortion ban

Seoul - South Korea's constitutional court is to rule Thursday on the legality of a decades-old abortion ban that campaigners say endangers women, in what could be a historic decision.

South Korean women hope for change to abortion laws

Incheon - More than a quarter of a century after the first of her three abortions -- illegal in South Korea -- Lim is still haunted by her sense of shame. She was 24 and had a boyfriend, but neither was ready to wed.

Seoul confirms controversial academic as N. Korea point man

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday confirmed the appointment of a pro-engagement academic as his new point man on Pyongyang, despite controversy over his outspoken support for cooperation with the nuclear-armed North.

Scandal-hit Korean Air chairman dies, shares soar

Seoul - The head of South Korea's flag carrier Korean Air --- whose family have been embroiled in multiple scandals including an infamous "nut rage" tantrum -- has died, the airline said Monday, sending its shares soaring.
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