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Ping-pong diplomacy between the two Koreas

Daejeon - Table tennis players from North and South Korea played alongside each other at an international tournament Tuesday, winning their matchups in the latest instalment of Korean sporting diplomacy.

S. Korea's Moon optimistic on US-N. Korea diplomatic thaw

Fpo - South Korean president Moon Jae-in said Friday he is confident a diplomatic thaw between Washington and Pyongyang will continue, despite "bumps and bruises" on the path to denuclearising the Korean peninsula.

Seoul grounds Korean Air dynasty's academic flight

Seoul - Korean Air's chairman was disqualified from heading an academic foundation by the government Wednesday and his son stripped of his degree in the latest woes to assail the dynasty.

Yemeni asylum-seekers spark backlash in South Korea

Jeju - A few hundred asylum-seekers from Yemen have sparked an unprecedented wave of xenophobia in ethnically homogenous South Korea, echoing the anti-immigrant sentiment that has swept Europe and helped propel Donald Trump to the White House.

S. Korea approves rare screening of N. Korea films

Seoul - South Korea approved a rare screening of North Korean movies at a local film festival on Tuesday, as a diplomatic thaw gains pace following two landmark summits between their leaders.

UN urges probe into N. Korea waitress 'defectors'

Seoul - A dozen North Korean waitresses involved in a high-profile "defection" case two years ago did not know where they were going, the top UN human rights official on North Korea said Tuesday.

N. Korea talks sidelining human rights: UN rapporteur

Seoul - The North Korean talks process with the US and the South is sidelining the human rights of Pyongyang's oppressed citizens, the UN's top official on the issue said Monday.

S. Korea women protest 'spycam porn' in mass rally

Seoul - Tens of thousands of South Korean women on Saturday angrily urged the government to crack down on secretly-filmed spycam pornography in one of the biggest-ever female-only protests in the country.

Taiwan businessman indicted over North Korea oil sales

Taipei - A Taiwanese businessman has been indicted over illegal oil sales to North Korea, prosecutors said Thursday, flouting UN sanctions against the nuclear-armed regime.

Basketball diplomacy: S. Korea teams arrive in Pyongyang

Seoul - A high-level South Korean delegation arrived in Pyongyang Tuesday with dozens of basketball players as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's favourite sport becomes the latest effort at athletic diplomacy between the neighbours.

US opens new military HQ in South Korea

Pyeongtaek - US forces in South Korea opened their new headquarters Friday, on what they called Washington's biggest overseas base, just weeks after President Donald Trump said he wanted to bring the troops home.

S. Korea seeks to stem asylum arrivals

Seoul - South Korea will tighten its refugee laws, it said Friday, after protests over the arrival of hundreds of asylum-seekers who fled war-ravaged Yemen for its southern resort island of Jeju.

Mattis vows 'strong defensive stance' on N. Korea

Apo - US Defense Secretary James Mattis pledged Friday to maintain and strengthen the US security alliance with Japan amid fears that talks with North Korea could water down Washington's longstanding security commitments in the region.

US-Japan alliance 'cornerstone' of regional stability: Mattis

Apo - The US-Japan alliance is vital to peace in Asia and Washington remains committed to the partnership as it pursues diplomacy with North Korea, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said in Tokyo Friday.

S. Korea court offers conscientious objectors route away from army

Seoul - South Korea's Constitutional Court on Thursday upheld the jailing of those who evade the country's military conscription law, but ordered authorities to provide conscientious objectors with an alternative form of national service.

Koreas to field joint teams at Asian Games

Jakarta - North and South Korea will field joint teams in three sports -- canoeing, rowing and women's basketball -- at the Asian Games, organisers said Thursday, in the latest sign of thawing tensions.

Pentagon chief seeks to reassure S. Korea, Japan on North

Seoul - US Defense Secretary James Mattis told South Korea Thursday that their alliance remained "ironclad", as he sought to reassure key East Asian allies following Donald Trump's unilateral suspension of military exercises with Seoul.

Koreas hold talks on connecting railways

Seoul - North and South Korea held talks Tuesday on connecting the railways that run across their border, a physical link that would transform the relationship between the two sides of the divided peninsula.

Koreas to hold reunions for war-separated families in August

Seoul - North and South Korea agreed Friday to resume reunions for families separated by the Korean War in August -- the first such meetings since 2015 and the latest step in a remarkable diplomatic thaw on the peninsula.

N. Korea 'already starting' denuclearization: Trump

Washington - North Korea has already begun its denuclearization, US President Donald Trump said Thursday, after many observers greeted with skepticism the results of his historic meeting with the North's leader Kim Jong Un.

S. Korea's Moon arrives in Russia for talks with Putin

Moscow - South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in Russia Thursday ahead of talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, which are expected to focus on economic cooperation and the situation in North Korea.

Killing dogs for meat illegal, rules S. Korean court

Seoul - A South Korean court has outlawed the killing of dogs for meat, in a landmark ruling that animal rights activists said Thursday could pave the way to making eating canines illegal.

Paddling for peace? S. Korea seeks joint canoe team at Asiad

Seoul - South Korea's canoe federation said Tuesday it has proposed forming a joint dragon boat team with North Korea, after the two nations agreed to compete together in some Asian Games events in a fresh show of rapprochement.

US, S. Korea confirm suspending military drills

Seoul - US and South Korean officials confirmed Tuesday the suspension of scheduled joint military drills, making good on a pledge by President Donald Trump during his summit with North Korea's leader.

US, S. Korea confirm suspending military drills

Seoul - The US and South Korean militaries confirmed Tuesday they have called off upcoming joint exercises, after President Donald pledged to halt the drills in the wake of his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

North Korea: Pompeo says he will likely visit Kim soon

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday he expects to meet with Kim Jong Un soon to flesh out details of the North Korean leader's promise of nuclear disarmament.

Lavrov and Pompeo discuss North Korea

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his US counterpart Mike Pompeo have discussed North Korea by phone less than a week after a historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Moscow said Monday.

Koreas to form joint teams at Asian Games

Seoul - North and South Korea agreed Monday to form unified teams for some sports at the upcoming Asian Games -- a move which highlights the rapprochement on the peninsula that began with the Winter Olympics.

Seoul says N. Korea sanctions may be eased before full denuclearisation

Seoul - South Korea said Monday that sanctions against North Korea could be eased once it takes "substantive steps towards denuclearisation", seemingly setting the bar lower than Washington for such a move.

Trump boasts North Korea stand-off 'largely solved'

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Friday that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have "great chemistry" and claimed the stand-off with the nuclear-armed Asian nation is "largely solved.
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