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S. Korea's top court upholds ex-president's 20-year jail term

Seoul - South Korea's top court upheld a 20-year prison sentence for disgraced former president Park Geun-hye on Thursday, in the final ruling over the corruption scandal that brought her down.

US envoy to South Korea to leave post next week

Seoul - US ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris will leave his post next week, he said Wednesday, after nearly two years which have seen him at the centre of controversy on several occasions.

South Korea sect leader cleared of hindering virus effort

Seoul - The elderly leader of a secretive religious sect at the centre of South Korea's early coronavirus outbreak was not guilty of hindering the government's virus prevention efforts, a district court ruled Wednesday.

Sister of N. Korea's Kim slams South's 'idiot' authorities: KCNA

Seoul - The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un slammed authorities in Seoul over their tracking of a possible military parade in Pyongyang at the weekend, the North's state media reported Wednesday.

South Korean court orders Japan to compensate former sex slaves

Seoul - A South Korean court on Friday ordered the Japanese government to pay compensation to 12 World War II sex slaves or their families, in an unprecedented ruling that prompted an immediate denunciation by Tokyo.

South Korean delegation heads to Iran over seized oil tanker

Seoul - A South Korean delegation left for Iran on Thursday to negotiate the early release of an oil tanker and its crew seized in strategic Gulf waters this week.

S. Korean destroyer arrives in waters near Iran after oil tanker seizure

Seoul - South Korea will send a delegation to Iran to negotiate the release of a seized oil tanker and its crew, Seoul said Tuesday, as a anti-piracy unit arrived in waters near the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran Guards seize South Korean tanker amid US tensions

Tehran - Iran said Monday its Revolutionary Guards had seized a South Korean-flagged tanker in Gulf waters for breaking "environmental laws," at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.

South Korea population falls for first time

Seoul - South Korea's population fell for the first time in 2020, with more people dying than were born, the government said Monday, warning that towns in poor regions faced a "crisis of extinction".

US begins coronavirus vaccinations for troops in South Korea

Seoul - The United States began a coronavirus vaccination campaign for its troops stationed in South Korea Tuesday as a third virus wave saw the host country record its highest daily death toll since the pandemic began.

South Korea tightens Seoul curbs after record death toll

Seoul - South Korea banned gatherings of more than four people in the capital and surrounding areas Monday as the country recorded its highest daily coronavirus death toll since the epidemic began.

North Korea to redevelop flagship tourist resort

Seoul - Pyongyang plans to redevelop its flagship Mount Kumgang tourist complex into an international resort, a year after leader Kim Jong Un ordered South Korean-built buildings there demolished, state media reported Sunday.

S. Korea bans sending leaflets into North

Seoul - South Korea on Monday banned sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets into the North, in a move rights activists condemned as a violation of free speech and a "misguided strategy" to please the North Korean regime.

South Korea reports highest number of new coronavirus cases

Seoul - South Korea on Saturday reported its highest daily number of coronavirus cases so far, with a surge centred on the capital region sparking fears the country could lose control of the spread.

Praise, criticism as S. Koreans react to death of director Kim Ki-duk

Seoul - There were mixed reactions Saturday in South Korea to the death of acclaimed director Kim Ki-duk, whose cinematic legacy was tarnished by allegations of sexual assault.

Careless talk costs lives: a North Korean execution

Seoul - As a teenager in North Korea, Lee Soon-keum bitterly resented her prisoner-of-war father as his status meant she would have to toil in coal mines like him.Years later, she says she was forced to watch him and her brother executed by firing squad.

Left behind: North Korean coalmines fuelled by South's POWs

Seoul - Just 13 days before the armistice that ended the Korean War, Southern soldier Lee Sun-woo was captured. He then spent more than three decades toiling in a North Korean coal mine like thousands of his compatriots.

Top US negotiator on North Korea blames Pyongyang for deadlock

Seoul - The outgoing US point man on North Korea admitted Thursday that the Trump administration had not achieved what it sought with Kim Jong Un, but blamed Pyongyang for squandering the opportunity for progress.

Kim's sister slams South Korean minister over coronavirus

Seoul - The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has slammed the South's foreign minister as "impudent" for casting doubt over Pyongyang's claim that the country has no coronavirus cases, state media reported Wednesday.

South Korea tightens virus curbs in Seoul region

Seoul - South Korea raised its coronavirus alert to the second-highest level in Seoul and surrounding areas Sunday as authorities struggle to contain a fresh outbreak.

Family of South Korean dictator's assassin seek treason acquittal

Paju - Forty years after South Korea's spy chief was executed for shooting dead his boss, dictator Park Chung-hee, the assassin's sister is seeking to clear him of treason, arguing the killing was in the service of the country.

Testing time: South Korean students take exam with virus precautions

Seoul - South Korea fell quiet on Thursday as hundreds of thousands of students sat the high-stakes national university entrance exam, with the added tension of strict anti-coronavirus measures.

Day after new US chart record, BTS granted military call-up delay

Seoul - Trailblazing South Korean boyband BTS have became the first group to have a foreign-language song enter the US Billboard chart at number one, as parliament in Seoul cleared the way for them to delay compulsory military service.

Former South Korean dictator Chun guilty of defamation over massacre

Seoul - Former South Korean dictator Chun Doo-hwan was found guilty of defaming a dead priest on Monday, in connection with a pro-democracy uprising his troops crushed 40 years ago.

South Korea virus cases hit highest level since March

Seoul - South Korea reported its highest daily number of coronavirus cases since March on Thursday, with a surge of new infections sparking fears of a major third wave.

BTS releasing new album after historic success of 'Dynamite'

Seoul - K-pop sensation BTS were releasing their highly anticipated new studio album on Friday, following the historic success of their all-English single "Dynamite".

Biden reassures Asian allies on defence commitments

Sydney - US President-elect Joe Biden rang round allies in Seoul, Sydney and Tokyo Thursday, vowing to repair frayed partnerships and reaffirming mutual-defence pacts thrown in doubt by the current White House.

South Korean military captures North Korean crossing border

Seoul - A North Korean man was captured by South Korea's military on Wednesday after crossing the inter-Korean border, Seoul said.The man was identified by Seoul only as a North Korean male, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

'Baby Shark' becomes most-watched YouTube video

Seoul - The wildly infectious and relentlessly repetitive children's song "Baby Shark" became the most-watched YouTube video on Monday, with more than seven billion plays.

South Korea's ex-president Lee Myung-bak goes back to prison

Seoul - Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak headed to prison on Monday after a Seoul court upheld a 17-year term on corruption charges.
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