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S. Korean nuclear envoy due in Beijing for talks on N. Korea

South Korea's chief nuclear envoy will visit China this week after talks with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts on ways to deal with North Korea, the foreign ministry said Monday.Hwang Joon-kook, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, plans to meet with Ch...

Updated : 2015.05.25 18:38

First round of hearings wind up in Lone Star case

An international tribunal has wrapped up the first round of hearings in a multi-billion-dollar case the U.S. private equity firm Lone Star filed against South Korea over disputes surrounding its asset sell-offs in Korea.Both sides largely repeated their existing positions during the hearin...

Updated : 2015.05.25 11:46

U.S. resolution calls for memorial marker for USFK members

A U.S. congressman has introduced a resolution calling for a memorial marker honoring American servicemembers killed or missing in action while helping defend South Korea after the 1950-53 Korean War.Rep. William Keating introduced the concurrent resolution on Thursday, saying many service...

Updated : 2015.05.25 11:44

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon says save migrants, deal with cause of flight

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Southeast Asian nations to deal with the causes behind a growing humanitarian crisis that has forced thousands of people fr...

Updated : 2015.05.24 17:04

Ethiopians vote in 1st election without former strongman

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Ethiopians have started voting in national and regional elections, the country's first since the death in 2012 of longtime leader Meles Zenawi.More than 38 million voters are eligible to cast ballots in this East African nation of about 90 million people. Hail...

Updated : 2015.05.24 16:47

52 dead in China floods, including 2 kids on overloaded bus

BEIJING (AP) -- The death toll in China's latest round of flooding has risen to at least 52, including two schoolchildren aboard a bus carrying more than twice its authorized passenger load that plunged into a pond, authorities said. At least six other people are missing in floods that hav...

Updated : 2015.05.24 15:41

Saudi IDs bomber after kingdom's deadliest attack in years

RIYADH, (AFP) -- Saudi Arabia on Saturday confirmed the suicide bomber who killed 21 worshippers at a Shiite mosque had links with the Islamic State group, in what the interior ministry called an attempt to promote sectarian strife.It was the deadliest attack in years to strike the Sunni-d...

Updated : 2015.05.24 11:29

Activists cancel plan to cross DMZ via Panmunjom

A group of foreign activists who planned to cross the inter-Korean border southward from North Korea has decided to use a western land route instead of the truce village of Panmunjom, officials said Friday.  About 30 female activists from around the world, including U.S. activist Gloria ...

Updated : 2015.05.22 10:40

S. Korea to donate funds to ICT education in Africa

South Korea Thursday committed millions of dollars to equip classrooms in three African countries with information technology.  Education Minister Hwang Woo-yea signed a memorandum of understanding with Irina Bokova, secretary-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cul...

Updated : 2015.05.21 17:10

N. Korea calls off U.N. chief's visit to Gaeseong complex

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that North Korea has called off his planned visit to an inter-Korean industrial complex in the North.  Ban was scheduled to visit the North's border...

Updated : 2015.05.20 10:07

U.S. considering 'permanent stationing' of THAAD in S. Korea: senior U.S. official

The United States is considering permanently stationing a THAAD missile defense unit in South Korea to help defend against North Korean threats, even though no final decision has been made, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.  Frank Rose, assistant secretary of state for arms control, v...

Updated : 2015.05.20 10:04

China trying to use THAAD issue to 'create a wedge' in U.S.-Korea

China's vocal opposition to the potential deployment of the U.S. THAAD missile defense system to South Korea is believed to be aimed in part at creating a wedge in the alliance between Washington and Seoul, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.  Frank Rose, assistant secretary of state fo...

Updated : 2015.05.20 10:03

Top U.S. official strongly suggests N. Korea's manipulation of imagery of SLBM test

A top U.S. military official suggested Tuesday that North Korea manipulated a video of its recent test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile to exaggerate progress in its SLBM development.  "Just a few weeks ago, we saw Pyongyang raving about a test of its submarine-launched ballisti...

Updated : 2015.05.20 09:49

Hundreds more scholars sign joint statement urging Japan to acknowledge sex slavery

Hundreds of more scholars from around the world have joined their colleagues in a landmark joint statement criticizing Japan for distorting the history of its wartime sexual slavery, bringing the total number to nearly 500.  Earlier this month, a group of 187 internationally renowned his...

Updated : 2015.05.20 09:48

Nobel laureates hopeful for peace on Korean Peninsula

Two Nobel Peace laureates on a journey to march through the inter-Korean border Tuesday hoped it could help bring peace and reunification to the divided Koreas.  The two Nobel laureates -- Leymah Gbowee and Mairead Corrigan Maguire -- as well as American feminist Gloria Steinem and score...

Updated : 2015.05.19 15:12