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Senior diplomats from Seoul, Beijing, Tokyo agree to ramp

Senior diplomats from South Korea, China and Japan agreed on Thursday to ramp up their trilateral cooperation to patch up relations strained over history and territorial rows, Seoul officials said.The meeting brought together Seoul's Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Lee Kyung-...

Updated : 2014.09.11 21:56

Seoul backs U.S. plan to defeat Islamic State extremists

South Korea expressed support Thursday for U.S. President Barack Obama's plan for airstrikes in Syria and expanded strikes in Iraq to defeat the Islamic State militant group.Obama said Wednesday he won't hesitate to take action against the Islamic State in Syria, as he pledged to "degrade,...

Updated : 2014.09.11 21:26

Korean Cabinet approves Canada FTA bill

South Korea's Cabinet on Thursday approved a bill on a free trade agreement (FTA) with Canada ahead of ratification by the parliament, the prime minister's office said. After nearly nine years of talks, including a five-year hiatus, Seoul and Ottawa concluded the FTA in March this year. Th...

Updated : 2014.09.11 21:07

UN official voices 'profound regret' over comfort women issue

GENEVA/SEOUL (Yonhap) – The top U.N. official on human rights on Wednesday expressed "profound regret" over Japan's failure to resolve the issue of its wartime sexual enslavement of Asian women, warning that the victims' human rights continue to be violated.Navi Pillay, UN High Commission...

Updated : 2014.08.06 20:00

Kerry has no plan to meet with N. Korea counterpart at ARF

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has no plan to meet one-on-one with his counterpart from North Korea on the sidelines of an upcoming regional security conference in Myanmar, his spokeswoman said Monday.Kerry is scheduled to make a three-day visit to Naypyitaw, the capital of Myanmar, th...

Updated : 2014.08.05 20:50

Amnesty Int'l calls on S. Korea to stop arming Israel

SEOUL, July 31 (Yonhap) -- South Korea should immediately halt the transfer of all weapons to Israel in light of the deadly conflict in the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 1,300 people and injured many more since earlier this month, the local office of a global human rights group said...

Updated : 2014.07.31 19:45

Hyundai Group chairwoman requests permission to visit N. Korea

The chief of Hyundai Group, the parent firm of inter-Korean tour operator Hyundai Asan Corp., has requested government permission to visit North Korea next week to mark the anniversary of the death of her husband, who used to run the cross-border travel business, company officials said Wed...

Updated : 2014.07.30 17:03

Koreas to meet this week for joint dictionary project

The South Korean government has allowed the country's lexicographers to meet with their North Korean colleagues in China this week for a project to publish a joint dictionary of their language, officials here said Monday.A group of 32 South Korean lexicographers will hold a meeting with th...

Updated : 2014.07.28 14:34

S. Korea evokes national image of cutting-edge technology: survey

Foreigners consider South Korea as a country with cutting-edge technology, but only a small portion of them are aware of Korean pop culture, known as hallyu, a survey showed Friday.According to the survey, the respondents most frequently come up with technology after being asked to present...

Updated : 2014.07.25 15:58

Rebels to return MH17 black boxes to aviation group

A separatist leader in eastern Ukraine says rebels have recovered the black boxes for the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and are willing to hand them over to international investigators.Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, said Sunday tha...

Updated : 2014.07.20 21:42

Militants storm Malaysia resort, kill 1, snatch 1

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Masked gunmen stormed a coastal Malaysian resort, shot a policeman and kidnapped another then sped away in a boat toward the southern Philippines, where Muslim militants have carried out similar raids in the past, a security official said Sunday. The latest k...

Updated : 2014.07.13 22:11

Iraq prostitutes slain amid culture of fear and secrecy

BAGHDAD, (AFP) - Apartment blocks near a mosque and a kindergarten daubed with cartoon characters seem an unlikely place for the slaughter of 27 alleged prostitutes, but in Baghdad death is never far.Few people in the Iraqi capital's Zayouna district know any details of what happened in th...

Updated : 2014.07.13 22:00

German police megaphone used in anti-Israel rant

BERLIN (AP) -- German police say they allowed an anti-Israel protester to use a megaphone in a police car during a "Free Gaza" demonstration in Frankfurt and he shouted inciting slogans including "child murderer Israel" and "Allahu akbar."Frankfurt police spokeswoman Virginie Wegner said S...

Updated : 2014.07.13 21:53

Germany says probing second spy case after U.S. double agent

BERLIN (AFP) - German authorities said Wednesday they were investigating an alleged foreign spy, as reports said the suspect was the second within days believed to be working for U.S. intelligence."Federal police officers have since this morning searched the residential and office premises...

Updated : 2014.07.09 20:07

More than 1,200 Chinese evacuated from north Iraq

More than 1,200 Chinese workers who had been trapped in the embattled northern Iraqi city of Samarra have been evacuated to Baghdad, according to Chinese state media.The official Xinhua news agency says the Chinese arrived safely at a Baghdad hotel, with the Iraqi military providing securi...

Updated : 2014.06.28 14:09