North Korean ship pursued for seizure in case

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- An Israel-based civil rights group is trying to seize a North Korean ship being held in Mexico in a rare effort to make Pyongyang pay at least part of a rare $330 million U.S. District Court judgment against...

Russia bids for vast Arctic territories at UN

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has submitted its bid for vast territories in the Arctic to the United Nations, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.The ministry said in a statement that Russia is claiming 1.2 million square kilometers (over 4...

N. Korean FM arrives in Malaysia for regional talks

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong arrived in Malaysia Tuesday for regional security talks seen as a rare opportunity for active diplomatic engagement with the reclusive communist state.Ri arrived with a delegation of offici...

Army deploys advanced multiple rocket launchers

The Army on Tuesday began deploying next-generation multiple launch rocket systems as part of Seoul’s efforts to better counter growing North Korean artillery threats and boost home production of tactical weapons. The domesticall...

Seoul citizens grow taller, heavier

In the span of seven decades since liberation from Japan’s colonial rule, citizens in South Korea’s capital have gone through prominent physical changes, while the main causes of death have also become different, a report showed...

Rio Games: Greatest sports festival in heart of Brazil

We are still one year away, but the heart of Brazil is already beating faster. The generous Brazilian heart that insists on speeding when two of our biggest passions meet: embracing people from all over the world and competing wit...

Saenuri move adds to NPAD reform dilemma

The ruling Saenuri Party senior lawmaker’s decision to forgo his reelection bid sparked debate on Tuesday among the rival party’s lawmakers, who are struggling to keep afloat its fizzling party reform measures. Following Rep. K...

Ex-first lady’s N.K. visit raises hope for cross-border thaw

Lee Hee-ho, the widow of former President Kim Dae-jung, will embark on a four-day trip to North Korea on Wednesday, amid high expectations that her visit would set the mood for a thaw in the frosty cross-border relations.The 93-ye...

Heat stroke cases surge in Korea

The number of sunstroke patients surged last week, with seven deaths reported so far, as a heat wave continues to grip the peninsula, officials said Tuesday. According to the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over...

Chinese consortium picked for ferry recovery

A consortium led by a Chinese firm was named the successful bidder to recover the South Korean ferry that sank last year, along with the remains of people still missing from the tragic accident, on Tuesday.An official contract was...

Medical doctor named new health minister

President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday afternoon sacked Health Minister Moon Hyung-pyo and named medical professional Chung Chin-youb apparently to move on from the Middle East respiratory syndrome outbreak and seek a new momentum for...

Antitrust watchdog fines 17 builders for bid rigging

South Korea's antitrust watchdog slapped a combined 32.9 billion won ($28.1 million) fine on 17 local builders Tuesday for rigging bids for large public infrastructure projects.According to the Fair Trade Commission, the companies...

6 Air Force fighters depart for Alaska to join U.S. air drill

Six South Korean fighter jets departed for Alaska on Tuesday to join a U.S.-led air defense drill designed to beef up joint combat capacity, the Air Force said.The six F-16Ds were to arrive at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, later...

Aug. 14 declared holiday

The government has decided to designate Aug. 14 an extra public holiday and offer free access to state-run museums and palaces on the weekend when South Korea celebrates’ the 70th anniversary of the nation’s liberation from Japa...

Gov't decides to designate temporary holiday for liberation celebrations

The government decided to designate the day before next week's National Liberation Day as a temporary holiday, an official said Tuesday, in the latest efforts to boost domestic consumption hit hard by the MERS outbreak.The move co...