Japan falls, other Asian stocks gain after Wall Street rally

World 12/28/18, 00:44

Most Asian stock markets gained while Japan edged down following Wall Street's rally at the end of a turbulent week.KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.4 percent to 2,943.37 while Tokyo's Nikkei 225 lost 0.1 percent to 20,043.25. Hong Kong's Hang Seng advanced 0.4 percent to 25,582.53 and Seoul's ...

Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

World 12/20/18, 21:24

People in downtown Pyongyang ride a trolley bus at the end of a working day.In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, a child in Kashmir walks past Indian police during a clash with anti-India protesters.Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray of the Philippines blows a kiss during a news ...

PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

U.S. 12/15/18, 03:35

photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.This week's gallery includes South Korean palace guards wearing traditional uniforms outside a royal palace in Seoul; President Donald Trump meeting with House and Senate ...

S. Korea abuzz about N. Korean leader Kim’s possible trip

World 12/05/18, 03:33

Day after day, rampant speculation about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's possible trip to Seoul is making headlines in South Korea, despite no official confirmation from either government.Many analysts say it would be extremely difficult for Kim to fulfill by the end of this year his reported promise to ...

South Korea says North Korean soldier defects to South

World 11/30/18, 21:50

A North Korean soldier fled across a heavily fortified border to defect to South Korea early Saturday, the military in Seoul said, just as the rivals began taking steps to reduce military tensions.South Korean soldiers escorted the defector to safety after finding him moving south of the eastern side of ...

Koreas survey North’s railways in hopes of joining networks

World 11/29/18, 19:54

South Korea sent rail cars and dozens of officials to North Korea on Friday for joint surveys on northern railway sections the countries hope someday to connect with the South. The weeks-long inspections, which will see South Korean cars running on North Korean tracks for the first time in a decade, ...

Asian stocks gain after Fed chief hints rate rises may slow

Business 11/29/18, 00:58

Most Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell suggested the pace of U.S. interest rate increases might slow.KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 rose 0.4 percent to 22,278.70 and Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 added 0.6 percent to 5,758.40. Seoul's Kospi advanced 0.4 percent to ...

SKorea orders 2nd Japan firm to compensate forced laborers

World 11/28/18, 22:12

South Korea's top court on Thursday ordered a Japanese company to compensate 10 Koreans for forced labor during Tokyo's 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula, in the second such ruling in a month that again drew strong protests from Japan.The latest verdict on Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was widely expected ...

S. Korea conducts successful rocket engine test

Science 11/28/18, 05:19

South Korea has launched a single-stage rocket to test a locally made engine as part of efforts to place a satellite into orbit.The Science Ministry says it has confirmed its engine test was successful after the rocket landed off the southern coast on Wednesday.A single stage rocket takes off from ...

South Korea apologizes over vagrants’ detention, forced work

World 11/27/18, 02:54

South Korea's top public prosecutor on Tuesday apologized over what he described as a botched investigation into the enslavement and mistreatment of thousands of people at a vagrants' facility in the 1970s and 1980s nearly three decades after its owner was acquitted of serious charges.The remarks by Prosecutor General Moon ...

Koreas gain UN sanctions exemption for joint rail survey

World 11/23/18, 21:39

South Korea said Saturday that the United Nations Security Council granted an exemption to sanctions that will allow surveys on North Korean railroad sections the Koreas want to connect with the South. The surveys would require the South to bring to the North fuel and a variety of goods, including possibly ...

S. Korean court says government must pay to 03 salt farm slaves

World 11/23/18, 02:06

The South Korean government must pay 80 million won ($70,700) to three men who were enslaved on salt farms in remote islands off the country's southwest coast for several years, a court ruled Friday. The Seoul High Court said the government was responsible for their ordeals because local officials and police ...

Samsung apologizes over sicknesses, deaths of some workers

World 11/22/18, 22:27

Samsung Electronics on Friday apologized for the sickness and deaths of some of its workers, saying it failed to create a safe working environment at its computer chip and display factories.The announcement by the South Korean technology giant came weeks after the company and a group representing ailing Samsung workers ...

Seoul will dissolve Japan-funded sexual slavery foundation

World 11/20/18, 22:22

South Korea said Wednesday it will dissolve a foundation funded by Japan to compensate South Korean women who were forced to work in Japan's World War II military brothels.The widely expected decision effectively kills a controversial 2015 agreement to settle a decades-long impasse over the sexual slavery issue and threatens ...

U.S. sounds word of caution on expansion of Korea ties

Politics 11/20/18, 14:43

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. has "made clear" to South Korea that progress on disarming North Korea should not lag behind the expansion of relations between the two Koreas. Pompeo says there's "complete agreement" between Washington and Seoul on this, but his comments to reporters underscore U.S. anxiety ...

Seoul: North Korea destroys 10 guard posts to lower tensions

World 11/20/18, 03:33

North Korea on Tuesday blew up some of its front-line guard posts as part of an agreement to ease tensions along its heavily fortified border with South Korea, Seoul's Defense Ministry said.In September, the Koreas' militaries agreed at a leaders' summit in Pyongyang to eventually dismantle all guard posts inside ...

North Korea deports American even as it boasts of new weapon

World 11/16/18, 04:59

North Korea on Friday said it will deport an American citizen it detained for illegal entrance, an apparent concession to the United States that came even as it announced the test of a newly developed but unspecified "ultramodern" weapon that will be seen as a pressuring tactic by Washington. The two ...

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