Group calls for bigger Seoul role in tackling TB in NKorea

Health 11/16/18, 00:05

A U.S.-based nonprofit group has called for South Korea to take stronger steps to fight a tuberculosis crisis in North Korea it says has worsened under strengthened U.S.-led sanctions over its nuclear weapons and missile program.Stephen Linton, chairman of the Eugene Bell Foundation, on Friday criticized Seoul's supposed lack of ...

North Korea says it has tested ‘ultramodern tactical weapon’

World 11/15/18, 19:44

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the successful test of "a newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon," the nation's state media reported Friday, though it didn't describe what sort of weapon it was. It didn't appear to be a nuclear or missile-related test, a string of which last year had many ...

Asian stocks higher after Wall Street fall, Brexit approval

Business 11/15/18, 01:49

Most Asian stock markets gained Thursday after Wall Street fell and Britain's Cabinet endorsed a draft agreement to leave the European Union.KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index rose 1 percent to 2,659.12 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 1 percent to 25,907.26. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 shed 0.2 percent to 21,803.62 ...

Asian stock markets sink after Wall Street rally fades

Business 11/09/18, 01:15

Asian stock markets fell Friday after a post-election Wall Street rally faded and the U.S. Federal Reserve suggested it will keep raising interest rates.KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.3 percent to 2,614.37 and Tokyo's Nikkei 225 retreated 0.8 percent to 22,310.16. Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 2.4 percent ...

Fire kills at least 7 at dormitory-style housing in S. Korea

World 11/08/18, 23:14

A fire at a low-cost dormitory-style housing facility in central Seoul killed at least seven people and injured 11 others on Friday, fire authorities said.The blaze has been extinguished but it remains to be seen whether the death toll could rise, officials at the Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters ...

Asian economies grateful for reprieve on Iran oil imports

Business 11/06/18, 06:28

Japan, South Korea and other major oil importers welcomed Tuesday the decision by the Trump administration to let them continue to import Iranian crude oil and other petroleum products despite the re-imposition of sanctions on Tehran.The risk of excessive disruption to world markets was a key factor behind the decision ...

Seoul: Iranian waiver shows strength of alliance with US

World 11/06/18, 02:15

South Korea's presidential spokesman says the U.S. has demonstrated the strength of the two countries' alliance by allowing South Korea to continue importing Iranian crude oil products under reinstated sanctions against Iran.Kim Eui-kyeom spoke to reporters Tuesday after South Korea was named as one of eight countries that received waivers ...

N. Korea threatens to resume nuke development over sanctions

World 11/03/18, 01:39

North Korea has warned it could revive a state policy aimed at strengthening its nuclear arsenal if the United States does not lift economic sanctions against the country. The statement released by the Foreign Ministry Friday evening came amid a sense of unease between Washington and Seoul over the use of ...

Koreas to inform IOC of intent to co-host 2032 Games

Sports 11/02/18, 03:37

North and South Korea on Friday agreed to officially inform the International Olympic Committee of their intent to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics as they continued with reconciliation efforts. Korean sports officials after meeting at the North Korean border town of Kaesong also agreed to send a combined team to the ...

Asia eyes US midterm elections with anxiety, hope

World 11/01/18, 23:28

Hope and anxiety hang over Asia — and north Asia in particular — ahead of Tuesday's U.S. midterm election. President Donald Trump has shaken up Asia, as he has much of the world. Now Beijing, Seoul and other Asian capitals are waiting to see if the Democrats wrest control of at ...

S. Korea’s Moon: N. Korean leader Kim to visit Seoul ‘soon’

World 10/31/18, 22:11

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will "soon" visit Seoul as part of a flurry of high-profile diplomacy aimed at ridding North Korea of its nuclear weapons.During a speech before parliament, Moon said that a second North Korea-U.S. summit is "near at ...

Court orders Japan company to pay 4 Koreans for forced labor

World 10/30/18, 02:25

In a potentially far-reaching decision, South Korea's Supreme Court has ruled that a Japanese steelmaker should compensate four South Koreans for forced labor during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula before the end of World War II.The long-awaited ruling, delivered after more than five years of deliberation at Seoul's ...

US envoy confidant about achieving N. Korea denuclearization

Politics 10/28/18, 23:28

The top U.S. envoy for North Korea has expressed confidence about achieving North Korea's nuclear disarmament. There are worries about the slow pace of nuclear diplomacy since U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's fourth trip to Pyongyang earlier this month. South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, right, shakes hands with U.S. special ...

2 Koreas talk about implementing recent military agreement

World 10/25/18, 22:22

North and South Korea are holding military talks on their border to discuss implementing a broad-reaching military agreement last month to reduce tensions.Visitors walk near the wire fence decorated with ribbons carrying messages wishing the reunification and peace of the two Koreas at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, ...

Film Review: In masterful ‘Burning,’ rage simmers in Seoul

Entertainment 10/25/18, 18:51

In the smoldering centerpiece of Chang-dong Lee's masterly "Burning" — a mournful cry of a movie — a young, tragic South Korean woman named Haemi (an exquisite Jun Jong-seo) dances before two men at twilight while Miles Davis floats bluely from a nearby car radio. The Korean countryside stretches northward ...

South Korea finds likely war remains during border demining

World 10/24/18, 23:36

South Korea says it has discovered what could be Korean War remains at a frontline area where it's jointly clearing mines with North Korea. The two Koreas began removing mines from one of the heaviest Korean War battle sites at their border on Oct. 1 before starting their first joint searches ...

2 Koreas, US-led UN Command meet again at Koreas’ border

World 10/21/18, 18:08

Military officers from the two Koreas and the U.S.-led U.N. Command met again at the Koreas' border village Monday to examine an ongoing effort to disarm the area.Demetallizing the Panmunjom village inside the Koreas' heavily fortified border was among many agreements the Koreas struck in September to lower military tensions ...

South Korea, Britain in talks about future trade talks

World 10/19/18, 10:59

South Korea's foreign minister says Seoul has begun "contingency planning" to ensure that her country and Britain maintain close trade relations after Britain leaves the European Union. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Friday that "we are already having serious discussions about this." South Korea's President Moon Jae-in arrives for an EU-ASEM summit ...

US and South Korea again call off a major military exercise

Asia & Pacific 10/19/18, 10:55

The Pentagon and South Korea are canceling another major military exercise this year, citing a push for diplomatic progress with North Korea.The top Pentagon spokeswoman, Dana W. White, says Washington and Seoul are suspending an air exercise known as Vigilant Ace "to give the diplomatic process every opportunity to continue."That ...

Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street skids, China slows

Business 10/19/18, 01:42

Asian stock markets were mixed Friday after Wall Street declined on losses for tech and industrial stocks and Chinese economic growth slowed.KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index fell 0.8 percent to 22,487.21 and India's Sensex lost 1.3 percent to 34,338.69. Hong Kong's Hang Seng picked up 0.5 percent to 25,571.54 ...

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