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July 2, 2018 10:10 AM Does this satellite image of a North Korean plant prove that Kim lied to Trump over its nuclear disarmament promise?

North Korea has secretly stepped up its nuclear weapons programme, despite a promise to disarm, according to US intelligence sources. The claim makes a nonsense of Donald Trump’s statement last month, shortly after his summit with dictator Kim Jong Un, that ‘there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea’. Satellite imagery appears to show ongoing 9

June 29, 2018 11:07 AM China appeals to SKorea to help 'protect free trade'

BEIJING (AP) - China's No. 2 leader, Premier Li Keqiang, appealed to Korean business leaders Friday to help "protect free trade" in a new effort to recruit allies for its escalating dispute with Washington. The South Koreans were the latest targets of a Chinese charm offensive that has been directed, with little success, at securing European support 8

June 29, 2018 5:22 AM US ends 70 years of military presence in S. Korean capital

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The United States formally ended seven decades of military presence in South Korea's capital on Friday with the opening of a new headquarters farther from the tense border with North Korea. The U.S. military had been headquartered in Seoul's central Yongsan neighborhood since American troops first arrived at the end of World 10

June 29, 2018 2:34 AM Bogeys spoil opening round for Lee in LPGA

Two late bogeys have taken the gloss off an otherwise promising round for Australia's world No.9 Minjee Lee in the Women's PGA Championship. Lee made a flying start to the third women's major of the year, carding four birdies during her opening nine holes. The Perth prodigy turned in 32 and climbed further up the leaderboard with a birdie at the par-4 first 7

June 28, 2018 11:01 PM Bali volcano eruption: Mount Agung spews volcanic ash triggering CLOSURE of airport

BALI's highest volcano, Mount Agung, is sending hot volcanic ash 2,500 metres into the air following the eruption on Thursday, causing major disruption to international flights. A number of international flights have been cancelled after the Mount Agung volcano began spewing water vapour and ash two kilometres into the air. The Ngurah Rai International 22

June 28, 2018 7:09 AM Koreas to field joint teams at Asian Games

North and South Korea will field joint teams in three sports -- canoeing, rowing and women's basketball -- at the Asian Games, organisers said Thursday, in the latest sign of thawing tensions. The two countries will also march together at the opening and closing ceremonies for the showpiece event being held in Indonesia from August 18-September 2, they added 6

June 28, 2018 6:17 AM Mattis says US will keep current troop levels in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reassured South Korea on Thursday that the United States will maintain its current number of troops on the Korean Peninsula. "The U.S. commitment to the Republic of Korea remains ironclad, and the U.S. will continue to use the full range of diplomatic and military capabilities to uphold this commitment 7

June 26, 2018 4:10 PM The world's most expensive cities: Hong Kong and Asian metropolises dominate top 10

Hong Kong is the world's most expensive city to live in for expatriate employees, a study has revealed. It topped Mercer's 2018 annual cost of living survey, which looked at 209 cities, reclaiming the title from Angola's oil-rich capital Luanda, which dropped to sixth place. Six of the world's top 10 most expensive cities are in Asia, with Tokyo deemed 9

June 26, 2018 2:57 PM Estonia to buy South Korean howitzers in 46M-euro deal

HELSINKI (AP) - Estonia has agreed to buy South Korean artillery in a 46 million-euro ($54 million) deal that officials say will substantially boost the small Baltic country's defense capacity. The Estonian military procurement agency says the contract with Seoul-based weapons producer Hanwha Land Systems is for 12 K9 Thunder howitzers, training, maintenance 3

June 23, 2018 4:29 AM Ex-South Korean Prime Minister Kim Jong-pil has died at the age of 92

FORMER South Korean Prime Minister Kim Jong-pil has died aged 92, on his way to hospital, it has been confirmed. Hospital officials said the former prime minister was taken to Soonchunhyang University Hospital in Seoul from his home in Shindang-dong. He was known as one of the "three Kims," together with former Presidents Kim Young-sam and Kim Dae-jung 14