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January 3, 2019 12:06 PM North Korea ambassador to Italy 'disappears', says South

South Korea's spy agency has told officials that North Korea's ambassador to Italy has disappeared. The announcement follows unconfirmed reports that Pyongyang's top diplomat in Italy had sought asylum from an unidentified Western country. Jo Song-gil, the acting North Korean ambassador to Rome, is the son and son-in-law of high-ranking North Korean 107

October 17, 2018 3:03 PM North Korea SHOCK: Kim RELEASES South Korean who ‘illegally entered’ hermit state

A SOUTH Korean man who crossed into North Korea has been released by the secretive state in a rare move by Kim Jong-un’s regime. The 60-year-old made the dangerous journey into the hermit kingdom but was returned home via the border village of Panmunjom - a site commonly used to host high-level diplomatic talks between the two nations. North Korea says the man had “illegally 62

September 8, 2018 3:29 AM Former AP photojournalist Kim Chonkil dies at age 89

Former AP photojournalist Kim Chonkil dies at age 89 SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Former Associated Press photojournalist Kim Chonkil, whose images captured South Korea's turbulent transition from dictatorship to democracy, has died. He was 89. Kim's son, Kim Kuchul, said he died in New York on Thursday after suffering from kidney and respiratory problems 52

August 22, 2018 10:31 AM Autistic South Korean man DIES after drinking out of dehumidifier

Autistic man, 31, who drank the contents of his dehumidifier DIED of multiple organ failure A South Korean man died after drinking the contents of the dehumidifier in his home. The anonymous man endured multiple organ failure after swallowing around 300ml of liquid straight from the gadget. It contained 300g of calcium chloride - salt crystals that collect 98

July 1, 2018 9:29 PM South Korea's Park wins Women's PGA Championship in playoff

South Korea's Park Sung-hyun birdied twice in a weather-disrupted playoff Sunday to win the Women's PGA Championship, capturing the second major women's golf title of her career. The 24-year-old from Seoul, last year's US Women's Open champion, defeated compatriot Ryu So-yeon, denying her bid to reclaim the world number one ranking, and Japanese teen star Nasa Hataoka 50

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 43

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 36

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 36

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 33

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 43