South Korea

Ferry disaster weighs on S. Korean president steeled by tragedy

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SEOUL, Sept 22 - South Korean President Park Geun-hye's voice trembled as she tried to comfort parents gathered near a makeshift morgue to identify the bodies of their children, among the hundreds drowned in a ferry disaster.

North Korea says imprisoned American tried to become 'second Snowden'

SEOUL - An American recently sentenced to six years hard labor by a North Korean court pretended to have secret U.S. information and was deliberately arrested in a bid to become famous and meet U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae in a North Korean prison, state media said on Saturday.

Alice, steampunk and a false name: enigma of an American jailed in North Korea

SEOUL - Matthew Miller, the U.S. citizen imprisoned in North Korea on espionage charges, spent months in South Korea pretending to be an Englishman named "Preston Somerset", acquaintances who met or worked with him said.

North Korea 19 Sep 2014

Japan PM Abe seeks summit with South Korea's Park amid frosty ties

SEOUL/TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye for a summit meeting in a letter handed over on Friday, seeking a breakthrough in the two countries' frosty ties over Japan's wartime past, including running military brothels.

World, Japan, 19 Sep 2014

Japan, China, South Korea agree to ensure geopolitical risks don't threaten recovery

CAIRNS Australia - Financial policymakers of Japan, China and South Korea agreed to work together to ensure that geopolitical tensions will not threaten the region's economic recovery.

China, Japan, 19 Sep 2014

South Korea fires warning shots at North's patrol boat

SEOUL - South Korea fired warning shots on Friday after a North Korean patrol boat crossed a disputed maritime border to the west of the divided peninsula, the South's military said.

World, North Korea 19 Sep 2014

Exclusive: South Korea's Park says door open for talks with North

SEOUL - South Korean President Park Geun-hye, thwarted so far in ambitious plans to begin the process of reunifying the Korean peninsula, said the door is open for talks with the North during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly. | Video

World, 17 Sep 2014

Chinese envoy says North Korea's Kim Jong Un may visit Beijing: Yonhap

SEOUL - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could go to China on his first foreign trip since taking power, China's ambassador to South Korea said on Wednesday, according to a report from South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

World, China, North Korea 16 Sep 2014

Exclusive: South Korea's Park says door open for talks with North

SEOUL - South Korean President Park Geun-hye, thwarted so far in ambitious plans to begin the process of reunifying the Korean peninsula, said the door is open for talks with the North during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly.

World 16 Sep 2014

Hyundai Motor to build two new plants in China instead of one: sources

SEOUL/SHANGHAI - South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co plans to build two new factories in China instead of one, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

China, 16 Sep 2014
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Turkey struggles with spillover as Syrian Kurds battle Islamic State

MURSITPINAR Turkey - Syrian Kurds battled to defend a key border town from an Islamic State advance on Monday as Kurdish youths from neighboring Turkey rushed to their aid, heightening the pressure on Ankara to act against the Islamist insurgents. | Video