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Fire in shopping mall in South Korean city leaves 7 dead

Sep. 26, 2022 05:14 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A fire broke out at the basement of a shopping mall in the South Korean city of Daejeon on Monday, killing at least seven people, officials said. Firefighters were continuing to search for survivors after putting out the blaze, said Go Seung-cheol, an...

Seoul says North Korea, China reopen freight train traffic

Sep. 26, 2022 05:02 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea and China resumed freight train service Monday following a five-month hiatus, South Korean officials said, as the North struggles to revive an economy battered by the pandemic, U.N. sanctions and other factors. The reopening came after North...

South Korea's president scolds media over hot mic moment

Sep. 26, 2022 03:24 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday accused the country’s media of damaging its alliance with the United States after a TV broadcaster released a video suggesting that he insulted U.S. Congress members following a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden in New...

South Korea says North Korea test-fired missile toward sea

Sep. 24, 2022 23:39 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile Sunday toward its eastern seas, extending a provocative streak in weapons testing as a U.S. aircraft carrier visits South Korea for joint military exercises in response to the North’s growing nuclear threat. ...

US aircraft carrier arrives in South Korea for joint drills

Sep. 23, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

BUSAN, South Korea (AP) — The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan arrived in the South Korean port of Busan on Friday ahead of the two countries' joint military exercise that aims to show their strength against growing North Korean threats. The joint drills will be...

Asian stocks slide for 3rd day on economic growth fears

Sep. 22, 2022 23:26 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks fell for a third day Friday after more rate hikes by the Federal Reserve and other central banks to control persistent inflation spurred fears of a possible global recession. Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney declined. Oil prices edged lower....

North Korea denies sending arms to Russia amid Ukraine war

Sep. 21, 2022 23:46 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it hasn’t exported any weapons to Russia during the war in Ukraine and has no plans to do so, and said U.S. intelligence reports of weapons transfers were an attempt to tarnish North Korea's image. In a state media report Thursday, an...

Leaders of S. Korea, Japan agree to strive to improve ties

Sep. 21, 2022 23:37 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The leaders of South Korea and Japan agreed to accelerate efforts to mend ties frayed over Japan’s past colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula as they held their countries’ first summit talks in nearly three years on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, both...

S. Korea requests Interpol's help in Terraform Labs probe

Sep. 19, 2022 23:19 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors have asked Interpol to issue a fugitive alert for the founder of Terraform Labs as they investigate a $40 billion crash of the firm’s cryptocurrency that devastated retail investors around the world. The Seoul Southern District...

Top China official wants high-tech cooperation with S. Korea

Sep. 16, 2022 07:17 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The head of China’s legislature called for cooperation with South Korea in advanced technology and supply chains, as he met South Korean leaders Friday amid concerns that their moves to solidify a military alliance with Washington could hamper Seoul's ties with...