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Unification Church followers decry 'biased' Japanese media

Aug. 18, 2022 03:42 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of Unification Church followers rallied in South Korea on Thursday protesting negative Japanese media coverage of their religion after the suspect in the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe blamed the church for his family’s troubles. ...

South Korean leader: Seoul won't seek own nuclear deterrent

Aug. 17, 2022 05:58 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s president said Wednesday his government has no plans to pursue its own nuclear deterrent and called instead for more diplomacy in the face of growing North Korean nuclear weapons capabilities, even as the North test-fired two suspected cruise missiles. ...

Gates eyes partnership with South Korea over global health

Aug. 16, 2022 06:26 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Bill Gates on Tuesday called for South Korea to become more involved in international efforts to prevent infectious diseases like COVID-19 as he stressed the need for the world to be better prepared for the next pandemic. Representing the Bill and Melinda...

US, South Korea to begin expanded military drills next week

Aug. 16, 2022 06:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States and South Korea will begin their biggest combined military training in years next week in the face of an increasingly aggressive North Korea, which has been ramping up weapons tests and threats of nuclear conflict against Seoul and Washington, the South...

S Korea offers North economic benefits for denuclearization

Aug. 15, 2022 05:46 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol offered “audacious” economic assistance to North Korea on Monday if it abandons its nuclear weapons program, while avoiding harsh criticism of the North days after it threatened “deadly” retaliation over a COVID-19 outbreak it...

UN chief affirms support for denuclearized North Korea

Aug. 12, 2022 05:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday proclaimed unwavering U.N. commitment to a fully denuclearized North Korea, even as a divided Security Council allows more room for the isolated country to expand its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile...

Asian shares mixed after new signs of cooling inflation

Aug. 12, 2022 00:47 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mixed Friday in Asia after a muddled day on Wall Street, where benchmarks meandered following another encouraging report about inflation. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 surged 2.5%, catching up on gains after being closed Thursday for a holiday. Hong Kong and...

North Korea claims disputed victory over virus, blames Seoul

Aug. 11, 2022 06:29 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a striking speech before thousands of North Koreans, leader Kim Jong Un’s sister said he suffered a fever while guiding the country to victory over the coronavirus. She blamed rival South Korea for the outbreak and vowed “deadly” retaliation. Kim...

Asian shares track Wall Street gains on cooling inflation

Aug. 11, 2022 00:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares advanced Thursday in Asia after benchmarks closed at three-month highs on Wall Street as investors cheered a report showing inflation cooled more than expected in July. Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul saw gains of more than 1%. Tokyo was closed for a holiday....

Recovery underway in South Korea's rain-hit capital area

Aug. 10, 2022 10:31 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Cleanup and recovery efforts accelerated in South Korea’s greater capital region on Wednesday as skies cleared after two days of record-breaking rainfall that unleashed flash floods, damaged thousands of buildings and roads and killed at least 10 people. ...