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Seoul: US understands seriousness of Seoul-Tokyo trade fight

Jul. 17, 2019 2:45 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States fully understands the seriousness of South Korea's festering trade dispute with Japan, a high-ranking Seoul official said Wednesday after a meeting with the top U.S. diplomat for East Asian affairs. David Stilwell, the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau...

Former Mitsubishi workers seek assets sale for forced labor

Jul. 16, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Colonial-era Korean workers want a court to allow the sale of assets of their former Japanese employer so they can be compensated for forced labor decades ago. The development comes as South Korea and Japan spar over historical issues and a decision by Tokyo to tighten controls on...

North Korea suggests it might lift weapons test moratorium

Jul. 16, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday suggested it might call off its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests because of summertime U.S.-South Korean military drills that the North calls preparation for an eventual invasion. The statement by the North's Foreign Ministry comes during...

SKorea leader says Tokyo's trade curbs will hurt Japan more

Jul. 15, 2019 5:48 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In his strongest comments yet on a growing trade dispute, South Korea's president urged Japan on Monday to lift recently tightened controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, which he said threaten to shatter the countries' economic cooperation and could damage Japan more than...

South Korea's Sei Young Kim wins Marathon Classic

Jul. 14, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Sei Young Kim won the Marathon Classic on Sunday for her second LPGA Tour victory of the season, making five straight birdies in a mid-round burst and shooting a 6-under 65 for a two-stroke victory over Lexi Thompson. Kim began the birdie run on No. 7 and finished at a...

China wins first 3 diving golds at worlds; Bacon gets silver

Jul. 13, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Xie Siyi and Cao Yuan won the men's 3-meter springboard synchro on Saturday to complete a Chinese sweep of all three diving events on the opening day of the world championships. Xie and Cao finished with 439.74 points, well ahead of the second-place pair of Jack Laugher of...

S. Korea, Japan fail to resolve growing trade dispute

Jul. 12, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and Japan on Friday failed to immediately resolve their dispute over Japanese export restrictions that could hurt South Korean technology companies, as Seoul called for an investigation by the United Nations or another international body. Tokyo last week tightened the...

Business Highlights

Jul. 12, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

___ Report: FTC approves roughly $5B fine for Facebook SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Wall Street Journal report says that the FTC has voted this week to approve a fine of about $5 billion for Facebook over privacy violations. The report Friday cites an unnamed person familiar with the matter. Facebook and the FTC...

The Latest: Japan blames S.Korea export control 'weaknesses'

Jul. 12, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on a trade spat between South Korea and Japan (all times local): 9:40 p.m. A Japanese trade ministry official says restrictions imposed by Japan on high-tech exports to South Korea were prompted by a review of trade policy, and are not related to a growing diplomatic...

Opposing rallies mark 'dog meat day' in South Korea

Jul. 12, 2019 4:52 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of people opposed to dog meat consumption, including American actress Kim Basinger, rallied near the National Assembly in Seoul on Friday on one of three "dog meat days" in South Korea. About 20 others stood nearby calling for legalization of dog meat. There were no reports...