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AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Nov. 8, 2019 12:01 AM EST

An Indian Hindu performs a ritual to thank the sun god for sustaining life on Earth in the Yamuna River, which is covered by chemical foam caused by industrial pollution in New Delhi. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, a visitor walks during the Seoul Lantern Festival. Simona Halep of Romania...

South Korea deports North Koreans who fled after killing 16

Nov. 7, 2019 8:33 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In an extremely unusual case, South Korea deported two North Korean fishermen on Thursday after determining they had killed 16 other crew members on their boat and then fled to South Korean waters, Seoul officials said. South Korea has a policy of accepting North Koreans who want...

North says US-S. Korea drills 'throw wet blanket' on talks

Nov. 7, 2019 1:56 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday planned U.S.-South Korean military drills would amount to "throwing a wet blanket over the spark" of nuclear negotiations that are "on the verge of extinction." Since the start of the nuclear talks last year, the U.S. and South Korea have cancelled or...

US official says Moon-Abe meeting was 'encouraging sign'

Nov. 6, 2019 7:26 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior U.S. official said Wednesday an unexpected meeting this week between the leaders of South Korea and Japan was an "encouraging sign" that the Asian U.S. allies are on track to improve a relationship strained by deep disagreements over trade and history. David Stilwell,...

S Korea offers to visit stalled joint tour resort in North

Nov. 5, 2019 10:00 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean has offered to send a delegation to check on South Korean-built facilities at a long-stalled joint tourist resort in North Korea, Seoul said Wednesday, as the North is pushing to tear them down. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently ordered the destruction of South...

Global markets rise amid hopes for trade talks, earnings

Nov. 4, 2019 7:05 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets rose Monday on hopes for progress in trade talks between the United States and China and on the back of strong economic data. London and Frankfurt opened higher while Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul also rose. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. Market sentiment...

Moon, Abe meet briefly, agree to more talks to settle row

Nov. 4, 2019 6:13 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met one-on-one Monday for the first time in more than a year and called for more dialogue between the countries to settle a deep dispute over trade and history. Seoul's presidential Blue House said Moon...

Seoul police investigating BTS member over traffic accident

Nov. 4, 2019 3:01 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Police said Monday they're investigating a member of K-pop superstar group BTS over a traffic accident that left him and a taxi driver with minor injuries. BTS' agency, Big Hit Entertainment, said 22-year-old Jungkook admitted that he caused the accident by violating traffic laws...

South Korean search finds wrecked medical copter carrying 7

Nov. 1, 2019 4:17 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Searchers found the wreckage of an ambulance helicopter in waters off South Korea's eastern coast Friday and were continuing to look for its seven crewmembers and passengers, who were presumed dead. The helicopter had picked up an injured crab fisherman before it crashed late...

North Korea says it test-fired new multiple rocket launcher

Nov. 1, 2019 4:01 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea confirmed Friday it conducted its third test-firing of a new "super-large" multiple rocket launcher that it says expands its ability to destroy enemy targets in surprise attacks. The latest launches extended a monthslong streak of weapons displays by the North, which...