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Why did Yoon's party lose in South Korea's elections and what troubles does he face now?

Apr. 12, 2024 02:59 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean voters have handed liberals extended opposition control of parliament in what looks like a massive political setback to conservative President Yoon Suk Yeol. Some experts say the results of Wednesday’s parliamentary elections make Yoon “a...

North Korean leader Kim visits tank unit and touts war preparations in face of tensions with Seoul

Mar. 24, 2024 23:13 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a tank exercise and encouraged his armored forces to sharpen war preparations in the face of growing tensions with South Korea, the North’s state media said Monday. Kim made those comments Sunday while visiting...

In Japan, Ohtani's 'perfect person' image could take a hit with firing of interpreter over gambling

Mar. 21, 2024 19:06 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Shohei Ohtani is referred to in Japan as “kanpeki no hito” — the perfect person — because of his manners and impeccable behavior. That image may have taken a hit when the Dodgers fired his good friend and interpreter Ippei Mizuhara on Wednesday...

No explosives found at Seoul stadium in police search following bomb threat against Ohtani

Mar. 20, 2024 03:51 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police said they’ve found no explosives at Seoul’s Gocheok Sky Dome after searching the site Wednesday following a reported bomb threat against Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani. About 150 police officers used sniffer dogs, X-ray...

South Korea will suspend licenses of 2 senior doctors in first punishment for doctors' walkouts

Mar. 18, 2024 23:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean authorities will suspend the licenses of two senior doctors for allegedly inciting the weekslong walkouts by thousands of medical interns and residents that have disrupted hospital operations, one of the doctors said Monday. The impending...

Baseball superstar Ohtani and his wife arrive in South Korea for Dodgers-Padres MLB opener

Mar. 15, 2024 05:46 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Shohei Ohtani and his wife arrived in South Korea with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates on Friday ahead of their season-opening games with the San Diego Padres next week. Ohtani, wearing a black training suit and a cap backwards, was the first Dodgers...

Today in History: March 14, Albert Einstein is born and Stephen Hawking dies

Mar. 14, 2024 02:22 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, March 14, the 75th day of 2024. There are 292 days left in the year. Today’s highlight in history: On March 14, 1879, Albert Einstein, who would revolutionize physics and the human understanding of the universe, was...

North Korea conducts artillery firing drills in likely response to South Korea-US military training

Mar. 07, 2024 23:45 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised artillery firing drills aimed at boosting combat readiness, state media reported Friday, days after his country vowed to take corresponding military steps against the ongoing South Korean-U.S military training that it regards as...

South Korean doctors hold massive anti-government rally over medical school recruitment plan

Mar. 03, 2024 22:18 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of senior doctors rallied in the South Korean capital, Seoul, on Sunday to express their support for junior doctors who have been on strike for nearly two weeks over a government plan to sharply increase the number of medical school admissions. ...

AP Week in Pictures: Asia

Feb. 29, 2024 21:18 PM EST

Feb. 23-29, 2024 A Hindu devotee performed rituals during Maghi Purnima in Prayagraj, India. South Korean doctors protested the government’s medical policy near the presidential office in Seoul. Farmers and other borrowers protesting the alleged excesses of private lenders gathered...