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People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. North Korean leader Kim apologized Friday over the killing of a South Korea official near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary, saying he’s “very sorry” about the incident he called unexpected and unfortunate, South Korean officials said.  (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

S. Korea calls for N. Korea to further investigate shooting

Sep. 25, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Saturday it will request North Korea to further investigate the killing of a South Korean government official who was shot by North Korean troops after being found adrift near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary while apparently trying to defect. Seoul could...

People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. North Korean leader Kim apologized Friday over the killing of a South Korea official near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary, saying he’s “very sorry” about the incident he called unexpected and unfortunate, South Korean officials said.  (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

N. Korea's Kim apologizes over shooting death of S. Korean

Sep. 25, 2020 6:15 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apologized Friday over the killing of a South Korea official who was apparently trying to defect near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary, saying he’s “very sorry” about the incident, South Korean officials said....

Lt. Gen. Ahn Young Ho, left, a top official at the South Korean military's office of the Joint Chiefs of staff, gives a briefing on North Korea's shooting of a South Korean government official as Defense Minister Suh Wook listens at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. South Korea said Thursday North Korean troops shot a South Korean government official who may have attempted to defect and set his body on fire, after they found him on a floating object in waters near the rivals' disputed sea boundary. (Ha Sa-hun/Yonhap via AP)

Seoul: North Korea kills S. Korean official, burns his body

Sep. 24, 2020 6:51 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday that North Korean troops fatally shot a South Korean government official who may have attempted to defect and set his body on fire after finding him on a floating object near the countries' disputed sea boundary. South Korean officials condemned what they...

FILE - This combination of file photos show South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, taken in Gwangju on May 18, 2020, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, right, taken in Tokyo on Sept. 16, 2020.  Suga on Thursday, Sept. 24, held his first telephone call with his South Korean counterpart since taking office, telling President Moon that the neighbors should work to resolve their strained relations. (AP Photo/File)

Japan PM tells South Korea it's time to fix strained ties

Sep. 24, 2020 3:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday held his first telephone call with his South Korean counterpart since taking office, telling President Moon Jae-in that the neighbors should work to resolve their strained relations. The talks, proposed by South Korea, were the first...

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2010, file photo, a government ship sails past the South Korean Navy's floating base as the sun rises near Yeonpyeong island, South Korea. A South Korean official who disappeared off a government ship near the disputed sea boundary with North Korea this week may be in North Korea, South Korea's Defense Ministry said Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

Seoul: Missing South Korean official may be in North Korea

Sep. 23, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean official who disappeared off a government ship near the disputed sea boundary with North Korea this week may be in North Korea, South Korea's Defense Ministry said Wednesday. The ministry said the 47-year-old official was aboard a government vessel that was checking...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume

Sep. 22, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines. The mayor said Tuesday the city will allow social gatherings of up to five people, including at beaches and hiking trails. ...

A vendor arranges her hair behind plastic sheets to curb the spread of the coronavirus at a market in Quezon city, Philippines, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he has extended a state of calamity in the entire Philippines by a year to allow the government to draw emergency funds faster to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and harness the police and military to maintain law and order. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Duterte extends virus calamity status by a year

Sep. 22, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Rodrigo Duterte says he has extended a state of calamity in the entire Philippines by a year to allow the government to draw emergency funds faster to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and harness the police and military to maintain law and order. Duterte first placed the...

The Directors Guild of America headquarters is pictured on April 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. Hollywood's unions announced Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of empty sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Basic Crafts unions and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists jointly announced the deal reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers after months of planning and negotiating. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

The Latest: Hollywood unions announce pandemic agreement

Sep. 21, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s unions have announced that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of stagnant sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the...

An honor guard with the American Legion Post 374 of Millard wear face masks against COVID-19 present arms during the graveside service of David Owen Cary at the Omaha National Cemetery in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

The Latest: New Zealand to end restrictions except in 1 city

Sep. 20, 2020 10:11 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: All remaining virus restrictions will be lifted across much of New Zealand from late Monday with the exception of the largest city, Auckland, which will continue to have some restrictions for at least another 16 days. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement Monday after...

South Korean K-pop group BTS members salute to their national flag during a ceremony marking the National Youth Day at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Lee Jin-wook/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea's daily virus total drops slightly

Sep. 19, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

South Korea __ South Korea’s new coronavirus tally has fallen below 100 for the first time in more than a month, as the country’s recent viral resurgence is gradually easing. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Sunday that the newly counted 82 cases took the country’s total...