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S. Korea to support civilian aid to North in hopes of talks

Jan. 27, 2023 04:51 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s government said Friday it will promote civilian efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to North Korea in hopes of softening a diplomatic freeze deepened by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s growing nuclear ambitions. South Korean...

South Korea extends restrictions on travelers from China

Jan. 27, 2023 04:30 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it will continue to restrict the entry of short-term travelers from China through the end of February over concerns that the spread of COVID-19 in that country may worsen following the Lunar New Year’s holidays. South Korea in early...

South Korea, Japan grapple with heavy snow chaos, delays

Jan. 25, 2023 07:09 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Frigid winter weather gripped East Asia for the second straight day on Wednesday, causing several deaths and multiple injuries in Japan and a scramble for flights out of South Korea's resort island of Jeju following delays by snowstorms. Heavy snow and...

Today in History: JAN 24, Ted Bundy executed

Jan. 24, 2023 00:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2023. There are 341 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 24, 1984, Apple Computer began selling its first Macintosh model, which boasted a built-in 9-inch monochrome...

Japan refiles request to list divisive gold mine on UNESCO

Jan. 20, 2023 06:20 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has formally resubmitted documents seeking to obtain UNESCO World Heritage recognition for a controversial former gold mine that has added to diplomatic frictions with South Korea over Japanese colonization of the Korean Peninsula and its wartime actions. Japan's...

Fire burns makeshift homes in shadow of Seoul's skyscrapers

Jan. 20, 2023 01:57 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A fire destroyed about 60 makeshift homes in a densely packed neighborhood surrounded by some of the wealthiest streets of South Korea’s ultramodern capital Friday. Firefighters extinguished the flames in Seoul’s Guryong village within about five...

Live updates | World Economic Forum gathering in Davos

Jan. 19, 2023 14:15 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum gathering in Davos, Switzerland: Trade ministers from a handful of nations have announced an initiative to promote trade policies that support action on climate change at a press conference in Davos, Switzerland. ...

S. Korea, Iran summon each other's envoys over Yoon comment

Jan. 19, 2023 08:18 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and Iran have summoned each other’s ambassadors in a diplomatic spat triggered by South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol’s comments describing Iran as the “enemy” of the United Arab Emirates during a trip to that country this week. While...

North Korea sustains high defense spending with new budget

Jan. 19, 2023 05:06 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament has passed a budget that sustains a high level of defense spending despite the countrys' economic troubles as leader Kim Jong Un pushes for an aggressive expansion of his nuclear arsenal. State media reports...

South Korea president, in UAE, backs return to nuclear power

Jan. 16, 2023 22:39 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said Monday that his nation's efforts to be carbon neutral by 2050 would rely in part on returning to nuclear power, even though his predecessor had tried to move away from atomic power. Yoon's comments at...