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AI companies make fresh safety promise at Seoul summit, nations agree to align work on risks

May. 21, 2024 12:35 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Leading artificial intelligence companies made a fresh pledge at a mini-summit Tuesday to develop AI safely, while world leaders agreed to build a network of publicly backed safety institutes to advance research and testing of the technology. Google, Meta...

Things to know about an AI safety summit in Seoul

May. 20, 2024 11:36 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is set to host a mini-summit this week on risks and regulation of artificial intelligence, following up on an inaugural AI safety meeting in Britain last year that drew a diverse crowd of tech luminaries, researchers and officials. The...

South Korean court rejects effort to block plan that would boost medical school admissions

May. 16, 2024 08:08 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court ruled in favor of the government’s contentious push to drastically boost medical school admissions on Thursday, posing a setback to concerted efforts by incumbent doctors to spike the plan. A standoff between the government and...

Yonhap news agency says Seoul court has ruled in favor of the government’s plan to boost medical school admissions

May. 16, 2024 04:48 AM EDT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Yonhap news agency says Seoul court has ruled in favor of the government’s plan to boost medical school admissions.

AP PHOTOS: Lotus Lantern Festival draws thousands in Seoul to celebrate upcoming Buddha's birthday

May. 11, 2024 11:34 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Holding umbrellas and pink paper lotus flowers, thousands of South Koreans joyously filled the wet streets of Seoul in an annual festival anticipating Buddha’s birthday the coming week. Despite the rain, organizers expected a turnout of around 50,000...

South Korea stresses need for fair treatment for Line chat app operator Naver

May. 10, 2024 05:52 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea vowed Friday to protect its companies operating in other markets after Japanese regulators told LY Corp., which runs the popular chat app Line, to reduce its dependence on Naver, the Korean partner in the venture. Friction over Naver’s 50%...

Stock market today: Asian shares are mixed after Wall St rally takes S&P 500 near record

May. 09, 2024 23:05 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Stocks in Asia were mixed Friday after a rally on Wall Street that pulled the S&P 500 back within 1% of its record. Benchmarks fell in Tokyo, Sydney and Seoul but rose in China, where investors were focused on the release of April inflation figures. ...

AP PHOTOS: Workers rule the streets on May Day

May. 01, 2024 17:46 PM EDT

For one day, workers ruled the world’s biggest streets. Thousands strong marched Wednesday to mark May Day, the first day of the month when workers’ rights are celebrated in demonstrations around the globe. From Seoul to Paris, Istanbul to Berlin, they drew...

South Korean police raid office of incoming head of doctors' group over protracted strikes

Apr. 26, 2024 06:17 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police said Friday they searched the office of the hard-line incoming leader of an association of doctors and confiscated his mobile phone as he faces accusations that he incited the protracted walkouts by thousands of medical interns and residents. ...

Envoy says US is determined to monitor North Korean nukes, through UN or otherwise

Apr. 19, 2024 05:14 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States and its allies are discussing options “both inside and outside the U.N. system” to create a new mechanism for monitoring North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, the American ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday. ...