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US, Japan and South Korea hold drills in disputed sea as Biden hosts leaders of Japan, Philippines

Apr. 12, 2024 05:47 AM EDT

ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (AP) — A U.S. carrier strike group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt has held a two-day joint exercise with its allies Japan and South Korea as U.S. President Joe Biden met for talks with leaders from Japan and the Philippines at the White House. The military and...

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...

South Korea's prime minister and top presidential officials offer to resign after election defeat

Apr. 11, 2024 08:27 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s prime minister and senior presidential officials offered to resign Thursday after their ruling party suffered a crushing defeat in parliamentary elections in a blow to conservative President Yoon Suk Yeol. The results of Wednesday’s...

Stock market today: Asian shares are mixed, taking hot US inflation data in stride

Apr. 11, 2024 01:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Thursday after U.S. stocks fell on worries that what had seemed like a blip in the battle to bring down inflation may be a troubling trend. Oil prices edged higher and U.S. futures were flat. South Korean shares were little...

Big opposition win in South Korean parliament election poses setback to President Yoon

Apr. 10, 2024 19:19 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s liberal opposition parties appeared set to win a landslide victory in Wednesday’s parliamentary election, vote counts showed, a result that could make conservative President Yoon Suk Yeol a lame duck for his remaining three years in office. ...

Initial exit polls suggest a big win by South Korea’s liberal opposition parties in a parliamentary election

Apr. 10, 2024 05:35 AM EDT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Initial exit polls suggest a big win by South Korea’s liberal opposition parties in a parliamentary election.

South Korean parliamentary elections: Here's what people are worried about as they vote this week

Apr. 08, 2024 22:13 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Soaring green onion prices. Striking doctors. A politician’s allegedly sexist jab at a female candidate. These are among the issues animating voters in South Korea as they go the polls on Wednesday to elect a new 300-member parliament. Many are choosing...

South Korea launches its 2nd military spy satellite amid animosities with North Korea

Apr. 08, 2024 00:04 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has successfully launched its second military spy satellite into orbit, days after North Korea reaffirmed its plan to launch multiple reconnaissance satellites this year. The Koreas each launched their first spy satellites last year — North...

South Korea election issues: Green onions, striking doctors, an alleged sexist jab at a candidate

Apr. 05, 2024 00:15 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Soaring prices for green onions and apples. Striking doctors. A politician's allegedly sexist jab at a female candidate. These are among the issues animating voters in South Korea this year. As South Koreans prepare to vote for a new 300-member parliament...

South Korea's president meets leader of doctors' strike as he seeks to end their walkouts

Apr. 04, 2024 07:31 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol met the leader of a strike by thousands of junior doctors on Thursday and said that the government is open to talks about its contentious push to sharply increase medical school admissions. The meeting was the first of...