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South Korea's Yoon calls for unification, on holiday marking 1919 uprising against colonial Japan

Mar. 01, 2024 01:22 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s president lambasted North Korea on Friday over what he called its repressive rule and vowed to achieve a free, unified Korean Peninsula, weeks after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rejected the idea of peaceful unification and threatened to occupy the...

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...

Young South Korean doctors resist back-to-work orders, risking prosecution

Feb. 29, 2024 08:53 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As South Korea’s government made a last plea for junior doctors to end a walkout hours before a Thursday deadline, many were expected to defy orders to return to work, risking suspensions of medical licenses and prosecution. Thousands of medical interns...

Zuckerberg meets LG, Samsung chiefs in Seoul as Meta ramps up AI ambitions

Feb. 28, 2024 09:10 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed cooperation on extended reality devices with LG Electronics executives on Wednesday as part of his visit to South Korea that highlights Meta's ambitions in artificial intelligence. South Korea is the second leg of...

Here's why thousands of junior doctors in South Korea walked off the job

Feb. 28, 2024 05:44 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of junior doctors in South Korea have been refusing to see patients and attend surgeries since they walked off the job Feb. 20 in response to the government’s push to recruit more medical students. As of Tuesday, about 8,940 medical interns and...

South Korean and US troops will begin major exercises next week in response to North Korean threats

Feb. 27, 2024 23:51 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean and U.S. troops will begin their expanded annual military drills next week in response to North Korea’s evolving nuclear threats, the two countries said Wednesday, a move that will likely enrage North Korea because it views its rivals’ joint training as...

Seoul gives young doctors 4 days to end walkouts, threatening suspended licenses and prosecutions

Feb. 26, 2024 07:52 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Junior doctors in South Korea have four days to end their walkouts or they will have their medical licenses suspended and face prosecution, the government said Monday. About 9,000 medical interns and residents have stayed off the job since early last week...

Today in History: February 25, Muhammad Ali defeats Sonny Liston for first world title

Feb. 25, 2024 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2024. There are 310 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 25, 1964, Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) became world heavyweight boxing champion as he defeated...

US and South Korea fly warplanes in interception drills after North Korea's missile tests

Feb. 23, 2024 04:22 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and the United States flew advanced stealth fighters in a joint missile-interception drill Friday over the Korean Peninsula, South Korea’s air force said, an apparent response to a spate of weapons tests this year by rival North Korea. North...

South Korean government warns striking doctors to return to work or face legal action

Feb. 21, 2024 07:47 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean government on Wednesday warned thousands of striking doctors to return to work immediately or face legal action after their collective walkouts caused cancellations of surgeries and disrupted other hospital operations. About 7,800 medical...