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North Korea's Kim vows to be ready for confrontation with US

Jun. 18, 2021 05:28 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his government to be prepared for both dialogue and confrontation with the Biden administration — but more for confrontation — state media reported Friday, days after the United States and others urged the North to...

Asian stocks follow Wall St lower on Fed hints at rate hikes

Jun. 16, 2021 23:19 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Thursday after the Federal Reserve indicated it might ease off economic stimulus earlier than previously thought. Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul fell while Shanghai gained after Fed policymakers, who previously...

Kim warns of 'tense' food situation, longer COVID lockdown

Jun. 16, 2021 05:02 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned about possible food shortages and urged the country to brace for extended COVID-19 restrictions as he opened a major political conference to discuss national efforts to salvage a broken economy. The...

N Korea's Kim looks much thinner, causing health speculation

Jun. 16, 2021 04:44 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The health of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has long been a source of morbid fascination in rival South Korea, which sits in the shadow of Kim's 1.2-million-strong army and his growing arsenal of nuclear-armed missiles. Has he gained even...

Korean 'comfort women' memorial a no-go in Aurora

Jun. 12, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — David Oh has a clear vision for a “Statue of Peace” memorial on Aurora city grounds, but it won’t likely ever materialize. He envisions a girl dressed in a hanbok, a traditional Korean dress, sitting on a chair with a bird perched on her...

Asian shares mixed after US inflation jumps 5% in May

Jun. 11, 2021 00:49 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after the S&P 500 index notched another record high despite a surge in U.S. consumer prices in May. Shanghai fell, Tokyo was flat, while shares rose in Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney. On...

Korean adoptee films pain of mother-child separations

Jun. 10, 2021 21:24 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Bringing her camera to a home for unwed mothers on South Korea’s Jeju island, Sun Hee Engelstoft anticipated an empowering story about young women keeping their babies. Instead, she ended up with a raw and unsettling documentary about how a...

Building collapse in South Korea kills 9, injures 8

Jun. 09, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A five-story building being demolished in southern South Korea collapsed on Wednesday, sending debris falling on a bus and killing nine people on board, officials said. Concrete from the collapsed building in the southern city of Gwangju fell...

Asian shares mixed as China reports jump in inflation

Jun. 09, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

Asian shares were mixed on Wednesday after China reported a big jump in factory gate prices at a time when inflation is a top investor concern. Shares fell in Tokyo, Seoul and Sydney but rose in Shanghai and Hong Kong. China's producer price index,...

State media: Kim has plans to stabilize N. Korean economy

Jun. 08, 2021 00:39 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presented economic plans to senior ruling party officials before an upcoming meeting to review efforts to overcome hardships brought about by the pandemic, state media said Tuesday. The Korean Central News Agency...