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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...

Putin gives Kim Jong Un a luxury limousine. It's a violation of UN sanctions on North Korea

Feb. 20, 2024 09:01 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has gifted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a Russian-made luxury limousine for his personal use, both countries announced Tuesday, in another sign of their expanding cooperation. Observers said the shipment violates a U.N....

South Korean doctors walk out to protest medical training push, causing surgery cancellations

Feb. 20, 2024 07:08 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean trainee doctors collectively walked off their jobs Tuesday to protest a government push to recruit more medical students, triggering cancellations of surgeries and other medical treatments at hospitals. The Health Ministry urged them to return...

South Korea doctors submit resignations in a spat with the government over school admission quotas

Feb. 19, 2024 04:56 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Trainee doctors in South Korea began submitting their resignations en masse Monday in protest of a government medical policy, causing reported delays in surgeries and other treatments at hospitals. Doctors’ groups and the government have been squabbling...

South Korea says opening diplomatic relations with Cuba would shock North Korea

Feb. 15, 2024 05:32 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s presidential office claimed Thursday that the country’s move to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba would deal a “political and psychological blow” to the South’s war-divided rival North Korea, whose diplomatic footing is largely dependent on...

Kim watches missile tests and warns that North Korea will take an aggressive stance in disputed seas

Feb. 14, 2024 21:56 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a test of new surface-to-sea missiles and warned that the country would take a more aggressive military posture in disputed seas, the North’s state media said Thursday. The report by the Korean Central News...

South Korea says North Korea has fired cruise missiles, adding to provocative run in weapons tests

Feb. 13, 2024 22:58 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Wednesday fired multiple cruise missiles into the sea in its fifth test of such weapons since January, South Korea’s military said, extending a streak in weapons demonstrations that’s elevating tensions in the region. South Korea’s...

The Lunar New Year of the Dragon flames colorful festivities across Asian nations and communities

Feb. 10, 2024 14:33 PM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — With fireworks, feasts and red envelopes stuffed with cash for the kids, numerous Asian nations and overseas communities have welcomed Saturday the Lunar New Year. It begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends 15 days later on the first...

North Korea welcomes Russian tourists, likely first to visit the isolated country since the pandemic

Feb. 09, 2024 06:30 AM EST

A group of Russian tourists arrived in North Korea on Friday, likely the first from any country to enter the isolated state since the pandemic. The tour underscores deepening cooperation between the two countries following a meeting last September between North Korean leader Kim Jong...