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Skier-snowboarder Ledecka upset with worlds schedules

Dec. 18, 2018 11:54 AM EST

SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — Skier-snowboarder Ester Ledecka will not be able to follow up her dual sport gold-medal performances at the Pyeongchang Olympics with a similar haul of world titles this season. That's because the schedule won't allow it, and she's not happy about it. The parallel giant...

US NKorea envoy to visit SKorea amid uncertainty over talks

Dec. 18, 2018 11:34 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's special envoy for North Korea is heading to South Korea this week amid growing uncertainty over the future of direct talks between Washington and Pyongyang, the State Department said Tuesday. Stephen Biegun will visit Seoul on Wednesday and Thursday for meetings...

3 South Korean teens presumed dead, 7 unconscious at motel

Dec. 18, 2018 2:57 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean fire department officials said Tuesday that three teenage boys were presumed dead and seven other boys were being treated for injuries after they were found unconscious at a motel in the seaside town of Gangneung. An official from Gangwon Fire Headquarters said the...

1 Thai dead, 7 S. Korean tourists hurt in Thailand car crash

Dec. 17, 2018 4:59 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — An accident Monday outside of Bangkok involving three vehicles killed one Thai man and left 11 other people injured, including seven South Korean tourists, Thai police said. Police Lt. Col. Boonsarit Chuaychoo, the investigator in charge of the case, said police suspect that a van carrying...

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Dec. 15, 2018 3:36 AM EST

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes South Korean palace guards wearing traditional uniforms outside a royal palace...

Official: N. Korea leader unlikely to visit Seoul this month

Dec. 12, 2018 9:47 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's return visit to Seoul appears unlikely to take place this month, a senior South Korean official said. Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in had agreed on Kim's visit to Seoul "in the near future" following their September summit in Pyongyang....

Korean border troops verify removal of each other's posts

Dec. 12, 2018 3:38 AM EST

INSIDE THE DEMILITARIZED ZONE (AP) — Dozens of North and South Korean soldiers crossed over the world's most heavily armed border Wednesday as they inspected the sites of their rival's front-line guard posts to verify they'd been removed, part of inter-Korean engagement efforts that come amid stalled...

S. Korea charges 4 with illegally importing N. Korean coal

Dec. 10, 2018 5:02 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors said Monday that they have charged four people with illegally importing North Korean coal via Russia in violation of U.N. sanctions. The indictments, handed down on Friday, came four months after customs authorities accused three of the four of using...

US draws Sweden again for 2019 Women's World Cup

Dec. 8, 2018 6:07 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — U.S. national coach Jill Ellis was asked before the Women's World Cup draw whether she thought her team would be grouped with Sweden for the fifth straight time. "Oh, we will," Ellis laughed, recalling her reply. Turned out she was right. The defending champion Americans were grouped —...

The Latest: Swedes can win it, says coach Gerhardsson

Dec. 8, 2018 3:01 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the draw for the Women's World Cup (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson is confident he can deliver a first World Cup title. Recent results leave him feeling confident Sweden can do one better than when it lost the 2003 final to Germany — and even...