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North and South Korea to meet in 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Jul. 17, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

North Korea and South Korea have been drawn together in an Asian qualifying group as the road to soccer's 2022 World Cup in Qatar became clearer Wednesday. The Korean neighbors will play each other north of the border on Oct. 15 and in the south on June 4 in the five-nation Group H that includes Lebanon,...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Jul. 11, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

North Koreans pay tribute to their late leaders, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, on the 25th death anniversary of the founder of the nation. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, thousands of candles are arranged in the shape of the Milky Way to celebrate Tanabata, a Japanese star festival, at...

Key moments in relations between North Korea, China

Jun. 20, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As close as lips and teeth. Linked by mountains and rivers. A friendship worth more than all the gold in the world. The clichés come fast when China and North Korea, two masters at national propaganda, get together to glorify their 70-year relationship, which was cemented...

Kiichiro Sato, Foster Klug named to leadership posts in Asia

Jun. 20, 2019 2:57 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Associated Press is bolstering its coverage of Asia by naming an experienced photo editor and a seasoned foreign correspondent to key leadership posts in Tokyo. Kiichiro Sato has been named deputy news director for storytelling and photography, rounding out a leadership team directing...

N. Korea sends condolences for former S. Korean first lady

Jun. 12, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent flowers and a message of condolence on Wednesday for the funeral of former South Korean first lady Lee Hee-ho, whose late husband held a historic summit with Kim's father in 2000. Senior South Korean officials traveled to the border village of...

Former S. Korean first lady, feminist Lee Hee-ho dies at 97

Jun. 11, 2019 4:27 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Lee Hee-ho, a South Korean feminist activist who fought for democracy against dictatorships alongside her husband and future President Kim Dae-jung, has died. She was 97. Lee, a devout Christian, left a will saying that she would pray for South Korea's people and a peaceful...

Amid report of N. Korea purge, there are reasons for caution

May. 31, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean newspaper reported Friday that North Korea executed a senior envoy involved in nuclear negotiations with the U.S. as well as four other high-level officials. But as ever with North Korea, a country that closely guards its secrets, there are reasons to be cautious...