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South Korea confirms 2nd case of African swine fever

Sep. 18, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday confirmed a second case of African swine fever near its border with North Korea, raising concerns that the outbreak could spread and wreak havoc on the country's massive pig herds. Officials were planning to cull some 5,000 pigs raised at a farm in the...

South Korea culls pigs after confirming African swine fever

Sep. 17, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is culling thousands of pigs after confirming African swine fever at a farm near its border with North Korea, which had an outbreak in May. Kim Hyun-soo, South Korea's agricultural minister, said the country's first case of the highly contagious disease was confirmed...

N. Korea says talks with US could resume in a 'few weeks'

Sep. 16, 2019 7:32 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Monday that diplomatic talks with the United States could resume in a "few weeks," but that it will not consider abandoning its nuclear weapons unless external threats are fully removed. A statement Monday attributed to a North Korean foreign ministry official...

S. Korean opposition leader shaves head to protest minister

Sep. 16, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The leader of South Korea's biggest opposition party on Monday became the latest politician to shave their heads to protest President Moon Jae-in's appointment of a key political ally as justice minister despite allegations of academic fraud and financial crimes surrounding his...

North Korea fires 2 projectiles after offering talks with US

Sep. 10, 2019 1:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea launched two projectiles toward the sea on Tuesday, South Korea's military said, hours after the North offered to resume nuclear diplomacy with the United States but warned its dealings with Washington may end without new U.S. proposals. The launches and demand for new...

The Latest: Ship owner thanks all for rescue of crew members

Sep. 9, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on an overturned cargo ship off the coast of Georgia (all times local): 8 p.m. The South Korean company that owns the cargo ship that capsized off the coast of Georgia says it's grateful to everyone involved in the rescue of four crew members. In a statement, Hyundai...

Typhoon kills 3 in South Korea before moving to North Korea

Sep. 7, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit South Korea swept along the country's coast on Saturday, toppling trees, grounding planes and causing at least three deaths before moving on to North Korea. Typhoon Lingling knocked out power to more than 161,000 homes across South...

South Korean reporters grill minister nominee for 11 hours

Sep. 3, 2019 6:31 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean reporters have grilled President Moon Jae-in's nominee for justice minister for 11 hours over suspected ethical lapses surrounding his family that have triggered an intense political row and cut into Moon's popularity ratings. At a news conference that continued until...

North Korea berates Pompeo, says hopes for talks fading

Aug. 31, 2019 6:22 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior North Korean diplomat on Saturday berated U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over his comments describing North Korean behavior as "rogue" and warned that Pyongyang's hopes for talks with Washington are fading. In a statement carried by state media, North Korean First...

At corruption retrial, Samsung scion may end up being jailed

Aug. 30, 2019 6:46 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — About 1 1/2 year after being released from jail, Samsung's de facto chief Lee Jae-yong will face a retrial on corruption charges, a key part of the explosive 2016 scandal that prompted months of street rallies and toppled South Korea's president. The retrial at the Seoul High...