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China's Xi to visit North Korea as US nuke diplomacy stalls

Jun. 17, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to North Korea this week, state media announced Monday, as U.S. talks with North Korea on its nuclear program are at an apparent standstill. Xi will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the visit on Thursday and Friday, Chinese...

The Latest: Iran urges regional dialogue to ease tensions

Jun. 13, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Iran's U.N. Mission is calling for an urgent dialogue among all countries in the Persian Gulf region to ease tensions following attacks on two oil tankers near...

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...

Human rights group locates North Korean execution sites

Jun. 11, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A human rights group said Tuesday it has identified hundreds of spots where witnesses claim North Korea carried out public executions and extrajudicial state killings as part of an arbitrary and aggressive use of the death penalty that is meant to intimidate its citizens. The...

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...

Kim's sister back in public eye at North Korea's mass games

Jun. 4, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The powerful younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attended a public event in Pyongyang for the first time in more than 50 days, casting further doubt on media speculation that he had ordered her to lay low over the failed nuclear summit with Washington. North Korea's...

Top North Korean official reappears days after purge report

Jun. 3, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior North Korean official who had been reported to be sentenced to hard labor over the failed nuclear summit with Washington was shown in state media on Monday enjoying a concert near leader Kim Jong Un. North Korean publications on Monday showed Kim Yong Chol sitting five...

S. Korea urges restraint after North's missile test

Jun. 1, 2019 3:36 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — South Korea's Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo on Saturday fended off calls to step up pressure on North Korea after it test-fired missiles last month. Jeong told an annual security conference in Singapore that the tests were being investigated and a conclusion is within reach. "There are...

Hungary needs extended search for 21 missing in boat sinking

May. 31, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — As divers descended Friday into the Danube, Hungarian authorities predicted it would take an extended search to find the 21 people still missing after a boat carrying South Korean tourists was rammed by a cruise ship and sank into the river in Budapest. Seven people so far are...

The Latest: 'Unique' method needed to salvage sunken boat

May. 31, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Latest on rescue efforts following the capsizing of a boat in Budapest (all times local): 10 p.m. Hungary's interior ministry says experts believe a "unique" method is needed to salvage the sunken tour boat from the Danube River, or rescue any bodies trapped inside. The...