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S. Korea to support civilian aid to North in hopes of talks

Jan. 27, 2023 04:51 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s government said Friday it will promote civilian efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to North Korea in hopes of softening a diplomatic freeze deepened by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s growing nuclear ambitions. South Korean...

South Korea extends restrictions on travelers from China

Jan. 27, 2023 04:30 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it will continue to restrict the entry of short-term travelers from China through the end of February over concerns that the spread of COVID-19 in that country may worsen following the Lunar New Year’s holidays. South Korea in early...

8 confirmed dead in ship sinking off Japan and South Korea

Jan. 26, 2023 04:16 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese official said Thursday that eight people have died in the sinking of a cargo ship in waters between Japan and South Korea. Lyu Guijun, the consul general in the western Japanese city of Fukuoka, told state broadcaster CGTN that six of the eight victims were...

Ship sinks between S. Korea and Japan; 2 dead, 8 missing

Jan. 25, 2023 07:44 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ships searching in wind-whipped waters between South Korea and Japan have picked up at least 14 of the 22 crew members from a cargo vessel that sank early Wednesday, killing at least two, officials said. South Korean officials said nine of those rescued...

South Korea, Japan grapple with heavy snow chaos, delays

Jan. 25, 2023 07:09 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Frigid winter weather gripped East Asia for the second straight day on Wednesday, causing several deaths and multiple injuries in Japan and a scramble for flights out of South Korea's resort island of Jeju following delays by snowstorms. Heavy snow and...

AP PHOTOS: East Asia marks Lunar New Year of the Rabbit

Jan. 23, 2023 00:26 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — From Jakarta to Seoul, Bangkok to Beijing, people in Asia have been celebrating the Lunar New Year marking the start of the Year of the Rabbit. Lunar New Year is the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar, a time to gather with family, reconnect with friends...

Transformation and East-meets-West cap Paris menswear week

Jan. 22, 2023 17:40 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — As Paris Fashion Week bids farewell to the menswear season, the final day of shows includes collections from Maison Margiela and Sacai. But fashion insiders won't have time to rest. Haute couture collections, including from powerhouse Dior, are set to go on display...

Japan refiles request to list divisive gold mine on UNESCO

Jan. 20, 2023 06:20 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has formally resubmitted documents seeking to obtain UNESCO World Heritage recognition for a controversial former gold mine that has added to diplomatic frictions with South Korea over Japanese colonization of the Korean Peninsula and its wartime actions. Japan's...

Fire burns makeshift homes in shadow of Seoul's skyscrapers

Jan. 20, 2023 01:57 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A fire destroyed about 60 makeshift homes in a densely packed neighborhood surrounded by some of the wealthiest streets of South Korea’s ultramodern capital Friday. Firefighters extinguished the flames in Seoul’s Guryong village within about five...

S. Korea, Iran summon each other's envoys over Yoon comment

Jan. 19, 2023 08:18 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and Iran have summoned each other’s ambassadors in a diplomatic spat triggered by South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol’s comments describing Iran as the “enemy” of the United Arab Emirates during a trip to that country this week. While...