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South Koreans Rename Their Country 'Hell'

Welcome to South Korea's 99%

(Newser) - For young South Koreans, hell isn't just "other people"—it's just about everything. Their complaints include long hours, low pay, irregular paychecks, jobs without benefits or security, and the sense that wealthy people have it far too easy, the Washington Post reports. "It’s hard... More »

Lady Shark Gobbles Male Roomie in One Gulp

Sand tiger shark eats smaller male in South Korea

(Newser) - A female shark paid her male roommate the ultimate insult Thursday in a South Korean aquarium: She ate the guy. And when the aquarium reopened Friday, only his tail was sticking out of her mouth. It's unclear why the seven-foot-long sand tiger shark slowly ate the smaller male at... More »

Pyongyang Floats 1M Propaganda Leaflets South

Seoul has been blaring K-pop music over border

(Newser) - North Korea has launched an estimated 1 million propaganda leaflets by balloon into South Korea amid increased tension between the rivals following the North's supposed recent nuclear test, Seoul officials said Monday. A Cold War-style standoff has flared since the North's claim on Jan. 6 that it had... More »

Shots Fired After S. Korea Spots Pyongyang Drone

The drone got away, Seoul says

(Newser) - South Korea on Wednesday fired 20 machine gun warning shots after a North Korean drone briefly crossed the rivals' border, South Korean military officials say. It's the first time shots have been fired in what has so far been a Cold War-style standoff between the Koreas in the wake... More »

North Korea: We've Got a US Prisoner

Man IDed as Kim Dong Chul tells CNN he spied on North for the South

(Newser) - "I'm asking the US or South Korean government to rescue me," was the plea of the man "frogmarched" into a Pyongyang hotel room in front of a CNN reporter. That man said his name is Kim Dong Chul and that he's a naturalized American citizen... More »

Seoul Blares Propaganda on Kim Jong Un's Birthday

Broadcasts expected to draw furious response from North

(Newser) - As world leaders debated ways to penalize North Korea's claim of an H-bomb test , South Korea voiced its displeasure with broadcasts of anti-Pyongyang propaganda across the rivals' tense border Friday, believed to be the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The broadcasts will likely draw a furious... More »

S. Korea to North: We're Turning On the Loudspeakers

South to resume propaganda broadcasts after purported H-bomb test

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un isn't going to like his birthday present from South Korea, which says it will resume loudspeaker broadcasts into North Korea on Friday—Kim's birthday—as fallout for Pyongyang's purported test of a hydrogen bomb , though the White House has its doubts , per the Wall ... More »

Issue of WWII Sex Slaves May Be 'Finally Resolved'

But the wording of Japan, S. Korea's deal is a little vague

(Newser) - South Korea and Japan say they've reached a deal to resolve a disturbing legacy of World War II—the issue of sex slaves, or "comfort women," forced to work in Japanese brothels for soldiers. An estimated 200,000 women, many of them Korean, were forced to take... More »

Korean Sisters Separated 40 Years Ago Met at Work in Fla.

Adopted by different US families, sisters ended up working on same hospital floor

(Newser) - We've heard remarkable stories before about long-lost siblings being reunited , but this one is unlike any other. Two orphaned sisters from South Korea who were separated more than 40 years ago and adopted by different US families met by accident working for the same Florida hospital, during the same... More »

N. Korea Frees NYU Student After 5 Months

Joo Won-moon, 21, is back home in South Korea: Seoul

(Newser) - Five months after he was detained for allegedly entering North Korea illegally, 21-year-old Joo Won-moon , 21, has put the hermit nation behind him. Seoul says the South Korean citizen and permanent resident of the US was handed to South Korean officials at the border on Monday after he was initially... More »

Detained NYU Student Says N. Korea Is Great

Pyongyang paraded Joo Won-moon, 21, in front of media today

(Newser) - A South Korean citizen and resident of the US who has been detained in North Korea for five months was presented to the media in Pyongyang today and said he hasn't been able to contact his family but wanted them to know he's healthy. Joo Won-moon, 21, a... More »

US Man to Face Trial for 1997 Murder in S. Korea

Arthur Patterson was then 17, son of US military contractor

(Newser) - An American man is about to face trial in South Korea for a murder he says he didn't commit. Arthur Patterson, 35, was just 17 when he and a Korean-American friend, Edward Lee, challenged each other to kill a man with a pocketknife in 1997, according to prosecutors. Both... More »

Man Who Slashed US Ambassador Gets 12 Years

Envoy needed 80 stitches after S. Korea attack

(Newser) - A court in Seoul has handed a 12-year prison sentence to a South Korean man who slashed and seriously injured the US ambassador in March. Kim Ki-jong was convicted of attempted murder, assaulting a foreign envoy, and obstruction, according to a Seoul Central District Court spokesman. Both Kim and the... More »

Korea Deal: N. Says Sorry, South Cuts Propaganda

Deal struck after marathon 30 hours of talks to deescalate tensions

(Newser) - South Korea says it has agreed to halt propaganda broadcasts in a matter of hours after North Korea expressed regret over a recent land mine blast that maimed two South Korean troops, and CNN reports that it will lift its "semi-state of war." South Korean national security adviser... More »

50 N. Korean Subs Go Missing

S. Korea military official says subs have disappeared off radar, raising concern

(Newser) - Top government officials from the Koreas met over the weekend in the border town of Panmunjom to discuss keeping the peace , Reuters reports. But North Korea seems to be hedging its bets after a South Korean military official said that 50 of its northern foe's submarines have disappeared, the... More »

North, South Korea Back Off War Footing at Deadline

They hold rare peace talks after days of threats

(Newser) - The West is not waking up to a shooting war between North and South Korea, despite an ultimatum by the North to that effect. Instead: peace talks. Pyongyang had demanded that the South dismantle its propaganda-blaring loudspeaker systems along the border by about 4am Eastern or risk "all-out war,... More »

N. Korea Says It Is in 'Quasi-State of War'

Pyongyang orders troops to be ready for battle by tonight

(Newser) - More tough talk from North Korea: The country says its troops are now in a "quasi-state of war" and they've been ordered to be battle-ready by this evening, reports the AP , which notes that a "quasi-state of war" has existed along the Korean border for decades. The... More »

North, South Korea Fire at Each Other

South fires back after Pyongyang rocket hits

(Newser) - Things are heating up between the Koreas once again: North Korea and South Korea fired at each other today in the first such clash on land since a deadly attack on a South Korean island in 2010, the New York Times reports. After the North fired what is believed to... More »

Man, 80, Sets Self on Fire Over WWII Brothels

He had joined protesters demanding apology from Japan for 'comfort women'

(Newser) - For more than 20 years, South Korean activists have organized weekly protests in front of Seoul's Japanese Embassy to demand an apology for its women and girls who were used as sex slaves by the Japanese military during World War II, reports the AP . But while those demonstrations have... More »

South Korea: North Crept Across Border, Planted Mines

South swears 'severe retaliation' after 2 soldiers lose legs

(Newser) - Two South Korean soldiers maimed near the border with North Korea last Tuesday were victims of a North Korean attack, officials say. The South Korean Defense Ministry claims North Korean soldiers crept across the 2.5-mile-wide Demilitarized Zone to plant mines outside the South's guard post near Paju, reports... More »

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