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After Just 6 Months, N. Korea Pulls Out of Liaison Office

Move seen as big step backward for inter-Korea relations

(Newser) - The relationship between the Koreas has taken another step backward after the collapse of the President Trump-Kim Jong Un summit. South Korean officials say North Korea has pulled out of a joint liaison office set up months ago, reports Reuters . The office was set up after a summit between Kim... More »

Over 1,600 Motel Guests Are Secretly Live-Streamed

South Korean police make 2 arrests in shocking case

(Newser) - Plan on visiting South Korea? Now you can stay in a motel without being secretly filmed by spy cams—or so it seems after Seoul police arrested two perpetrators behind just such an alleged scheme, the Korea Herald reports. Police say the pervs set up 1-millimeter lenses in sockets, hair... More »

Sex Scandals Take Down 2 K-Pop Stars

More could be coming

(Newser) - South Korea's K-pop industry has a growing sex scandal on its hands. One K-pop star was charged this week with running an illegal prostitution ring, and now another singer has admitted to sharing secretly filmed videos of himself having sex. Jung Joon-young, 30, released a statement admitting he filmed... More »

US, South Korea Make Big Change to Military Drills

The two governments are scaling them down

(Newser) - South Korea and the US are eliminating their massive springtime military drills and replacing them with smaller exercises in what they call an effort to support diplomacy aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis, the AP reports. The decision announced by both countries Sunday came after President Trump complained... More »

Deported After 40 Years in US, 'It's a Daily Struggle to Survive'

Adam Crapser's lawsuit highlights South Korean adoption woes

(Newser) - Adam Crapser lives in limbo, a stranger in South Korea , the country of his birth. Forcibly separated from his wife and children in America, he is isolated by language and culture, navigating alone a place he's been expelled to four decades after being sent to adoptive parents in Michigan... More »

1K N. Korean Defectors Just Got Hacked

Names, addresses of people living in South were taken

(Newser) - South Korea says it is responding to a hacking attack that stole the names and addresses of nearly 1,000 North Korean defectors who resettled in the South. A regional office of the Hana resettlement center said Friday that it has been notifying affected defectors after discovering last week that... More »

After More Than 10 Years, Samsung Workers Get an Apology

And compensation as company says sorry for employee illnesses, deaths

(Newser) - Samsung Electronics apologized Friday for illnesses and deaths of some of its workers, saying it failed to create a safe working environment at its computer chip and display factories. The announcement by the South Korean tech giant came weeks after the company and a group representing ailing Samsung workers agreed... More »

Dog Slaughterhouse to Be Bulldozed, Turned Into Park

'It was a stain on the city of Seongnam'

(Newser) - Tastes are changing in South Korea, where the country's largest dog slaughterhouse has been shut down. With fewer people eating dog meat and more people keeping dogs as pets, demand has been falling and a growing number of people consider the trade unacceptable, the BBC reports. "This is... More »

North Korea Blows Up 10 Border Posts

South Korea in the process of demolishing 10 of its own

(Newser) - North Korea blew up some of its frontline guard posts Tuesday as part of an agreement to ease tensions along its heavily fortified border with South Korea, Seoul's Defense Ministry says. In September, the militaries of both countries agreed at a leaders' summit in Pyongyang to eventually dismantle all... More »

South Korea Ex-President Gets 15-Year Sentence

Lee Myung-bak found guilty on corruption charges

(Newser) - A South Korean court has sentenced former President Lee Myung-bak to 15 years in prison over a slew of corruption charges. The Seoul Central District Court issued the sentence on Friday after convicting Lee of bribery, embezzlement, and other charges, the AP reports. Lee, who has denied most of the... More »

Striking Images From Latest North-South Korea Summit

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is greeted warmly in Pyongyang

(Newser) - If North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was searching for the perfect propaganda set piece, something designed to show his people that he's a strong leader pushing inexorably for the long-promised prosperity they deserve, then South Korean President Moon Jae-in might be providing him with a unique opportunity... More »

South Korea Moves to Combat Secret Spy Cam Pornography

Seoul officials have vowed to conduct daily checks of public restrooms

(Newser) - A plague of hidden cameras has led officials in South Korea to pledge that daily checks will be carried out in all public restrooms in Seoul. Per the BBC , the "spy cam porn" problem is widespread and common in the country, where over 6,000 cases were reported last... More »

For Korean Player, the Stakes in Next Game Are Insanely High

If South Korea loses the gold medal, Son Heung-min has to report for military duty

(Newser) - South Korea plays Japan on Saturday in the championship soccer match at the Asian Games, and for co-captain Son Heung-min, the stakes are ridiculously high. If South Korea loses, the 26-year-old will have to return home to put in nearly two years of compulsory military duty, reports the Korea Herald ... More »

US Warns War Games With South Korea Could Resume

Mattis says there are 'no plans at this time to suspend any more exercises'

(Newser) - The war games may be back on. Just two months after President Trump announced he had "indefinitely suspended" the "very provocative" military drills by the US and South Korea in a move meant to soothe North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday there... More »

Separated by War, Mother Sees Son for First Time in 68 Years

They were among a select few chosen for family reunions in North Korea

(Newser) - They became separated in the chaos of fleeing the war 68 years ago and ended up on opposite sides of the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea, reports the BBC . But on Monday, 92-year-old Lee Keum-seom of South Korea traveled across the border and got to meet and hug... More »

One New Trouble Spot Ahead of Korea Summit: 12 Women

North says restaurant workers were kidnapped, while South says they defected

(Newser) - What was unprecedented in April is now becoming ... routine? The leaders of North and South Korea will meet again sometime in September, their third such meeting in five months, reports CNN . This time, however, the South's Moon Jae-in will travel to Pyongyang to meet with Kim Jong Un. High-level... More »

Remains From Korea a 'Modest Diplomatic Coup' for Trump

55 war dead reportedly beginning their long journey home after ceremony at South Korean air base

(Newser) - The remains of US soldiers who died in the Korean War finally appear to be coming home —a "modest diplomatic coup" for President Trump, reports Reuters . At a ceremony Friday at Pyeongtaek's Osan Air Base in South Korea, a US military plane arrived from North Korea's... More »

To Beat the Heat, North Koreans Dine on Dog

Spicy dog soup a favorite based on belief that 'heat cures heat'

(Newser) - In North Korea, summer is not a good time to be a dog. With the country sizzling, North Korea's biggest brewery is pumping out twice as much beer as usual, Pyongyang residents are queuing up to get their "bingsu"—a syrupy treat made with shaved ice—and... More »

Shipwreck Rumored to Hide $132B in Gold Is Found

Seoul-based Shinil Group spots possible 'treasure boxes'

(Newser) - Days after finding a sunken Russian battleship rumored to have gone down with what would now be $132 billion in gold, a South Korean treasure-hunting team is teasing a big reveal. Shinil Group this week announced the discovery of the Russian Imperial Navy cruiser Dmitrii Donskoi, which is believed to... More »

In One Hip 'Hood, 'Serious Wes Anderson Vibes'

'Forbes' has a list of the coolest neighborhoods in the world

(Newser) - Where do all the cool kids hang out? Forbes thinks it's got that figured out with its list of some of the hippest, most happening neighborhoods around the globe, culled from travel experts. These are districts that aren't necessarily crammed with the most famous landmarks or where you'... More »

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