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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 on Tuesday 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 »

S. Korea Suspends Civil Defense Drills

Seoul says move will boost diplomacy

(Newser) - South Korea has suspended its summertime civil defense drills aimed at preparing against a North Korean attack to keep alive a positive atmosphere for nuclear diplomacy with the North. Seoul's decision on Tuesday to "temporarily suspend" the nationwide civilian drills had been anticipated since the United States and... More »

Morning Hosts Suspended Over Racist Gestures

Telemundo disciplines pair who made slant-eye expressions after South Korea victory

(Newser) - Two morning hosts on Telemundo who thought it was hysterical to make slant-eye gestures in regard to South Korea's soccer team have been suspended. The network, owned by NBCUniversal, disciplined James Tahhan and Janice Bencosme and said it was "extremely disappointed" in their actions Wednesday morning, reports Deadline... More »

US Denies Sending Coffins to North Korea

But US has sent coffins to Inter-Korean border for war remains

(Newser) - The US military says it moved 100 wooden coffins to the inter-Korean border on Saturday to prepare for North Korea's returning of the remains of American soldiers who have been missing since the 1950-53 Korean War, the AP reports. US Forces Korea spokesman Col. Chad Carroll also says 158... More »

Report: N. Korea Ready to Return US War Dead

Officials say ceremony could happen very soon

(Newser) - The American military command in South Korea is preparing for the North Koreans to turn over the remains of an unknown number of US or allied service members who have been missing since the Korean War, US officials said Tuesday. Officials say the timing of a ceremony is uncertain, but... More »

US, South Korea to Announce Big North Korea Move

Yonhap says the offer is coming this week

(Newser) - Seems the US and South Korea really are on the verge of stopping "large-scale" military exercises, Reuters reports. Per Yonhap, a South Korean news agency, the two nations will announce the move this week with the stipulation that exercises with resume if Pyongyang fails to denuclearize as promised. "... More »

'Nut Rage' Heiress Is in New Brouhaha

Korean Air's Cho Hyun-ah is being investigated for hiring foreign housekeepers

(Newser) - A newly unemployed Korean Air heiress whose tantrum over nuts delayed a flight nearly four years ago is being investigated by South Korean immigration officials on suspicion she unlawfully hired housekeepers from the Philippines. Cho Hyun-ah on Thursday bowed and apologized for "causing troubles" before entering a Korea Immigration... More »

Another Surprise Twist in North Korea Drama

Leaders from North, South have a surprise summit

(Newser) - The roller coaster of North Korea news took another twist on Saturday: Kim Jong Un met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in a surprise summit, reports the BBC . The two leaders embraced for the cameras afterward. "Both leader exchanged opinions ... for the successful holding of the North Korea-US summit,... More »

North Korean Waitresses Were Forced to 'Defect'

Former restaurant manager bares all on cable TV

(Newser) - A famous North Korean defection may have actually been a kidnapping engineered by the South—news that comes at a slightly awkward moment for the two Koreas, the New York Times reports. A South Korean cable TV channel broke the news Thursday, saying the apparent defection of 12 waitresses and... More »

Kim Jong Un Makes Symbolic Move With Clocks

North changes its time zone to match the South's

(Newser) - North Korea readjusted its time zone to match South Korea's on Saturday and described the change as an early step toward helping the longtime rivals "become one" following a landmark summit. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised to sync his country's time zone with the South'... More »

US Spends More on War Than Next 7 Nations Combined

China is a distant 2nd

(Newser) - A "near-constant state of war" is just one of the reasons the US spends more than any other country in the world on its military—by a long shot. If the next seven major military spenders combined their funds, they still wouldn't measure up, according to a list... More »

Dennis Rodman: My Gift Helped Lead to Korean Summit

He gave Kim Jong Un a copy of Trump's book 'Art of the Deal'

(Newser) - Dennis Rodman has been striving for a diplomatic solution regarding the Korean Peninsula going back to Obama , claiming he knows exactly what North Korea needs. And now that last week's summit has concluded with promises to end the war between the two nations and work toward "complete denuclearization,... More »

Trump Deserves Nobel, Says South Korea's Leader

Moon Jae-in says US president should get any honors for Korean peace

(Newser) - Last week's summit between the leaders of North and South Korea generated lots of chatter about a Nobel Peace Prize for the main players involved. On Monday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in made clear who he thinks should get it: "It's President Trump who should receive the... More »

North Korea Will Change Its Time Zone This Week

It's another conciliatory gesture

(Newser) - South Korea will remove propaganda-broadcasting loudspeakers from the border with North Korea this week, officials said Monday, as the rivals move to follow through with their leaders' summit declaration that produced reconciliation steps without a breakthrough in the nuclear standoff. During their historic meeting Friday at a Korean border village,... More »

Trump Tweets on Comey: 'Very Sick or Very Dumb'

President also makes bold proclamation Friday: 'KOREAN WAR TO END!'

(Newser) - As Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in jump-started their "new history" together, President Trump took to Twitter to confidently crow about what Politico deems the "historic" moment currently taking place in South Korea. "KOREAN WAR TO END!" he proclaimed , noting that the summit between the North... More »

Korean Leaders Agree to 'Total Denuclearization'

'A new history starts now,' Kim says

(Newser) - "A new history starts now," Kim Jong Un wrote in the guest book at the Peace House in the DMZ before talks with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in began, and the day's developments were historic indeed. In a joint statement, the two leaders pledged to cease... More »

Kim Jong Un Crosses Border for Historic Meeting

He meets South Korea's leader for talks in DMZ

(Newser) - With a single step over a weathered, cracked slab of concrete, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made history Friday by crossing over the world's most heavily armed border to greet his rival, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, for talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons. Kim then invited... More »

Kim Jong Un Bringing 'Personal Toilet' to South Korea

It's not an issue of hygiene at carefully planned summit

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un won't be taking any chances Friday when the North Korean leader crosses the border for a historic summit with his counterpart in the South. Apparently that means bringing along his own toilet. Accompanied by his sister, Kim Yo Jong, top military officials, and armed soldiers from... More »

A Dot on a Mousse Dish Is Angering Japan

And more on the meal that will be served to Kim Jong Un Friday

(Newser) - Ahead of Kim Jong Un's high-stakes meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the future of his nukes comes the repetition of one word: rosti. It has nothing to do with nukes. Rather, it's a Swiss fried potato dish that South Korea plans to "re-interpret" and... More »

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