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Another K-Pop Star Is Found Dead

Cha In Ha found dead at home at age 27

(Newser) - South Korea has been rocked by the third sudden death of a K-pop star in two months. Cha In Ha, a member of the boy band Surprise U who'd also appeared in a short film and TV drama, was found dead at his home on Tuesday at age 27,... More »

Two K-Pop Stars Guilty of Rape; One Shared Video

Female victims were too drunk to resist assaults

(Newser) - Two K-pop stars will spend the next several years behind bars—punishment for raping women who were too drunk to resist. Jung Joon-young, a singer-songwriter who rose to fame on a TV talent show, and Choi Jong-hoon, a former member of the boy band FT Island, burst into tears Friday... More »

S. Korea: Fishermen Who Fled North Killed 16

Two men have been deported to North Korea

(Newser) - South Korea says it has deported two North Koreans after finding they had killed 16 fellow fishermen on a squid fishing boat and fled to South Korea. South Korea's Unification Ministry said Thursday the two North Koreans were initially found aboard a boat south of the sea border last... More »

Kim Jong Un Sends Condolences to South

But gesture over death of president's mother comes amid new missile tests

(Newser) - Two moves by the North Korean regime illustrate the state of diplomacy on the Korean peninsula. On the hopeful side, Kim Jong Un sent condolences across the border to South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the death of Moon's 92-year-old mother, reports Reuters . At the same time, the North... More »

Kim Vows to Raze, Rebuild S. Korea-Built Resort

He didn't like the 'unpleasant-looking' facilities at Kumgang

(Newser) - With an estimated 11 million people in North Korea not getting enough food, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has decided to focus instead on matters of architecture—South Korean architecture in North Korea, to be precise. According to state media, Kim recently toured the Mount Kumgang tourist spot, built by... More »

K-Pop Star's Death Brings New Scrutiny to Industry

Sulli, 25, appears to have committed suicide

(Newser) - Her name was Choi Jin-ri, but she was better known to her legions of fans in South Korea and elsewhere as Sulli. The 25-year-old actress and former K-pop star was found dead in her home near Seoul on Monday in what police say was an apparent suicide, reports the Yonhap... More »

A Decades-Long Serial Killer Case Ends With Confession

S. Korea's Lee Chun-jae admitted to 14 murders, but statute of limitations has run out

(Newser) - Police had only been able to link him to a handful of rapes and murders in South Korea—but a suspected serial killer has just confessed to many more. The New York Times reports that 56-year-old Lee Chun-jae, already in prison for life for raping and killing his sister-in-law, has... More »

She Went to Doctor for Shot, Mistakenly Got an Abortion

The nurse and doctor are being investigated

(Newser) - "The doctor and nurse have acknowledged their fault," police tell CNN , in a jarring case out of South Korea. Police say a pregnant woman visited a clinic in Seoul on Aug. 7 to get a nutritional shot—and had an abortion unknowingly performed on her instead. A nurse... More »

She Fled North Korea, but Her Death Has Rattled South Korea

Han Sung-ok and her son are believed to have starved to death in Seoul

(Newser) - The deaths of a North Korean defector and her young son in South Korea have delivered a jolt to residents of Seoul because of the bitter irony: Han Sung-ok fled famine in her own country and is believed to have starved to death in her adopted one, reports the New ... More »

Cops Say They've IDed a Serial Killer—but There's a Twist

Suspect can't be charged in South Korea murders as statute of limitations has run out

(Newser) - For years, a serial killer terrorized Hwaseong, a city south of Seoul in South Korea, leaving police stymied. Decades later, authorities say they've finally identified the man who murdered at least three of the 10 victims who were killed between 1986 and 1991 in what is called "the... More »

S. Korean Pols Are Miffed. They're Revving Up the Razors

It's a protest against newly appointed justice minister hit with corruption allegations

(Newser) - Some people take to the streets with placards and T-shirts to protest. In South Korea, they shave their heads. Conservative opposition leader Hwang Kyo-ahn is the latest big name to go bald, allowing himself to be shorn Monday evening outside the presidential palace to demonstrate against the newly appointed justice... More »

African Swine Fever Reaches South Korea

Outbreak threatens to wreak havoc on herds

(Newser) - South Korea has confirmed a second case of African swine fever near its border with North Korea, raising concerns that the outbreak could spread and wreak havoc on the country's massive pig herds. An official from South Korea's agriculture ministry said Wednesday that workers were planning to cull... More »

N. Korea Offers to Resume US Talks —Then This

'We'll see what happens,' Trump had responded

(Newser) - North Korea launched two projectiles toward the sea on Tuesday, South Korea's military said. The move came hours after the North offered to resume nuclear diplomacy with the United States but warned its dealings with Washington may end without new US proposals. The launches and demand for new proposals... More »

At Confirmation Hearing, Woman Chastised for Being Childless

Critics are blasting remarks of S. Korea's Jeong Kab-yoon to female economics professor

(Newser) - A renowned economics professor in South Korea is the first female nominated to head up the country's fair-trade commission, but even though she seems to have the professional credentials, one politician says she's got one big gap that makes her nomination iffy: She's single and childless. "... More »

A New Dispute Worsens on the Korean Peninsula

South Korea's latest tensions are with Japan

(Newser) - South Korea said Thursday it is canceling an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan amid a bitter trade dispute, a surprise announcement that is likely to set back US efforts to bolster mutual security cooperation with two of its most important allies in the Asian region, per the AP . South Korea's... More »

'Mysterious and Amazing' Success Reported in NK

Kim Jong Un oversees yet another test-firing

(Newser) - North Korea said Saturday that leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear negotiations and their joint military exercises, the AP reports. Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, said that following Friday'... More »

N. Korea Fires Projectiles, Rules Out Talks With South

Pyongyang mocks Moon's call for dialogue

(Newser) - North Korea on Friday bluntly criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for continuing to hold military exercises with the US and over his rosy comments on inter-Korean diplomacy, and said Pyongyang has no current plans to talk with Seoul. The statement by an unidentified government spokesman came hours before South... More »

Newest Reported Launches by N. Korea a 'Warning' to US

Kim Jong Un oversaw demo of 2 missiles in response to US, S. Korea's joint military exercises

(Newser) - North Korea said Wednesday leader Kim Jong Un supervised a live-fire demonstration of newly developed short-range ballistic missiles meant to send a warning to the US and South Korea over their joint military exercises. KCNA said two missiles launched from a western airfield flew across the country and over the... More »

Cult Leader Pushed Followers to 'Paradise.' Only It Wasn't

Shin Ok-ju jailed 6 years for assault, child abuse

(Newser) - A doomsday cult leader who told followers they could avoid impending war with an escape to Fiji has been jailed for six years. In 2014, some 400 people followed South Korea's Shin Ok-ju to what she claimed was "the only paradise land written in the Bible" and a... More »

It Was Close to Midnight Near the DMZ. Then, a Rare Sight

North Korean soldier picked up by South Korean troops after being spotted by thermal imaging

(Newser) - Although it's common for North Koreans to try to make a run for the South, what's not as common are defections across the Demilitarized Zone, which is littered with guards, landmines, barbed wire, and other barriers. But that's apparently what a North Korean soldier did this week,... More »

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