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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 »

Balcony Collapse Kills 2, Injures 8 Swimming Athletes

8 others are injured in South Korean nightclub

(Newser) - A balcony inside a nightclub in South Korea collapsed on Saturday, killing two people and injuring 16, including an American and other athletes at the world swimming championships, officials said. Hundreds were at the nightclub in the southern city of Gwangju when the collapse occurred next to the athletes' village,... More »

North Korea Fires 2 Projectiles

South Korea says they landed between North Korea and Japan

(Newser) - North Korea has fired two projectiles in an unprovoked attack on a large body of water, South Korea says. Launched from the coastal town of Wonsan on Thursday morning local time—Wednesday in America—the projectiles flew roughly 260 miles into the East Sea and landed between North Korea and... More »

360 Warning Shots Fired at Russian Plane

South Korea, Japan claim A-50 violated airspace over East Sea island

(Newser) - South Korea says it fired 360 warning shots early Tuesday as Russia violated its airspace for the first time in a confrontation involving four countries. South Korea's defense ministry claims two Russian Tu-95 bombers and two Chinese H-6 bombers spent some 24 minutes together in the Korea Air Defense... More »

Swimmer Won't Share Podium With Winner

Australia's Mack Horton has accused China's Sun Yang of doping

(Newser) - Chinese swimmer Sun Yang edged Australia's Mack Horton to win a race at a world tournament in South Korea, but the real drama came afterward. Horton refused to share the podium with Sun, whom he has previously accused of sports doping, reports the Australian . Asked why he made the... More »

Pirates Steal Crew's Clothes, Leave Cargo

Singapore Strait pirates also made off with cash, shoes, phones

(Newser) - Pirates boarded a South Korean-flagged cargo ship near the Singapore Strait on Monday and robbed its crew of their money, clothes, and cellphones, South Korean officials say. Two of the ship's 22 crew members suffered minor bruises during the maritime robbery, South Korea's Ministry of Oceans said in... More »

Man Dies After Seoul Self-Immolation

Police say he set fire in his car in front of the Japanese Embassy

(Newser) - A 78-year-old South Korean man died hours after setting himself ablaze near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Friday, police said, at a time of worsening tensions between Seoul and Tokyo. The man, surnamed Kim, ignited a fire inside his car parked in front of the building where the Embassy... More »

North Korea: 'Surprise Attack' Is Brewing on Border

Pyongyang says it might also end suspension of nuclear tests

(Newser) - North Korea on Tuesday suggested it might call off its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests because of summertime US-South Korean military drills that the North calls preparation for an eventual invasion, the AP reports. The statement by the North's Foreign Ministry comes during a general deadlock in... More »

Son of Most Famous Defectors to the North Has Defected

Choe In-guk reportedly arrived in Pyongyang on Saturday

(Newser) - A defection on the Korean Peninsula is grabbing headlines, except in this case, it's a South-to-North move. Choe In-guk of South Korea arrived in Pyongyang on Saturday, per North Korean state media, and says he plans to live there permanently. Though the move is a highly rare one, it'... More »

Trump Heading to South Korea to Talk About North Korea

POTUS will discuss denuclearization with South Korea's leader

(Newser) - President Trump will travel to South Korea in June for talks on the North Korean nuclear program, three months after a failed summit with North Korea's leader in Vietnam, the AP reports. The White House says Trump will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in conjunction with his... More »

S. Korea Says North Fired 'Unidentified Projectile'

South says it is 2nd test in under a week

(Newser) - North Korea fired at least one unidentified projectile from the country's western area on Thursday, South Korea's military says. It was the second such launch in the last five days and a possible warning that nuclear disarmament talks could be in danger, the AP reports. The South's... More »

2 Hours After This Baby Was Born, She Turned 2

Because of South Korea's ancient tradition on calculating ages

(Newser) - Just two hours after Lee Dong Kil's daughter was born on New Year's Eve, the clock struck midnight, 2019 was ushered in, and the infant became 2 years old. She wasn't alone, though it happened for her quicker than most: Every baby born in South Korea last... More »

South Korean Court Makes Huge Abortion Ruling

Judges overturn ban after 66 years

(Newser) - South Korea is one of the last developed nations to criminalize abortion, but that's about to change. The nation's Constitutional Court declared Tuesday that the South's 66-year-old ban on the procedure is unconstitutional, reports the Guardian . Currently, a woman faces up to a year in jail or... More »

Conflicting Claims Muddy the Race to 5G

South Korea, AT&T, and Verizon Say They're First

(Newser) - Determining a winner in the 5G race just gets murkier. On Wednesday, South Korean officials said they had topped the US and China, achieving the first commercial launch of a fifth-generation telecoms network after connecting to a 5G phone. AT&T and Verizon didn't take that well, Reuters reports.... More »

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 »

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