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North Korea, Russia sign mutual defense deal as Kim pledges support on Ukraine
by Cat Barton - June 20, 2024 - 8:01am
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a mutual defense agreement on Wednesday with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, who offered his "full support" on Ukraine.
South Korean president to host Africa summit eyeing minerals, trade
by Cat Barton - June 2, 2024 - 4:51pm
South Korea will aim to secure critical mineral imports and boost trade ties with Africa as President Yoon Suk Yeol hosts dozens of heads of state from the continent at a major summit on Tuesday.
South Korea president admits 'shortcomings' in rare address
by Cat Barton - May 9, 2024 - 3:51pm
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol held a rare press conference Thursday, admitting "shortcomings" after his party's recent electoral defeat, and laying out policies on issues from the country's low birthrate to...
K-pop campaigning: South Korean candidates embrace song to pull votes
by Cat Barton - April 5, 2024 - 3:12pm
Thanks to quirks of South Korean election law and history, almost every candidate on the campaign trail has a theme song, a dance routine, and politically-tweaked lyrics to make their message hit home.
Mums at work: South Korean company's pro-parent, office-free policies
by Cat Barton - January 3, 2024 - 5:51pm
Early starts to workdays and late finishes are routine in South Korea, a country notorious for its hard-driving corporate culture, but Erin Lim knew she wanted to do things differently at her business.
'I couldn't breathe': Seoul crowd crush survivor writes to heal
by Cat Barton - October 27, 2023 - 10:17am
Kim Cho-long escaped death by chance last October -- pulled from packed streets in South Korea's capital by a friend, as those around her were swept into an alley where 159 people later died in a crowd crush.
US soldier believed held in North Korea after crossing border
by Cat Barton - July 19, 2023 - 8:50am
A US soldier is believed to have been detained by North Korea after crossing the heavily fortified border -- an incident likely to further aggravate Washington's troubled relations with the nuclear-armed state.
South Koreans get younger as traditional age system dropped
by Cat Barton - June 28, 2023 - 1:58pm
From Wednesday South Korea will use the international system that calculates age according to a person's actual date of birth, meaning everyone will officially become a year or two younger.
North Korea says it fired ICBM as warning to US, Seoul
by Cat Barton - February 19, 2023 - 10:43am
North Korea said Sunday it had test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile as a warning to Washington and Seoul, saying the successful "surprise" drill demonstrated Pyongyang's "capacity of fatal nuclear c...
Coffee so cold it's hot: South Korea's love of iced Americano
by Cat Barton - February 11, 2023 - 9:51am
The average South Korean drinks 353 cups per year, more than double the global average, according to a 2019 study by the Hyundai Research Institute.
North Korea fires more than 20 missiles, one close to South
by Cat Barton - November 3, 2022 - 7:37am
North Korea fired more than 20 missiles Wednesday, including one that landed close to South Korea's waters in what President Yoon Suk-yeol said was "effectively a territorial invasion".
North Korean missile lands close to South Korean waters for 'first time', Seoul military says
by Cat Barton - November 2, 2022 - 10:28am
North Korea on Wednesday fired three short range ballistic missiles, Seoul said, prompting a rare air raid warning for a South Korean island.
South Korea police admit crowd surge response was 'insufficient'
by Cat Barton - November 1, 2022 - 2:29pm
At least 156 mostly young people were killed, and scores more injured, in a deadly crowd surge late Saturday at the first post-pandemic Halloween party in Seoul's popular Itaewon nightlife district.
North Korea fires ballistic missiles after US VP Harris tours DMZ
by Cat Barton - September 30, 2022 - 10:28am
North Korea fired two ballistic missiles Thursday just hours after US Vice President Kamala Harris left South Korea, where she had toured the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone which divides the peninsula.
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