Mar 4, 2015

U.S. says 'comfort women' issue was behind Lee's 2012 isle visit

The U.S. government saw the issue of the “comfort women” behind the August 2012 visit by then South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to islets disputed between Japan and South Korea, a U.S. document revealed Tuesday. The visit by Lee to the islets, called Takeshima ...

Mar 3, 2015

For North Korean defectors, fame brings cash — and suspicion

Kang Myung-do, then son-in-law of North Korea’s premier, made a spectacular claim about Pyongyang’s nuclear capability when he defected to the South over two decades ago, asserting the secretive country had built five atomic bombs. His testimony at a news conference in 1994 came ...

Feb 27, 2015

Four dead in second rare shooting in South Korea

Four people, including a policeman, were killed Friday in the second shooting incident in two days in South Korea, where gun crime is extremely rare. A 75-year-old man armed with a hunting rifle shot dead his brother, the brother’s wife and a policeman who ...

Feb 26, 2015

South Korea court says adultery law is unconstitutional

South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down a controversial law outlawing adultery and threatening violators with jail. It marked the fifth time in 25 years that the court had considered the constitutionality of a 1953 statute which made South Korea one of the ...

Feb 26, 2015

Sidewalk sinkhole swallows South Korean couple

Concerns about public safety standards in South Korea have been fueled by shocking CCTV images of a young couple being swallowed up by a sinkhole that opened at their feet on the sidewalk in Seoul. The footage, which has gone viral on social networking ...

Feb 25, 2015

Gunman kills 3 in South Korea store; suspect found dead

A gunman shot and killed three people Wednesday in a Sejong City convenience store that he then torched before fleeing, South Korean police said. The suspect was later found dead. A hunting rifle was recovered near the suspect’s body a few kilometers (miles) from ...

Feb 25, 2015

Reality TV shows draw hordes of S. Koreans to Croatia

Koreans finding love and adventure traveling through Croatia in reality TV shows have put the Balkan nation on the map, making it a popular tourist destination for the Asian market. It all started back in 2012 with the filming of the South Korean show ...