South Korean children navigate rocky road to K-pop stardom

Music Feb 2, 2015

South Korean children navigate rocky road to K-pop stardom

Nine-year-old Kim Si-yoon has no time to throw tantrums. She wakes up at 7:30 a.m. for school, followed by hours of voice training, dance lessons and cram school before crashing into bed at midnight. Si-yoon is a wannabe K-pop star. Thousands of Korean children dream of ...

Asia Pacific Dec 5, 2014

North Korea's hackers are a hand-picked elite

Despite its poverty and isolation, North Korea has poured resources into a sophisticated cyber warfare cell called Bureau 121, defectors from the secretive state said as Pyongyang came under the microscope for a crippling hack into computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment. A North Korean diplomat ...

Jailed American lived enigmatic life

Asia Pacific / Crime & Legal Sep 22, 2014

Jailed American lived enigmatic life

Matthew Miller, the U.S. citizen imprisoned in North Korea on espionage charges, spent months in South Korea pretending to be an Englishman named "Preston Somerset," acquaintances who met or worked with him say. The 25-year-old native of Bakersfield, California, did not seem to have close ...