N. Korean threat causes local schools to cancel Mt. Paekdu trip

Possible attacks by Pyongyang against South Korean citizens is causing local schools to cancel student excursions to the Mount Paekdu region, along the Sino-North Korean border, sources said Sunday.   Seoul's foreign ministry is...

Electricity went off in Park's hotel in Ethiopia

There was a short power blackout at the hotel in Ethiopia where South Korean President Park Geun-hye was staying during her state visit, hotel and South Korean officials said.   The electricity went out around 8:55 p.m. on Thurs...

N. Korean leader's aunt runs dry-cleaner in U.S.: W.Post

The aunt of North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-Un lives anonymously in the United States, where she runs a dry-cleaning business after having defected in 1998, The Washington Post reported Friday.Ko Yong-Suk -- who lives with h...

N. Korea threatens to fire at any ship intruding into western sea border

North Korea again claimed the South Korean Navy’s firing of warning shots at its vessels that trespassed into the de facto western maritime border as “a premeditated plot” to heighten inter-Korean tension on Saturday.The North ...

N. Korea continues to show signs of nuclear reprocessing activity

North Korea continues to show signs suggesting it could be reprocessing spent nuclear fuel to harvest plutonium for nuclear weapons, a U.S. research institute said Friday, citing recent satellite imagery.The May 22 imagery of the ...

Seoul says it is meaningful for Obama to mention Korean victims

South Korea said Friday that it is meaningful that U.S. President Obama explicitly mentioned Korean victims in his historic speech in Hiroshima, while visiting a memorial site honoring those killed in an atomic bombing about seven...

U.N. chief Ban back in S. Korea after short trip to Japan

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon came back in South Korea on Friday after making a short trip to Japan to attend a G7 summit.Ban, a native South Korean, landed at Gimpo International Airport, just west of Seoul, earlier in the d...

Man gets rare actual sentence for paid sex with minor

A 32-year-old man was given a six-month prison term in a rare ruling against patronizing underage prostitution. The man, identified by his surname Choi, saw an advertisement for “Conditional hook-up, 18 years-old” in a smartphon...

Filicidal parents get lengthy jail term

A 33-year-old man and his wife who beat their son to death and mutilated his body for storage in the fridge were each given a lengthy prison term Friday.The prosecution had initially sought a life sentence for the father, and 20 y...

Korea, the republic of chicken

"Chicken Republic” refers not just to the abundant chicken eateries in Korea, but also shows how the fowl has affected the nation’s food culture and industrial map. Over the decades, chicken has evolved into everyday comfort foo...

History of Korean-style fried chicken

For South Koreans, a platter of fried chicken, whether it is seasoned in soy, pan-fried in hot and sweet sauce or deep-fried in oil, has become an iconic dish that is typically downed with draft beer or soju any day of the week. B...

Two foreign men indicted for trading drugs

South Korean prosecution said that it indicted 10 people including two foreigners on Friday on charges of smuggling drugs into Korea. According to the Seoul Western District Prosecutors’ Office, it detained a 28-year-old French m...

Lawyer quizzed in corruption scandal

A prosecutor-turned-lawyer was summoned Friday for questioning over suspicions that he peddled influence in the legal circles for his clients and evaded taxes, amid the widening probe into a high-profile corruption scandal. Hong M...

‘Enterprises can play pivotal role in reunification’

JEJUDO ISLAND -- Enterprises can play a pivotal role in the potential reunification of the two Koreas that would be costly but would have great consequences, Siemens AG president and CEO Joe Kaeser said Friday.“Large West German ...

‘Korea, China, Japan committed to three-way cooperation’

JEJUDO ISLAND -- Despite persistent territorial and historical tension, Korea, China and Japan are committed to deepening three-way cooperation and carrying on with their plans to hold regular summits, the chief of the Trilateral ...