EU police report highlights ongoing IS threat to Europe

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) _ The Islamic State group is likely to carry out new attacks in the European Union in the near future, probably targeting countries that are members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the extremist orga...

Indonesia blasphemy protest draws 200,000; ends peacefully

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied peacefully in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest against its minority Christian governor, who is being prosecuted for alleged blasph...

Opposition pledges to impeach Park next Friday

 An opposition coalition decided Friday to press ahead with a vote on parliamentary impeachment of President Park Geun-hye on Dec. 9, patching up cracks that erupted after the president’s surprise offer earlier in the week to cu...

Seoul sanctions top aides of North’s Kim

South Korea blacklisted several top aides of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Friday as part of a fresh set of its unilateral sanctions aimed at helping curb the defiant neighbor’s nuclear and missile programs.The package is al...

[News Focus] Reasons for Park to shun impeachment

The ruling Saenuri Party’s stance concerning embattled President Park Geun-hye is that she should voluntarily step down by late April, claiming that a “peaceful” transfer of power is the better alternative to impeachment as it ...

What does Park impeachment bill say?

President Park Geun-hye (Yonhap) The presidential impeachment bill, finalized by opposition parties for a plenary vote next Friday, listed several charges against President Park Geun-hye. Should the motion clear the parliamentary ...

Special counsel vows to grill Park

A special counsel appointed to investigate a scandal engulfing President Park Geun-hye vowed Friday to question the president in person, saying a face-to-face interrogation was a principle that should apply to all subjects of the ...

Lawmakers against Park impeachment under fire

South Koreans are bombarding lawmakers of the ruling Seanuri Party with phone calls and text messages to pressure them to join the opposition-led campaign to impeach President Park Geun-hye. This came after Rep. Pyo Chang-won of t...

NK nukes aimed for reunification on its own terms: expert

A researcher argued Friday that North Korea is developing nuclear weapons not to use in war, but as a means to press for a peaceful reunification with the South on its own terms. "In its nuclear strategy, North Korea aims to achie...

Life expectancy of S. Koreans edges up to 82.1 years in 2015

South Korean babies born in 2015 are expected to live more than 82 years as the risk of death has been diminished by medical advances and other efforts, a government report showed Friday.The life expectancy at birth averaged 82.1 ...

Saenui dissenters demand Park unveil timeline for resignation

A group of South Korean ruling party lawmakers holding the balance of power in the stalled impeachment bid against President Park Geun-hye on Friday demanded she announce when she will resign by next Wednesday or face a parliament...

Park to hold talks with ruling Saenuri Party lawmakers, stave off impeachment

President Park Geun-hye is seeking to hold talks with ruling party lawmakers from as early as this weekend, a source at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Friday, as the embattled leader moves to block impeachment talks an...

Parties, gov't reach last-minute agreement on budget

South Korea's government and political parties resolved their differences on a controversial free child care program, clearing a key hurdle for the passage of next year's budget plan Friday. Earlier in the day, the National Assemb...

Opposition parties to vote on Park's impeachment on Dec. 9

South Korea's three opposition parties agreed to propose the impeachment motion for President Park Geun-hye on Friday, adding the vote will take place on Dec. 9 even if the presidential office announces a plan outlining the chief ...

Park's approval rating remains at record low

President Park Geun-hye's approval rating remained at record-low 4 percent this week, data showed Friday, In a survey by Gallup Korea, only 4 percent of the respondents supported Park, unchanged from a week earlier, while 91 perce...