[NEWSMAKER] Tense protests against Trump in California

BURLINGAME (AFP) -- Hundreds of demonstrators jostled with police in riot gear outside a California hotel where Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump gave a speech, forcing the candidate to duck into a back entrance.At ...

South Korean workers to stage big rallies nationwide

Tens of thousands of unionized workers will hold rallies across the country to criticize the government's labor reform plans that they say will make firing people easier, the nation's two largest umbrella unions said Saturday.On S...

China, Japan hold FM talks to improve strained ties

The foreign ministers of China and Japan held bilateral talks in Beijing on Saturday with the aim of improving ties strained by territorial and historical disputes. Meeting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Chinese Foreign ...

Colombia's illegal mining linked to malaria outbreak

BOGOTA, (AFP)  -- Colombia's widespread illegal mining is blamed for causing environmental damage and holding workers in slave-like conditions -- and now is also being blamed for a malaria outbreak.Critics point to stagnant water...

N. Korea slams S. Korea-U.S. drills as 'worst provocation ever'

North Korea on Saturday condemned South Korea and the United States for conducting joint military drills that it called the "worst military provocation in the history of the Korean Peninsula."South Korea and the U.S. wrapped up th...

Colorado woman gets 100 years for cutting baby from womb

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- A judge on Friday sentenced a Colorado woman who cut a baby from a stranger's womb to 100 years in prison, including the maximum penalties for attempted murder and unlawful termination of a pregnancy.Judge M...

President Park to depart for Iran to seek opportunities

South Korean President Park Geun-hye will leave for Iran on Sunday to help South Korean businesses expand into the Middle East's least-tapped market, Cheong Wa Dae said.Park is the first South Korean president to visit Iran since ...

North Korea sends another US citizen to prison

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison with hard labor after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year. K...

THAAD shouldn't affect China's pressure on N. Korea: White House

The potential deployment of the THAAD missile defense system to South Korea should not affect China's pressure on North Korea because THAAD is aimed only at the North and reining in Pyongyang is in China's interest, the White Hous...

U.S. will lose leverage in Asia if it pulls troops out of S. Korea: U.S. congressman

The U.S. will lose much of its leverage in Asia if it pulls troops out of South Korea, a U.S. congressman said Friday, criticizing Donald Trump's suggestion that the U.S. should end defense support for allies unless they pay more....

S. Korea avoids U.S. currency manipulator designation, put on monitoring list

The U.S. Treasury Department put South Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan and Germany on its "monitoring list" for foreign exchange policies Friday, but none  was designed as a currency manipulator."Korea has a significant bilateral tra...

UN says N. Korea accusations vs US troops 'unsubstantiated'

The American-led U.N. command at the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas has dismissed as unsubstantiated accusations from North Korea that U.S. troops tried to provoke its frontline troops with "disgusting acts." A North K...

Appeals court upholds acquittal of former official over leaked documents

A Seoul appeals court on Friday upheld the acquittal of a former presidential official accused of leaking presidential documents.The Seoul High Court found Cho Eung-cheon, who handled the discipline of senior public officials, not...

Foreign Ministry denies speculation over resignations of GGGI, GCF chiefs

The Foreign Ministry denied speculation Friday that the heads of two South Korea-based international organizations battling climate change have offered to resign due in part to Seoul's lack of attention to an environmental agenda....

Korean sculptor to donate work to cheer up quake-hit Ecuador

A South Korean sculptor said Friday he plans to erect four of his works, including two giant sculptures bowing Korean-style, in Ecuador this year to encourage and soothe people affected by recent earthquake.The donation of the scu...