European regulators clear Dow Chemical-DuPont merger

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has approved the proposed merger of Dow Chemical and Du Pont, saying that the companies' commitments to divest businesses have addressed its concerns.Both plan to join in a $62 billion deal and...

[Graphic News] Middle-aged make up largest group of voters in S. Korea

According to the report from the Ministry of the Interior, the number of people in their 40s was about 8.77 million as of the end of February, accounting for 17 percent of the country‘s overall population of 51.71 million and mak...

One killed, 14 wounded in Ohio nightclub shooting

WASHINGTON (AFP) - One person was killed and 14 others wounded early Sunday in a shooting at a packed nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio, police reported. Police said earlier said there were at least two shooters, but in a subsequent ...

UK targets WhatsApp encryption after London attack

LONDON (AFP) - The British government said Sunday that its security services must have access to encrypted messaging applications such as WhatsApp, revealing it was used by the killer behind the parliament attack. Khalid Masood, ...

[Graphic News] Number of N. Korean hackers rises to 7,700: report

North Korea has been reinforcing its cyberwarfare capabilities and its number of professional hackers is estimated to have reached about 7,700, according to a report issued Friday in Seoul. North Korea currently has 1,700 well-tra...

[Newsmaker] China's favorite Lam wins Hong Kong leadership

Hong Kong's new leader Carrie Lam pledged Sunday to mend political rifts after winning a vote dismissed as a sham by democracy activists who fear the loss of the city’s cherished freedoms. Hong Kong has been semi-autonomous sinc...

[Graphic News] Norway ranked world’s happiest country

Norway has trumped Denmark as the world’s happiest country, according to the World Happiness Report 2017 by the United Nations, which calls on nations to build social trust and equality to improve the wellbeing of their citizens....

Brazil meat scandal deepens as China, EU, Chile bar imports

 “There is no Chinese embargo,” Maggi told reporters in Brasilia. “What we have are containers there that can't leave the port to local markets.”A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman in Beijing said China has taken “prevent...

Trump to Capitol in last-ditch lobbying for health care bill

 “This is our long-awaited chance to finally get rid of Obamacare,” he said of repealing former President Barack Obama's landmark law, a GOP goal since its 2010 enactment. “We're going to do it.” Trump's closed-door meeting ...

Tillerson to skip NATO meeting in Brussels next month

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will skip a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels in April, but will travel to Russia and Italy the same month, a US official said Tuesday.Tillerson will be replaced by a lower-level off...

EU to hold special Brexit summit April 29: Tusk

The EU's remaining 27 member states will hold a special summit on April 29 to decide the political objectives for Brexit talks, president Donald Tusk said Tuesday.Tusk's announcement came a day after London said Prime Minister The...

Japan PM, in Brussels, pushes EU trade deal

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Tuesday to seal a EU-Japan trade deal as early as possible in order to make an important stand against protectionism.Abe met with EU Council President Donald Tusk as well as European C...

[Graphic News] Overseas tuition fees fall 6% in 2016

Overseas tuition fees spent by South Koreans fell 6 percent last year from a year earlier, due to the won‘s weakness and the slowing economy, the central bank said Friday. In 2016, tuition fees for South Koreans studying overseas...

U.S. nuclear envoy is on Asia trip

The top U.S. envoy on North Korea was in China Saturday on his weeklong trip to Asia to discuss cooperation in reining in a provocative Pyongyang, a diplomatic source here said.Joseph Yoon began his trip to Beijing and Seoul on Fr...

U.S. think tank: N. Korea operating lithium-6 plant for hydrogen bombs

WASHINGTON (Yonhap) -- North Korea is believed to have built and is operating a plant to produce lithium 6, a key ingredient for hydrogen bombs that are much more powerful than conventional nuclear weapons, a U.S. think tank claim...