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'No Room to Back Down': South Korea Demands Apology for Soldiers' Injuries

SEOUL, South Korea — Tense negotiations between North and South Korea continued through the night as Seoul demanded a formal apology for injuries to two of its soldiers this month, South Korean officials said Monday.<p>The talks were described as tense after South Korea's Defense Ministry said it had …

North Korea

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un 'poisoned his aunt'

Defector claims that Kim Jong-un ordered his bodyguards to kill his aunt six months after executing her husband<p>North Korea’s “supreme leader” ordered his bodyguards to poison his aunt, according to a defector.<p>Kim Jong-un, who inherited the leadership of Asia’s Stalinist state at the age of 30, …

U.S. student held in North Korea tells CNN: 'I wanted to be arrested'

<b>Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) —</b> Won-moon Joo, 21, smiled and seemed relaxed as he walked into a conference room at the Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang.<p>Our North Korean government minders informed us Monday night that we'd be interviewing Joo, a request we made on Saturday, just hours after arriving in the …

North Korea

Satellite images capture North Korea executions 'carried out with anti-aircraft guns'

Prisoners apparently executed on firing range with anti-aircraft guns<p>Satellite images of North Korea have captured what appears to be the imminent public execution of a group of people with six anti-aircraft guns.<p><b>Released by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea</b> and AllSource Analysis, …

6 things you’ll get addicted to after living in Japan

1. Peeing to the sound of a babbling brook<p>Some Japanese toilets have so many buttons and gadgets that you almost expect to be launched off into space …

China Has Reason to Be Worried About North Korea's Nukes

In the U.S., North Korea often feels more like of a punchline than a political threat. Coverage of the country skews heavily toward humor, whether …

North Korea
South Korea

North Korea declares no-sail zone, missile launch seen as possible: reports | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has declared a no-sail zone for its ships off its east coast, South Korean media reported on Monday, suggesting more missile launches are possible before the U.S. defense chief visits Seoul this week.<p>Pyongyang fired four short-range missiles off its west coast on …

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7 total misconceptions about living in South Korea

1. You might wander into North Korea.<p>Before I left the US to teach English in South Korea, I got a lot of “advice” from well-meaning friends, …

South Korea

Portable media player gives North Koreans illicit window on the world

£35 device allows residents to listen to pop music and watch South Korean soaps, Hollywood films and outside news programmes, despite government restrictions<p>A £35 portable media player is providing many North Koreans with a window to the outside world despite the government’s efforts to keep them …

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North Korea tourists required to have daily temperature checks

Lupine Travel, a tour operator offering trips to the secretive Asian state, said that tourists will have their temperatures taken each morning as part of a monitoring process put in place by a state fearful of the Ebola virus entering the country.<p>Dylan Harris from Lupine Travel said that monitors …

U.S. ambassador slashed with knife recovering after 80 stitches, surgery

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea struggled with pain as he recovered Friday from a knife attack, while police searched the offices of the anti-U.S. activist who they say slashed the envoy while screaming demands for Korean reunification.<p>The attack Thursday on Mark Lippert, which prompted rival …

Singapore Tops the Economist's List As the World’s Costliest City

Singapore maintained its global ranking as the most expensive city for a second straight year on higher prices of items from wine to cars, according …

North Korea

Skift Business Traveler: Delta and United Frequent Fliers Don't Know Their Programs are Changing

What to Know Now<p>Here in the bubble of non-stop upgrade gymnastics, hotel checkins and the general whirlwind of business travel the news about Delta …

Hospitality

North Korea may have 100 atomic arms by 2020

US researchers say country could increase its nuclear arsenal from at least 10 weapons today to between 20 and 100 weapons in five years.<p>Pyongyang's scientists have succeeded in miniaturising nuclear warheads to enable them to be fitted to ballistic missiles and the regime is likely to have a …

North Korea

Author says prominent North Korean defector 'misled' him on parts of life story

A prominent North Korean defector who fled a prison camp and became the face of international efforts to hold the country accountable for widespread human rights abuses has changed important parts of his life story.<p>Author Blaine Harden says in a statement on his website that he has pressed Shin …