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Hospital fire kills more than 30 people in South Korea

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — A fire swept through a hospital in southeastern South Korea on Friday, killing more than 30 people and injuring dozens in one of the country’s most deadly fires in recent years. Fire official Choi Man-wu said in a televised briefing that the fire at Sejong Hospital in the city of …

Head of popular girl band leads N. Korean team to S. Korea

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — The head of a hugely popular North Korean girl band crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea on Sunday to check preparations for rare performances by an art troupe she also leads during next month’s Winter Olympics. Appearing live on South Korean television, Hyon Song Wol didn’t speak when …

2 Koreas talk about Olympic co operation ahead of IOC meeting

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — The two Koreas are meeting Wednesday for the third time in about 10 days to continue their discussions on Olympics co-operation, days ahead of talks with the IOC on North Korean participation in the upcoming Winter Games in the South. A flurry of Olympics-related meetings has provided a tentative thaw …

Officials from North, South Korea begin rare formal talks

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Senior officials from North and South Korea began the rivals’ first formal talks in about two years Tuesday to discuss how to co-operate in next month’s Winter Olympics in the South and how to improve their long-strained ties. The talks in the border village of Panmunjom were arranged after North …

Prosecutors: More bribery charges for South Korean ex leader

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — An official says prosecutors have made additional bribery charges against South Korea’s jailed ex-president alleging she received official funds from her spy chiefs for personal purposes. Park Geun-hye was removed from office last March and is on trial on a broad range of corruption and other charges that could potentially …

South Korea offers talks with North on Olympic co operation

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea on Tuesday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to co-operate on next month’s Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul’s quick proposal following a rare rapprochement overture from the North a day earlier offers the possibility of better ties after a year that saw a …

S. Korea offers to talk with North on Olympics cooperation

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea on Tuesday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to co-operate on next month’s Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul’s quick proposal after a rare rapprochement overture from Pyongyang a day earlier offers the possibility of better ties after a year that saw a nuclear …

South Korea says Moon will hold summit talks with China’s Xi

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea and China will push to normalize their ties badly strained over the deployment of a contentious U.S. missile defence system in the South, both countries announced Tuesday, with Seoul saying their leaders are set to hold summit talks next week. South Korea allowed the United States to install …

US flies powerful warplanes amid tensions with North Korea

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — The U.S. military flew advanced bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula and near Japan in drills with South Korean and Japanese warplanes on Monday, three days after North Korea fired a missile over Japan. The United States often sends powerful military aircraft in a show of force in …

US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North’s two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills are largely computer-simulated war games held every summer and …

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