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In heart of Seoul, a North Korea-themed bar that walks the line on legality

January 01, 2020 1:24 am

South Korea’s National Security Act is a law that penalises praise of North Korea or support of Kim Jong Un’s regime. A few weeks before and after the bar opened, local news reports and social media in South Korea were abuzz, debating whether the bar violated this national law.

Japan, South Korea seek to mend ties as North Korea threat grows

December 24, 2019 9:11 am

Under pressure from the US, South Korea last month suspended its plan to withdraw from a military information-sharing pact with Japan. Since then, there have been hints of a potential thaw in ties.

Two North Koreans tried to defect. Did Seoul send them to their deaths?

December 19, 2019 10:00 am

South Korea often reveals the seizure of North Korean fishermen in its waters once it happens. This time, the episode was kept secret — until an army officer on the border sent a text message reporting the handover to a senior presidential aide and a photographer captured the message on the aide’s smartphone.

Travelling to South Korea? Here is everything you need to know

November 28, 2019 4:41 pm

South Korea, officially known as the Republic of Korea, makes up the southern part of the Korean peninsula.

North Korea fires 'unidentified projectile': Seoul

November 28, 2019 2:13 pm

In the past, such reports by South Korea about North Korean launches have turned out to be test launches of missiles and artillery pieces.

Suicides by K-Pop stars prompt soul-searching in South Korea

November 26, 2019 8:14 am

The suicides by two of K-pop’s most beloved stars have left fans in South Korea soul-searching over what has gone wrong in K-pop, their country’s most successful cultural export.

GSOMIA explained: Why South Korea is not quitting intelligence pact with Japan

November 24, 2019 11:09 am

The idea to exchange intelligence between Japan and South Korea was first suggested by the latter in the 1980s. In 2012, the two countries were expected to sign GSOMIA, but it was not due to public outrage in South Korea against the agreement.

South Korea wealthy enough to pay more for American troops: US Def Secy Mark Esper

November 15, 2019 2:53 pm

South Korean news reports have said the Trump administration is demanding a five-fold increase in South Korean contributions, to about $4.7 billion for 2020, although Jeong declined to confirm the figure. He said his country was prepared to pay a ``fair and reasonable'' amount.

Flags fly, anthems play, but N orth Korea blacks out World Cup qualifier with South

October 15, 2019 6:36 pm

North Korea and South Korea had last met in a World Cup qualifier in Seoul a decade ago, where the North had lost 1-0 before accusing South Korea of poisoning their players' food ahead of the match.

Japan embassy in Seoul posts nuclear radiation data amid escalating row

September 29, 2019 3:31 pm

The embassy said the radiation reading in Seoul as of Friday was 0.12 microsieverts per hour, around the same as 0.135 in Fukushima City, and higher than Tokyo's 0.036. It will update the data every day the embassy is open, it said.


South Korean protesters call for ouster of justice minister handpicked by President Moon Jae-in

October 10, 2019 7:01 am

Thousands of protesters rallied in South Korea's capital Seoul to call for the ouster of President Moon Jae-in's hand-picked justice minister, whose family is at the center of an investigation into allegations of financial crimes and academic favors.

In Pictures: PM Modi conferred with Seoul Peace Prize in South Korea

February 22, 2019 1:59 pm

PM Narendra Modi dedicated the USD 200,000 prize money to 'Namami Gange Programme', which is flagship programme of his government to accomplish the twin objectives of effective abatement of pollution, conservation and rejuvenation of River Ganga.

Prison Inside Me: South Koreans lock themselves up to escape daily life

November 28, 2018 6:50 am

A downturn in South Korea's high-tech, export-driven economy has intensified a hyper-competitive school and work environment that experts say adds to a high incidence of stress and suicide

Joy, disbelief as Korean families separated by war meet after 65 years

August 23, 2018 10:13 am

About 90 families from North and South Korea wept and embraced as the neighbors held their first reunion events in three years for relatives wrenched apart by the Korean War for more than six decades.

Brutal knife attack on US ambassador to South Korea

March 05, 2015 12:43 pm

The attack happened at a venue in a performing arts center in Seoul, as the ambassador was preparing for a lecture.

South Korea celebrates the March First Independence Movement Day

March 01, 2015 12:30 pm

South Koreans celebrate this day as the anniversary of the 1919 uprising against Japanese colonial rule in Seoul.


UAE, Germany and Italy condemn Pathankot attack

January 08, 2016 2:58 pm

New Delhi, Jan 08 (ANI): The governments of UAE, Germany and Italy have condemned the terrorist attack on Indian Air Force base in Pathankot in which seven security personnel were martyred."Terrorism and extremism know no borders and no limits and pose a threat to innocent people everywhere around the world. In order to contain the dangerous threat that terrorism poses to our countries and peoples, international cooperation is indispensable," the Foreign Ministry of UAE said in a statement. Although, the UAE assured India of complete support in its fight against terrorism. "We utterly condemn the terrorist attacks on the Indian air force base in Pathankot and on the Indian Consulate General in Mazar-e-Sharif. The responsible parties must be identified and held accountable," Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson said in a statement. Earlier, Italy, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Japan, South Korea, Maldives, Nepal, Brazil and France also condemned the terrorist attack. Six terrorists were neutralised in the terror attack at the Pathankot air base that began in the wee hours on January 1. Seven security personnel were martyred in the terror attack. The conspiracy behind the terrorist attack in Pathankot was hatched in Markaj, Pakistan, as per high-level official sources.