Tradition that sees South Korean babies gain extra year on January 1 challenged

Tradition that sees South Korean babies gain extra year on January 1 challenged

A centuries-old tradition sees babies become one on the day of their birth and then get an additional year tacked on when the calendar hits January 1.

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Firefighters extinguish most of South Korean forest blaze

Firefighters extinguish most of South Korean forest blaze

The blaze has destroyed 135 homes and forced more than 4,000 to flee the region that hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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South Korea launches 5G smartphone networks ahead of schedule

South Korea launches 5G smartphone networks ahead of schedule

The carriers plan to expand their coverage to 85 cities across the country by the end of the year.

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South Korea considers lifting sanctions on the North

South Korea considers lifting sanctions on the North

The move is aimed at creating more momentum for diplomacy.

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Former South Korean leader jailed for 15 years over corruption

Former South Korean leader jailed for 15 years over corruption

The man who served as president from 2008-2013 was convicted of bribery, embezzlement and other offences.

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Historic first for North and South Korea as they win joint medal

Historic first for North and South Korea as they win joint medal

The bronze medal in dragon boat racing at the Asian Games is the first win at a major event for the team.

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Tears as Korean families separated by war meet for first time in decades

Tears as Korean families separated by war meet for first time in decades

The rival Koreas have boosted reconciliation efforts in recent months.

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Remains of Korean War dead arrive in Hawaii

Remains of Korean War dead arrive in Hawaii

US vice president Mike Pence spoke at a ceremony as cases carrying the remains were taken off military transport planes.

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Rival Koreas’ generals discuss easing military confrontation

Rival Koreas’ generals discuss easing military confrontation

The talks may focus on dropping the number of military guards at the border village of Panmunjom.

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Dog meat consumption increases during hottest days in North and South Korea

Dog meat consumption increases during hottest days in North and South Korea

Dangogi, or sweet meat, is traditionally eaten in dates fixed in the lunar calendar in both countries.

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19 dead and dozens missing after Laos dam disaster

19 dead and dozens missing after Laos dam disaster

More than 6,000 people lost their homes when the newly built dam gave way.

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Prominent South Korean MP found dead amid corruption probe

Prominent South Korean MP found dead amid corruption probe

Justice Party member Roh Hoe-chan, long seen as a symbol for progressives in South Korea, was found dead outside an apartment building.

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Ex-South Korean leader Park handed eight more years in corruption case

Ex-South Korean leader Park handed eight more years in corruption case

She now faces the prospect of more than three decades behind bars.

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Concerns about North Korea denuclearisation overshadow Mike Pompeo’s visit

Concerns about North Korea denuclearisation overshadow Mike Pompeo’s visit

The US secretary of state is visiting Pyongyang for the first time since Donald Trump’s Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un.

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Rival Koreas agree to reunions of war-separated families

Rival Koreas agree to reunions of war-separated families

South Korea said the reunions will take place at North Korea’s Diamond Mountain resort in August.

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A serious approach to diplomatic negotiation

A serious approach to diplomatic negotiation

Whether Donald Trump’s approach actually works with North Korea will depend on the diplomacy that follows the showpiece Singapore summit, writes Christopher Hill.

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Korean athletes to march together at Asian Games

Korean athletes to march together at Asian Games

They also agreed to form combined teams for some unspecified events.

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How South Korean boy band BTS became a K-pop hit by fighting for social rights

How South Korean boy band BTS became a K-pop hit by fighting for social rights

Since bursting onto the music scene five years ago, South Korean boy band BTS (“Bangtan Sonyeondan”, “Bulletproof Boys Scouts”) has become an incredible force for good, writes Aleydis Nissen.

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North Korean and US officials holding full day of meetings to discuss summit

North Korean and US officials holding full day of meetings to discuss summit

North Korea’s flurry of diplomatic activity after several nuclear weapons and missile tests suggests Kim Jong Un is eager for sanctions relief.

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Kim Jong Un meets Russian foreign minister ahead of expected US summit

Kim Jong Un meets Russian foreign minister ahead of expected US summit

Sergey Lavrov’s visit suggests Russia wants to make sure it is informed of North Korea’s intentions.

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Top North Korean official heads to US for pre-summit talks

Top North Korean official heads to US for pre-summit talks

Kim Yong Chol is taking part in Pyongyang’s highest-level diplomatic mission to the US in 18 years.

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North Korea hits out at Mike Pence remark and renews threat to quit summit

North Korea hits out at Mike Pence remark and renews threat to quit summit

The vice minister of foreign affairs criticised the comments as “ignorant”.

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Foreign media depart for North Korean nuclear site

Foreign media depart for North Korean nuclear site

The journalists were told not to open the blinds throughout the journey.

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South Korea downplays Pyongyang’s threats to cancel talks

South Korea downplays Pyongyang’s threats to cancel talks

The two Koreas were to sit down at a border village on Wednesday, but the North cancelled the meeting.

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US will help North Korea economy if it gives up nuclear weapons: Mike Pompeo

US will help North Korea economy if it gives up nuclear weapons: Mike Pompeo

The US secretary of state has said the United States is willing to help North Korea with its economy if it gets rid of its nuclear weapons.

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Trump greets American prisoners freed by North Korea

Trump greets American prisoners freed by North Korea

The US president said ‘the true honour is going to be if we have a victory in getting rid of nuclear weapons’.

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Trump thanks Kim as North Korean captives return to US

Trump thanks Kim as North Korean captives return to US

The US president said he believes the North Korean leader ‘really wants to do something’ to reach a deal on denuclearisation.

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Time and place set for Donald Trump meeting with North Korea leader

Time and place set for Donald Trump meeting with North Korea leader

The president said that withdrawal of US troops from South Korea was ‘not on the table’ for his talks with Kim Jong Un.

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Donald Trump hints venue for Kim Jong Un meeting could be announced soon

Donald Trump hints venue for Kim Jong Un meeting could be announced soon

The demilitarised zone separating North and South Korea has been suggested as a possible meeting place.

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Korean Air heiress apologises before police questioning over 'drink throwing'

Korean Air heiress apologises before police questioning over 'drink throwing'

A Korean Air heiress has apologised for causing trouble in her first public appearance as a suspect in an abuse of power case after she allegedly threw a drink at someone during a business meeting.

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Donald Trump suggests Demilitarised Zone for North Korea meeting

Donald Trump suggests Demilitarised Zone for North Korea meeting

Donald Trump has floated the idea of holding his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarised Zone that divides the Koreas.

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Trump claims credit for historic meeting between Korean leaders

Trump claims credit for historic meeting between Korean leaders

Donald Trump has claimed credit for the historic meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea and declared that peace on the divided peninsula could be achieved and its people could live in harmony.

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How Trump, Kim and Moon's words changed in a year

How Trump, Kim and Moon's words changed in a year

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump exchanged insults and threats of nuclear annihilation. Soft-spoken South Korean President Moon Jae-in struggled to be heard.

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Latest: North and South Korea agree to get rid of nuclear weapons

Latest: North and South Korea agree to get rid of nuclear weapons

Latest: The two Koreas have agreed to rid their peninsula of nuclear weapons in historic talks between the two leaders.

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Live and unfiltered: Kim Jong Un captivates South Koreans

Live and unfiltered: Kim Jong Un captivates South Koreans

South Koreans watched as history unfolded and Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader they normally only see in heavily edited footage, walked across the border and had his every word broadcast live and unfiltered on airwaves across the country.

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Pause for thought as Koreas edge closer

Pause for thought as Koreas edge closer

It’s uncertain what will come out of tomorrow’s talks between North and South Korea, dialogue is a better option than previous escalations, writes Peter Apps.

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Rival Korean leaders to meet in historic summit

Rival Korean leaders to meet in historic summit

Later this month Kim Jong-un of North Korea and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet for the first time at the “truce village” of Panmunjom for talks aimed at extending the recent détente on the Peninsula.

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North and South Korea begin talks to arrange Kim-Moon summit

North and South Korea begin talks to arrange Kim-Moon summit

North and South Korea have begun preparatory talks to set up a summit later this month between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in.

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Kim Jong Un claps along as k-pop stars perform in North Korea

Kim Jong Un claps along as k-pop stars perform in North Korea

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un clapped his hands as he, along with his wife and hundreds of other citizens, watched a rare performance by South Korean pop stars visiting Pyongyang.

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Kim Jong Un watches performance by South Korean pop stars

Kim Jong Un watches performance by South Korean pop stars

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has watched a rare performance by South Korean pop stars visiting Pyongyang, according to reports from Seoul.

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Rival Korean leaders to meet at historic summit in April

Rival Korean leaders to meet at historic summit in April

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in are to meet on April 27.

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North Korea holds military parade on eve of Olympics in South

North Korea holds military parade on eve of Olympics in South

North Korea has held a military parade and rally in Kim Il Sung Square, just one day before South Korea hosts the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

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US set to slap 'toughest and most aggressive' sanctions on North Korea

US set to slap 'toughest and most aggressive' sanctions on North Korea

The US is preparing to announce the "toughest and most aggressive" economic sanctions against North Korea, boosting pressure on the regime during the Winter Olympics, Mike Pence has said.

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North Korea to send ceremonial head to South Korea for Olympics

North Korea to send ceremonial head to South Korea for Olympics

North Korea is to send its nominal head of state to South Korea this week as the rivals push through with rare rapprochement steps ahead of this month's Winter Olympics in the South.

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South Korean hosptal fire ’caused by electrical fault’

South Korean hosptal fire ’caused by electrical fault’

A hospital fire that killed 37 people in South Korea was most likely caused by an electrical fault in the first-floor emergency room, police have said.

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Latest: 37 killed in South Korean hospital fire

Latest: 37 killed in South Korean hospital fire

Latest: A fire has raced through a small South Korean hospital with no sprinkler system, killing 37 people, many of them elderly, and injuring more than 140 others.

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North Korea agrees to send delegation to Winter Olympics in South, Seoul says

North Korea agrees to send delegation to Winter Olympics in South, Seoul says

North Korea has agreed to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, Seoul officials said.

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Seoul says North and South Korea have agreed to hold talks

Seoul says North and South Korea have agreed to hold talks

A Seoul official says both Koreas have agreed to hold their first talks in more than two years next Tuesday.

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South Korea offers to talk with North on Olympics co-operation

South Korea offers to talk with North on Olympics co-operation

South Korea has offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to co-operate on next month's Winter Olympics in the South.

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Dozens killed in South Korean building fire

Dozens killed in South Korean building fire

A fire at an eight-storey building in the central South Korean city of Jecheon has killed 28 people and injured 26 others.

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