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Cybersecurity researchers say North Korea might be connected to a recent attack that resulted in the theft of over US$100 million from the Bangladeshi central bank and the attempted thefts of millions more from other Asian banks. If the finding holds up, the attacks would amount to a new strategy for the rogue nation, whose state-sponsored efforts have been have long been motivated by politics, not money.
 
North Korea threatens South's ships after sea border chase
North Korea on Saturday threatened to fire at South Korean warships if they cross into its waters, a day after the South's navy fired warning shots to chase away two North Korean ships that briefly crossed a disputed western sea boundary.
 
Korea A-bomb victims angered by Obama visit
A group representing Korean victims of the U.S. atomic bombings of Japan protested Thursday that their suffering was being neglected ahead of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima.
 
A lawsuit filed by a prominent gay film director and his partner seeking legal status for their same-sex marriage was rejected by a South Korean district court on Wednesday in the first case of its kind.
 
Overseas North Korean restaurant workers flee
An unspecified number of North Koreans working at a Pyongyang-run restaurant overseas have escaped their workplace and will come to South Korea, South Korean officials said Tuesday.
 
A group of North Koreans working at a state-run restaurant in China recently escaped their workplace to defect to the South, South Korean media reported Monday.
 
N. Korea diplomat who negotiated '94 US deal dies
A top North Korean diplomat who negotiated a short-lived 1994 deal with the United States to freeze its nuclear programs in exchange for international aid has died of cancer, the country's state media said Saturday.
 
Hundreds of South Koreans march to protest woman's stabbing death
Hundreds of South Koreans marched in one of Seoul's busiest leisure districts on Saturday to protest the stabbing death of a 23-year-old woman. Her death has struck a nerve in a country where, despite its reputation for being relatively safe, many women say they are increasingly afraid of threats, abuse and attacks by men.
 
N. Korea urges South to accept Kim Jong-Un talks offer
North Korea urged South Korea on Friday to accept leader Kim Jong-Un's proposal for military talks and to ease tensions that surged after the North's fourth nuclear test in January.
 
Terrorism protection
TeSouth Korean officials and firefighters wearing protective gear take part in an anti-terrorism exercise in Seoul, Friday, May 20. The exercise is part of annual disaster response drills for South Korea held this year from May 16 to May 20.
 
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