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A South Korea coastguardsman on Friday fatally shot the captain of a Chinese fishing vessel who resisted the inspection of his ship for suspected illegal fishing, officials said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un apparently missed a key political event Friday, extending a month-long absence that has fuelled rampant speculation about his physical and political health, although South Korea believes he remains in full control.
'Missing' Kim Jong-Un absent on key party anniversary


The captain in charge of the Sewol ferry when it sank told a South Korean court Wednesday that he “deserved the death penalty” but denied sacrificing passenger's lives to save his own.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has not been seen in public for more than a month, is believed to be staying outside Pyongyang, South Korea's defense chief said Tuesday.

North and South Korean naval patrol boats briefly exchanged warning fire Tuesday near their disputed Yellow Sea border which has been the site of numerous clashes in the past, the South's defense ministry said.

The U.N.'s top expert on racism outlined Monday “serious problems” faced by migrant workers and foreign marriage partners in South Korea, ranging from discriminatory exploitation and maltreatment to racist verbal abuse.

North Koreans lined the streets of Pyongyang to welcome home their Asia Games athletes, state media said Monday, but there was no reported appearance by the communist country's sports-fanatic leader.
North Korea's athletes have a hero's welcome


South Korean prosecutors said Monday that a deadly combination of cargo overloading, illegal redesign and poor helmsmanship led to the April ferry disaster that claimed more than 300 lives, mostly schoolchildren.

Three top North Korean officials, including the nuclear-armed nation's de facto number two, made a surprise visit to South Korea on Saturday and held the highest-level talks for years, fuelling hopes of a breakthrough in troubled cross-border ties.

Hyundai Motor union members on Thursday narrowly approved a wage deal aimed at ending a series of damaging partial strikes at the world's fifth largest automaker.

A South Korean documentary about the Sewol ferry disaster has stoked controversy ahead of Thursday's opening of Asia's pre-eminent film festival in the port city of Busan.

One of K-pop's marquee acts, the girlband Girls' Generation, has kicked out one of its star members, sending shockwaves through the group's devoted fan base in South Korea, Asia and beyond.

Hyundai Motor Co. said Tuesday it had reached a tentative wage deal with labor unions to end a series of damaging partial strikes at the world's fifth largest automaker.

The U.S. diplomat in charge of North Korea policy said Monday a speech by its foreign minister at the United Nations shows the country is moving further away from a return to six-country nuclear talks.
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