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Japan will send officials to North Korea while Pyongyang reinvestigates the fate of Japanese nationals it abducted in the Cold War years, a senior politician said Sunday.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye named the country's defense minister as its new national security adviser Sunday following the resignation of the aide in the aftermath of April's ferry disaster.

A suburb of the U.S. capital dedicated a monument Friday to World War II sex slaves in the latest local victory by Korean Americans in historical disputes with Japan.
Korean 'comfort women' honored near US capital


North Korea sentenced a South Korean missionary to hard labor for life after accusing him of espionage and setting up an underground church, state media said Saturday, the latest Christian preacher to run into trouble in the secretive state.

A civilian diver died Friday during the search for people still believed to be trapped inside a sunken South Korean ferry, the second diver's death in the six-week operation.

A fire believed to have been set by an 81-year-old dementia patient blazed through a hospital ward for the elderly on Wednesday and killed 21 people in southern South Korea, mostly from smoke inhalation, police and fire officials said.
Fire kills 21 at South Korean hospital


South Korea's prime minister nominee withdrew from consideration Wednesday following growing public criticism over his alleged ethical lapses.

A fire swept through a South Korean hospice for elderly, infirm patients early Wednesday, killing 21 people in what police said appeared to be an act of arson by an 81-year-old Alzheimer's sufferer.
S. Korea hospice fire kills 21, patient detained


Under-pressure South Korean prosecutors on Monday upped to US$500,000 a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a fugitive businessman in connection with last month's ferry disaster.

A fire in a construction area at a bus terminal near Seoul killed seven people and injured 41 on Monday, emergency officials said.
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