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Soon after the ground shook around its nuclear testing facility, North Korea trumpeted its first hydrogen bomb test -- a powerful, self-proclaimed "H-bomb of justice" that would mark a major and unanticipated advance for its still-limited nuclear arsenal.
North Korea claims it tested an H-bomb


North Korea said Wednesday it had conducted a powerful hydrogen bomb test, a defiant and surprising move that, if confirmed, would be a huge jump in Pyongyang's quest to improve its still-limited nuclear arsenal.
N. Korea says it conducts successful powerful H-bomb test


South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday formally charged a prominent labor activist who had evaded arrest for weeks by seeking sanctuary in a major Buddhist temple in Seoul that came under siege by police.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has opened a science and technology complex in Pyongyang, the North's state media said Saturday, adding another ostentatious building to the impoverished country's showcase capital.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in an annual New Year's speech Friday that he was ready for war if provoked by "invasive" outsiders, but he stayed away from past threats involving the country's nuclear weapons and long-range missile ambitions.
N. Korean leader talks war but no remarks on nukes


South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Thursday urged the public to support her latest deal with Japan on wartime sex slavery as controversy grew over the agreement to settle the decades-long dispute.
Park pleads support for 'comfort women' deal


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has expressed deep sorrow over the death of a top aide, displaying unusual intimacy toward his "close comrade-in-arms whom nobody can replace."
North Korean leader expresses deep grief over death of senior confidante


North Korea's top official in charge of relations with South Korea has died in a traffic accident, the country's state media announced Wednesday, potentially dimming the prospect for ties between the rival countries. He was 73.

South Korea on Wednesday declared a formal end to an outbreak of the MERS virus that killed 38 people and sickened dozens of others since May.

In a dimly lit room, people dressed in white burial shrouds slowly sit up inside the wooden coffins where they had been lying, enclosed, for 10 minutes. Blinking, pale and solemn, they say they thought about their past and their loved ones while inside the coffins and vow to live better lives now.
S. Korea 'mock funerals' seek to ease life's stresses


A South Korean court on Wednesday refused to review a complaint over the 1965 treaty between Japan and South Korea that Tokyo uses to deny compensation for South Korean victims of World War II-era slavery.
South Korean court refuses to review WWII treaty with Japan


A South Korean court has awarded millions of U.S. dollars in compensation to victims of a fabricated espionage case that took place four decades ago, a court spokesman said Tuesday.

Blowing horns and banging on tambourines, thousands of South Koreans marched in Seoul on Saturday to protest the arrest of a labor union leader who may face a rarely used sedition charge over the eruption of violence at an earlier anti-government protest.
South Koreans hold new rally against president


The front-runner to be South Korea's next president has apologized after sparking a public uproar for jokingly likening the skin color of an African student to coal.
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