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A U.S. citizen working as a Christian missionary in Thailand could face up to five years in jail on charges of smuggling seven North Koreans into the kingdom, police said Wednesday.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday afternoon sacked Health Minister Moon Hyung-pyo and named medical professional Chung Chin-youb to replace him, apparently to move on from the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) outbreak and seek new momentum for her reform drive.

South Korean officials announced Tuesday that a Chinese-led consortium had won the bidding to take on the massive task of raising the Sewol ferry that sank with the loss of over 300 lives a year ago.

Friendly powers of Lotte Group founder Shin Kyuk-ho are flocking together to secure their collective influential stake under the second-generation leadership of the 90 trillion won (US$77 billion) business empire.

North Korea said Thursday that stalled dialogue over its nuclear program was down to aggressive U.S. military exercises and accused Washington of seeking to shift blame onto Pyongyang.
North Korea lays blame on US for stalled nuclear talks


Growing up as a young gay man in South Korea in the 1970s and 80s, film director Kim Jho Gwang-soo was warned that his homosexual "disease" would condemn him to a life of loveless, insatiable promiscuity.
Activist couple testing barriers to gay rights in conservative South Korea


South Korea said Tuesday it is now virtually free of the deadly MERS virus that killed 36 people and sickened nearly 200 since an outbreak was declared in May.
South Korea says MERS threat is over


South Korean police on Monday blocked activists from launching anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the heavily fortified border, after fresh North Korean warnings about dire consequences if such events went ahead.
South Korea police block anti-North leaflet launch after Pyongyang threats


North Korean officials warned the United States that another war on the Korean Peninsula would leave no Americans alive to sign a surrender document as the country marked Monday's anniversary of the armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War more than six decades ago.
With warning to US, N. Korea marks end of Korean War with dances, festivities


South Korean police said Friday that they had arrested a 33-year-old jobless man for allegedly making an online threat to kill the U.S. ambassador in Seoul.

South Korea voiced regret Monday at North Korea's rejection of its offers for talks at various levels as both countries prepare to mark the 70th anniversary of the Korean Peninsula's liberation from Japanese colonial rule.

State-controlled local elections in North Korea on Sunday saw a 99.97-percent voter participation rate, state media reported, in polls to elect new representatives put forward by the ruling party.

A South Korean intelligence official has been found dead in an apparent suicide amid a growing political scandal over a covert hacking programme used by the country's spy agency, police said Sunday.

South Korea has decided to return one of two ancient Buddha statutes that were stolen by Korean thieves in Japan three years ago, the prosecutor general's office said Wednesday.
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