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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.

South Korean police said Tuesday they have arrested a university design professor for forcing a former student to eat human feces and subjecting him to other cruel acts.

South Korean troops fired warning shots at North Korean soldiers who intruded on the buffer zone marking their heavily armed border, Seoul said Sunday, in the first such skirmish this year.

June rainfall has helped alleviate what North Korea has described as its worst drought for a century, although key rice-producing areas remain badly affected, the South Korean government said Friday.

A serious drought in North Korea requires urgent action to prevent the deaths of children already weakened by widespread malnutrition, the U.N. children's fund, UNICEF, warned Thursday.

South Korea's central bank cut its economic growth forecast Thursday, citing a severe drought and the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome.

In a country with zero kindergartens specifically for the deaf, Robert Grund wants to help establish the first -- just a small suite of rooms for perhaps a couple dozen kids, in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, a city of roughly 2.5 million.
German attempts to break down barriers for deaf in tightly controlled North Korea


The Korean Air chief steward ejected from a flight by a senior airline executive in a now infamous "nut rage" incident, has had his industrial injury claim approved by a state agency, officials said Wednesday.
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Buoyed by a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a prominent South Korean gay rights campaigner and movie director is suing officials for refusing to recognize his 2013 same-sex marriage.

Violinist Won Hyung Joon wants to bring North and South Korean musicians together next month to perform on each side of the world's most heavily armed border. Standing in the way is the rivals' long, frustrating inability to move past their painful shared history.
S. Korean violinist wants border concert with North


North Korea has opened a sleek new airport terminal, hailing it as a showcase of leader Kim Jong Un's achievement after its construction had to be stopped halfway and redone at his whim.
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