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.
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.
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.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Thursday named a former Supreme Court judge as her new prime minister, as the fallout from last month's ferry disaster casts a long shadow over upcoming local elections.
North Korea on Thursday fired shells into waters near a South Korean warship on patrol south of the disputed Yellow Sea border, prompting an evacuation of residents on a nearby island, officials said.
A South Korean cardinal visited the North on Wednesday in the first trip of its kind, an official said, ahead of a visit by Pope Francis to Seoul that Catholic authorities hope will promote peace between the neighbors.