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South Korea's current account surplus rose to a monthly record in November as slumping oil prices slashed the value of imports, state data showed Tuesday.

A top South Korean official offered Monday to hold high-level talks with North Korea in January, as Pyongyang battles growing pressure over human rights and a cyber row with the U.S.

South Korean health authorities said Monday they are investigating a plastic surgery clinic in Seoul after photographs emerged online showing medical staff partying in an operating theater.

North Korea blamed its recent Internet outage on the United States on Saturday and hurled racially charged insults at U.S. President Barack Obama over the hacking row involving the movie "The Interview."

North Korea on Saturday called U.S. President Barack Obama a "monkey" for inciting cinemas to screen a comedy featuring a fictional plot to kill its leader, and blamed Washington for an Internet blackout this week.

Three people were killed in a gas leak Friday at an under-construction atomic reactor in South Korea, but the national nuclear operator ruled out any connection to a cyberattack that targeted the plant last week.

South Korea, the U.S. and Japan will sign their first-ever trilateral intelligence-sharing pact next week to better cope with North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile threats, Seoul officials said Friday.

South Korean prosecutors brought charges on Wednesday against the founder and CEO of controversial smartphone taxi app Uber for operating an illegal cab service, the latest roadblock for the California-based firm.

South Korean prosecutors applied Wednesday for an arrest warrant for Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah, who delayed a flight with a tantrum over snacks in a "nut rage" incident that caused a national uproar.

A suspect in the hacking attack on South Korean nuclear reactors has used multiple Internet protocol (IP) addresses based in China, investigators said Wednesday.

The United States on Monday slammed North Korea as a "living nightmare" for its citizens at the first-ever U.N. Security Council meeting on Pyongyang's dismal rights record, held despite opposition from China.

North Korea's Internet went dark for several hours amid rumors of U.S. retaliation over its alleged hacking of a Hollywood studio, just as the pariah state came under attack at the U.N. over its rights record.
N. Korea's Internet collapses after Sony hack


Key North Korean websites were back online Tuesday after an hours-long shutdown that followed a U.S. vow to respond to a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures that Washington blames on Pyongyang.

North Korea hates the Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema -- of its own particular styling.
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