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Protests as South Korea opens 'comfort women' foundation
South Korean protestors clashed with police on Thursday as they tried to disrupt the opening in Seoul of a Tokyo-funded foundation for women forced to work in Japanese wartime brothels.
Upgraded UN sanctions disrupting work of aid agencies in North Korea
Ramped-up international sanctions on North Korea have inadvertently disrupted the already challenging work of aid agencies there, those in the field say, with risk-averse banks refusing to transfer funds needed to keep operations running.
South Korea on Wednesday accused rival North Korea of floating propaganda leaflets down a river in the first such incident.
A fire forced a flight from North Korean flag-carrier Air Koryo to land in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang on Friday, China's Xinhua News Agency reported.
North Korea's economy contracted for the first time in five years in 2015, the South's central bank said Friday, undermining leader Kim Jong Un's stated policy of simultaneous military and economic development.
Seoul mates
Children cool themselves off in a public water fountain in downtown Seoul, Friday, July 22. A heat wave warning was issued in South Korea as temperatures soared above 35 degrees Celsius.
Protests as S. Korea president defends US anti-missile system
Several thousand South Koreans staged an angry protest Thursday against the planned deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system near their hometown, but President Park Geun-hye insisted the move was a national security imperative.
North Korea said Wednesday its latest ballistic missile tests had trialed detonation devices for possible nuclear strikes on U.S. targets in South Korea and were personally monitored by supreme leader Kim Jong Un.
N. Korea says missile tests simulated nuclear strike on South
North Korea said Wednesday its latest ballistic missile tests trialled detonation devices for possible nuclear strikes on US targets in South Korea and were personally monitored by supreme leader Kim Jong-Un.
North Korea on Tuesday fired three ballistic missiles into its eastern sea in an apparent protest of South Korea's decision to allow the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in the country, Seoul officials said.
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