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S. Korea says signs North preparing missile launch
South Korea's defense ministry said Monday it had detected signs that North Korea was preparing a ballistic missile launch, as Japan reportedly put its military on intercept alert.
 
A top North Korean official made an unexpected visit to China on Tuesday in an apparent attempt by Pyongyang to mend frayed ties with its powerful neighbour, Japanese media reported.
 
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon denied Monday that his current South Korea visit was testing the waters for an eventual presidential bid, saying his comments on the subject had been exaggerated.
 
Cybersecurity researchers say North Korea might be connected to a recent attack that resulted in the theft of over US$100 million from the Bangladeshi central bank and the attempted thefts of millions more from other Asian banks. If the finding holds up, the attacks would amount to a new strategy for the rogue nation, whose state-sponsored efforts have been have long been motivated by politics, not money.
 
North Korea threatens South's ships after sea border chase
North Korea on Saturday threatened to fire at South Korean warships if they cross into its waters, a day after the South's navy fired warning shots to chase away two North Korean ships that briefly crossed a disputed western sea boundary.
 
Korea A-bomb victims angered by Obama visit
A group representing Korean victims of the U.S. atomic bombings of Japan protested Thursday that their suffering was being neglected ahead of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima.
 
A lawsuit filed by a prominent gay film director and his partner seeking legal status for their same-sex marriage was rejected by a South Korean district court on Wednesday in the first case of its kind.
 
Overseas North Korean restaurant workers flee
An unspecified number of North Koreans working at a Pyongyang-run restaurant overseas have escaped their workplace and will come to South Korea, South Korean officials said Tuesday.
 
A group of North Koreans working at a state-run restaurant in China recently escaped their workplace to defect to the South, South Korean media reported Monday.
 
N. Korea diplomat who negotiated '94 US deal dies
A top North Korean diplomat who negotiated a short-lived 1994 deal with the United States to freeze its nuclear programs in exchange for international aid has died of cancer, the country's state media said Saturday.
 
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