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US moves parts of missile defense to South Korea
U.S. missile launchers and other equipment needed to set up a controversial missile defense system have arrived in South Korea, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said Tuesday, a day after North Korea test-launched four ballistic missiles into the ocean near Japan.
 
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula
North Korea on Monday fired four banned ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 kilometers on average, with three of them landing in waters that Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone, South Korean and Japanese officials said.
 
Seoul: North Korea fires 4 ballistic missiles into ocean
North Korea on Monday fired four banned ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), with three of them landing in Japan's exclusive economic zone, South Korean and Japanese officials said, in an apparent reaction to huge military drills by Washington and Seoul that Pyongyang insists are an invasion rehearsal.
 
Malaysia expels North Korea ambassador
Malaysia has expelled North Korea's ambassador, giving him 48 hours to leave the country in a major break in diplomatic relations over the airport assassination of the half brother of Pyongyang's leader.
 
Two Taiwanese women who were reported missing in South Korea late last month have been arrested there for alleged involvement in telecommunications fraud, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Sunday.
 
N. Korea hits out at US over possible terror listing
North Korea warned Saturday the U.S. will "pay dearly" if it puts Pyongyang on a terror list over the killing of its leader's half brother, as a suspect in the murder claimed he was the victim of a conspiracy.
 
As N. Koreans use phones, state finds new ways to censor
North Koreans have gained unprecedented connectedness with greater access to media and devices like cellphones over Kim Jong Un's five-year rule. But private citizens' embrace of a state-controlled network has opened the way to unparalleled state censorship and surveillance in the long-isolated, totalitarian country.
 
Samsung heir indicted for bribery, embezzlement
The heir to the Samsung empire and four other top executives were indicted Tuesday on multiple charges including bribery and embezzlement, South Korean prosecutors said in the latest blow to the world's biggest smartphone maker.
 
Park tells court of her 'belated regret'
South Korea's president expressed "belated regret" Monday over the scandal that triggered her impeachment, as the Constitutional Court wrapped up hearings on her fate and her supporters screamed threats outside.
 
S. Koreans struggle to juggle career, kids
Trying to raise the world's lowest birth rate is among the missions of South Korea's welfare ministry -- a challenge starkly illustrated when one of its own working mothers died at her office.
 
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