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Dying network of 'helpers' working to reunite divided Korean families
Shim Goo-seob has been organizing private, high-risk reunions for divided North and South Korean families for more than two decades, but now he's close to calling time on his secretive work.

South Korea on Monday ratified a free trade agreement (FTA) with China that would remove most tariffs between Asia's largest and fourth-largest economies.

South Korea's major labor group vowed Sunday to hold a massive anti-government protest this week, a day after authorities banned the rally over concerns it could turn violent.

Many of his students are Kims. So are his fellow teachers, an elementary school alumnus and the owners of restaurants and pubs that he patronizes in his small farming village. Lots of Kims in his neighborhood, too. Such is everyday life for Kim Sun Won, who, obviously, is a Kim too.
A town of Kims — and an unusual shared history


South Korea's Justice Minister issued a fresh warning Friday of zero tolerance toward violence during street protests, ahead of a planned anti-government demonstration in Seoul next week.

North Korea apparently test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile on Saturday in the Sea of Japan but the test was a failure, a news agency report said.

North and South Korean officials sat down Thursday for rare talks aimed at setting up a sustainable high-level dialogue that has constantly eluded the two rivals.
North and South Korea hold rare talks, hope for more


In freezing temperatures and light snowfall, South Korea held a state funeral on Thursday for former president Kim Young-Sam, whose 1992 election victory brought a formal end to more than 30 years of military rule.
S. Korea holds state funeral for ex-president Kim Young-Sam


South Korea and the United States on Wednesday formally ratified a new nuclear cooperation agreement that stops short of granting Seoul the permission it had sought to start reprocessing spent nuclear fuel.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is believed to have demoted one of his top officials and sent him to a rural collective farm for re-education, the South's spy agency told lawmakers Tuesday.
Kim Jong Un demotes top official: South's spy agency


Korea on Monday staged a major live-fire exercise near the disputed inter-Korean sea border despite North Korea's warning of possible "merciless" retaliation, military officials said.
Korea stages live-fire exercise near sea border


Joining the National Assembly in 1954 at age 26, Kim had led an arduous movement against military-backed leaders including former Presidents Park Chung-hee and Chun Doo-hwan, which led to incarcerations, house arrest and even threats of terror attacks.
Kim Young-sam remembered as democracy fighter, economic reformer


Former President Kim Young-sam, who formally ended decades of military rule in South Korea and accepted a massive international bailout during the 1997-1998 Asian financial crisis, died Sunday. He was 87.
Former South Korean President Kim Young-sam dies at age 87


North and South Korea agreed Friday to hold rare talks next week, aimed at setting up a high-level dialogue that might provide the foundation for a sustainable improvement in cross-border ties.
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