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Washington's move to place North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on its sanctions blacklist for the first time was welcomed by South Korea Thursday, with Seoul saying it would highlight human rights abuses in the hermit state.
 
The flagship newspaper of mainland China's ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on Wednesday warned Washington that there would be a "price" to pay if it crosses China's "bottom line" by meddling in disputes over the South China Sea.
 
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has piled on around 40 kilograms since he took power four years ago, binging on food and drink, South Korea's spy agency said Friday.
 
A high-profile South Korean politician and presidential hopeful resigned Tuesday as the head of his new opposition party that has been rocked by a bribery scandal.
 
'Silver tsunami' could wipe out S. Korean rural villages
It's lunch break at Seoksan Elementary School and the entire student body has taken to the vast playground for a game of football -- with just three players on each side.
 
N. Korea trumpets successful midrange missile launch
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un trumpeted the success of a powerful new midrange ballistic missile test that state media said Thursday propelled one of the weapons more than 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) high, saying it would allow strikes on U.S. forces throughout the region.
 
Mushrooms fueled a scientist's flight from N. Korea
Lee T.B. fled North Korea not because he suffered from dire poverty or persecution at home, as many other defectors have. He did it for mushrooms, and to fulfill his wife's dying wish.
 
Nuclear-armed North Korea conducted two back-to-back tests of a powerful new medium-range missile on Wednesday, with both achieving a significant increase in flight distance over previous failed launches, South Korea's Defense Ministry said.
 
South Korea military: North Korea fires 2 suspected midrange missiles
In a remarkable show of persistence, North Korea on Wednesday fired two suspected powerful new Musudan midrange ballistic missiles, U.S. and South Korean military officials said, its fifth and sixth such attempts since April.
 
Row over N. Korea defectors echoes in Seoul court
A South Korean court hearing into a dozen North Korean defectors who Pyongyang insists were abducted, adjourned Tuesday with a motion to replace the judge after he declined to compel the 12 women to appear.
 
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