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North Korea spy chief sacked, others killed
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has sacked his spy chief for abuse of power and executed several officials of the state security agency, South Korea's Unification Ministry said Friday.
 
Mattis warns NKorea against any attack on US or its allies
In an explicit warning to North Korea, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday said any use of nuclear weapons by the North on the United States or its allies would be met with what he called an "effective and overwhelming" response.
 
In N. Korea, auto sector stuck in neutral
Salespeople at Pyongyang's premier car dealership wait patiently beside racks of glossy brochures in a showroom filled with that unmistakable new car smell from a couple dozen Whistle sedans and Cuckoo SUVs -- all bearing the distinctive, double-pigeon logo of Pyonghwa Motors, North Korea's only passenger car company.
 
Former UN chief Ban won't run for South Korea presidency
Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that he won't run for South Korea's presidency, a surprise announcement that removes a key figure in the scramble to replace impeached President Park Geun-hye and further stirs the country's already tumultuous politics.
 
Prosecutors threatened Park's adviser: lawyer
A lawyer for the jailed woman at the center of the biggest South Korean political scandal in decades said Thursday that prosecutors threatened to "annihilate" her family and used other abusive language during questioning.
 
Senior N Korean defector says his 2 sons were reason to flee
The highest-level North Korean diplomat ever to defect to South Korea says he decided to flee because he didn't want to see his children living "miserable" lives.
 
Taiwan, S. Korea would be hit hard by any China-U.S. trade war
If there was to be a trade war between the United States and China, it would be a disaster for the world, with Taiwan and South Korea among the hardest-hit, a Taiwanese business leader said on Tuesday.
 
President urges swift missile deployment
North Korea's nuclear and missile capabilities are accelerating at an "unprecedented" pace, the South's acting president said Monday, urging the swift deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system that has infuriated Beijing.
 
Ruling party set for name change after scandal
South Korea's ruling party is to change its name for the second time in five years, it said Monday, as it seeks to dissociate itself from the corruption scandal surrounding impeached President Park Geun-hye.
 
Calls for Samsung heir arrest, Park removal
Tens of thousands of protestors braved icy weather and slippery roads for a rally in Seoul Saturday, demanding impeached President Park Geun-hye's removal and the Samsung heir's arrest for corruption.
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