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Seoul: Increased vehicle movement at NKorea’s ICBM center

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military said Thursday it is carefully monitoring North Korean nuclear and missile facilities after the country’s spy agency told lawmakers that new activity was detected at a research center where the North is believed to build long-range missiles targeting the U.S. mainland. Defense Ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyun-soo said … Continue reading Seoul: Increased vehicle movement at NKorea’s ICBM center

S. Korea proposes rain project with China to clean Seoul air

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in has proposed a joint project with China to use artificial rain to clean the air in his country, where an acute increase in pollution has caused alarm. Moon also instructed government officials on Wednesday to quicken the retirement of old coal-burning power plants, according to … Continue reading S. Korea proposes rain project with China to clean Seoul air

HANOI, Vietnam | Nightmare result of US-NKorea talks: Bad deal, little change

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The nightmare scenario heading into the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un isn’t so much “fire and fury” and millions dead. Rather, some experts fear the meeting could result in an ill-considered deal that allows North Korea to get everything it wants while giving … Continue reading HANOI, Vietnam | Nightmare result of US-NKorea talks: Bad deal, little change

Stocks head lower, threatening to break a winning streak

U.S. stocks headed lower in early trading Thursday, putting the S&P 500 index on pace for just its fourth decline this month. The losses were widespread, with health care, communications and technology companies accounting for much of the decline. A mixed batch of reports on the U.S. economy helped keep markets in check, and investors … Continue reading Stocks head lower, threatening to break a winning streak

BEIJING | Global stocks mostly rise ahead of US-China tariff war talks

BEIJING (AP) — Most global stock markets rose Thursday as U.S. and Chinese officials entered two days of negotiations aimed at ending a bruising tariff battle. In midday trading in Europe, Britain’s FTSE 100 fell 0.7 percent to 7,178 after EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he remains downbeat on the prospect of Britain avoiding … Continue reading BEIJING | Global stocks mostly rise ahead of US-China tariff war talks

Seoul, South Korea: Former South Korean governor, Ahn Hee-jung, convicted of sexual abuse

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean appeals court sentenced a former provincial governor to 3½ years in prison on Friday on charges of sexually abusing his secretary, in the highest profile conviction yet from investigations triggered by the country’s growing #MeToo movement. A Seoul High Court official said Ahn Hee-jung was found guilty … Continue reading Seoul, South Korea: Former South Korean governor, Ahn Hee-jung, convicted of sexual abuse

Gateway cities continue to top global real estate investment, led by London

  DAVOS, Switzerland/ Jan. 21, 2019 (STL.News) London remains the largest commercial real estate investment market in the world Investors favor familiar cities with well-established investment markets and high levels of transparency JLL projects 2019 investment volumes will be approximately 5 to 10 percent below the 2018 total, driven by investor caution and selectivity London … Continue reading Gateway cities continue to top global real estate investment, led by London

SEOUL, South Korea | More sexual abuse claims rock South Korean skating

SEOUL, South Korea—Jan 21, 2019—More South Korean female skaters are accusing their coaches of sexually abusing them, a group representing the athletes disclosed Monday following claims by two-time Olympic champion Shim Suk-hee that her former coach had repeatedly raped her. The announcement came amid a growing #MeToo movement in South Korea’s elite sports scene, which … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | More sexual abuse claims rock South Korean skating

SEOUL, South Korea | AP Explains: Dispute between Seoul, Tokyo over WWII brothels

SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea’s decision to dissolve a foundation funded by Japan to compensate South Korean women who were forced to work in Japan’s World War II military brothels has thrown fuel on the diplomatic fire between the countries, who share a bitter wartime history. The announcement Wednesday was predictable as many South Koreans … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | AP Explains: Dispute between Seoul, Tokyo over WWII brothels

SEOUL, South Korea | The Latest: Koreas to break ground on inter-Korean railroad

SEOUL, South Korea— The Latest on high-level peace talks between the rival Koreas (all times local): 3:40 p.m. The rival Koreas have agreed to hold a groundbreaking ceremony sometime in late November or early December on an ambitious future project to connect their railways and roads. South Korea’s Unification Ministry also said Monday after high-level … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | The Latest: Koreas to break ground on inter-Korean railroad

SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea considers lifting some sanctions on North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea is considering lifting some of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea to create more momentum for diplomacy aimed at improving relations and defusing the nuclear crisis, the South’s foreign minister said Wednesday. During a parliamentary audit of her ministry, Kang Kyung-wha said the government is reviewing whether to lift sanctions … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea considers lifting some sanctions on North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea | North Korea’s Kim has faith in Trump, frustrated at skeptics

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un still has faith in U.S. President Donald Trump’s commitment to ending their nations’ hostile relations, but he’s frustrated by questions about his willingness to denuclearize and wants his “goodwill measures” to be met in kind, South Korean officials said Thursday. The trove of comments from … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | North Korea’s Kim has faith in Trump, frustrated at skeptics

SEOUL, South Korea | S. Korean envoys meet Kim to advance nuclear diplomacy

SEOUL, South Korea  — A South Korean delegation met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday during a visit to arrange an inter-Korean summit planned for this month and help rescue faltering nuclear diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang. The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the envoys led by his national … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | S. Korean envoys meet Kim to advance nuclear diplomacy

SEOUL, South Korea | S. Korean envoy to travel to North for pre-summit talks

SEOUL, South Korea  — President Moon Jae-in will send an envoy to North Korea next week for talks on a nuclear standoff and to set up a summit planned for next month, his office said Friday. The trip on Wednesday comes amid growing worry over the slow pace of getting North Korea to end its … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | S. Korean envoy to travel to North for pre-summit talks

SEOUL, South Korea | 2 typhoons weaken after pounding South Korea and Japan

SEOUL, South Korea— A weakening typhoon is brushing by metropolitan Seoul after battering southern South Korea with heavy rain and high winds, leaving one person missing and a slew of damaged buildings, cancelled flights and power outages. Japan’s weather agency downgraded a separate storm from typhoon strength on Friday after it crossed a swath of … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | 2 typhoons weaken after pounding South Korea and Japan

SEOUL, South Korea | At emotional Korean reunions, genuine talk often impossible

SEOUL, South Korea — A mother wails as she embraces a son she hasn’t seen since the 1950-53 Korean War. A woman weeps as she greets a grandfather she never got to know. The scenes of Koreans meeting this week, likely for the last time before they die, are heartbreaking, but they often bely a … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | At emotional Korean reunions, genuine talk often impossible

SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea bans driving BMWs under recall due to fires

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea will ban driving recalled BMWs that haven’t received safety checks following dozens of fires the German automaker has blamed on a faulty exhaust gas component. South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Tuesday the ban taking effect Wednesday affects about 20,000 vehicles. Drivers cannot use the cars … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea bans driving BMWs under recall due to fires

SEOUL, South Korea | Rival Korea leaders to meet in Pyongyang in September

SEOUL, South Korea  — The rival Koreas announced Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet in Pyongyang sometime in September, while their envoys also discussed Pyongyang’s nuclear disarmament efforts and international sanctions. The push for what would be the leaders’ third summit since April comes amid … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Rival Korea leaders to meet in Pyongyang in September

SEOUL, South Korea | The Latest: Rival Koreas to meet in Pyongyang; date not set

SEOUL, South Korea — The Latest on talks between officials from North and South Korea (all times local): 2:45 p.m. The rival Koreas have agreed to hold a third summit between their leaders in Pyongyang sometime before the end of September. The agreement comes amid an ongoing nuclear standoff between Washington and Pyongyang. The two … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | The Latest: Rival Koreas to meet in Pyongyang; date not set

SEOUL, South Korea | Rival Koreas start talks meant to set up leaders’ summit

SEOUL, South Korea — Senior officials from the rival Koreas met Monday to set a date and venue for a third summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, part of an effort to breathe new life into resolving the nuclear standoff between Washington and Pyongyang. The two leaders, … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Rival Koreas start talks meant to set up leaders’ summit

SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea: North Korean coal entered its ports illegally

SEOUL, South Korea  — South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports last year, in possible violations of UN sanctions. Reporting on preliminary results from a 10-month investigation, the Korea Customs Service said Friday it is seeking prosecutions of three local … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea: North Korean coal entered its ports illegally

SEOUL,South Korea | Koreas prepare for summit as North asks US to ease sanctions

SEOUL, South Korea  — The rival Koreas plan to hold high-level talks on Monday to prepare for a third summit between their leaders, as Pyongyang called on the United States to reciprocate its “goodwill measures” by easing sanctions and stopping demands that the North denuclearize first. The plans by the Korean leaders to meet come … Continue reading SEOUL,South Korea | Koreas prepare for summit as North asks US to ease sanctions