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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | The Latest: Kremlin critic welcomes new Interpol president

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Latest on the election of Interpol’s next president (all times local): 2:05 p.m. Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who warned about the Russian candidate for the Interpol presidency, is hailing the election of the South Korean nominee as a victory. Khodorkovsky, who spent 10 years in a Russian prison on … Continue reading DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | The Latest: Kremlin critic welcomes new Interpol president

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | The Latest: SKorea’s leader proud of next Interpol chief

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Latest on the election of Interpol’s next president (all times local): 1: 20 p.m. South Korea’s president says he’s “very proud” of the fact that fellow national Kim Jong Yang has been elected as Interpol’s next president. President Moon Jae-in tweeted from Seoul on Wednesday that Kim is the … Continue reading DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | The Latest: SKorea’s leader proud of next Interpol chief

SEOUL, South Korea | Seoul will dissolve Japan-funded sexual slavery foundation

SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea said Wednesday it will dissolve a foundation funded by Japan to compensate South Korean women who were forced to work in Japan’s World War II military brothels. The widely expected decision effectively kills a controversial 2015 agreement to settle a decades-long impasse over the sexual slavery issue and threatens to … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Seoul will dissolve Japan-funded sexual slavery foundation

SEOUL, South Korea | S. Korea court upholds conscientious objection to military

SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea’s top court has ruled that people can legally reject mandatory military service on conscientious or religious grounds and must not be punished. The landmark ruling Tuesday is expected to affect the cases of more than 900 conscientious objectors on trial. Hundreds of South Koreans, mostly Jehovah’s Witnesses, are imprisoned every … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | S. Korea court upholds conscientious objection to military

SEOUL, South Korea | Court orders Japan company to pay 4 Koreans for forced labor

SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea’s Supreme Court has ruled that a Japanese steelmaker should compensate four South Koreans for forced labor during Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula before the end of World War II. Tuesday’s ruling could have larger implications for similar lawsuits that are pending in South Korean courts and will likely … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Court orders Japan company to pay 4 Koreans for forced labor

SEOUL, South Korea | Weeping relatives receive bodies of South Korean climbers

SEOUL, South Korea  — Relatives dressed in black funeral suits wept in grief on Wednesday as the bodies of five South Korean mountain climbers arrived home from Nepal where they had died in a storm last week. The caskets covered in white sheets were carried out from a terminal in Incheon International Airport before being … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Weeping relatives receive bodies of South Korean climbers

JAKARTA, Indonesia | For the first time since war, this gold belongs to Korea

JAKARTA, Indonesia — There was no dividing them. The folk song Arirang played and the “unification” flag was raised to celebrate the first gold medal by a combined Koreas team at a major multi-sport event. The crew comprising South Koreans and North Koreans won the 500-meter dragon boat final on Sunday at the Asian Games … Continue reading JAKARTA, Indonesia | For the first time since war, this gold belongs to Korea

JAKARTA, Indonesia | Combined Koreas crew upgrades to gold; Chelimo wins marathon

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A day after a delivering the historic first medal for a combined Koreas team, the women’s dragon boat crew has upgraded to gold at the Asian Games. The crew comprising South Koreans and North Koreans won the 500-meter dragon boat final on Sunday at Palembang, which is co-hosting the Asian Games with … Continue reading JAKARTA, Indonesia | Combined Koreas crew upgrades to gold; Chelimo wins marathon

SEOUL, South Korea | Koreas begin second round of tearful family reunions

SEOUL, South Korea — Elderly North and South Koreans wept and embraced each other on Friday at the beginning of a second round of temporary reunions of family members separated for decades by the Korean War. More than 300 South Koreans traveled to the North’s Diamond Mountain resort on Friday for three days of meetings … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Koreas begin second round of tearful family reunions

Rescued from Korean War by US ship, now Olympic volunteers

GANGNEUNG, South Korea /February 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Their nicknames, bestowed upon them long ago: “Kimchi 1” and “Kimchi 5,” babies born aboard a ship that was helping them flee a war and a regime that, thanks to their rescuers, they’d never have to face. Sohn Yang Young says he owes his life to the … Continue reading Rescued from Korean War by US ship, now Olympic volunteers

South Koreans call for skaters to be booted from games

GANGNEUNG, South Korea  /February 22, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Thousands of South Koreans are calling for two speed skaters to be expelled from the Olympics after they left their slower teammate behind in a race defined by teamwork and walked away as she quietly sobbed at the stadium in one of the most bizarre moments of this … Continue reading South Koreans call for skaters to be booted from games

The perils of live microphones tripping up NBC’s Olympics

NEW YORK/February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Every two years, a miracle of technology unfolds: televising and streaming an Olympics with miles of cable, hundreds of cameras and producers who make split-second decisions on which pictures to beam halfway around the world. So it’s with a certain irony that when NBC has had problems in Pyeongchang, … Continue reading The perils of live microphones tripping up NBC’s Olympics

The Latest: Canada speed skaters top US in men’s team pursuit

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea/February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Canada’s speed skaters have soundly defeated the U.S. in the D final of men’s team pursuit at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The U.S. team of Jonathan Garcia, Brian Hansen and Emery Lehman finished 8.61 seconds behind the Canadians … Continue reading The Latest: Canada speed skaters top US in men’s team pursuit

The Latest: Norway to face South Korea in men’s team pursuit

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea/February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Norway has defeated defending champion the Netherlands with an Olympic record speed skating race and will face South Korea in the final of the men’s team pursuit. Outsider New Zealand, which pushed the South Koreans until the final … Continue reading The Latest: Norway to face South Korea in men’s team pursuit

In Olympic corner of Asia, web of relationships is complex

/February 12, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — When an NBC Olympics analyst irritated South Koreans over the weekend by crediting Japan for helping the country step toward the future, he waded into an intricate web of friendship, unease and outright enmity among Northeast Asia’s four nations — the two Koreas, Japan and China — and the United States. … Continue reading In Olympic corner of Asia, web of relationships is complex

Not all South Koreans are happy about unified hockey team

SEOUL, South Korea /January 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —South Koreans seem generally happy they’ll see the North Koreans at their Olympics, but aren’t as pleased about sharing a team with them. The agreement between the war-separated rivals to field a unified women’s ice hockey team at February’s Winter Olympics has triggered a debate in South Korea, … Continue reading Not all South Koreans are happy about unified hockey team