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Report: Formal End in Sight for Korean War

South Korean newspaper says leaders from North and South may agree at summit

(Newser) - In 1953, North and South Korean leaders met at the "Peace House" in the border village of Panmunjom to sign an armistice ending hostilities in the Korean War. Some 65 years later, a historic meeting at the same spot may finally mean the war's official end. In a... More »

Film Icon Kidnapped by North Korea Dies

Choi Eun-hee later shared recording in which Kim Jong Il apologized

(Newser) - Choi Eun-hee led a fascinating life—even before the actress was kidnapped by North Korean agents and forced to make films for the state. A film icon, Choi died Monday at a South Korean hospital, where she was receiving dialysis, her son tells Yonhap News . She was 91. Beginning her... More »

Sister of 'Nut Rage' Exec Has 'Water Rage' Incident

Emily Cho of Korean Air apologizes after outburst at meeting

(Newser) - Another daughter of a South Korean airline exec is in trouble after a public tantrum. Emily Cho, a senior VP of Korean Air, has apologized after an outburst during a meeting in which she threw water, or perhaps a water bottle, at or near a subordinate in a fit of... More »

South Korea's Ex-Prez Found Guilty, Sentenced to 24 Years

'The defendant abused her presidential power entrusted by the people'

(Newser) - South Korea's former President Park Guen-hye has been sentenced to 24 years in prison, less than 13 months after she was forced from office amid a corruption scandal. Park, who was found guilty on charges including abuse of power, was also fined $17 million in a verdict that was... More »

'Regrettable' AI Move Spurs Boycott Against University

Academics aren't happy S. Korea's KAIST is involved in project that could produce 'killer robots'

(Newser) - Dozens of AI and robotics scientists want to prevent "an arms race that no one wants to happen": so-called "killer robots" that could emerge from a recently announced venture between a South Korean university and a weapons manufacturer. Per the Guardian , the teaming up of the Korea Advanced... More »

Kim Jong Un Goes to K-Pop Concert

He was 'deeply moved' by South Koreans' performance

(Newser) - North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un clapped his hands and said he was "deeply moved" as he, along with his wife and hundreds of other citizens, watched a rare performance by South Korean pop stars visiting Pyongyang. The concert highlights the thawing ties between the rivals after years of... More »

For 3rd Time Since Korean War, a Historic Summit

Koreas set April 27 as the date for rare meeting

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a border village on April 27, the South announced Thursday after the nations agreed on a rare summit that could prove significant in global efforts to resolve a decades-long standoff over the North's nuclear program.... More »

The Defectors Made It Into China, Then They Were Gone

Ms. Choi wanted to get her sister out of North Korea

(Newser) - Some 30,000 North Korean defectors have made it all the way to South Korea, and their ranks are growing more slowly than they once did. In 2017, the South gained 1,127 defectors, a number that tended to be closer to 3,500 before Kim Jong Un took... More »

South Korea: North Willing to Scrap Nuclear Weapons

If it sees no military threat; nations agree to summit in April

(Newser) - A quick post-Olympics meeting between officials from North and South Korea appears to have yielded progress: South Korea's president says the North is willing to get rid of its nuclear weapons under certain conditions. "North Korea has clearly expressed its intention for denuclearization on the Korean peninsula, and... More »

Kim Jong Un Meets With S. Korea Envoys Himself

Delegates arrive from South as diplomacy push continues

(Newser) - North Korea's Kim Jong Un appears to be sending a signal that he's serious about the latest push for diplomacy with the South: He has met with envoys from the neighboring nation himself, reports the New York Times . It is believed to be the first time Kim has... More »

Relief on Its Way for S. Korea's 'Inhumanely Long' Workweek

Set to fall from 68 hours max to 52, which lawmakers hope will help quality of life, birthrate

(Newser) - South Korea's maximum workweek, which had been called "inhumanely long" at 68 hours, has been cut to 52. President Moon Jae-in had vowed to cut the workweek during his campaign; also this year, he oversaw a 16% minimum-wage increase. South Korea's National Assembly passed the workweek law,... More »

S. Korea: N. Korea Willing to Talk to US

Unlikely announcement amid Winter Olympics' closing ceremonies

(Newser) - The South Korean president's office says a North Korean delegate to the Olympics has said Pyongyang is willing to hold talks with the US, reports the AP . The Blue House, South Korea's presidential office, reported the news during the games' closing ceremony. The North has "ample intentions... More »

N. Korea's Olympic Delegation Head: Man Blamed for Deaths

2010 attack killed 46 South Korean sailors

(Newser) - South Korea is about to host a man blamed for the killing of 46 of its citizens as part of the closing ceremonies for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Kim Yong Chol—who formerly led the North Korean military intelligence agency blamed for the deadly 2010 attack on South Korean ship... More »

North Korea Changes Its Soundtrack at DMZ

With start of Olympics, giant speakers blast music, not propaganda

(Newser) - It seems North Korea has changed its tune. Literally. North Korea has used giant speakers to blast propagandist martial speeches across the DMZ—the stretch of land separating it from South Korea—on a loop for years. Some US military personnel stationed at the DMZ say they can recite the... More »

The 'Mediocre' Skier Raising Eyebrows at the Olympics

Elizabeth Swaney didn't do any tricks on her halfpipe run, deliberately

(Newser) - On the surface, there's nothing at all ordinary or subpar about a 33-year-old Berkeley and Harvard grad who's competing with the best of the best at the Olympics. Yet Elizabeth Swaney has caused a hubbub in Pyeongchang, after turning in what Digg labels a "hilariously mediocre" ski... More »

Speedskater for N. Korea Has a Really Rough Race

Jong Kwang Bom crashes—twice

(Newser) - In his defense, Jong Kwang Bom is only 17 and "clearly" had no business lining up to race as an Olympic speedskater for North Korea, per a post at USA Today . But race he did, and things did not end well. Jong fell almost immediately after the start of... More »

They Were Going for a Medal. Then 'in a Flash, Disaster'

American figure skaters Madison Chock, Evan Bates tumble to the ice during a spin

(Newser) - Olympic figure skaters in Pyeongchang have confronted wardrobe malfunctions and political controversy , but heartbreak is what came for American partners Madison Chock and Evan Bates. Per USA Today , both skaters tumbled to the ice Tuesday during their long program after their skate blades got caught up together during a combination... More »

After the Race Came the Real Sportsmanship

Japanese speedskater consoles South Korean rival after beating her in 500-meter race

(Newser) - To the victor goes the gold, but to the heartbroken second-place finisher in Pyeongchang's women's speedskating race went the grand gesture. Japan's Nao Kodaira clocked in at 36.94 seconds in the 500-meter race on Sunday—good enough for her first gold medal, her country's second... More »

After Shaun White's Glory, He Has to Apologize Twice

Snowboarder sorry for belittling harassment lawsuit, dragging flag

(Newser) - Shaun White pulled off the impressive feat of winning a gold medal at his third different Olympics on Wednesday, but subsequent headlines haven't been all flattering for the all-world snowboarder. For one thing, his win has brought renewed attention to a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against him in 2016.... More »

Seconds in, Olympic Skaters Landed in a Very Risque Jam

Yura Min says she was 'terrified' for entire routine after costume hook came undone seconds in

(Newser) - If anyone can relate to Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction , it's figure skater Yura Min. Except as Min skated Sunday in Pyeongchang, it wasn't just a small bit of her costume she feared would come off. Just a few seconds into her Olympic routine with partner Alexander Gamelin,... More »

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