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Deadly Cold Rushes Over Asia
Freezing Temps
Wreak Havoc in Asia

Freezing Temps Wreak Havoc in Asia

Parts of Japan could see coldest weather in a decade; more than 100 are dead in Afghanistan

(Newser) - Snow, wind, and freezing temperatures are wreaking havoc across Asia, and in some places it's turned deadly. Earlier this week, more than 120 people died in Afghanistan from the cold, while in China's northernmost city of Mohe, known as "China's North Pole," record lows of...

Snow Causes a 47-Car Pileup
Snow Causes
a 47-Car
Pileup

Snow Causes a 47-Car Pileup

One killed, dozens injured in accident outside Seoul, South Korea

(Newser) - Nearly 50 vehicles collided on an icy highway near the South Korean capital Sunday night, killing one person and injuring dozens, the AP reports. At least 47 vehicles were involved in the accident on the Guri-Pocheon highway, where they skidded on the slippery road and collided in succession, said Hwang...

23 Officials Could Be Charged Over Deadly Crowd Crush

South Korean police are now sending the case to prosecutors

(Newser) - South Korean police are seeking criminal charges including involuntary manslaughter and negligence against 23 officials, about half of them law enforcement officers, for a lack of safety measures they said were responsible for a crowd surge that killed nearly 160 people . Despite anticipating a weekend crowd of more than 100,...

China Apparently Retaliates Against South Korea

It has suspended visas for South Koreans

(Newser) - China suspended visas Tuesday for South Koreans to come to the country for tourism or business in apparent retaliation for COVID-19 testing requirements on Chinese travelers, the AP reports. A brief notice posted online by the Chinese Embassy in Seoul said the ban would apply until South Korea lifted its...

Military Expresses Sorrow for Not Shooting Down Drones

South Korean leaders promise changes after overflight

(Newser) - South Korea's president on Tuesday called for stronger air defenses and high-tech stealth drones while the military apologized for failing to shoot down North Korean drones that crossed the border for the first time in five years. South Korea's military scrambled warplanes and attack helicopters on Monday, but...

South Korea Sends Fighter Jets After Drones

Defense officials say they responded to breach by North Korea

(Newser) - South Korea said its military fired warning shots and deployed fighter jets and attack helicopters after five North Korean drones breached its airspace Monday. The Korea Times reported that one of the drones reached Seoul before turning back, per the Hill . South Korea did not try to shoot the drone...

South Korea Lightens Up on Sex Dolls

Nation relaxes ban on foreign, full-size dolls after confiscating them for years

(Newser) - Seoul has joyous tidings for South Koreans who found their Christmas haul lacking a little je ne sais quoi: After years of being stymied by customs, the AP reports that citizens are now free to go online and order themselves an imported sex doll. The move ends years of debate...

Space Force Activates First Overseas Base

New unit in South Korea is intended to act as a deterrent and monitor potential aggressors

(Newser) - The US Space Force has put down roots in South Korea, officially launching its first command on foreign soil with a ceremony on Wednesday. The unit will be based at Osan Air Base, about 40 miles south of Seoul, and will help watch for security threats from North Korea, Russia,...

BTS' Jin Shows Off His Army Buzz Cut
K-Pop Star
Is in the
Army Now

K-Pop Star Is in the Army Now

BTS' Jin shows off his new haircut, begins his mandatory military service

(Newser) - Despite his pleas for fans to stay away, hundreds turned out to see Jin, the oldest member of K-pop group BTS, submit to mandatory military service at an army training center in South Korea on Tuesday, per CNN . After years of delays , band members are expected to submit to mandatory...

Dogs Gifted by Kim Jong Un Are Now in Zoo

There was a dispute in South Korea over who should pay for the care of the Pangjun dogs

(Newser) - A pair of dogs gifted by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un four years ago ended up at a zoo in South Korea after a dispute over who should finance the caring of the animals. Kim had given the two white Pungsan hunting dogs—a breed indigenous to North Korea—...

South Koreans Might Soon Subtract a Year From Age
South Koreans to Become
Younger Under Law
UPDATED

South Koreans to Become Younger Under Law

Parliament votes to abolish traditional 'Korean age,' which created 'unnecessary' confusion

(Newser) - South Korea's parliament passed a law Thursday that means citizens will soon turn a year or two younger than they've been all their lives. The country's traditional method of determining age, which specifies that a child is 1 year old on the date of birth and becomes...

Trump Hid a Big Loan While President: Forbes

$19.8M debt with Daewoo, firm with ties to N. Korea, should've been listed in financial disclosures

(Newser) - Donald Trump had a foreign creditor he didn't disclose while running for president, with a debt that was quietly paid off a few months after he took office. Forbes has the documents from his Trump Organization, which were obtained by New York Attorney General Letitia James and/ show the...

Mom Accused in Deaths of Kids Found in Suitcases Extradited

Unnamed woman taken from South Korea to New Zealand

(Newser) - The 42-year-old woman accused of murdering her children and hiding their remains inside suitcases that were later purchased at auction has been extradited from South Korea to New Zealand. The unnamed woman arrived in Auckland Tuesday, will spend the night in jail, and will appear in court Wednesday to face...

Biden Agrees With South Korea, Japan on Missile Provocations

President says the alliance is more important than ever

(Newser) - President Biden and the leaders of Japan and South Korea on Sunday vowed a unified, coordinated response to North Korea's threatening nuclear and ballistic missile programs, with Biden declaring that the three-way partnership is "even more important than it's ever been" when North Korea is stepping up...

North Korea on That Barrage of Missile Tests: We're Practicing

To attack South Korea, US, says Pyongyang

(Newser) - North Korea’s military said Monday its recent barrage of missile tests were practices to “mercilessly” strike key South Korean and US targets such as air bases and operation command systems with a variety of missiles that are likely nuclear-capable, the AP reports. The North’s announcement underscored leader...

Three US Soldiers Saved 30 Lives in Crowd Crush

The Americans, stationed at Camp Casey near Seoul, were in Itaewon on their night off

(Newser) - The death toll from the weekend crowd crush in Seoul stood at a staggering 156 on Thursday, reports the AP , but it might have been even worse if not for three off-duty US soldiers. Yonhap News Agency credits the trio of Jarmil Taylor, 40, Jerome Augusta, 34, and Dane Beathard,...

NK's 'Outrageous' ICBM Launch Malfunctioned: South Korea

US-South now extending military exercises that irked North in the first place

(Newser) - Pyongyang launched at least three missiles Thursday morning, one of them believed to be a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile, but now defense officials in Seoul are saying that latter one may have been a dud, per the Guardian . "North Korea's ICBM launch is presumed to have ended in...

Japanese Told to Take Shelter as North Korea Launches Missile

Though missile did not ultimately fly over the country

(Newser) - Evacuation warnings were triggered in Japan amid North Korea's latest round of missile launches. Pyongyang fired at least three ballistic missiles Thursday, the first a presumed long-range missile that triggered warnings in the northern Miyagi, Yamagata and Niigata prefectures urging residents to shelter at home or go underground, Fox...

A North Korean Missile Hasn't Done This Since Korea Divided

Missile lands near disputed maritime border, possibly crossing it

(Newser) - Hours after threatening to use nuclear weapons in response to the US-South Korea joint military drills, North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile that crossed the sea border separating North and South Korea—the first time that's happened since the two countries divided in 1948, the BBC reports. Other...

In Hours Before Seoul Surge, Worried 911 Calls

National police chief concedes law enforcement response was 'inadequate'

(Newser) - The deadly crowd surge in Seoul over the weekend, which left more than 150 dead and dozens injured during festivities celebrating Halloween, took place about four hours after an initial 911 call had been placed, warning that the number of people crammed into a narrow alley in the Itaewon district...

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