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June 9, 2021, 1:04 PM

Building collapse in South Korea kills 9, injures 8

A five-story building being demolished in southern South Korea has collapsed, sending debris falling on a bus and killing nine people on board
June 9, 2021, 1:04 PM
June 7, 2021, 9:31 AM

Seoul court rejects slave labor claim against Japanese firms

A South Korean court has rejected a claim by dozens of wartime factory workers and their relatives who sought compensation from Japanese companies for their slave labor before the end of World War II
June 7, 2021, 9:31 AM
Seoul court rejects slave labor claim against Japanese firms
June 3, 2021, 9:35 PM

1st US-donated vaccine doses expected to arrive in South Korea soon

President Joe Biden is calling for a “month of action” to boost vaccination rates at home while shipping millions of doses abroad.
June 3, 2021, 9:35 PM
1st US-donated vaccine doses expected to arrive in South Korea soon
1 month ago

South's Moon hopes to restart N. Korean diplomacy with Biden

South Korea’s leader says he’ll use his upcoming summit with President Joe Biden as a chance to push to restart diplomacy with North Korea
1 month ago
1 month ago

SKorea dairy company CEO resigns over virus research scandal

The chairman of one of South Korea’s biggest dairy companies has resigned over a scandal in which his company was accused of deliberately spreading misinformation that its yogurt helps prevent coronavirus infections
1 month ago
2 months ago

South Korea’s ‘study with me’ videos bring back camaraderie of libraries amid COVID-19

Amid the rustle of paper, the sounds of a pencil scribbling and a calming fire crackling in the background, 27-year-old Hani Kang sits at her desk for 12 hours straight.
2 months ago
South Korea's 'study with me’ videos go viral amid pandemic
2 months ago

South Korea's 'Study with me’ videos go viral during COVID-19

Livestreams of people studying are drawing large numbers of subscribers in South Korea.
2 months ago
South Korea's 'Study with me’ videos go viral during COVID-19
2 months ago

Biden to host South Korea's president in late May

The White House says President Joe Biden will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in for meetings in the second half of May
2 months ago
3 months ago

Top US officials underline importance of alliance with South Korea

Secretaries Lloyd Austin and Antony Blinken arrived in Seoul, South Korea, their second stop of an Asia trip focusing on revitalizing U.S. alliances.
3 months ago
Top US officials underline importance of alliance with South Korea
3 months ago

Explore South Korea's famed purple islands

From roofs to roads to residents, get a bird’s eye view of these islands.
3 months ago
Explore South Korea's famed purple islands
3 months ago

Korean battery firm offers Georgia plant as dispute lingers

A giant battery factory is hanging in the balance of a trade dispute.
3 months ago
3 months ago

Biden's deal with Seoul points to a swift shift on alliances

A new agreement with South Korea on sharing the cost of keeping American troops on the Korean Peninsula is early evidence that President Joe Biden is shifting the U.S. approach to alliances in Asia and beyond
3 months ago
3 months ago

US and South Korea agree on new cost-sharing deal for troops

American troop presence is intended as a bulwark against North Korean aggression
3 months ago
3 months ago

South Korea's first known transgender soldier found dead

South Korea’s first known transgender soldier, who protested the military’s decision last year to discharge her for undergoing gender reassignment surgery, has been found dead at her home
3 months ago
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S. Korean sexual slavery survivor wants UN court judgment

A South Korean woman who was sexually enslaved by Japan’s World War II military called for the leaders of both countries to settle an impasse over the issue by seeking judgment from the International Court of Justice
4 months ago
South Korean sexual slavery survivor wants UN court judgment
5 months ago

SKorean court gives Samsung scion prison term over bribery

Billionaire Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong is heading back to prison after a South Korean court sentenced him to two and a half years over his involvement in a 2016 corruption scandal
5 months ago
SKorean court gives Samsung scion prison term over bribery
5 months ago

Seoul city criticized for sexist tips to pregnant women

The government of South Korea's capital is being criticized for a now-deleted online manual for pregnant women that contained sexist tips and gender stereotypes
5 months ago
Seoul city criticized for sexist tips to pregnant women
5 months ago

South Korea sees more deaths than births for 1st time

The number of deaths in South Korea exceeded the amount of babies born there last year for the first time in the country's history.
5 months ago
South Korea sees more deaths than births for 1st time
6 months ago

Santa cats spread Christmas cheer in South Korea

A cat cafe that has rescued over 130 furry felines spreads holiday joy in Seoul, South Korea.
6 months ago
Santa cats spread Christmas cheer in South Korea
6 months ago

Data collection, surveillance help South Korea keep COVID cases low

ABC News’ Joohee Cho reports on South Korea’s use of stringent methods to tame the virus, but a recent rise in cases will put the effectiveness of those methods to the test.
6 months ago
Data collection, surveillance help South Korea keep COVID cases low
6 months ago

South Korea implements intensive national college entrance exam measures amid COVID-19

South Korea takes intensive measures for its national college entrance exam amid COVID-19.
6 months ago
South Korea implements intensive college entrance exam measures amid COVID-19
6 months ago

South Korea changes law to let BTS postpone military service

BTS will lawfully put off military enlistment due to law revision.
6 months ago
South Korea changes law to let BTS postpone military service
7 months ago

South Korean chat room operator gets 40 years for blackmail

Cho Ju-Bin blackmailed women and minors into filming sexually explicit videos.
7 months ago
South Korean chat room operator gets 40 years for blackmail
7 months ago

Drone taxi showcased in South Korea

A drone vehicle flew over downtown Seoul at an altitude of over 160 feet for about seven minutes, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Government.
7 months ago
Drone taxi showcased in South Korea
8 months ago

Almost 200 dogs rescued from South Korea land in US to find new homes

Almost 200 dogs have now arrived in the United States after being rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea, according to the Humane Society International.
8 months ago
Almost 200 dogs rescued from South Korea land in US to find new homes
8 months ago

SKorea worries about missile shown in NKorea military parade

North Korea unveiled a suspected new long-range missile during a military parade
8 months ago
8 months ago

Korean group must remove Berlin tribute to "comfort women"

A Berlin district has ordered a local Korean group to remove a statue commemorating women used as sex slaves by Japan during World War II, saying Friday it goes beyond what had been approved
8 months ago
Korean group must remove Berlin tribute to "comfort women"
8 months ago

Huge fire engulfs apartment high-rise in South Korea

Hundreds of people were forced to evacuate from a 33-story apartment building that went up in flames in Ulsan, South Korea.
8 months ago
Huge fire engulfs apartment high-rise in South Korea
8 months ago

Fire in South Korean apartment high-rise hurts at least 88

A fire that was spread up a high-rise apartment building by high winds left scores of people with minor injuries in a South Korean port city
8 months ago
9 months ago

S. Korea's Moon apologizes over handling of killing by North

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has apologized for the first time for the death of a man who was shot by North Korean troops last week, saying his government failed in its responsibility to safeguard a citizen
9 months ago
S. Korea's Moon apologizes over handling of killing by North
9 months ago

S. Korea returns Korean War remains of 117 Chinese soldiers

South Korea has returned to China the remains of 117 Chinese soldiers who died in the 1950-53 Korean War
9 months ago
9 months ago

South Korean government worker shot dead then set on fire on North Korean shores

South Korea's government confirms the death of a civilian in North Korean waters.
9 months ago
South Korean government worker shot dead then set on fire on North Korean shores
9 months ago

A.I. robot serves customers at Seoul restaurant

The robot can deliver food to up to four tables at once.
9 months ago
A.I. robot serves customers at Seoul restaurant
10 months ago

Thousands rally against SKorea leader despite virus warning

Thousands of anti-government protesters armed with umbrellas and raincoats have marched through the soggy streets of South Korea’s capital, ignoring official pleas to stay home amid a surge in coronavirus infections
10 months ago
Thousands rally against South Korean leader despite virus warning
10 months ago

Days of torrential rain in S. Korea leave at least 30 dead

Torrential rain in South Korea has left at least 30 dead and 12 missing.
10 months ago
10 months ago

A red dress creates a political storm in South Korea

A photo of a young female lawmaker sporting a short red dotted wrap dress to work went viral in South Korea sparking a heated discussion.
10 months ago
A red dress creates a political storm in South Korea
10 months ago

S. Korean doctors strike over med school plan amid pandemic

Thousands of young doctors in South Korea are striking against government plans to expand medical school admissions to resolve a shortage of staff
10 months ago
10 months ago

1 dead, 5 missing as boats overturn in S. Korea floodwaters

One person has died and five others are missing after their boats capsized in floodwaters in South Korea following incessant torrential rains
10 months ago
1 dead, 5 missing as boats overturn in S. Korea floodwaters
10 months ago

Heavy rain hammers South Korea, leaving 6 dead, 7 missing

Torrential rain has pounded most of South Korea, leaving six people dead and seven others missing
10 months ago
Heavy rain hammers South Korea, leaving 6 dead, 7 missing
10 months ago

Baseball fans in South Korea return to stadiums

Fans are required to wear masks, sit apart and have their temperatures taken before entering the stadium.
10 months ago
Baseball fans in South Korea return to stadiums
1 year ago

South Korea-Japan trade fight moves to global dispute panel

World Trade Organization members have established a dispute panel to consider and rule on a complaint by South Korea against Japanese export restrictions on key components for items like South Korean semiconductors and mobile phone and television displays
1 year ago
Trade dispute panel set up for South Korea-Japan case
1 year ago

South Korea to have solid fuel rockets in major deal with US

South Korea said Tuesday it has won U.S. consent to use solid fuel for space launch vehicles, a move that experts say would enable Seoul to launch its first surveillance satellites and accumulate technology to build more powerful missiles
1 year ago
South Korea to have solid fuel rockets in major deal with US
1 year ago

Baseball fans in South Korea back in stands amid COVID-19

Masked fans have hopped, sang and shouted cheers in baseball stadiums in South Korea as authorities began bringing back spectators to professional sports games amid the coronavirus pandemic
1 year ago
Baseball fans in South Korea back in stands amid COVID-19
1 year ago

Mock funeral for dog held in South Korea on 'dog meat day'

Activists are rallying against dog meat consumption in South Korea.
1 year ago
Mock funeral for dog held in South Korea on 'dog meat day'
1 year ago

South Korea split over Seoul mayor’s harassment allegations after his death

South Korea split over Seoul mayor Park Won-soon sexual harassment allegations after his death.
1 year ago
South Korea split over Seoul mayor’s harassment allegations after his death
1 year ago

Mayor of South Korean capital found dead after 7-hour search

The mayor of South Korea's capital has been found dead after a massive search for him
1 year ago
Police: Seoul mayor reported missing, search underway
1 year ago

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon found dead after being reported missing

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon was found dead after his daughter reported his missing earlier in the day.
1 year ago
Seoul mayor found dead after being reported missing
1 year ago

Seoul mayor found dead after being reported missing

Mayor Park Won-soon’s body was found in Waryong Park in Seoul after his daughter reported him missing.
1 year ago
Seoul mayor found dead after being reported missing
1 year ago

South Korea promotes hygiene practices with drone display

A total of 300 drones lit up the night sky in Seoul to remind citizens to wear masks and keep socially distanced during the coronavirus pandemic.
1 year ago
South Korea promotes hygiene practices with drone display
1 year ago

S. Korea says no suspicious activities by North Korea yet

South Korea says it hasn’t detected any suspicious activities by North Korea, a day after it threatened with provocative acts at the border in violation of a 2018 agreement to reduce tensions
1 year ago
S. Korea says no suspicious activities by North Korea yet