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Stories with place: South Korea
  • Hong Kong hosts Valentine's Day with 25,000 LED roses 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 9:40 pm

    HONG KONG - It's like a romantic scene out of one of South Korea's sappy soap dramas - tens of thousands of illuminated roses forming an impressive backdrop for the lead actor and actress to declare their love for each other.

  • North Korea halts probe into fate of kidnapped Japanese story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 9:26 pm

    TOKYO - North Korea has reacted angrily to new sanctions announced by Japan over its recent rocket launch and said in response it will halt an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago.

  • US deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-12-16 9:20 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea's nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has worried China and Russia.

  • House sends NKorea sanctions bill to president for signature story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 2:55 pm

    WASHINGTON - Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Friday that hits North Korea with more stringent sanctions for refusing to stop its nuclear weapons program.

  • N. Koreans outside closed factories lose steady water supply story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 5:46 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - Among the losers in the retaliatory sparring between the rival Koreas are residents who had been depending on a rarity in impoverished North Korea: a steady supply of water from the now-shuttered jointly run factory park in the North Korean border city of Kaesong.

  • Burden of Kaesong closure to mostly fall on S. Korean firms 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 8:18 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's sudden withdrawal from a factory park in North Korea is a severe blow for the South Korean businesses that populated it, but is unlikely to make much difference to the North's decrepit economy despite being a stern diplomatic measure.

  • The Latest: S. Koreans still at joint factory after deadline story has photos
    Updated: Feb-11-16 8:08 am

    PAJU, South Korea - The latest on tensions between North and South Korea following North Korea's rocket launch (all times local):

  • Analysis: Understanding tensions behind Koreas' factory park 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 6:00 am

    TOKYO - North Korea reacted quickly and sternly Thursday to South Korea's announcement it will suspend operations at a jointly run factory complex just north of the Demilitarized Zone that is the last major cooperative project between the two countries. It's always difficult to gauge the true intentions of Pyongyang's secretive ruling regime, but here's a look at what it might mean.

  • Seoul: N. Korean leader Kim had his military chief executed story has photos
    Updated: Feb-10-16 10:25 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his military chief executed for corruption and other charges, a South Korean official said Thursday.

  • Key developments following North Korea's rocket launch story has photos
    Updated: Feb-10-16 5:06 am

    North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket has drawn sharp condemnations and threats of new sanctions. World leaders say Sunday's launch violated a U.N. ban on Pyongyang's use of ballistic missile technology. North Korea says the launch of a new Earth observation satellite, the Kwangmyongsong 4, or Shining Star 4, is part of a peaceful space program.

  • The Latest: FBI chief says encryption blocks investigations story has photos
    Updated: Feb-09-16 5:52 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Latest on the worldwide threat assessment from U.S. intelligence agencies (all times local):

  • S. Korea: North blew up rocket stage to confound analysts 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 7:06 am

    TOKYO - Minutes after North Korea launched its rocket, South Korea's navy detected a rain of fragments falling into the sea and then a sooner-than-expected disappearance of the rocket from their radar, suggesting a possible failure. News outlets working in real time jumped on the idea. But it quickly proved wrong.

  • A Wyoming cowboy is snow master for the Pyeongchang Olympics 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 7:00 am

    JEONGSEON, South Korea - Cattle rancher Tom Johnston is a Wyoming cowboy gone global who's the master of snow for Alpine skiing events at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

  • US responses to NKorea nuke, missile tests will upset China story has photos
    Updated: Feb-09-16 4:14 am

    WASHINGTON - North Korean nuclear and rocket tests are drawing quick responses from the U.S. that will upset a supposed partner against Pyongyang's weapons development - China.

  • UN condemns NKorea launch, pledges significant new sanctions story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-07-16 11:41 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders called a banned test of ballistic missile technology and another "intolerable provocation." The U.N.'s most powerful body pledged to quickly adopt a new resolution with "significant" new sanctions.

  • The Latest: Japan mulls sanctions after NKorea launch story has photos
    Updated: Feb-07-16 11:28 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - The Latest on North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket (all times local):

  • Janka wins super-G at 2018 Olympics test by large margin 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 1:20 am

    JEONGSEON, South Korea - Former overall World Cup champion Carlo Janka won the super-G test event for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics by a large margin Sunday, while several pre-race favorites failed to finish their runs.

  • Wind whisperer: US skier Nyman 3rd in Olympic downhill test 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 9:23 am

    JEONGSEON, South Korea - Steven Nyman couldn't have picked a better place to post his first podium result of the season: on the downhill course that will be used for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

  • Analysis: AP bureau chiefs in Koreas on planned launch 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 10:43 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - It's another big, splashy step for the North Korean government: a planned rocket launch the world will see as a banned test of long-range missile technology that comes only weeks after testing what it said was a hydrogen bomb.

  • Yun Sung-bin takes 1st skeleton World Cup win for S Korea story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 12:03 pm

    ST. MORITZ, Switzerland - Yun Sung-bin got South Korea's first win in skeleton World Cup history to end a perfect season for six-time defending champion Martins Dukurs.

  • Holy trees spark debate on future of Olympic downhill course story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 10:45 am

    JEONGSEON, South Korea - The long-term future of the downhill course for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics is coming under the spotlight this weekend at the Alpine skiing test event for the games.

  • Furniture giant IKEA loses its trademark in Indonesia story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 10:12 am

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - There is Samsung of South Korea, Sony of Japan, BMW of Germany and IKEA of Indonesia. Wait! IKEA of Indonesia? Yes, at least in Indonesia, if not worldwide.

  • Pyeongchang organizers at 70 percent of sponsorship target story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 9:16 am

    JEONGSEON, South Korea - South Korean organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics have reached 70 percent of their target of 870 billion won ($728 million) in domestic sponsorships.

  • Experts say launch won't bring N. Korea much closer to ICBM story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 3:48 am

    TOKYO - Japan has deployed PAC-3 missile batteries in the heart of Tokyo to shoot down any incoming rocket debris. South Korea is reportedly mobilizing two Aegis-equipped destroyers. The U.S. is already gunning to punish Pyongyang for what it says will be a ballistic missile test in the guise of a space launch.

  • Weibrecht competes in Pyeongchang as wife goes into labor story has photos
    Updated: Feb-04-16 12:12 pm

    JEONGSEON, South Korea - With his wife about to give birth back home in Lake Placid, New York, American skier Andrew Weibrecht felt conflicted about traveling to Asia to test the downhill and super-G course that will be used for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.