- Asia stocks down as earnings disappoint, Greece date looms Updated: May-06-15 3:29 am
SEOUL, South Korea - Asian stock markets were in the red on Wednesday, dented by weak earnings in Australia and doubts about Greece's ability to repay debts due to the IMF this month. Chinese markets turned lower after a brief rebound from the previous day's sell-off.
- Vonn named honorary ambassador for Pyeongchang Olympics Updated: May-06-15 12:05 am
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korean Olympic organizers have appointed U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn as an honorary ambassador for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
- Champion Wanderers out in group stage; FC Seoul advances Updated: May-05-15 5:37 pm
GUANGZHOU, China - The Western Sydney Wanderers' Asian Champions League title defense ended Tuesday despite a win 2-0 over Guangzhou Evergrande, with FC Seoul moving into the knockout stage with a late 3-2 win over Kashima Antlers.
- Image of Asia: Chanel pays homage in Korean fashion show Updated: May-05-15 9:01 am
In this photo by Ahn Young-joon, Chanel head designer Karl Lagerfeld walks the runway with South Korean model Soo Joo Park and godson Hudson Kroenig after the presentation of his 2015-2016 Chanel cruise collection in Seoul. The collection paid homage to the host country, blending modernity and tradition. "Modern, international version of a typical Korean mood, how we see it for the modern 21st century but with inspiration from the past because I love the traditional Korean clothes, materials, patterns and all that. But it had to be made in a modern way because you can get cheap copies of the real one in any market. The real antique ones nobody can touch," said Lagerfeld. The collection looked to Chanel's past with monochromatic black and white but with the modern twist of bolero jackets over long shorts. Some pieces were inspired by the Korean hanbok, a traditional dress that was updated with a sequined skirt or broach. The show in Seoul was attended by several Korean celebrities such as actor and singer Choi Si-Won and actress and singer Im Yoona, as well as model Gisele Bundchen and actresses Kristen Stewart and Tilda Swinton.
- North Korea officially squelches speculation of Kim trip Updated: May-04-15 5:55 am
PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea announced Monday that the head of its parliament will attend this month's Victory Day celebration in Moscow, squelching speculation that supreme leader Kim Jong Un would use the event to make his international debut.
- S. Korea urges N. Korea to release New York Univ. student Updated: May-03-15 11:58 pm
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea on Monday urged North Korea to quickly free a South Korean student of New York University detained in the North for illegally entering the country.
- Yumi Hogan, a sumi ink artist, takes us inside her studio Updated: May-02-15 9:36 am
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - The hiss of highway traffic seeps into Yumi Hogan's fourth-floor classroom through windows, muffling a fluttery recording of Asian music.
- Thousands of South Koreans protest over gov't labor policies Updated: May-01-15 9:07 pm
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korean police said Saturday that they detained 40 people when protests over government labor policies and the handling of a year-old ferry disaster spiraled into violence late Friday.
- May Day demos staged around the world; Turkey square blocked Updated: May-01-15 1:21 pm
HAVANA - Left-wing groups, governments and trade unions were staging rallies around the world Friday to mark International Workers Day.
- Kremlin: North Korean leader not coming to Moscow on May 9 Updated: Apr-30-15 8:34 am
MOSCOW - The reclusive leader of North Korea won't be coming to Moscow next month for the Victory Day celebration, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman announced Thursday.
- S. Korea says Kim Jong Un executed 15 officials this year Updated: Apr-29-15 7:17 am
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers on Wednesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the execution of 15 senior officials this year who were accused of challenging his authority.
- LG Electronics says 1Q profit sinks nearly 60 percent Updated: Apr-29-15 4:23 am
SEOUL, South Korea - LG Electronics Inc. said Wednesday its quarterly profit plunged 59 percent as losses from TVs offset a modest improvement in its smartphone business.
- Samsung's profit hit by bigger iPhones, sinks 39 percent Updated: Apr-29-15 1:13 am
SEOUL, South Korea - Samsung Electronics Co. said its first quarter net profit plunged 39 percent as consumers switched to bigger iPhones, squeezing earnings from its mobile business to less than half what they were a year earlier.
- AP EXPLAINS: Japan's long wait to address US Congress Updated: Apr-29-15 12:56 am
WASHINGTON - Washington honors America's closest friends by inviting their leaders to address a joint meeting of Congress, but Wednesday's speech by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be the first by a Japanese leader. That's striking considering the tight U.S.-Japan alliance in the 70 years since World War II ended. British, South Korean and German leaders have been invited multiple times. So have two Liberian presidents and a Latvian one - more than 100 invitations overall since the war. So why not Japan? The answers have to do with underlying friction that has been a part of U.S.-Japanese relations and, more recently, frequent changes of Japanese leaders.
- Captain of doomed S. Korea ferry sentenced to life in prison Updated: Apr-28-15 4:40 am
SEOUL, South Korea - The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year's disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, was given an increased sentence of life in prison Tuesday by an appellate court that convicted him of homicide.
- Expats try phones, social apps to connect to quake-hit Nepal Updated: Apr-27-15 10:37 am
SEOUL, South Korea - After the earthquake hit Nepal, Prem Raja Mahat spent a sleepless night at his Baltimore home, trying again and again to reach his son, who was visiting friends and family back in Mahat's home country.
- South Korea's prime minister steps down over bribery scandal Updated: Apr-27-15 7:19 am
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's president accepted the resignation of her prime minister on Monday over a bribery scandal, officials said.
- Japan's prime minister goes to US to showcase close ties Updated: Apr-26-15 7:46 pm
TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in the U.S. on Sunday for a weeklong visit to showcase the success of the alliance built from Tokyo's defeat in World War II, while promoting a political agenda based on still stronger military and economic ties.
- Risk and worry await S. Korea work to lift doomed ferry Updated: Apr-25-15 5:14 am
SEOUL, South Korea - Salvaging the corroded, 6,800-ton ferry Sewol from deep beneath a channel notorious for dangerous currents will be difficult, expensive and potentially risky. It will also be one more major headache for a government already reeling from accusations that its incompetence and corruption were partly responsible for the 304 people killed when the ship sank a year ago.
- FBI: Korean firm scammed out of $375K for fake Pharrell show Updated: Apr-24-15 10:46 pm
PITTSBURGH - A man scammed a South Korean steel company out of $375,000 by claiming he worked with a Japanese talent agency that could help the company book a concert by musician Pharrell Williams, FBI agents in Pennsylvania said.
- Japan ministers' war shrine visit irks China after Abe talks Updated: Apr-23-15 9:19 am
TOKYO - Three Japanese Cabinet ministers on Thursday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, drawing a rebuke from China just a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi Jinping met in a bid to smooth ties.
- Hyundai's 1Q earnings fall as car sales drop Updated: Apr-23-15 2:04 am
SEOUL, South Korea - Hyundai Motor Co. said Thursday its first-quarter profit dropped due to lower vehicle sales at home and abroad and the strong local currency.
- Kashiwa reaches ACL knockout stage with 3-2 win over Jeonbuk Updated: Apr-22-15 7:38 pm
Japanese club Kashiwa Reysol secured a spot in the knockout stage of the Asian Champions League with a 3-2 win over Jeonbuk Motors on Wednesday night.
- SKorea, US agree to revised civil nuclear cooperation deal Updated: Apr-22-15 10:31 am
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea said Wednesday it reached agreement with Washington on revisions to the 41-year-old treaty that governs the country's commercial nuclear activities.
- Japanese leader doesn't offer customary apology for WWII Updated: Apr-22-15 10:16 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia - South Korea expressed deep regret Wednesday that Japan's leader did not repeat his predecessors' apologies for the country's aggression during World War II.