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  • new storyHeritage title for Japan industry sites draws mixed reaction story has photos
    Updated: Jul-06-15 6:14 am

    TOKYO - Japanese officials Monday celebrated the U.N. cultural body's approval of world heritage status for 23 historic sites showing the country's transformation from feudal isolation into an industrial power at the end of the 19th century.

  • Widow of ex-South Korean leader to visit North Korea 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 5:22 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - The 92-year-old widow of late South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, who was a strong proponent of Korean reconciliation, will visit North Korea early next month, ex-aides to Kim said Monday.

  • S. Korean violinist wants border concert with North Korea story has photos
    Updated: Jul-06-15 2:05 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - Violinist Won Hyung Joon wants to bring North and South Korean musicians together next month to perform on each side of the world's most heavily armed border. Standing in the way is the rivals' long, frustrating inability to move past their painful shared history.

  • World heritage status for The Alamo, Japan industrial sites story has photos
    Updated: Jul-05-15 3:24 pm

    BONN, Germany - The United States has succeeded in its bid to "Remember the Alamo," after the U.N. cultural body approved its status as a world heritage site Sunday.

  • AP Exclusive: North Korean farmers face dry fields, drought 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 5:04 am

    UNPHA, North Korea - North Korean farmers work to pump underground water into parched fields. Instead of rice seedlings standing in flooded paddies, the baked earth is cracked. A big lake that used to supply surrounding farmland with water is almost completely dry.

  • Athletes avoid South Korea over virus fears 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 7:53 am

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan - As South Korea battles to contain an outbreak of the deadly MERS virus, some foreign athletes are turning their back on the country.

  • Roswell man volunteers over 15,000 hours for wildlife refuge 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 2:09 am

    ROSWELL, New Mexico - Jim Montgomery has volunteered over 15,000 hours over the past 30 years for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. In 1985, he began to do some volunteer work at the wildlife refuge but it wasn't until 1989 that he really became involved.

  • Seoul court denies US fund's request to stop Samsung merger 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 3:41 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - A South Korean court Wednesday denied an American hedge fund's request to stop Samsung from combining two of its companies, a largely expected ruling that gives South Korea's biggest business group a boost in an upcoming shareholder vote on the merger.

  • Airbus wins $1.3 billion South Korean airborne tanker deal 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 6:32 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea said Tuesday that it has decided to buy four military airborne refueling tankers from European aerospace giant Airbus Defense and Space for $1.3 billion.

  • Foreign fund's fight with Samsung galvanizes shareholders story has photos
    Updated: Jun-24-15 3:17 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - Thousands of South Korean investors are backing an American hedge fund's bid to thwart a business combination between Samsung companies that they argue will only enrich the country's wealthiest family.

  • N. Korea sentences 2 South Koreans to life on spying charges 
    Updated: Jun-23-15 4:44 pm

    PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea's Supreme Court on Tuesday sentenced two South Koreans to life in prison with labor after finding them guilty of spying for Seoul.

  • Samsung heir apologizes for MERS spread at Samsung hospital 
    Updated: Jun-23-15 1:19 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - The heir of the Samsung business empire bowed deep in apology Tuesday as criticism mounted over a Samsung hospital's role in spreading Middle East respiratory syndrome in South Korea.

  • Leaders of SKorea, Japan mark anniversary of normalized ties story has photos
    Updated: Jun-22-15 11:10 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - The leaders of South Korea and Japan attended separate ceremonies Monday in their respective capitals marking the 50th anniversary of the resumption of normal ties - small, mostly symbolic moves that could signal an easing of abysmal relations between the key U.S. allies.

  • Not friends yet, but Japan and South Korea are talking story has photos
    Updated: Jun-21-15 12:22 pm

    TOKYO - Foreign ministers from Japan and South Korea held a rare meeting Sunday on the eve of the 50th anniversary of their countries normalizing relations marred by Japan's colonization and World War II conquest.

  • WHO chief reassures South Korea as its MERS deaths reach 24 story has photos
    Updated: Jun-18-15 8:32 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - The head of the World Health Organization has praised beleaguered South Korean officials and exhausted health workers, saying their efforts to contain a deadly MERS virus outbreak have put the country on good footing and lowered the public risk.

  • South Korea striker accepts doping ban for steroids 
    Updated: Jun-15-15 6:41 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korean striker Kang Soo-il will not contest his 15-match suspension after it was revealed he failed a doping test shortly before his international debut.

  • North Korea to send 2 detained South Koreans home 
    Updated: Jun-15-15 5:49 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea will return two South Koreans who Pyongyang accused of illegally entering the country last month, Seoul said Monday.

  • Economy hit as MERS keeps Koreans indoors, deters tourists 
    Updated: Jun-12-15 6:25 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - For a South Korean tour agency, the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome feels like a bigger threat to business than a North Korean attack or nuclear reactor meltdown.

  • Report says 2 South Koreans lied about MERS to skip work 
    Updated: Jun-12-15 2:44 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - Two South Korean women are in trouble with authorities after being caught lying about MERS to get time off work.

  • Cheating website reveals hints of societal change in SKorea 
    Updated: Jun-12-15 1:55 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - A wealthy man sneaks away for a tryst that he suggests will "reduce friction" with his wife. A woman in Seoul looks for a "side relationship" to a marriage that has lost its spark.

  • 6th person dies of MERS virus in South Korea story has photos
    Updated: Jun-08-15 1:28 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea on Monday reported its sixth death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as authorities were bolstering measures to stem the spread of the virus that has left dozens of people infected.