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    A new art museum has opened along the border between North and South Korea - and you need a military escort to pay it a visit. The 'Unimaru' museum is based in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, also known as the DMZ. This is the approximately 241km- (150-mile) long demilitarized strip of land running between the North and South. It was established in 1953 in the wake of the Korean Civil War and is laced with barbed wire, landmines, and other barriers. The mission of the museum, which is the first museum in the DMZ, is 'to provide a platform for peaceful unification' through art. The Unimaru museum, pictured, is based in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, also known as the DMZ Above is 'Elephant Cart' - a work by the Korean American artist Nam June Paik that was recently exhibited at Unimaru  Both North and South Koreans are permitted to visit the DMZ on guided tours - in fact, the area has proven a popular tourist attraction in recent years. However, as the museum was built within the South Korean side of...
    A bipartisan group of Congress members touring portions of East Asia spent part of Thanksgiving serving lunch to U.S. troops stationed in South Korea before jetting off to Taiwan - despite protests from the Chinese Embassy. Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina was among the lawmakers serving vegetables, potatoes and turkey to some of the 28,000 American troops stationed in the country. 'Enjoyed serving our troops today,' Mace tweeted. 'Many of our soldiers haven’t been able to visit home or have their families visit them since the start of COVID. Incredibly important to give our men and women in uniform a heartfelt thanks.'   Democratic Rep. Mark Takano of California, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, was among the politicians who helped scoop food onto soldiers' plates and tossed a football with them. President Joe Biden also paid tribute to overseas troops on Thanksgiving while remaining in Nantucket for the holiday. Republican Rep. Nancy Mace (right) joined four Democrats in a tour of three east Asian countries, including South Korea, where she helped serve food to US troops...
    A bipartisan group of five members of Congress served food to U.S. troops stationed in South Korea on Thanksgiving and then headed to Taiwan, defying orders from China. Members on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, including Chairman and Democratic California Rep. Mark Takano, Democratic Texas Rep. Colin Allred, Republican South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace, Democratic California Rep. Sara Jacobs and Democratic Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin, served lunch to troops stationed in South Korea and threw a football around with them. “Happy Thanksgiving from South Korea – Enjoyed serving our troops today!!” Mace tweeted Thursday. “Many of our soldiers haven’t been able to visit home or have their families visit them since the start of COVID. Incredibly important to give our men and women in uniform a heartfelt thanks.” (RELATED: ‘Strategically Poised To Hold The House’ — Pelosi Sends Note To Dems Saying They Are ‘Preparing For Victory One Year Out’) Happy Thanksgiving from South Korea – Enjoyed serving our troops today!! Many of our soldiers haven’t been able to visit home or have their families visit them since the start...
    The critique of “Japanophilia because I wear UNIQLO” had no choice but to be surprised. 2021.11.24 (Water) Li Zhengxuan Follow The following Former lawyer Yoon Seok-yu, the presidential candidate of the “People’s Power Party”, attended a press conference with foreign media on November 12. The comments made at the press conference were used as an excuse to label “Sinilpa” (Photo: AP / Afro). Go to the gallery page In the run-up to the presidential election in March next year, South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party of Korea has brought in a treasure trove of “anti-Japanese and pro-Japanese.” Both Democratic candidates, Lee Jae-myung, branded not only “People’s Power Party” candidate Eun Seok-yu, but also his father “Sinilpa”, making him an “anti-Japanese provocateur”. . Because Lee Jae-myung’s recognition did not rise as expected, the Korean people were left with no choice but to appeal to anti-Japanese sentiment. Lee Jae-myung, who was cornered on suspicion of Osho-dong, is in charge of the “he Japanopilia” strategy. About 110 days after the presidential election, Lee Jae-myung’s approval rating was 31%, Yoon Sin-etsu’s 42%, and...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Saudi Arabia defeated Vietnam 1-0 in Hanoi on Tuesday to earn a fifth win from six games in World Cup qualification and an extended lead in Asia Group B from Australia and Japan. Seeking a sixth World Cup appearance, Saudi Arabia was six points ahead of Australia and seven ahead of Japan, who were both in action late Tuesday against China and Oman respectively. Vietnam stayed pointless. Only the top two in each group are guaranteed a place in Qatar in November 2022. The two third-placed finishers play off, with the winner meeting a team from another confederation. Saudi Arabia started strongly and after 30 minutes Saleh Al-Shehri’s looping header from inside the area was saved by Bi Tan Truong in the Vietnam goal, but the ball was adjudged to have already crossed the line. Fahad Al-Muwallad seemed to extend the visitors’ lead from close range with 15 minutes remaining but it was ruled out by VAR due to a foul in the build-up. In Group A, a late Ali Mabkhout penalty earned...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Japan closed in on both Saudi Arabia and Australia in Asian World Cup qualifying, beating Vietnam 1-0 Thursday while the two leading teams in Group B played out a 0-0 draw. The Saudis lead the group with 13 points, followed by Australia with 10 and Japan with nine. Only the top two finishers in each of the two six-team groups will automatically qualify for next year’s World Cup in Qatar. Junya Ito scored an early goal from close range for Japan, a team that has appeared at every World Cup since 1998 but is in real danger of missing out this time. Australia, which was playing at home for the first time in more than two years, had won 11 straight qualifying matches but now has only one point from its last two matches. “Overall we played well, we created chances but they didn’t go in,” Australia coach Graham Arnold said. “Then a little bit of frustration set in with the time wasting and tactics from the Saudis. We have to learn to be better...
    A Massachusetts soldier and his wife and toddler were killed in a fiery car crash with a tow truck near a South Korea military base.  Army Spc. Luis Taveras, 27, his wife Lisbeth, 30, and their 16-month-old son Luis, were killed when their vehicle collided with a tow truck at around 11 pm last Monday in Pyeongtaek, near Camp Humphreys, the largest overseas U.S. military base.  Taveras, who served four years in the Army, was a quartermaster and chemical equipment repairer with the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Stars and Stripes reported.  Army Spc. Luis Taveras, 27, his wife Lisbeth, 30, and their 16-month-old Luis, (pictured together) were killed when their vehicle collided with a tow truck in Pyeongtaek Taveras, who served four years in the Army, was a quartermaster and chemical equipment repairer with the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'This man is like no one I've ever met!': Kym Marsh, 45,... Pictured: Mother, 41, who is FOURTH victim to die in... Share this article Share According to investigators, the...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has conducted artillery firing exercises to bolster its defense capability, state media reported Sunday, its latest weapons test as Pyongyang continues to pressure Washington and Seoul to abandon what it calls their hostile policy toward it. An artillery firing competition among mechanized units was held on Saturday, with senior government and military officials present, the official Korean Central News Agency reported. Leader Kim Jong Un was not mentioned in the report, suggesting he did not observe the training. He supervised a similar artillery firing drill last year. This year’s drills were designed to inspect the mechanized units’ progress in their mobile combat capabilities and to further intensify competitive training throughout the North’s military, KCNA said. Since September, North Korea has test-launched a series of newly developed missiles, including nuclear-capable weapons that place U.S. allies South Korea and Japan within striking distance. Some experts say North Korea wants its rivals to accept it as a nuclear power state and work to ease international sanctions on the country. The North’s artillery tests draw less...
    BOSTON (CBS) — A U.S. soldier from Boston was reportedly killed in a car crash near his military base in South Korea this week, along with his wife and his toddler. The news outlet Stars and Stripes reports that the soldier was Army Specialist Luis Taveras, 27, of Jamaica Plain. Taveras, his 30-year-old wife Lisbeth, and his 16-month-old son Luis all reportedly died after their car collided with a tow truck around 11 p.m. on Monday. The crash happened just outside Camp Humphreys, which is the largest U.S. base overseas. There was a fire after the crash, and the family was pronounced dead at the scene. Army Specialist Luis Taveras. (Photo Credit: US Army) The truck driver, who was a 27-year-old Korean man, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Taveras served four years in the Army and arrived in South Korea in June. He was a quartermaster and chemical equipment repairer with the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command.
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s conservative former top prosecutor, who has called for a stronger U.S. security guarantee to neutralize North Korean nuclear threats, won the main opposition party’s hotly contested nomination for next March’s presidential election on Friday. Recent opinion surveys showed Yoon Suk Yeol would be locked in a tight race with Lee Jae-myung, the outspoken liberal ruling party candidate, who has vowed to take an appeasement policy on North Korea and adopt pragmatic diplomacy between Washington and Beijing. The close race between the two candidates will likely further intensify severe domestic polarization in South Korea at a time it faces growing North Korean nuclear threats, an intense U.S.-China rivalry and various economic woes. A victory for Yoon could lead to South Korea taking steps to bolster its military alliance with the United States while its ties with North Korea and China may sour. If elected, Lee would push for greater ties with North Korea but he may not be able to convince the country to abandon its nuclear program, possibly sharing the legacy of...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Carli Lloyd didn’t score in her final game for the United States, but it hardly mattered. The night was all about her. Fans chanted Lloyd’s name before Tuesday night’s match, a 6-0 U.S. rout of South Korea, with one holding a sign that read: “One More World Cup, Please?” READ MORE: Carli Lloyd Fans Hope 'She Feels All The Love From Minnesota' During Final Int'l Match At Allianz FieldLloyd is retiring after a career that includes two World Cup titles and a pair of Olympic gold medals. Her crowning moment was scoring three goals in the opening 16 minutes of the U.S. victory over Japan in the 2015 Women’s World Cup final. “It’s been emotional. But there’s just a sense of peace and contentment that I feel — it’s just joy and happiness,” Lloyd said. “It’s been an amazing journey and I gave it all I had, and now I can walk away into the next chapter.” Lloyd’s final match was her 316th with the national team, the second-most international appearances of any player. She...
    California county closes In-N-Out over vaccine verification Will Baldwin shooting lead to criminal charges or lawsuits? © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad The United States women’s national team gave Carli Lloyd an emotional goodbye on Tuesday with a performance that featured both the old guard and the new crew in a 6-0 win over South Korea in Los Angeles. Megan Rapinoe and Lynn Williams had a goal and an assist each in the blowout win, giving the Yanks four wins in five since their stunning loss to Canada in the Olympics semifinal in Tokyo. The USWNT claimed Bronze with a 4-3 defeat of Australia. Lindsey Horan, who will don Lloyd’s No. 10 moving forward, scored off an assist from young Sophia Smith and Andi Sullivan forced a South Korean own goal as the USWNT took a 2-0 lead to halftime. [ MORE: Where does Lloyd rank in USWNT history? ] But moments after Lloyd tearfully subbed off the pitch, removing her boots and then her game jersey to reveal a jersey with...
    BUSAN, South Korea (AP) — Hee Jeong Lim has taken a four-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA Tour’s BMW Ladies Championship after a 7-under 65 Saturday. Lim had a 54-hole total of 18-under 198 on the LPGA International Busan course. Fellow South Korean players Jin Young Ko (67) and Na Rin An (69) were tied for second. American Danielle Kang shot 69 and was five strokes behind Lim and tied for third. The LPGA started out with a four-tournament Asia swing until events in Shanghai, Japan, and Taiwan were either canceled or removed from the schedule due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. That left Busan as a one-off event on the schedule, and many of the top North American players decided not to play. ___ More AP golf: https://apnews.com/hub/golf and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday accused the Biden administration of raising military tensions with China through its “reckless” backing of Taiwan, and said that the growing U.S. military presence in the region constitutes a potential threat to the North. In comments carried by state media, North Korea Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Ho criticized the United States for sending warships through the Taiwan Strait and providing Taiwan with upgraded weapons systems and military training. The United States’ “indiscreet meddling” in issues regarding Taiwan, which the North sees as entirely a Chinese internal affair, threatens to touch off a “delicate situation on the Korean Peninsula.” Pak’s statement came a day after President Joe Biden told a CNN townhall event that the United States was committed to coming to Taiwan’s defense if it comes under attack from China. While that seemed to blur Washington’s long-held stance of maintaining “strategic ambiguity” on whether it would intervene if China were to attack Taiwan, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Biden had no intent to convey a change in policy....
    PGA TOUR ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP Site: Chiba, Japan. Course: Accordia Golf Narashino CC. Yardage: 7,041. Par: 70. Prize money: $9.75 million. Winner’s share: $1.791 million. Television: Wednesday-Thursday, 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Golf Channel); Friday-Saturday, 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Golf Channel). Defending champion: Patrick Cantlay. FedEx Cup leader: Sam Burns. Last week: Rory McIlroy won the CJ Cup at Summit. Notes: The tournament returns to Japan after being played last year at Sherwood Country Club in California. The field isn’t nearly as strong because it is the only PGA Tour event on the Asia swing. … Only three of the top 20 in the world are playing. … The field features 17 players who were in Tokyo this summer for the Olympics, including Xander Schauffele (gold medal) and C.T. Pan (bronze). … British Open champion Collin Morikawa and Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama also are playing. … Defending champion Patrick Cantlay is not playing. He has said he is not playing another PGA Tour event the rest of the year. … Ryo Ishikawa turned down his spot in the field to...
    GWANGYANG, South Korea (AP) — Abandoned, he feels, by three countries, Cho Guk-gyeong shows a visitor his South Korean alien registration card, which describes him as “stateless.” It’s an apt description for what his life is like in South Korea, 15 years after he fled North Korea. Most North Korean defectors to the South are ethnically Korean, but Cho, 53, is a third-generation Chinese immigrant. While ethnically Korean defectors are entitled by law to a package of benefits designed to help their resettlement in South Korea, Cho can’t receive that support because he maintained his Chinese nationality in North Korea, even though his family has lived there for generations. “I don’t need a state subsidy or other assistance. I just want South Korean citizenship so I can work diligently until I die,” Cho said during an interview in the southern port city of Gwangyang, where he recently worked as a temporary manual laborer, his first job in eight years. It’s unclear how many Chinese-North Koreans have come to South Korea over the years. Activists say about 30 have been...
    LATHROP (CBS13) — A Lathrop native who worked as a civilian employee for the Department of Defense has been charged with assault after an incident in South Korea last year. The US Department of Justice announced on Monday that Gerald Leon Ray III was indicted for an assault that left someone seriously injured. Prosecutors say the incident in question happened back on July 26, 2020 while Ray was working for the Defense Commissary Agency. READ MORE: 1 Dead, 2 Injured In Separate Falls During Phish Concert In San FranciscoExactly what led up to the assault was not detailed by prosecutors, but Ray allegedly struck the person on the side of the head. READ MORE: Parents Stage Statewide Walkout On Monday Over California’s School COVID-19 Vaccine MandateAccording to the DOJ, the victim was an active-duty member of the US Army. Ray was arrested back on Oct. 13 at a US military installation in Germany. He was then taken back to the US. MORE NEWS: Man, 41, Struck And Killed By Train In TurlockSeveral agencies – including...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea set a new goal on Monday for fighting climate change over the next decade, saying it will aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 2018 levels by 2030. The country had faced criticism that its initial plan for a 26.3% reduction was too modest. In promising stronger contributions to curb global warming ahead of a U.N. climate summit in Scotland next month, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the new target represents the “most enthusiastic” objective the country could possibly set under current circumstances. South Korea aims to be carbon neutral by 2050. “Compared to advanced economies, which had already reached peak emissions in the 1990s or 2000s and were give a longer period of time to reduce their emissions, we have to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions at a much faster pace as we reached peak emission only in 2018, so the new goal is a very challenging target,” Moon said in a meeting of a presidential committee on climate goals. The committee’s plan, which...
    A North Korean propaganda site published a scathing rebuke of South Korean society on Tuesday, pointing to the hugely popular Netflix series "Squid Game" as a reflection of the country's capitalist culture. The state-run website Arirang Meari published a post saying "Squid Game" showed the "sad reality of the beastly South Korean society." In "Squid Game," hundreds of people who are deeply in debt are brought together to participate in a series of deadly children's games, with one participant winning millions of dollars to wipe out their debt — while others are brutally killed. The show has quickly become Netflix's number one show and gained a massive international audience, with fans recreating the games — without the killing — online. "The reason why the TV drama 'Squid Game' became popular with viewers was because it dug into the reality of capitalist society and South Korea, where the extreme competition for survival and greed for the weak were rampant," the site opined. "For this reason, the audience who watched the TV drama is set in a South Korean society with severe economic inequality....
    "Squid Game," a brutal Netflix survival drama about desperate adults competing in deadly children’s games for a chance to escape severe debt, hit a little too close to home for Lee Chang-keun. The show has captivated global audiences since its September debut on its way to becoming Netflix's biggest hit ever. It has struck raw nerves at home, where there’s growing discontent over soaring personal debt, decaying job markets and stark income inequalities worsened by financial crises in the past two decades. In the dystopian horrors of "Squid Game," Lee sees a reflection of himself in the show’s protagonist Seong Gi-hun, a laid-off autoworker coping with a broken family and struggling with constant business failures and gambling problems. "Squid Game" is Netflix's biggest non-English language hit and is on track to become the platform's biggest show ever. (Netflix) NETFLIX'S ‘SQUIAD GAME’ CREATOR SAYS DONALD TRUMP'S ELECTION HELPED INSPIRED HIM TO FINALLY MAKE THE HIT SHOW Seong gets beaten by gangster creditors into signing off his organs as collateral, but then receives a mysterious offer to play in a series...
    KIM Jong-un was pictured grinning as he watched crazed North Korean troops smashing bricks with their bare fists and lying on beds of nails in bizarre training footage. The video shows the bare-chested soldiers performing brutal acrobatic fight scenes in front of the North Korean dictator and rows of delighted senior military officers. 6The troops smashed bricks over their heads in a show of strengthCredit: Twitter 6One soldier lay on a bed of nails to have a block broken on his chestCredit: Twitter 6Kim Jong-un was seen grinning as he sat next to his sister Kim Yo-JongCredit: TWITTER The scene was part of a display put on by the North Korean army for the opening of a defence exhibition this week showcasing the nuclear-armed country's weapons. The crazed soldiers punched their way through layers of concrete bricks, or smashed them with their heads. Others were ferociously hammered on their arm or hand, and one lay on a bed of nails to have a block broken on his chest. Another soldier smashed two glass bottles together, adding to a pile...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s ruling liberal party on Sunday nominated its candidate for next year’s presidential elections, selecting a maverick politician known for his outspoken views who is likely to be the race’s front-runner. Lee Jae-myung’s nomination as the Democratic Party presidential candidate comes despite his rivals’ efforts to depict him as a dangerous populist and link him to a snowballing real estate scandal. Lee has vowed to fight economic inequality, introduce a universal basic income and resume reconciliation projects with North Korea. In his acceptance speech, Lee bowed deeply several times and said he’d want to carry out what he called a public call to “root out unfairness, inequality and corruption” and carry out other sweeping reform steps. “I’d restrain the excessive desires by the strong and protect the lives of the weak. I’d protect the people’s jobs, income and welfare,” Lee said. Party officials announced Lee had collected about 50.3% of all votes cast during the race, defeating three challengers in a Democratic Party primary that ended Sunday. Lee, 56, is the governor...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – A professor of Media Studies at Colorado State University is weighing in on a top trending TV show on Netflix. “Squid Game” has ranked as the no. 1 show on the streaming service in 90 countries. The South Korean show follows debt-stricken characters who opted to compete in children’s games for $40 million. If they lose, they die. READ MORE: Containment On Birdseye Fire In El Paso Country Grows Saturday In this photo taken on October 7, 2021, a large digital screen on a building displays the logo of Netflix, producers of the South Korean hit series “Squid Game”, beyond a South Korean flag hoisted above a pavement in Seoul (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images) The show is proof Asian film and television is growing. READ MORE: 'Maybe There's One': Gray Wolf Pack Seems To Have Disappeared In Northwest ColoradoHye Seung Chung teaches Media Studies at CSU. He says content from South Korea generally has a strong political message. “Media is not just means of entertainment like in the United States or in...
    Squid Game has soared to popularity worldwide since its release on Netflix last month. But the gory survival drama's rise to becoming one of the streaming giant's most popular shows of all time brought with it some controversy recently. According to Reuters, a South Korean internet service provider, SK Broadband, is suing Netflix over increased traffic thanks to the streaming service's popularity in the country. So popular: According to Reuters, a South Korean internet service provider, SK Broadband, is suing Netflix over increased traffic thanks to the streaming service's popularity in the country. It comes as the new South Korean series Squid Game (pictured) is becoming one of the streaming giant's most popular shows of all time The internet provider said in its claims that Netflix is South Korea's second-largest traffic generator besides YouTube, and states that other streamers - Amazon, Facebook and Apple - are all paying network usage fees. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Furious Carole Baskin says only 'one good thing' came out of... Squid Game actor Park Hae Soo has first child...
    North Korea has successfully fired a new anti-aircraft missile, state media said Friday, the latest in a flurry of weapons tests by the nuclear-armed nation. The anti-aircraft missile had a 'remarkable combat performance' and included twin rudder controls and other new technologies, the official Korean Central News Agency said. A picture in the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed the missile ascending at an angle into the sky from a launch vehicle on Thursday. It is the fourth weapon that Kim Jong Un's regime has tested in a month, even as the despotic leader tees up the possibility of renewed peace talks with the South.  North Korea has test-fired a new kind of anti-aircraft missile (pictured) as the Hermit Kingdom continues updating its military arsenal Until recently, Kim had held off from testing weapons - apparently biding his time since the change in US administrations in January. In September, the North launched what it said was a long-range cruise missile, and earlier this week tested what it described as a hypersonic gliding vehicle, which South Korea's military said appeared to be...
    North Korea says it has tested a new anti-aircraft missile on Thursday. This is the fourth time the country has tested the missile in less than a month. A few days before the new missile test, North Korea tested a hypersonic missile believed to be nuclear-capable. US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen commented that arms tests “increase the risk of instability and insecurity.” According to Pyongyang, these weapons are important for their own security. They see the US and South Korea’s position on arms testing as “double standards.” Recent weapons tests are seen as a sign that North Korea will not stop its weapons production and development activities, despite severe international sanctions. North Korea’s state news agency KCNA reports that the new anti-aircraft missile will show “extraordinary capability on the battlefield.” News of the new missile test came just days after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced his intention to restart a hotline service with direct contact with South Korea. Kim, on the other hand, accused the United States of “spying” on diplomatic agreements. Some international relations...
    Seoul, South KoreaNorth Korea fired a newly developed anti-aircraft missile on Thursday, state media KCNA reported on Friday, the latest in its recent series of weapons tests amid deadlocked denuclearization talks with the United States.It was North Korea's second known weapons test this week after launching a previously unseen hypersonic missile on Tuesday. It has also fired ballistic missiles, and a cruise missile with potential nuclear capabilities in recent weeks.The tests highlight North Korea's development of increasingly sophisticated weapons, raising the stakes for efforts to press it to give up its nuclear and missile programs in return for US sanctions relief. North Korea's "newly developed" anti-aircraft missile was test fired on September 30, according to state media.The Academy of Defense Science, a North Korean military weapons developer, said the test was aimed at confirming the practical functionality of the missile's launcher, radar, comprehensive battle command vehicle and combat performance, according to the official KCNA news agency.It added the missile has new key technologies such as twin rudder control and a double impulse flight engine.Read MoreNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un...
    Hundreds of contestants are rounded up and forced by sinister men in hoods and masks to play a series of children's games in a giant playroom, where the forfeit for losing is instant death. No wonder the police have trouble believing what a would-be whistleblower tells them he has witnessed.  'I know it sounds crazy,' he says, as they ask themselves whether he has been taking his medication. What also sounds crazy is that this is the plot of a South Korean TV series which is sweeping all before it in the battle for global eyeballs. Ted Sarandos, head of the streaming giant Netflix, has confirmed that Squid Game is expected to become the biggest programme the network has ever shown. 'We didn't see that coming,' he said this week. But who did? Since it was released on September 17, the nine-part series has gone viral across the world. Ted Sarandos, head of the streaming giant Netflix, has confirmed that Squid Game (pictured) is expected to become the biggest programme the network has ever shown. It is Netflix's top-rated show...
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced on Thursday that he was ready to reopen relations between the two Koreas, but accused the United States of proposing talks without changing its “hostile policy” on his country. The Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim made his remarks in parliament on Thursday for the second day in a row to discuss the government’s political, economic and social agenda. He noted that Kim had expressed his readiness to reopen the hotlines between the two Koreas in October, but criticized South Korea’s “illusions” for what he described as North Korea’s military provocations. He said it was up to South Korea to continue the conflict or work to improve its new relationship with Pyongyang. Kim spoke out strongly against Washington, accusing President Joe Biden’s new administration of “using cunning ways and tactics” while continuing to make military threats and deliver speeches. South Korea’s Ministry of Coordination, which is responsible for relations between Koreans, welcomed Kim’s provision of communication hotlines, but did not comment on his other comments. Meanwhile, Kim Yo-jong, his brother’s senior adviser,...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says he’ll restore stalled communication lines with South Korea in early October. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    NORTH Korean dictator Kim Jong-un last night unveiled its latest missile launch system - from a train. The rogue state announced it had tested its “railway-borne missile system” yesterday with warheads flying 497 miles before striking a target in the sea. 3North Korea showcased its latest missile launch system from a trainCredit: Reuters 3Kim Jong-un has been overseeing tests of a new 'railway-borne missile system'Credit: Reuters Photos released by state news agency KCNAshowed an olive-green missile rising on a column of smoke and flame from the roof of a train parked on tracks in a mountainous area. Pak Jong Chon, a North Korean marshal, said: “The railway-borne missile system serves as an efficient counter-strike means capable of dealing a harsh multi-concurrent blow to the threat-posing forces.” He added there are plans to expand the railway-borne missile regiment to a brigade-size force and to conduct training to gain “operational experience for actual war.” Adam Mount, a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, said on Twitter: “Rail mobile missiles are a relatively cheap and reliable option for countries seeking to...
    The perpetual stand-off between North and South Korea reached crisis level Wednesday with South Korea’s liberal President Moon Jae-in calling the South’s brand-new ballistic missile a “deterrent” against the North and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s kid sister jumping in with a strongly worded warning. The exchange came as both North and South Korea fired off missiles in an escalation of tensions after the U.S. envoy on North Korea met with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts to talk about fresh attempts at often futile dealings with the North. Seoul’s missile test was a rare show of strength that analysts said demonstrated the president’s “loss of confidence” in the U.S. ability to negotiate peace with the North. Indeed, the competing tests showed the failure of a series of U.S. presidents to come to viable terms with North Korea. If nothing else, President Biden appears no more capable than Donald Trump, in three meetings with Kim Jong Un, to get the North to back down on his nukes and missiles. Nor would Biden, going back to his days as...
    ASIAN superpowers are scrambling to build hypersonic missiles in a terrifying arms race as the world heads for a new Cold War. Governments are pouring billions into new aircraft carriers, submarines and state-of-the-art missile systems in a frightening display of military might. 5North Korea launched a double ballistic missile test this week in a chilling warning to the WestCredit: AFP 5Asian superpowers are scrambling to build up their missile arsenals China alone has ploughed an extra 1.35 trillion yuan (£151 billion) into military spending this year - a modest 6.8 per cent increase - as it seeks to extend its claim over territory in the South China Sea. The rising superpower also boasts of having DF-26 missiles that could knock out targets across South East Asia with deadly precision and speed. Meanwhile North Korea stoked World War Three fears after testing a new cruise missile with a range close to 1,000 miles that could hit targets across South Korea and Japan. But Kim Jong-un's latest military equipment pales in comparison to the new arsenal of weapons being acquired by his...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pohang Steelers and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors both won Wednesday to give South Korea three teams in the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League. Pohang, going for a record fourth continental championship, advanced with a 1-0 win at Japanese club Cerezo Osaka. Lee Seung-mo scored the only goal in the 25th minute. “Both teams played well and both teams had chances,” Pohang coach Kim Ki-dong said. “We came under pressure early in the game but we recovered and we are delighted with the win.” Two-time champion Jeonbuk defeated Thai club BG Pathum United 4-2 in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw. Brazilian striker Gustavo headed Jeonbuk into the lead at the end of the first half but Teerasil Dangda equalized in the 76th. South Korean club Ulsan Hyundai has also earned a spot in the quarterfinals. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    North Korea has test-fired two ballistic missiles just days after firing a new kind of cruise missile with possible nuclear capabilities. South Korea's military said the two missiles were fired from an unknown inland location before coming down somewhere near the east coast. The move is likely designed as a provocation to Joe Biden and other world leaders, as ballistic missiles violate UN resolutions on the North's weapons programme and are likely to trigger a diplomatic response. It also comes two weeks after Kim Jong Un restarted a nuclear reactor at Yongbyon which had been shut down during negotiations with Donald Trump.  Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called Wednesday's launch 'outrageous', saying it threatened peace and security in the region. 'North Korea fired two unidentified ballistic missiles from its central inland region toward the east coast, and intelligence authorities of South Korea and the United States are conducting detailed analysis for further information,' South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
    Special envoys from the United States and South Korea met with their Japanese counterpart Tuesday in Tokyo for talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, following tests conducted by the rogue state Saturday and Sunday. Sung Kim, U.S. special representative for North Korea, and Noh Kyu-duk, South Korea's special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, joined Japan's director-general for Asian and Oceanian affairs, Takehiro Funakoshi, for a meeting on how to address this latest development with North Korea. North Korea state media confirmed the nation tested “newly developed long-range cruise missiles” Saturday and Sunday. Cruise missiles fly at relatively low altitudes and can be guided in-flight. That allows them to fly under or around missile defense radars. Analysts say the missiles appeared visually similar to the U.S. Tomahawk, a nuclear-capable cruise missile with a range of about 1,600 kilometers. North Korea hinted the missile is nuclear-capable, though it’s not clear the North yet has a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on it. Regardless, the missiles represent another lethal component in North Korea’s arsenal, which has significantly expanded...
    Special envoys from the United States and South Korea met with their Japanese counterpart Tuesday in Tokyo for talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, following tests conducted by the rogue state Saturday and Sunday. Sung Kim, U.S. special representative for North Korea, and Noh Kyu-duk, South Korea's special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, joined Japan's director-general for Asian and Oceanian affairs, Takehiro Funakoshi, for a meeting on how to address this latest development with North Korea. North Korea state media confirmed the nation tested “newly developed long-range cruise missiles” Saturday and Sunday. Cruise missiles fly at relatively low altitudes and can be guided in-flight. That allows them to fly under or around missile defense radars. Analysts say the missiles appeared visually similar to the U.S. Tomahawk, a nuclear-capable cruise missile with a range of about 1,600 kilometers. North Korea hinted the missile is nuclear-capable, though it’s not clear the North yet has a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on it. Regardless, the missiles represent another lethal component in North Korea’s arsenal, which has significantly expanded...
    North Korea said Monday that it successfully tested newly developed long-range cruise missiles over the weekend, the first known testing activity in months, underscoring how the country continues to expand its military capabilities amid a stalemate in nuclear negotiations with the United States.  The state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that the missiles showed they can hit targets 930 miles away on Saturday and Sunday. State media published photos of a projectile being fired from a launcher truck and what looked like a missile traveling in the air.  The North hailed its new missiles as a "strategic weapon of great significance" — wording that implies they were developed with the intent to arm them with nuclear warheads.  This combination of photos provided by the North Korean government on Monday shows long-range cruise missile tests being held on Sept. 11-12, 2021 in an undisclosed location of North Korea.   (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service/AP) NORTH KOREA, SLIMMED-DOWN KIM JONG UN ENJOY PARADE  North Korea says it needs nuclear weapons in order to deter what it claims is hostility...
    In this article RWE-DE EQNR-NO RDSA-GB If built, the project would be located in waters off the coast of Ulsan, South Korea.Insung Jeon | Moment | Getty ImagesA joint venture centered around the development of a massive floating offshore wind farm in waters off South Korea has been formally established. Oil and gas major Shell has an 80% stake in the JV, which is called MunmuBaram, with the remaining 20% held by CoensHexicon. The latter is itself a joint venture between South Korea-headquartered COENS and Swedish firm Hexicon. In a statement earlier this week Shell said the project was in what it described as "a feasibility assessment stage." If built, the 1.4 gigawatt wind farm would be situated between 65 and 80 kilometers off Ulsan, a coastal city and industrial hub in the south east of the country. Water depths for the proposed facility, which would be developed in phases, range between 120 and 160 meters. It would be expected to produce as much as 4.65 terawatt hours of energy annually, powering over 1 million households.Read more about clean...
    Visitors look at Apple Inc. iPhones and iPads on display at the SK Telecom Co. T Factory flagship store in Seoul, South Korea, June 11, 2021.SeongJoon Cho | Bloomberg | Getty Images South Korea has become the first country to impose curbs on Google and Apple's policies that force developers to only use the tech giants' proprietary billing systems. Those policies require developers to pay Google and Apple a commission as high as 30% in every transaction. Media reports last week said the legislation and judiciary committee of the National Assembly approved revisions of a bill aimed at stopping app store operators from forcing developers to use specific payment systems. The Telecommunications Business Act, or the so-called Anti-Google Law, was submitted to parliament last August, according to Yonhap News. South Korea's parliament approved the bill on Tuesday, with 180 out of 188 voting in favor of the changes to the Telecommunications Business Act, according to Reuters. Apple and Google did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment. Regulators worldwide are focusing more on the app stores and...
    SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean officials are expressing cautious hope that COVID-19 transmissions are beginning to slow, after battling the country’s worst wave of infections for weeks. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Tuesday reported the country’s lowest daily jump in about two weeks at 1,372. Officials have been enforcing the strongest social distancing restrictions short of a lockdown in the capital of Seoul and other large population centers, including banning private social gatherings of three or more people after 6 p.m. A senior health ministry official pleaded for citizens to remain vigilant ahead of next month’s Chuseok holidays, the Korean version of Thanksgiving, when millions usually travel across the country to meet relatives. Less than 30% of South Korea’s population have been fully vaccinated. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — Hurricane Ida slams Louisiana hospitals brimming with virus patients — EU takes US off safe travel list, and backs travel restrictions — Even as COVID cases rise, US Open, other events welcome fans — Return to school filled with uncertainty in Mexico ___ — Find more...
    People walk along a commercial street in Seoul on February 24, 2021.Ed Jones | AFP | Getty Images South Korea's central bank raised interest rates on Thursday, in a decision that was expected as financial risks heat up despite the virus threat. The Bank of Korea raised its policy rate by 25 basis points to 0.75%, becoming the first developed economy to hike rates in the pandemic era. Out of 30 analysts polled by Reuters, 16 expected the rate hike. South Korea's benchmark index Kospi fell 0.18% following the announcement. The Korean won strengthened slightly. Most central banks globally have slashed rates to record lows in a bid to prop up their pandemic-hit economies. From the U.S. to Europe and Asia, governments around the world have been rolling out stimulus measures to support businesses.  "Admittedly, the virus remains a headwind to the recovery," Capital Economics said in a note following the announcement. South Korea has been grappling with high numbers of Covid cases in recent weeks, with its rolling 7-day average daily cases surging past 1,800 — compared to just...
    (CNN)Commentary in China's government-run newspaper Global Times argues that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan "dealt a heavy blow to the credibility and reliability of the US." Another article by the same paper argues that American actions in Afghanistan are not the first time the US has abandoned its "allies and so-called alliances." Jeffrey Hornung Strategic competitors like China benefit from such narratives, as they suggest the US will not or cannot live up to its security commitments. That argument, however, doesn't hold up, as the reasons for America's withdrawal from Afghanistan and the rationales for other US commitments are vastly different. Consider first the notion that the US is abandoning its allies. President Joe Biden suggested that part of his withdrawal rationale was that without the Afghans' will to fight the American military mission could not succeed. The United States spent 20 years in Afghanistan, fighting the Taliban and training the Afghan military, spending approximately $2.26 trillion. While reports corroborate Biden's logic, suggesting Afghanistan's political leaders and its armed forces made deals with the Taliban, what does this...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden’s special envoy for North Korea arrived in South Korea on Saturday for discussions over stalled nuclear diplomacy with Pyongyang. Sung Kim’s visit comes amid fresh tensions over ongoing U.S.-South Korean military exercises, which the North has described as an invasion rehearsal and led to it threatening unspecified countermeasures that would leave the allies facing a “security crisis.” Kim will meet his South Korean counterpart Noh Kyu-duk on Monday and also plans to hold separate talks with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov, who also arrived in Seoul on Saturday. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry and the U.S. State Department didn’t immediately mention any plan for three-way talks with the Russians. The State Department said Kim’s meetings with Noh and South Korean officials are aimed at discussing the “situation on the Korean Peninsula and continue close coordination on the way forward.” “I’m looking forward to very close consultations with our Korean government colleagues,” Kim told reporters at the Incheon international airport. The Untied States and South Korea began a nine-day...
    U.S. Justice Department says Missouri state gun law is unconstitutional Pentagon: Kabul evacuations not solely reliant on goodwill from Taliban © Provided by Sports Illustrated The U.S. will head to the midwest for four matches, including Carli Lloyd's final one in Minnesota. View the original article to see embedded media.The U.S. women's national team's itinerary for its first four post-Olympic matches is set, and, as it turns out, Carli Lloyd's last match will take place in Minnesota. Minnesota United's Allianz Field will stage the second of two friendlies against South Korea in October, which follow a September double-header against Paraguay, U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday. All matches will take place in the midwest, with the Paraguay matches slated for Sept. 16 and 21 in Cleveland and Cincinnati, respectively. The first South Korea match will be at Sporting Kansas City's Children's Mercy Park on Oct. 21 before the Oct. 26 final lap for Lloyd, who announced she will be retiring to conclude her decorated career earlier this week. The rosters for the friendlies will be made up of players from the...
    Seungri, a member of South Korean K-pop band Big Bang, arrives to be questioned over a sex bribery case at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea. Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters Former K-pop idol Seungri was sentenced to three years in prison in South Korea.  Seungri had been indicted in January 2020 on eight counts that included prostitution mediation. He was a primary figure in one of South Korea's biggest entertainment scandals. Business Insider: A daily selection of curated stories Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Former K-pop idol Seungri has been sentenced to three years in prison on prostitution and gambling charges, according to a report from Yonhap News Agency. The sentencing is part of one of South Korea's biggest entertainment scandals in recent memory.  30-year-old Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, is a former member of the K-pop group Big Bang, which debuted in 2006. In 2019,...
    A South Korean military court sentenced disgraced K-pop star Seungri to three years in prison on Thursday for crimes including providing prostitutes to foreign businessmen. The Defense Ministry said the former member of the boy band Big Bang was also fined $989,000. He was taken into custody after the ruling by an army court in Yongin, near Seoul. Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, was indicted in January 2020 on multiple charges, including arranging illegal sexual services for business investors from Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong from 2015 to 2016. He was also convicted of embezzling funds from a Seoul nightclub he ran and violating laws prohibiting overseas gambling by betting heavily at foreign casinos from 2013 to 2017. He denied most of the charges. Seungri, a former member of a popular K-pop boy band Big Bang, arrives at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea, in March 2019. (AP) PRINCE CHARLES BELIEVES PRINCE ANDREW’S ONGOING EPSTEIN SCANDAL IS AN 'UNSOLVABLE PROBLEM,' SOURCE CLAIMS His case was transferred to a military court after he enlisted...
    A South Koren military court sentenced K-pop star Seungri to three years in prison Thursday after being found guilty of multiple crimes, including arranging prostitutes for foreign businessmen, the Associated Press reported. Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, was a member of the renowned K-pop group Big Bang, the AP reported. The group debuted in 2006 and gained a massive following across Asia and the world, raking in $44 million in pretax earnings in 2015, according to a Forbes report. Between 2015 and 2016, Seungri is alleged to have arranged for business investors from Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong to meet up with prostitutes for sexual acts, the AP reported. He left Big Bang in 2019 after the media reported on the allegations and was subsequently indicted in January 2020. The 31-year-old appeared in front of an army court as he enlisted in March 2020 for 21 months of service, the AP reported. Most young men in South Korea are required to do so because of the threat of neighboring North Korea. This photo taken on October 29, 2013...
    A South Korean military court sentenced disgraced K-pop star Seungri to three years in prison on Thursday for crimes including providing prostitutes to foreign businessmen. The Defense Ministry said the former member of the boy band Big Bang was also fined 1.15 billion won ($989,000). He was taken into custody after the ruling by an army court in Yongin, near Seoul. In this March 14, 2019, file photo, Seungri, a former member of a popular K-pop boy band Big Bang, arrives at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea.  Ahn Young-joon / AP Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, was indicted in January 2020 on multiple charges, including arranging illegal sexual services for business investors from Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong from 2015 to 2016. He was also convicted of embezzling funds from a Seoul nightclub he ran and violating laws prohibiting overseas gambling by betting heavily at foreign casinos from 2013 to 2017. He denied most of the charges. His case was transferred to a military court after he enlisted in the army in March...