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North Korean Soldier Defects to the South

North Korean Soldier Defects to the South

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) — South Korea’s Defense Chief has apologized publicly after his military failed to spot a North Korean soldier defecting to the South across their heavily guarded border. No one detected the soldier until he knocked on t…

South Korean ‘Flower Men’ Buy 20% of the World’s Cosmetics for Men

South Korean ‘Flower Men’ Buy 20% of the World’s Cosmetics for Men

Sky View/Photodisc/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) — Nearly 21 percent of global sales of men’s cosmetics, a total of $495.5 million, were sold in South Korea last year, according to Euromonitor International, a global market research firm.That makes t…

South Korea Stops Buying US Rice

South Korea Stops Buying US Rice

Photos.com/Thinkstock(LONDON) — South Korea is suspending the bidding and sale of U.S. rice.  The decision by South Korea to suspend the sale of U.S. rice follows a Consumer Reports’ study which says many of the rice products found on the superma…

South Korean Navy Fires Shots on North Korean Boats

South Korean Navy Fires Shots on North Korean Boats

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — The South Korean Navy fired warning shots against North Korean fishing boats Friday, after they crossed into disputed waters in the Yellow Sea. The shots did not hit North Korean boats and forced fishermen to retreat, a…

South Korean Navy Fires Shots on North Korean Boats

South Korean Navy Fires Shots on North Korean Boats

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — The South Korean Navy fired warning shots against North Korean fishing boats Friday, after they crossed into disputed waters in the Yellow Sea. The shots did not hit North Korean boats and forced fishermen to retreat, a…

Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Founder of Unification Church, Dead at 92

Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Founder of Unification Church, Dead at 92

Alex Wong/Newsmakers(NEW YORK) — The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, an extremely successful South Korean businessman turned religious leader who parlayed his Unification Church into a soapbox for the conservative movement in the U.S., died on Monday after battl…

Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Founder of Unification Church, Dead at 92

Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Founder of Unification Church, Dead at 92

Alex Wong/Newsmakers(NEW YORK) — The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, an extremely successful South Korean businessman turned religious leader who parlayed his Unification Church into a soapbox for the conservative movement in the U.S., died on Monday after battl…

Protesters Want Dogs Taken Off the Menu

Protesters Want Dogs Taken Off the Menu

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) — A small group of animal rights activists caged themselves in protest against eating dog meat.The protest came on “malbok,” which falls on the last day of summer according to the lunar calendar. …

2012 Olympics: Flag Flub Prompts North Koreans to Walk off Field

2012 Olympics: Flag Flub Prompts North Koreans to Walk off Field

Stanley Chou/Getty Images(GLASGOW, Scotland) — The opening ceremonies of the London Summer Olympics are still a day away and already there’s a controversy.As usual, the soccer competition started early as North Korea’s women’s team met the Colombian s…

Cooked Squid Inseminates Woman’s Mouth

Cooked Squid Inseminates Woman’s Mouth

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here’s one not for the squeamish, from South Korea: A semi-cooked squid inseminated a woman’s mouth, according to a paper published in the Journal of Parasitology. After experiencing “severe pain in…

Infant Flesh Capsules Seized in S. Korea

Infant Flesh Capsules Seized in S. Korea

ABC News(LONDON) — The dried flesh of dead infants appears to be the not-so-secret ingredient in a health supplement that is reportedly being smuggled out of China. The performance-enhancement pills, touted for increasing vitality and sex drive, have …

North Korea Threatens ‘Special Action’ Against South Korea

North Korea Threatens ‘Special Action’ Against South Korea

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea issued a warning to its southern neighbor on Monday, vowing to take “special action” against South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his followers.In a breaking news broadcast, North Korea’s st…

Double Slip: Controversial Korean Oreo Ad Leaked

Double Slip: Controversial Korean Oreo Ad Leaked

PRNewsFoto/Kraft Foods Inc.(SEOUL, South Korea) — A controversial advertisement from South Korea of a baby holding an Oreo while breastfeeding may have two slips — an exposed nipple and a leaked ad never meant for public distribution.The ad shows the…

US Fighter Jets Intercept Korean Airlines Flight After Bomb Threat

US Fighter Jets Intercept Korean Airlines Flight After Bomb Threat

SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Two U.S. fighter jets scrambled to meet a Korean Airlines Boeing 777 Tuesday night after a bomb threat was reported shortly after the plane took off from Vancouver, British Columb…

North Korea Prepares Third Nuclear Test

North Korea Prepares Third Nuclear Test

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PYONGYANG, North Korea) — As North Korea prepares to launch its controversial rocket this week, recent satellite images show they are also readying for a third nuclear underground test, according to South Korean media quoting an…

North Korea Readies for Controversial Rocket Launch

North Korea Readies for Controversial Rocket Launch

Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — North Korea has moved a long-range rocket into place for a controversial launch later this month, the BBC reports. Pyongyang said the rocket will put a satellite into orbit, but opponents believe the na…

North Korean Defector Threatened over His Reliable News Reports

North Korean Defector Threatened over His Reliable News Reports

Photos.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — One of the most difficult places in the world to get accurate information, both for journalists and intelligence officers, is the closed and paranoid regime of North Korea.  Former North Korean intelligence offi…

Obama, Pakistani PM Concede Strained Ties, Vow to Rebuild Alliance

Obama, Pakistani PM Concede Strained Ties, Vow to Rebuild Alliance

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — Acknowledging their strained relationship, President Obama and Pakistani Prime Minster Yousaf Raza Gillani vowed on Tuesday to rebuild their frayed alliance, following a period of increased tension be…

Obama to North Korean Leaders: ‘Have the Courage to Pursue Peace’

Obama to North Korean Leaders: ‘Have the Courage to Pursue Peace’

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — President Obama paused during his speech to local college students in South Korea Monday to directly address the North Korean leaders across the DMZ, urging new dictator Kim Jong Un and his regime to p…

Obama Asks Russian President for ‘Space’ on Missile Defense

Obama Asks Russian President for ‘Space’ on Missile Defense

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — At the tail end of his 90-minute meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday, President Obama said that he would have “more flexibility” to deal with controversial issues such…

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