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‘alarmingly high’ number of south koreans missing


days after the united states and south korea agreed to hold joint military exercises next month in a bid to deter north korea’s nuclear program, a united nations’ working group said friday the list of south koreans that may have been abducted by pyongyang has been increasing in size, local media reported. the u.n.’s working group…






ship carrying 16 filipinos, 8 s.koreans missing near uruguay


seoul, south korea — south korea's government says a cargo ship being used by a south korean shipping company has gone missing in seas near uruguay with 24 crew members.a foreign ministry official says the ship went out of contact late friday, south korea time, shortly after one of the crew members sent a text message to the shipping company saying the ship was taking on water.the official said saturday that the uruguayan maritime police and a commercial vessel that had been in neighboring waters were searching for the stella daisy.the official, who didn't want to be named, citing office rules, said eight south koreans and 16 filipinos were on the ship.he said the ship was registered in the marshall islands.






ship carrying 16 filipinos, 8 s.koreans missing near uruguay


seoul, south korea — south korea's government said saturday that a cargo ship being used by a south korean shipping company has gone missing in seas near uruguay with 24 crew members.the ship went out of contact late friday, south korea time, shortly after one of the crew members sent a text message to the shipping company saying the ship was taking on water, according to an official from seoul's foreign ministry.the official said the uruguayan maritime police and a commercial vessel that had been in neighboring waters were searching for the stella daisy, which had departed from a port in brazil on march 26.the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules, said 16 filipinos and eight south koreans were on the ship. he said it wasn't clear whether the ship sank or if t






north korean defector describes the shock of adjusting to a society with advance


the “internet room” at pyongyang’s international airport in 2015, which at the time reportedly didn’t have access to the internet (ap photo/dita alangkara)the wall street journal has a fascinating new video about the struggles that many north koreans go through when they defect to the south. many of the hurdles are technological. as just one example, when north koreans first encounter atms they sometimes believe that there’s a person inside the machine because the atm “talks.”advertisementthe video from the wall street journal:the video really demonstrates how shocking it can be to go from a country where so much money is currently being poured into the machines of war to a country like south korea where technologies like talking atms and tablet computers are abundant.advertisementsome of






ship carrying 16 filipinos, 8 s.koreans missing near uruguay


seoul, south korea — a cargo ship being used by a south korean shipping company went missing in seas near uruguay with 24 crew members and authorities said saturday that two people had been rescued.the ship went out of contact late friday, south korea time, shortly after one of the crew members sent a text message to the shipping company saying the ship was taking on water, according to an official from seoul's foreign ministry.the official said the uruguayan maritime police and a commercial vessel that had been in neighboring waters were searching for the stella daisy, which had departed from a port in brazil on march 26.the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules, said 16 filipinos and eight south koreans were on the ship. he said it wasn't clear whether the sh






deposed president heightens south korea instability as china maneuvers


south korea’s first female president, park geun-hye, was ousted by south korea’s constitutional court on march 10. she was impeached over a bribery scandal that rocked the south korean business and political world. this is a good news for south korea’s young democracy, but the timing couldn’t be worse. it took place less than one week after north korea conducted its second missile test in 2017 and barely two weeks after the assassination of kim jong nam (the half-brother of dictator kim jung un).compared to the rest of the world, south koreans have the most to worry about. north korea conducted it latest missile test while the united states and south korea were conducting joint military exercises. once again, pyongyang demonstrated its determination to push forward its intercontinental mis






malaysia says only 315 north koreans left in the country


kuala lumpur, malaysia — malaysia's deputy prime minister says 315 north koreans are in the country and barred from leaving amid a dispute over the killing of north korean leader kim jong un's half brother.the figure is lower than an estimate previously given by a government official, who had told the associated press that some 1,000 north koreans were believed to be in malaysia.malaysia says kim jong nam died after two women smeared his face with a banned nerve agent feb. 13 at kuala lumpur's airport, but north korea rejects the findings. on tuesday, the two countries barred each other's citizens from leaving.deputy prime minister ahmad zahid hamidi said sunday that 2,453 north koreans came to malaysia from 2014 to 2017, but that the latest record showed only 315 remained.






trump is ‘trying to out-north korean the north koreans’ — and that makes people


appearing on abc, the former ambassador to south korea who helmed bush-era negotiations to get rid of north korea’s nuclear weapons program said that president donald trump is playing brinkmanship with north korean president kim jong un and that “makes people nervous.”speaking with this week host martha raddatz, ambassador christopher hill, who served in both the bush and the clinton administrations, explained what he believes trump’s strategy is — if the president has one.“i think he’s trying to out-north korean the north koreans, so let’s see if that works,” suggested hill.“certainly it makes people nervous when they’re not quite sure what he means by it,” hill continued. “and, you know, great powers can’t really bluff. so when you talk in those terms, you’ve got to be prepared to back i






trump is ‘trying to out-north korean the north koreans’ — and that makes people


appearing on abc, the former ambassador to south korea who helmed bush-era negotiations to get rid of north korea’s nuclear weapons program said that president donald trump is playing brinkmanship with north korean president kim jong un and that “makes people nervous.”speaking with this week host martha raddatz, ambassador christopher hill, who served in both the bush and the clinton administrations, explained what he believes trump’s strategy is — if the president has one.“i think he’s trying to out-north korean the north koreans, so let’s see if that works,” suggested hill.“certainly it makes people nervous when they’re not quite sure what he means by it,” hill continued. “and, you know, great powers can’t really bluff. so when you talk in those terms, you’ve got to be prepared to back i






malaysia now says only 315 north koreans left in the country


kuala lumpur, malaysia (ap) — malaysia has lowered its estimate of how many north koreans are in the country and barred from leaving amid a dispute over the killing of north korean leader kim jong un’s half brother, saying 315 remain.malaysia says kim jong nam died after two women smeared his face with the banned vx nerve agent on feb. 13 at kuala lumpur’s airport, but north korea — widely suspected to be behind the attack — rejects the findings. on tuesday, the two countries barred each other’s citizens from leaving.a malaysian government official earlier estimated 1,000 north koreans were in the country.deputy prime minister ahmad zahid hamidi told local media sunday that 2,453 north koreans came to malaysia between 2014 and 2017, but that the latest record showed only 315 remained.most






the latest: us is taking no position on upcoming election


seoul, south korea — the latest on south korean president park geun-hye's removal from office friday by the constitutional court (all times local):5:32 a.m.the united states is taking no position on the outcome of south korea's upcoming presidential election, saying it's a domestic issue to be decided by south koreans and their democratic institutions.spokesman sean spicer says the white house is monitoring developments after south korea's constitutional court removed impeached president park geun-hye from office friday over a corruption scandal.spicer says the u.s. will remain a "steadfast ally, friend and partner" to the republic of korea, regardless of the outcome of the election.south korea must hold a presidential election within two months to choose park's successor.___8: 30 p.m.nort






other mysterious deaths of north korea's perceived enemies


seoul, south korea — an outcast from north korea's ruling family was killed with a weapon believed to belong to north korea's chemical arsenal and several north koreans are wanted for questioning. but with malaysia deporting the only north korean it detained in the airport assassination of kim jong nam, many in south korea see the secretive, dictatorial regime in pyongyang escaping punishment for another mysterious killing.the government in seoul and human rights groups say pyongyang has for decades acted to silence its perceived enemies, sending assassins after south korean government officials, north korean defectors and anti-pyongyang activists.and yet north korea often takes out the targets without leaving evidence that would indisputably prove its involvement, south koreans say.when s






other mysterious deaths of north korea’s perceived enemies


seoul, south korea (ap) — an outcast from north korea’s ruling family was killed with a weapon believed to belong to north korea’s chemical arsenal and several north koreans are wanted for questioning. but with malaysia deporting the only north korean it detained in the airport assassination of kim jong nam, many in south korea see the secretive, dictatorial regime in pyongyang escaping punishment for another mysterious killing.the government in seoul and human rights groups say pyongyang has for decades acted to silence its perceived enemies, sending assassins after south korean government officials, north korean defectors and anti-pyongyang activists.and yet north korea often takes out the targets without leaving evidence that would indisputably prove its involvement, south koreans say.w






the latest: malaysia interviewed n. koreans before they left


kuala lumpur, malaysia — the latest on the killing of kim jong nam, the north korean leader's half brother (all times local):4:30 p.m.:malaysia's police chief says three north koreans who had been sought in the killing of the north korean leader's half brother were allowed to leave the country after investigators obtained their statements.national police chief khalid abu bakar told reporters friday that "we have obtained whatever we wanted from them" and are "satisfied" with the north koreans' statements. the three were believed to have been holed up in the north korean embassy.khalid says police are still seeking four other north koreans who left malaysia feb. 13, the day kim jong nam died after being poisoned in a kuala lumpur airport terminal. two women accused of smearing kim's face wi






south korea's president is removed from office as court upholds her impeachment


after months of political wrangling, legal drama and historic protests, a court has removed south korean president park geun-hye from office.the constitutional court that weighed her fate announced friday its confirmation of the embattled leader’s impeachment in december by the national assembly — a ruling that could lead to her criminal prosecution.south koreans anxiously awaited the decision, which was broadcast live on televisions across the nation. lee jungmi, the acting chief judge, said the panel unanimously agreed that park “violated the duty to safeguard the nation.”“the respondent, president park geun-hye, is expelled,” she said. “we all agree that this is a matter of safeguarding the constitution. therefore there is no other choice than to decide the verdict.”in recent weeks, nat






analysis: trump 'smart cookie' talk on kim baffles seoul


seoul, south korea — u.s. presidents looking to halt north korea's push for nuclear weapons over the years normally haven't had very kind words to describe its dictators. george w. bush, for instance, called the late kim jong il a "pygmy."so it's little wonder that south koreans are bewildered by president donald trump's use of the term "smart cookie" to refer to current leader kim jong un, and by trump's assertion that he'd be "honored" by a possible meeting. some south korean media described trump as a "rugby ball," an expression that suggests unpredictability.trump's swing from hints of military action to praise for kim highlights an odd reality: south koreans, not easily rattled by their nuclear bomb testing neighbor to the north, find themselves increasingly baffled by the new leader






profile: south korea's park geun-hye | south korea news


what was once seen as a historical triumph, south korea's park geun-hye's political career has now been marred by a corruption scandal that led to her eventual downfall.elected the country's first female president four years ago, park was removed from office on friday after the constitutional court upheld her impeachment following months of widespread protests with, at times, millions of south koreans calling for her resignation.while park's presidential fate has now been decided, her career was marked by tragedy, triumph and controversy.no stranger to politicspark was no stranger to the political scene. her father, the late president park chung-hee, seized power after a military coup in 1961.following the assassination of her mother in 1974, park served as her father's de facto first lady






profile: south korea's park geun-hye | south korea news


what was once seen as a historical triumph, south korea's park geun-hye's political career has now been marred by a corruption scandal that led to her eventual downfall.elected the country's first female president four years ago, park was removed from office on friday after the constitutional court upheld her impeachment following months of widespread protests with, at times, millions of south koreans calling for her resignation.while park's presidential fate has now been decided, her career was marked by tragedy, triumph and controversy.no stranger to politicspark was no stranger to the political scene. her father, the late president park chung-hee, seized power after a military coup in 1961.following the assassination of her mother in 1974, park served as her father's de facto first lady






the latest: south korea says 5 citizens injured in london


london — the latest on the attack outside britain's parliament (all times local):12:15 a.m.south korea's foreign ministry says five south koreans in their 50s and 60s were among the 40 people injured in london during the terror attack outside parliament.the ministry says the five were hurt when they were caught up in a stampede of people trying to escape the attack.it says four of the south koreans suffered broken bones and other injuries and a woman in her late 60s needed an operation to treat a head injury.___10:30 p.m.british police say five people died in the terror attack outside parliament.counter-terrorism chief mark rowley said one policeman, three civilians and the attacker died.he said a further 40 people were wounded.the assailant has not been identified. rowley said police thin






trump gets tough on north korea, but errors upset south


many south koreans have praised president donald trump’s hardline stance on their rival neighbor, north korea, but some of the republican leader’s recent public gaffes have upset residents of the traditional u.s. ally at a time when tensions are already running high in the region. the u.s. has long backed seoul and provided significant military support,…






north korea vows to respond to 'reckless' us moves | north korea news


north korea has sharply criticised the us after the us pacific command moved a set of warships to the korean peninsula over the weekend.the north's foreign ministry, in a statement carried by its kcna news agency on tuesday, said the us navy strike group's deployment showed america's "reckless moves for invading had reached a serious phase"."we never beg for peace but we will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs in order to defend ourselves by powerful force of arms and keep to the road chosen by ourselves," a spokesman for the country's foreign affairs ministry said.opinion: what's on kim jong-un's mind?"the dprk is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the us," the spokesman said on monday, using an alternative abbreviation for north korea.on saturday, the us w






north korea threat heats up, but south koreans keep their cool


seoul—the possibility of a military confrontation between the u.s. and north korea is dominating headlines across south korea, but in the streets of seoul, concerns about a north korean missile or nuclear test—or even a pre-emptive u.s. military strike—are drowned out by the rhythms of daily life.“north korea makes threats, but they will not do it. no way,” said yu jeom-soon, a 59-year-old shop worker in downtown seoul, who sat on a...






north korea vows to respond to 'reckless' us moves | north korea news


north korea has sharply criticised the us after the us pacific command moved a set of warships to the korean peninsula over the weekend.the north's foreign ministry, in a statement carried by its kcna news agency on tuesday, said the us navy strike group's deployment showed america's "reckless moves for invading had reached a serious phase"."we never beg for peace but we will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs in order to defend ourselves by powerful force of arms and keep to the road chosen by ourselves," a spokesman for the country's foreign affairs ministry said. read more: us strike group heads towards korean peninsula "the dprk is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the us," the spokesman said on monday, using an alternative abbreviation for north korea.






malaysia interviewed, cleared 3 n. koreans before they left


kuala lumpur, malaysia — malaysia's police chief said friday that investigators interviewed three north koreans they had sought in the killing of the half brother of north korea's leader and cleared them of wrongdoing before allowing them to leave the country.national police chief khalid abu bakar told reporters that the three were cleared after investigators interviewed them at the north korean embassy. "we have obtained whatever we want from them," he said.the three men left kuala lumpur for beijing on thursday on a flight that also carried the body of kim jong nam. the men were seen at the beijing airport on friday, apparently on their way to pyongyang, north korea's capital.investigators say kim was poisoned with nerve gas in a kuala lumpur airport terminal and quickly died feb. 13. tw






some americans are panicking about north korea — here’s why south koreans are no


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s korean cargo ship stellar daisy vanishes in south atlantic


a huge south korean cargo ship which had 24 people on board has gone missing in the south atlantic.officials in seoul said efforts were under way to rescue two sailors found on a life raft, yonhap news agency reports. on friday, a crew member sent a text saying the stellar daisy freighter was taking on water.the uruguayan navy alerted merchant ships in the area, which began a search. a navy spokesman said they had reported a strong smell of fuel.the ship, a very large ore carrier (vloc) with a capacity of 260,000 tonnes, was being operated by a south korean company but was flagged to the marshall islands, and had eight filipinos and 16 koreans on board.it had departed from brazil, reports said.






s korean cargo ship stellar daisy vanishes in south atlantic


a huge south korean cargo ship which had 24 people on board has gone missing in the south atlantic.officials in seoul said efforts were under way to rescue two sailors found on a life raft, yonhap news agency reports. on friday, a crew member sent a text saying the stellar daisy freighter was taking on water.the uruguayan navy alerted merchant ships in the area, which began a search. a navy spokesman said they had reported a strong smell of fuel.the ship, a very large ore carrier (vloc) with a capacity of 260,000 tonnes, was being operated by a south korean company but was flagged to the marshall islands, and had eight filipinos and 16 koreans on board.it had departed from brazil, reports said.






malaysia to cancel visa-free entry for north koreans | north korea news


malaysia will cancel visa-free entry for north koreans entering the country starting next week as diplomatic ties between the two countries fray further following the murder of kim jong-nam at the kuala lumpur airport.north koreans will be required to obtain a visa as of march 6 before entering malaysia for national security reasons, state news agency bernama reported on thursday, citing the deputy prime minister ahmad zahid hamidi.malaysia is one of the few countries that north koreans could visit without a visa. a reciprocal arrangement made malaysians the only foreigners given visa-free entry to the secretive, nuclear-armed state.malaysia police: vx nerve agent killed kim jong-namthe move comes two weeks after kim jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of north korean leader kim jong-un,






north korea's secret police, ministry organized assassination, south korea finds


seoul, south korea – officials from north korea's secret police and foreign ministry were involved in the killing of the estranged half brother of the country's leader, south korean intelligence officials told lawmakers on monday.ever since kim jong nam, the eldest brother of kim jung un, was first reported assassinated, the south korean government has held the north responsible. on monday, the national intelligence service in seoul provided more details of what it described as state-sponsored terrorism, saying that four of the eight north koreans identified as suspects by malaysian authorities were agents from north korea's ministry of state security, the country's secret police.speaking on monday in a closed-door parliamentary hearing, lee byung-ho, director of the national intelligence






malaysia says only 315 north koreans left in the country


kuala lumpur, malaysia — malaysia's deputy prime minister said sunday that 315 north koreans are in the country and barred from leaving amid a diplomatic dispute over the killing of north korean leader kim jong un's estranged half brother.the figure is lower than an estimate previously given by a government official, who had told the associated press that some 1,000 north koreans were believed to be in malaysia.malaysia says kim jong nam died after two women smeared his face with the banned vx nerve agent at kuala lumpur's airport on feb. 13, but north korea — which is widely suspected to be behind the attack — rejects the findings.relations have steadily deteriorated, with each country expelling the other's ambassador. on tuesday, north korea blocked all malaysians from leaving the countr






k-pop, korean bidets drawn into missile shield dispute


seoul—a proposed u.s.-built missile defense system to help south korea guard against growing threats from its north korean nemesis is roiling relations between seoul and beijing.many south koreans believe china is retaliating against their government, targeting pop stars, companies and individuals over the defense array, which beijing has denounced as a threat to its own security. the korean​institute for national unification, a...






the latest: new zealand leader condemns attack in london


london — the latest on the attack outside britain's parliament (all times local):1:35 a.m.new zealand's prime minister is condemning the attack outside britain's parliament that resulted in five deaths, including the assailant.prime minister bill english told reporters in rotorua that he has written to british prime minister theresa may to express support for her government and to offer his country's condolences to the victim's families.a knife-wielding man went on the deadly rampage in the heart of britain's seat of power wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on london's westminster bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of parliament. other officers fatally shot the attacker.in addition to the dead, 40 people have injuries.may has condemned the incident as






even k-pop, korean bidets aren’t safe in missile shield dispute


seoul—a proposed u.s.-built missile defense system to help south korea guard against growing threats from its north korean nemesis is roiling relations between seoul and beijing.many south koreans believe china is retaliating against their government, targeting pop stars, companies and individuals over the defense array, which beijing has denounced as a threat to its own security. the korean​institute for national unification, a...






even k-pop, korean bidets aren’t safe in missile-shield dispute


seoul—a proposed u.s.-built missile defense system to help south korea guard against growing threats from its north korean nemesis is roiling relations between seoul and beijing.many south koreans believe china is retaliating against their government, targeting pop stars, companies and individuals over the defense array, which beijing has denounced as a threat to its own security. the korean​institute for national unification, a...






what do south koreans really think of america? / boing boing


even the most expensive pair of hi-fi headphones can’t match the feeling of bass rumbling through your body at a live show. that’s why music aficionados designed the basslet, an accessory that reproduces that sensation from your wrist. does it make your whole body shake with deep subs? not really, because that would be terrifying, but […]






malaysia to deport 50 north koreans for overstaying


kuala lumpur, malaysia—malaysia on tuesday said it would deport 50 north korean workers for overstaying their visas, part of government efforts to tighten regulations on expatriates from the communist regime in the wake of kim jong nam’s death last month.malaysia will send 50 north koreans working in the state of sarawak back to pyongyang for overstaying their visas, deputy prime minister ahmad zahid hamidi told reporters outside...






kim jong-nam death: north korean detainee to be released


the north korean man being held by malaysia in connection with the death of kim jong-nam is to be released and deported, say malaysian officials.attorney general mohamed apandi ali said ri jong chol was "a free man" as there was "insufficient evidence to charge him".the estranged half-brother of north korea's leader died on 13 february - he was poisoned with vx nerve agent.two women were charged with his murder on wednesday.malaysia is hunting several north koreans, including an embassy official, suspected of being involved in the murder.also on thursday, malaysia announced it was ending visa-free travel for north koreans citing security reasons.north koreans can currently visit malaysia for up to 30 days without securing a visa, under a reciprocal deal. but deputy prime minister ahmad zah






critics: downtown st. paul skyways are unsafe, unsightly, mismanaged


thomas dunne and his wife moved to downtown st. paul 12 years ago to take a ntage of the amenities connected to their home via a series of skyways.but at a packed and heated public meeting friday morning, dunne said those amenities have become increasingly more difficult to access as people loiter in the skyways, which is a complex system of private and public space patrolled by both private security and st. paul police.“you’re not going to get killed, you’re not going to get robbed, but you’re going to be bothered,” said dunne. “the fact that no one knows who runs the skyway is pathetic.”several of the approximately 60 people at the skyway governance advisory committee meeting clapped, eager to share stories about getting locked out of the skyway on cold winter nights because different bu