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Seoul: Capital of South Korea
Seoul, officially the Seoul Special City, is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. With surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province, Seoul forms the heart of the Seoul Capital Area. Ranked as an alpha world city, Seoul was the world's 4th largest metropolitan economy with a GDP of US$635 billion in 2014 after Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles. International visitors generally reach Seoul via AREX from the Incheon International Airport, notable for having been rated the best airport for nine consecutive years (2005–2013) by the Airports Council International. In 2015, it was rated Asia's most livable city with the second highest quality of life globally by Arcadis, with the GDP per capita (PPP) in Seoul being around $40,000. In 2017, the cost of living in Seoul was ranked 6th globally. In 2018, Seoul's real estate market was ranked 5th in the world for the price of apartments in the downtown center.

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North Korea's Kim taps tough-talking military veteran as foreign minister

North Korea's new foreign minister is a former defense commander with little diplomatic experience, spotlighting leader Kim Jong Un's reliance on party and military loyalists at a sensitive time amid..
Reuters - Published

North Korea replaces its foreign minister: report

north korea replaces its foreign minister: report
North Korea’s foreign minister has been replaced this week, Seoul-based NK News reported Saturday, in a move that could represent a major political shuffling and impact Pyongyang’s foreign policy...
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'I will continue to fight': South Korea's first transgender soldier vows to oppose dismissal [Video]'I will continue to fight': South Korea's first transgender soldier vows to oppose dismissal

South Korea's first transgender soldier said on Wednesday she would sue the military after it announced it would dismiss her for undergoing gender reassignment surgery last year. Emer McCarthy reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:19Published

BTS to fly hot air balloon from London to Seoul [Video]BTS to fly hot air balloon from London to Seoul

The balloon, created by Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno, will be made entirely of recycled plastic bags and self-propelled.

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO     Duration: 00:53Published

South Korean movie director makes Oscar history [Video]South Korean movie director makes Oscar history

Bong Joon-ho's dark comedy "Parasite" has won six Academy Awards nominations, including best director. Olivia Chan reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:39Published

BTS' Jungkook could face charges over crash [Video]BTS' Jungkook could face charges over crash

BTS star Jungkook has been forwarded to prosecution about the crash he aused with a taxi driver in Seoul in November.

Credit: Bang Media World     Duration: 01:11Published

 

U.S. ambassador becomes mustachioed face of South Korean discontent

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea drew criticism from the highest levels of government in Seoul on Friday for suggesting that Seoul consult with Washington about the possibility of reopening tourism..
Reuters - Published

North Korea remains open to dialogue with U.S. - South Korea's Moon

north korea remains open to dialogue with u.s. - south korea's moon
By Hyonhee Shin and Kevin Krolicki, SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday it was too early to be pessimistic about stalled denuclearisation dialogue between the United..
WorldNews - Published

Trump renews pressure on Seoul over defense costs

trump renews pressure on seoul over defense costs
South Korea's chief negotiator for defense cost-sharing Jeong Eun-bo, third from right, and his U.S. counterpart James DeHart, third from left, hold a meeting for the fifth round of the 11th Special..
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North Korea says will resume US talks if demands fully met

north korea says will resume us talks if demands fully met
SEOUL: North Korea said on Saturday (Jan 11) it had received Donald Trump's letter wishing a happy birthday to leader Kim Jong-un, but warned it would only return to nuclear talks if Washington fully..
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Donald Trump sends birthday greetings to North Korea's Kim: Seoul

donald trump sends birthday greetings to north korea's kim: seoul
SEOUL: US President Donald Trump wished North Korea's Kim Jong Un a happy birthday, Seoul said on Friday -- with nuclear talks deadlocked and six years after former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman..
WorldNews - Published

Europe helps secure release of 11 North Korean defectors held in Vietnam activists

A group of 11 North Koreans who were detained in Vietnam while seeking to defect to South Korea have been released thanks to the help of European institutions, a Seoul-based activist group said on..
Reuters - Published

S. Korean president vows to build peace community on Korean Peninsula

s. korean president vows to build peace community on korean peninsula
SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed Thursday to build a peace community of co-existence and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula this year. Moon made the remarks during a..
WorldNews - Published

North Korea threatens new weapon

north korea threatens new weapon
Seoul―North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared an end to moratoriums on nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests and threatened a demonstration of a “new strategic weapon” soon...
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North Korean leader calls for 'military countermeasures'

north korean leader calls for 'military countermeasures'
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) � North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for active �diplomatic and military countermeasures� to preserve the country�s security in a lengthy speech at a key..
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China-Japan-South Korea summit: Business alone won't heal deep wounds

china-japan-south korea summit: business alone won't heal deep wounds
Why is China pushing for a free-trade deal and better relations with its two Northeast Asian neighbors? The answer resides in Beijing's attempt to establish close political ties with Tokyo and Seoul,..
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North Korea’s leader goes on the offensive before key speech

north korea’s leader goes on the offensive before key speech
Seoul — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for “offensive measures” to strengthen security ahead of a New Year speech that could flesh out the nuclear-armed nation’s threat to seek a..
WorldNews - Published

Samsung to launch ‘clamshell’ foldable phone in February

samsung to launch ‘clamshell’ foldable phone in february
Seoul: Samsung is likely to release a new foldable smartphone that folds like a clam in February before the upcoming release of its flagship Galaxy S11 next year. The South Korean tech giant is..
WorldNews - Published

N Korea begins key meeting before year-end deadline for US

n korea begins key meeting before year-end deadline for us
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has opened a high-profile political conference to discuss how to overcome “harsh trials and difficulties," state media reported Sunday, days before a year-end..
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South Korea tourism sector booms further

south korea tourism sector booms further
SEOUL: Chinese tourists are returning to South Korea as bilateral relations gradually warm up, experts said. Chinese President Xi Jinping met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday in..
WorldNews - Published

Japan PM asks South Korea to take steps to resolve bilateral row

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday it is South Korea's responsibility to come up with measures that would resolve bilateral disputes that have taken Tokyo's relationship with Seoul to..
Reuters - Published

Oil prices hold near 3-month highs on US-China trade deal progress

oil prices hold near 3-month highs on us-china trade deal progress
SEOUL: Oil prices held steady near three-month highs on Friday on the back of easing Sino-US trade tensions that have weighed on demand as well as the global economic growth outlook. Brent futures rose..
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Seoul, Washington fail to agree on cost of U.S. troops; U.S. 'not focused on' $5 billion demand

South Korea and the United States failed on Wednesday to agree on Seoul's contribution toward hosting some 28,500 U.S. troops, but the U.S. side hinted after the two days of talks ended that it will no..
Reuters - Published

Japan Suga: Japan, South Korea ties will return to health if Seoul keeps its promises

Japan's top government spokesman said on Wednesday that relations with South Korea were in a "severe situation in various areas" but would return to healthy ties if Seoul kept its promises.
Reuters - Published

Amit Shah takes a dig as Rahul Gandhi tweets about his Seoul visit


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What could North Korea's 'Christmas gift' to the US be?

what could north korea's 'christmas gift' to the us be?
Seoul, South Korea (CNN)We're back in familiar territory. North Korea is again issuing cryptic threats that officials around the world are scrambling to decipher. A so-called "Christmas gift" for the..
WorldNews - Published

U.S. envoy to visit Seoul as deadline looms for stalled North Korea talks

The U.S. special envoy for North Korea will arrive in South Korea on Sunday ahead of a year-end deadline set by Pyongyang for Washington to soften its approach to stalled denuclearization talks, Seoul..
Reuters - Published

Police ask for charges against singer in K-pop band BTS over car crash: Yonhap

Seoul police have asked prosecutors to consider pressing charges against a member of hit South Korean boyband BTS over an October car crash, Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday, citing police..
Reuters - Published

North Korea conducts 'important test'

north korea conducts 'important test'
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Sunday that it carried out a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site that it reportedly rebuilt after having partially dismantled it at..
WorldNews - Published

North Korea says it carried out 'very important test'

north korea says it carried out 'very important test'
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Sunday it carried out a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site that U.S. and South Korean officials said the North had partially..
WorldNews - Published

Trump, South Korea's Moon discuss trying to maintain talks with North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a half-hour phone discussion on ways to maintain diplomacy with North Korea, Seoul said on Saturday, as Pyongyang warns of waning..
Reuters - Published

South Korea, China agree to step up exchanges to re-set ties after missile defense row

South Korea and China agreed to beef up diplomatic and cultural exchanges to "completely normalize" ties that soured over the deployment of U.S. anti-missile systems in 2017, Seoul officials said on..
Reuters - Published

Senior China diplomat visits South Korea to re-set ties

South Korea said it would seek China's help to denuclearize the Korean peninsula as one of Beijing's most senior diplomats arrived in Seoul on Wednesday to repair ties that soured over the deployment..
Reuters - Published

Top diplomat in China's government visits South Korea after four-year gap to mend ties

The top diplomat in China's government arrived in Seoul on Wednesday, visiting South Korea for the first time in more than four years as the two countries seek to repair ties that soured over the..
Reuters - Published

Senior Chinese diplomat set for first visit to South Korea in five years amid missile defense row

A high-ranking Chinese diplomat is visiting Seoul this week for the first time in five years as the two countries seek to improve ties amid a spat over a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea.
Reuters - Published

K-pop singer sentenced to 6 years in jail for rape, sharing secret sex videos

k-pop singer sentenced to 6 years in jail for rape, sharing secret sex videos
SEOUL: A South Korean court sentenced a K-pop musician to six years in prison on Friday for raping a woman and distributing a video capturing the act in a case that drew attention to the darker side of..
WorldNews - Published

North Korea fires unidentified projectile, South Korea says

north korea fires unidentified projectile, south korea says
Seoul (CNN)North Korea fired an unidentified projectile Thursday afternoon Korean time, South Korea's Defense Ministry said. If confirmed to be a missile test, it would be Pyongyang's 13th missile test..
WorldNews - Published

NGO accuses North Korea of institutionalized child sex abuse

North Korean children are "constantly in danger" of sexual abuse and resulting social stigma without any chance to seek legal protection, a Seoul-based rights group said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Wider Image: No money, no hope: South Korea's 'Dirt Spoons' turn against Moon

Hwang Hyeon-dong lives in a 6.6-square-metre (71-square-foot) cubicle near his university campus in Seoul, which comes with a shared bathroom and kitchen plus all the rice he can eat, that he rents for..
Reuters - Published

South Korean singer Goo Hara found dead at home

south korean singer goo hara found dead at home
Goo Hara was formerly a member of a Korean girl band. South Korean singer Goo Hara was found dead in her home in Seoul, police said yesterday evening. They are still...
WorldNews - Published

Goo Hara, South Korean K-Pop Star, Is Found Dead

The 28-year-old singer, known as Hara, was found in her home on Sunday in Seoul, South Korea. She was a former member of the girl band Kara.
NYTimes.com - Published

Japan foreign minister says to discuss wartime labor issue with South Korean counterpart

Japan's foreign minister said he plans to discuss the contentious issue of wartime laborers on the Korean peninsula at a meeting with his South Korean counterpart on Saturday, a day after Seoul..
Reuters - Published

South Korea asked U.S. for help in resolving issues with Japan: South Korea statement

South Korea's foreign minister asked the United States on Saturday for help in resolving issues with Japan, Seoul's foreign ministry said in a statement that followed a bilateral meeting at a Group of..
Reuters - Published

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