Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying (Provided by the Chinese government)
Beijing, Seoul urge Abe not to 'water down' history in war statement
China and South Korea called for reflection and sincerity after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated that his war anniversary statement would shift away from Japan’s past apologies for World War II.
Choi Sang-hee, a South Korean who makes a yearly pilgrimage to Shikoku, wears traditional pilgrim attire. (Haruko Hosokawa)
Woman shakes off anti-Korean sentiment to complete 5th Shikoku pilgrimage
South Korean national Choi Sang-hee learned a new Japanese phrase on her recent pilgrimage on Shikoku, which she completed in late November: "Don't hate me."
Korean families separated during the 1950-53 civil war are reunited at a hotel in North Korea on Feb. 20, 2014. (Provided by Dong A-Ilbo)
North Korea urges South to lift sanctions before talks can begin
SEOUL--North Korea on Jan. 23 demanded the lifting of sanctions, imposed by South Korea after a 2010 attack on one of its naval vessels, as a condition for resuming dialogue.
Lee Wan Koo (AP Photo)
S. Korean president nominates new prime minister in shake-up after ferry criticism
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Jan. 23 nominated ruling party lawmaker Lee Wan Koo to replace Prime Minister Chung Hong-won nearly 10 months after Chung offered to resign over a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people in April last year.
Members of conservative groups hold defaced portraits of former Unified Progressive Party lawmaker Lee Seok-ki at a rally denouncing Lee near the Supreme Court in Seoul on Jan. 22. (AP Photo)
S. Korean supreme court upholds sedition ruling against ex-lawmaker
SEOUL--South Korea's Supreme Court upheld a sedition conviction against a former leftist member of parliament for inciting armed revolt, backing the government's crackdown on pro-North Korea activism under a controversial state security law.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in January 2013. (Korea News Service)
Russia says N. Korea sent positive signal on Kim visit in May
MOSCOW--Russia received a positive initial signal from North Korea after President Vladimir Putin invited its leader Kim Jong Un to attend anniversary celebrations of the Soviet victory over Germany in World War II, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Jan. 21.
Hyundai Motor Co.'s vehicle Aslan is displayed at the South Korean automaker's showroom in Seoul Jan. 22. (AP Photo)
Hyundai Motor reports earnings drop, forecasts weak sales
SEOUL--Hyundai Motor Co. suffered a drop in quarterly earnings and is forecasting weak sales growth this year after falling behind competitors in factory expansions.
A South Korean group releases balloons carrying leaflets critical of North Korea in October. (Provided by The Dong-A Ilbo)
S. Korea group launches anti-North leaflets despite calls to refrain
SEOUL--A South Korean activist group led by a defector from North Korea said on Jan. 20 it had launched balloons with messages critical of the North Korean leader across the border, defying a request by Seoul to refrain as it pursues dialogue with Pyongyang.
Cho Hyun-ah on Dec. 12, 2014 (AP Photo)
Former Korean Air exec pleads not guilty in nut rage case
SEOUL--The former Korean Air executive famous for an inflight tantrum over macadamia nuts pleaded not guilty on Jan. 19 to violating aviation safety law and hindering a government investigation.
North Korea's senior nuclear negotiator Ri Yong Ho, center, delivers a statement to the media on Jan. 19 in Singapore. (AP Photo)
U.S. ex-officials conclude nuke talks with N. Korean diplomat
SINGAPORE--An American delegation of academics and former senior officials urged the resumption of official nuclear talks during two days of informal meetings with North Korea's top nuclear envoy, a former senior U.S. diplomat said Jan. 19.
Shin Dong-hyuk speaks at an event on human rights in North Korea at a hotel in New York in September. (AP file photo)
North Korean defector, subject of escape bestseller, changes his story
SEOUL--A North Korean defector whose escape from a brutal prison camp was the subject of a bestselling book has changed key parts of his story and on Jan. 18 apologized for misleading people.
North Korean nuclear negotiators, including Ri Yong Ho, front center, meet for breakfast on Jan. 18 in Singapore. (AP Photo)
U.S. ex-officials meet N. Korean nuclear chief amid standoff
SINGAPORE (AP)--U.S. academics and former senior officials met with North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator in Singapore on Jan. 18 to get a feel for each other's positions amid a years-long standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons buildup.
Cho Hyun-ah on Dec. 12 upon her arrival for questioning at the transport ministry’s Aviation and Railway Accident Investigation Board office in Seoul. (AP Photo)
Service manual shows Korean Air exec was at fault
SEOUL--The former Korean Air Lines executive at the center of the "nut rage" incident that made international headlines was in the wrong, not the flight attendant who served her.
An IOC delegation led by Gunilla Lindberg, second from left, who chairs the coordination commission for the 2018 Winter Games, talks with another delegation member as Cho Yang-ho, right, president of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee, stands during their visit to the construction site for figure skating and short track games in Gangneung, South Korea, on Jan. 15. (AP Photo)
OLYMPICS/ IOC accepts Pyeongchang's refusal to move venues
The International Olympic Committee accepted South Korea's venue plans for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang on Jan. 16 after organizers declined its request to move events to save money.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other government officials meet with members of the South Korea-Japan parliamentarians' league at the prime minister's office on Jan. 15. (Shogo Koshida)
Abe urges Seoul to respect press freedom, let journalist leave country
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Seoul to respect freedom of the press and release a Japanese journalist who has been indicted on charges of defaming South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
In this photo taken Jan. 13, 2015, Hwang Sun, a former spokeswoman for a now-disbanded leftist party, arrives to participate in determination of a warrant's validity at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office in Seoul. (AP Photo)
S. Korean activist arrested for allegedly praising Pyongyang
SEOUL--South Korean officials on Jan. 14 arrested a leftist activist for allegedly praising archrival North Korea, just days after an American was deported on similar charges and adding to criticism that the government seeks to limit free speech and suppress dissidents.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks during her New Year's press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul Jan. 12. (AP Photo)
Park says summit with Abe still far from reality, as neighbors reach milestone in relations
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Jan. 12 showed little optimism for a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, reiterating that Japan must first make efforts to resolve the issue of wartime “comfort women.”
Naoya Tomita, the Japanese swimmer accused of stealing a camera during the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, talks to media representatives after pleading not guilty in Incheon, South Korea, on Jan. 12. (Toru Higashioka)
Japanese swimmer pleads not guilty to stealing camera at Incheon Asian Games
INCHEON, South Korea--A Japanese swimmer pleaded not guilty to stealing a South Korean reporter’s camera during the Asian Games last September, saying he has “no reason to commit a foolish act like theft.”
A scene from Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures)
Defectors plan to drop 'The Interview' DVDs by balloon on North Korea
SEOUL--A group of North Korean defectors here plans to use balloons to drop DVDs of the U.S. comedy movie “The Interview” on North Korea, triggering threats from the isolated nation.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
S.Korean president open to summit with North's Kim with no precondition
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Jan. 12 that she was willing to hold a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without any precondition, but maintained the country still needed an anti-North security law.

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