South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea on  April 16. (AP Photo)
South Korea says 293 missing in ferry disaster
SEOUL--Nearly 300 people were still missing on April 16 several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said.
North Korean laborers wait in line at the Chinese border in Dandong, Liaoning province, to return to their country on April 14. (Koichiro Ishida)
Chinese visa restrictions further hurt North Korean economy
SHENYANG, China--North Korea’s only ally has dealt a further blow to the economy of the impoverished and desperate country, where even joking around can now lead to detention, according to sources.
Song Il Ho, second from right, North Korea's ambassador for talks on normalizing ties with Japan, during a meeting with Japanese representatives at the North Korean embassy in Beijing on March 30 (Koichiro Ishida)
Pyongyang poised to reopen abductions issue if Tokyo eases sanctions
North Korea agreed to reopen its investigation into the abductions of Japanese nationals if Japan relaxes some unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang, during the first formal negotiations held in more than a year in Beijing in late March, it was learned recently.
Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Hundreds of foreigners race through Pyongyang as N. Korean capital hosts annual marathon
PYONGYANG--The streets of North Korea's showcase capital were filled with runners from all over the world on April 13 for the annual Pyongyang marathon, which was open to foreign amateurs this year for the first time.
Kim Jong Un delivers a New Year message on Jan. 1 in this photograph distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
N. Korea names former Swiss ambassador as new foreign minister
SEOUL--North Korea’s national assembly selected Ri Su Yong, Pyongyang’s former ambassador to Switzerland, as the country's foreign minister at its April 9 session.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a Workers' Party of Korea central politburo meeting April 8. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency on April 9. (Korea News Service)
N. Korea maintains status quo by reappointing key leaders
SEOUL--North Korea reappointed several key officials and took measures to consolidate Kim Jong Un’s grip on power, including the promotion of an aide whose star has risen under the young leader.
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
ANALYSIS: Seoul confounded by 3rd undetected drone, likely from N. Korea
SEOUL--A recent string of crashes confirmed in South Korea of drones that likely originated from North Korea is raising concerns among officials here, as Seoul apparently has no way of detecting the infiltration of small, unmanned aircraft into its airspace.
The unmanned drone that was discovered on a mountain in Samcheok, South Korea, on April 6 (AP Photo)
Third suspected N. Korean drone found crashed in South Korea
SEOUL--A drone believed to have originated from North Korea was discovered on a mountainside in northeastern South Korea, the third such unmanned vehicle found in two weeks.
People watch TV reporting North Korea's missile test at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul on March 4. (AP Photo)
Japan quietly deploys destroyer in response to N. Korea's missile launch
Japan sent a Maritime Self-Defense Force Aegis destroyer to patrol the Sea of Japan on April 3 in response to North Korea’s launch of two Rodong medium-range ballistic missiles on March 26.
Anti-North Korean protesters burn a North Korean flag and pictures of the North's leader Kim Jong Un during a rally in downtown Seoul on March 26. (AP Photo)
S. Korea extending ballistic missile range to counter North's threat
SEOUL--South Korea has test-fired a new ballistic missile with a range of 500 km (310 miles) and will try to extend the range to 800 km so it can strike any site in North Korea, its defense ministry said on April 4, days after Pyongyang fired a mid-range missile.
In this photo provided by the United Nations, Ri Tong Il, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations, briefs the media on the latest developments in the Korean Peninsula on April 4 at United Nations Headquarters. (AP photo)
North Korea tells world 'wait and see' on new nuclear test
UNITED NATIONS--North Korea said on April 4 that the world would have to "wait and see" when asked for details of "a new form" of nuclear test it threatened to carry out after the United Nations Security Council condemned Pyongyang's recent ballistic missile launch.
A photograph published by South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper shows an image taken by the captured drone of the presidential Blue House (seen at the center) in Seoul. The unmanned vehicle crashed near the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas. (Toru Higashioka)
Captured N. Korean drone had photos of South's presidential palace
SEOUL--Photographs taken by an unmanned plane that South Korea believes originated from North Korea and crashed near the Demilitarized Zone last month included shots of the presidential Blue House in Seoul.
North Korea fired mid-range ballistic missiles on March 26 when South Korean President Park Geun-hye, U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in The Hague. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
S. Korea extending ballistic missile range to counter North's threat
SEOUL--South Korea has test-fired a new ballistic missile with a range of 500 km and will try to extend the range to 800 km so it can strike any site in North Korea, its defense ministry said on April 4, days after Pyongyang fired a mid-range missile.
A drone that fell on Paju near the Korean DMZ (Provided by South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense)
South Korea: Crashed drones likely from North Korea
SEOUL--An unmanned plane that crashed near the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas last month most likely originated from North Korea, according to the defense ministry here.
An unidentified drone that crashed on Paju in South Korea on March 24 (Provided by South Korea's Ministry of National Defense)
Unidentified drone crashed on South Korean border island
SEOUL--An unmanned drone crashed on a South Korean island near a disputed maritime border with North Korea, a South Korean defense ministry official said on April 1, triggering an investigation into whether the aircraft was from the North.
Song Il Ho, left, North Korea’s ambassador in charge of diplomatic normalization talks with Japan, and Junichi Ihara, director-general of the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, enter a meeting room at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing on March 30. (Koichiro Ishida)
INSIGHT: Tokyo gets Pyongyang to discuss issue of abducted Japanese
BEIJING--The Abe administration’s persistence appears to be finally paying off in getting North Korea to readdress the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang.
Navi Pillay (Photo by Yu Yoshitake)
INTERVIEW/ Navi Pillay: Now is the 'true test of action' on human rights in North Korea
GENEVA--The international community now faces “a true test of action” in the way it tackles North Korea’s appalling human rights track record.
People watch a television news program reporting about North Korea's plan to conduct live-fire drills, at a Seoul train station on March 31. (AP Photo)
North, South Korea exchange artillery fire off west coast
SEOUL--North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire on March 31 off their disputed western maritime border, Seoul scrambled jets and residents of a South Korean island fled to bomb shelters in the most dramatic escalation of tensions since 2010.
Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon discusses his proposal to expand exchanges with Tokyo and Beijing to improve relations between South Korea, Japan and China in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun on March 27. (Akira Nakano)
Seoul mayor extends invitations to clear the air with Tokyo, Beijing
SEOUL--Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon is reaching out to his counterparts in Tokyo and Beijing to improve relations between the three countries by collaborating on the common problem of PM 2.5 air pollutants and bolstering exchanges.
North Korean U.N. Ambassador So Se Pyong speaks to reporters at a news conference on March 25 in Geneva. (AP Photo)
'Mind your own business,' North Korea says of U.N. demand for justice
GENEVA--"Mind your own business," North Korea's ambassador told the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 28, moments before it voted to demand justice for Nazi-style atrocities in his country.

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