North Korean students practice Taekwondo at the Moranbong or Moran Hill in Pyongyang July 31, 2014. (AP Photo)
PHOTO: An afternoon on Moran Hill, where Pyongyang beats the heat
PYONGYANG--Along with its towering monuments to socialism, bronze statues of its leaders and sprawling plazas for mass political gatherings and military parades, North Korea's showcase capital is a city of parks.
A mock Scud-B missile of North Korea, left, and other South Korean missiles are displayed at the Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul May 20, 2013. (AP Photo)
South Korea says North Korea fires 4 projectiles
SEOUL--North Korea fired four short-range projectiles toward the ocean off its east coast on July 30 in its latest in a series of missile and artillery tests, officials said.
Surviving students of the Sewol ferry sinking accident return to Danwon High School in Ansan, South Korea, on June 25. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
South Korean teens tell court how they were left to escape sinking ferry
ANSAN, South Korea--Six teenagers who survived South Korea's worst maritime disaster in 44 years told how classmates helped them float free as water flooded their cabins despite crew instructions to stay put even as their ferry sank, killing more than 300 people.
A North Korean student choir sing as part of the celebrations for the anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement July 27 in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo)
North Korea marks 1950-53 war anniversary
PYONGYANG--The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, meaning the two Koreas remain technically at war. But in North Korea, the anniversary of the agreement ending the hostilities is commemorated as "Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War," a major national holiday.
A photo released by the Korean Central News Agency on July 10 shows an earlier test launch of a North Korean tactical rocket. (Korea News Service)
North Korea fires short-range missile into sea
SEOUL--North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on July 26, a South Korean defense official said, adding to its unusually high number of weapons tests this year. The launch came on the eve of the 61st anniversary of the signing of an armistice that ended the Korean War.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korea News Service)
North Korea getting antsy about growing ties between China, South Korea
SHENYANG, China--North Koreans doing business in China have been instructed to gather information for Pyongyang on growing cozy ties between China and South Korea.
A “One Piece” exhibition held in Osaka in 2012 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
‘One Piece’ exhibition held in Seoul after all
SEOUL--The War Memorial of Korea went ahead and held the Japanese pirate manga “One Piece” exhibition after a South Korean court ruled the series does not “hail Japanese imperialism.”
Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe, left, shakes hands with South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the presidential office in Seoul on July 25. (Provided by The Dong-A Ilbo)
Tokyo governor meets with S. Korean president, conveys Abe’s message
SEOUL--Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe passed along a message to South Korean President Park Geun-hye on July 25 from the Japanese prime minister that he hopes to improve bilateral relations between their two nations.
A “One Piece” exhibition held in the Osaka Tenpozan special gallery in Osaka's Minato Ward in 2012 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
S. Korean court rules ‘One Piece’ show can go on after all
SEOUL--A South Korean court said an exhibition of the popular Japanese pirate manga “One Piece” can be held here as contracted after it had been canceled over allegations that the original comic book includes questionable militaristic images.
A woman watches a TV news program on the reward poster of Yoo Byung-eun at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul on May 26. (AP Photo)
South Korean police say body of missing man believed to owner of disaster ferry has been found
SEOUL, South Korea--South Korean police said July 22 that they have found a body of a fugitive billionaire businessman sought over April's ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing.
In this Feb. 22, 2014 file photo, president of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics Kim Jin-sun attends a press conference during the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo)
Chief of Pyeongchang's organizing committee quits
SEOUL--The head of Pyeongchang's organizing committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics resigned July 21, saying new leadership is needed to complete preparations for the games.
A woman passes by 2014 Asian Games posters at a subway station in Seoul on July 18. (AP Photo)
Pyongyang threatens to pull out of Asian Games in S. Korea
SEOUL--North Korea threatened on July 18 to pull out of the Asian Games due to take place in rival South Korea later this year, accusing Seoul of plotting to block its athletes from taking part.
In this June 16 photo, a propaganda billboard stands in a field south of Samsu in North Korea's Ryanggang province. The sign reads: "Let's complete the tasks set forth in the New Year's address." (AP Photo)
North Korea pushes farmers for more
Rim Ok Hua looks out over her patch of farm just across the Tumen River from China, where rows of lush, green young potato plants stretch into the distance.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korea News Service)
N. Korea fires artillery shells into ocean
SEOUL--Another day, another defiant weapons test from North Korea.
A North Korea's Scud-B missile, second from right, is displayed with South Korean missiles at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, on June 27. (AP Photo)
Seoul: North Korea again test-fires projectiles
SEOUL, South Korea--North Korea launched two projectiles presumed to be ballistic missiles into the sea on July 13, South Korea said, the latest in a series of test-firings seen as expressions of anger over its failure to win talks on receiving outside aid, and over ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills.
Members of citizens groups hold a public protest near the Japanese ambassador’s official residence in Seoul on July 11. (Akihiko Kaise)
Annual SDF ceremony in Seoul forced to change venue
SEOUL--A ceremony to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the foundation of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces was held at the Japanese ambassador’s residence here July 11 after a local hotel venue backed out of the event.
South Korean citizens rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on July 1 to protest the Abe administration’s move to reinterpret the pacifist Constitution to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense. (Akihiko Kaise)
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: S. Korean lawmakers slam Japan's shift in defense policy
SEOUL--South Korean lawmakers adopted a resolution denouncing the Abe Cabinet’s decision to reinterpret Japan’s pacifist Constitution to allow it to exercise the right to collective self-defense, saying the move threatens peace in Northeast Asia.
Visitors pack the Osaka Tenpozan special gallery in Osaka's Minato Ward for the "One Piece" exhibition in November 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Sour relations with Japan lead to cancellation of 2 events in S. Korea
SEOUL--A South Korean hotel banned a Japanese Embassy event while a museum in the capital scrapped a Japanese manga and anime exhibition, two last-minute decisions that underscore the woeful relationship between the countries.
A South Korean man holds up a banner that says, "We say no to the revival of Japanese militarism" in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Survey: More than half of Japanese have negative impression of S. Korea
SEOUL--Some 54.4 percent of Japanese people hold a negative impression of South Korea, up by 17.1 percentage points from last year and reflecting the ongoing confrontations over historical and territorial issues, a joint survey showed.
Violinist Chinatsu Takeda, right, and pianist Nao Yamamoto are set to perform in South Korea for the One Day Festival. (Provided by Bloom Quartet & Ensemble)
Japanese classical duo to perform at S. Korean military facility
Hoping to make East Asian relations more harmonious, a Japanese musical duo will perform a classical concert at an army facility in Cheorwon, Gangwon province, in South Korea.

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