North Korea on Thursday test-fired three short-range missiles, fuelling tension sparked by its nuclear stand-off with the UN.
North and South Korea launched a new round of reconciliation talks on Tuesday, calling for successful negotiations despite tensions over delays in Seoul's rice aid and Pyongyang's nuclear disarmament. "Let's move forward like a train, never retreating," said the South's Unification Minister, Lee Jae-joung.
Dozens of women chat cheerfully in their classroom during a recess period. It could be any classroom except for the tight security outside.
After building its economy on semiconductors, ships and steel, South Korea is touting its surgeons' skills in the beauty business to carve out a new niche. Helped by active government support, a boom in cosmetic surgery and a pool of experienced surgeons, the country wants to surpass Singapore, Thailand and India to become Asia's new medical-tourism hub.
North Korea on Monday proposed dialogue with South Korea, less than two months after launching a deadly bombardment of a border island.
Asia celebrated on Monday after unheralded Yang Yong-Eun stunned Tiger Woods to become the region's first major-winner.
South Korea's most powerful businessman announced on Tuesday he is stepping down after 20 years at the helm of the Samsung group, following his indictment for tax evasion and breach of trust. A sombre Lee Kun-hee made the shock announcement at a press conference called to announce reforms to the scandal-tainted group.
It built its economy on ships, steel and semi-conductors, but now South Korea is pushing a new growth engine.
North Korean state media has confirmed that its new leader Kim Jong-un is married and named his wife as Ri Sol-ju.
International efforts to put an end to North Korea's nuclear programme appeared to hit a snag on Saturday after Pyongyang defiantly insisted it had lived up to its end of a six-party disarmament deal. North Korea agreed last February to give up its nuclear-weapons programmes in return for one million tonnes of fuel oil or equivalent energy aid.