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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2007 file photo, Lee Yong-soo wipes her tears as she recalls hardships she experienced during World War II in Tokyo. Lee hopes a meeting Monday, Aug. 18, 2014,  with Pope Francis will provide some solace for the pain that still feels fresh more than seven decades after Japanese soldiers forced her into prostitution during WWII.  (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa, File)

Elderly ex-sex slaves want solace, help from pope

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Lee Yong-soo hopes a meeting Monday with Pope Francis will provide some solace for the pain that still feels fresh more than seven decades after Japanese soldiers forced her into prostitution […]

08/17/2014

In this photo provided by L' Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis baptizes Lee Ho Jin, the father of one of the children who died in South Korea's April ferry disaster, in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/L' Osservatore Romano)

Pope greets, consoles Korean ‘comfort women’

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis has blessed and consoled a group of women who were used as sex slaves for the Japanese military during World War II. Francis greeted each of the seven women, most […]

08/17/2014

Money traders work under screens in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Optimism over US economy shores up markets

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Growing optimism over the U.S. economy helped shore up global markets Monday despite tensions in China’s credit markets. Germany’s DAX and the main U.S. indexes all struck record highs, albeit on a […]

12/23/2013

A man watches a live TV news program showing that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle Jang Song Thaek, second from right, is escorted by military officers during a trial in Pyongyang, North Korea, Dec. 12, 2013, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. The letters on the left top, read "North Korea Executed Jang Song Thaek after trial." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

More purges may follow execution in North Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle brought a swift and violent end to a man long considered the country’s second most powerful figure. But while Jang […]

12/13/2013

In this Aug. 14, 2012 file photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, Jang Song Thaek, North Korea's vice chairman of the powerful National Defense Commission, attends the third meeting on developing the economic zones in North Korea, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Li Xin, File)

North Korea executes leader’s uncle as a traitor

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday that it executed Kim Jong Un’s uncle as a traitor for trying to seize supreme power, a stunning end for the leader’s former mentor, long considered […]

12/12/2013

US vet detained in NKorea oversaw guerrilla group

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — An 85-year-old U.S. veteran being held in North Korea spent his war years there in one of the Army’s first special forces units, helping a clandestine group of Korean partisans […]

12/04/2013

In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed Nov. 30, 2013 by the Korea News Service, U.S. citizen Merrill Newman, 85, applies his thumb print to a document which North Korean authorities say was an apology which Newman wrote and read in North Korea. Newman, an avid traveler and retired finance executive, was taken off a plane Oct. 26 by North Korean authorities while preparing to leave the country after a 10-day tour. (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS)

NKorea says American apologizes for ‘hostile acts’

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea state media claimed Saturday that an elderly U.S. tourist detained for more than a month has apologized for alleged crimes during the Korean War and for “hostile acts” […]

11/30/2013

This 2005 photo provided by the Palo Alto Weekly of Merrill Newman, a retired finance executive and Red Cross volunteer, in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Palo Alto Weekly, Nicholas Wright)

Detained American’s wife asks for his return

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — North Korean authorities have confirmed they have detained an American citizen, the State Department said Friday, while the wife of the 85-year-old Korean War veteran being held there implored authorities […]

11/22/2013

A woman walks by an advertisement of LG Electronics' smartphone G2 in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Review: Button location sets LG’s G2 apart

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The G2 and the G Pad 8.3, the flagship smartphone and tablet from LG Electronics Inc., are great mobile devices that have fantastic screens, top-end cameras and ample processing power. […]

10/16/2013

Lady Gaga performs "Applause" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Lady Gaga to perform at 1st YouTube Music Awards

  NEW YORK (AP) — YouTube is launching its own music awards and Lady Gaga will perform at the first-time event. The Google Inc.-owned company announced Tuesday that Eminem and Arcade Fire also will perform […]

09/30/2013

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