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Chinese president Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump: phone call comes at a time when there are tentative signs of rapprochement between the two Koreas. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

President Xi Jinping has told his US counterpart Donald Trump the “hard-won” easing of tensions on the Korean peninsula must continue, and called for (...)

The head of the South Korean delegation Lee Woo-sung (right) and the head of the North Korean delegation Kwon Hyok Bong exchange documents at the North side of Panmunjom in North Korea on  Monday. Photograph: South Korea Unification Ministry via AP

North Korea will hold fresh talks with South Korea on Wednesday about taking part in next month’s Winter Olympics, shortly after threatening to withd(...)

A man walks past an electric board showing exchange rates of various cryptocurrencies at Bithumb cryptocurrencies exchange in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

The South Korean government said it plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, sending bitcoin prices plummeting and throwing the virtual coin market into t(...)

Korea: A useful first step

The resumption of inter-Korean talks this week is an encouraging sign. After a year of escalating tensions on the peninsula, culminating in Pyongyang’(...)

South Korean president Moon Jae-in: “I am giving a lot of credit to President Trump . . . I am expressing my gratitude,” he said, of the US president’s role in the Korean talks.  Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji /EPA

President Moon Jae-in has said South Korea would introduce tougher sanctions if North Korea resumed nuclear tests, and credited US president Donald Tr(...)

The three-year project will see Samsung using Insight’s data science and AI expertise.

The Insight Centre for Data Analytics, a joint collaboration between a number of Irish third-level institutions, has teamed up with Samsung to establi(...)

The oil tanker as it burned on January 9th. Photograph: Ministry of China/EPA

The stricken Iranian oil tanker in the East China Sea could burn for as long as one month, South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said on Wed(...)

An independent report for the   World Anti-Doping Agency revealed widespread doping at the  Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty Images

Forty-two Russians have lodged appeals against bans issued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following doping violations at the 2014 Sochi (...)

Panama-registered tanker ‘Sanchi’ on fire after a collision with Hong Kong-registered freighter ‘CF Crystal,’ off China’s eastern coast. Photograph: South Korean CoastGuard/EPA

Lashing winds, high waves and toxic gases are hindering dozens of rescue boats struggling to locate missing sailors from a stricken oil tanker in the(...)

Cho Myoung-gyon, South Korea’s unification minister (L) and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, shake hands  during a meeting in the DMZ in Paju, South Korea. Photographer: KPPA/Bloomberg

North Korea has offered to send a taekwondo martial arts team, cheerleaders and high-ranking officials to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next mont(...)

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