South Koreans watch TV news showing a footage of North Korean missiles

North Korea launches missiles into eastern waters, according to the South

US State Department urges Kim Jong-Un's reclusive government to 'exercise restraint'

Mayor of Osaka, Toru Hashimoto

Mayor of Osaka claims wartime sex slaves were ‘necessary evil’

One of Japan’s leading politicians has poisoned already toxic relations with China and South Korea by saying that wartime sex slaves were a necessary evil.

Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto: Sex slaves in World War Two were necessary to 'maintain discipline' for Japanese military

The conservative politician also told reporters there was no clear evidence that the Japanese military coerced women to become what are euphemistically called 'comfort women'

South Korean President sacks spokesman for 'unsavoury' act during trip to Washington

The sacking of the spokesman, Yoon Chang-jung, 56, was announced after he broke off from the presidential delegation and returned home earlier this week

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Kenneth Bae could  be used as bargaining chip in nuclear standoff with Washington

American sentenced to 15 years hard labour by North Korea for alleged crimes against the state

Kenneth Bae charged with "committing crimes aimed at toppling the Democratic People's Republic of Korea with hostility towards it"

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The story of South Korean rap sensation Psy's ascent to global stardom with his megahit "Gangnam Style" has now been immortalised in full colour and with appropriate dramatic flourishes in a comic book.

North Korea to put American tour operator Kenneth Bae on trial for 'trying to overthrow the government'

Analysts say North Korea will probably hand Bae a harsh punishment to use him as a bargaining chip in possible negotiations with the US

Bill Gates 'casual' handshake has South Koreans up in arms

Microsoft founder accused of disrespecting the South Korean President, Park Geun-hye

Psy in 'Gangnam Style' follow-up video 'Gentleman'

PSY's new music video 'Gentleman' smashes YouTube record, with over 200m views in just 10 days

Video was viewed 38 million times on April 14, surpassing single-day record of 30 million set by the 'KONY 2012' short film

'TechBacc' alternative to A-levels to be unveiled

Plans for a new "Technical Baccalaureate" to run alongside A-levels will be unveiled by the Government today.

Pyongyang: Lift sanctions and we’ll talk

North Korea has demanded the lifting of United Nations sanctions and the end of US-South Korea military drills as conditions for resuming talks meant to defuse tension on the Korean Peninsula.

Psy's long-awaited follow-up to Gangnam Style, Gentleman, was released earlier this week

Psy’s ‘Gentleman’ banned by South Korean broadcaster over abuse of public property

Psy has offended a South Korean broadcaster so badly that it has banned his new music video for “Gentleman”.

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