South Korea cuts off power and water to jointly run factory park with the North

South Korea cuts off power and water to jointly run factory park with the North

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PAJU, South Korea — South Korea has cut off power and water supplies to a factory park in North Korea, officials said Friday, a day after the North deported all South Korean workers there and ordered a military takeover of the complex that had been the last major symbol of cooperation between the rivals.

It is the latest in an escalating standoff over North Korea’s recent rocket launch that Seoul, Washington and their allies view as a banned test of missile technology. The North says its actions on the Kaesong complex were a response to Seoul’s earlier decision to suspend operations as punishment for the launch. Read more…

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South Korea cuts off power and water to jointly run factory park with the North

That's Jack Black with his head in a stocking, trying to blow out a candle

That’s Jack Black with his head in a stocking, trying to blow out a candle

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You’ve seen Jack Black but you’ve never seen Jack Black in his element on a Korean game show.

Over the weekend, the American comedian was on South Korean TV show “Infinite Challenge” where he competed in various rounds of kooky dares.

In this segment, he’s got a (surprisingly strong) stocking over his head and is competing to see who can blow out a candle faster. That’s one image we won’t be forgetting any time soon.

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Korean youth sleep out in the cold by a statue memorializing sexual slavery

Korean youth sleep out in the cold by a statue memorializing sexual slavery

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SEOUL — Each night on a street of the South Korean capital, college students slide into their sleeping bags and hunker down for the night in subzero temperatures.

They’re not homeless; they are making a statement. For more than a month, they have been sleeping rough to protest the Japanese government’s calls for the removal of a statue that memorializes thousands of Korean “comfort women” forced into prostitution by the Japanese empire.

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A student protesting by the statue.

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Banners put up to appeal to the South Korean government.

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North Korea's nuclear test claim provokes swift international backlash

North Korea’s nuclear test claim provokes swift international backlash

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UPDATED Jan. 6, 2016, 2:57 a.m. ET with China and Britain’s reactions.
UPDATED Jan. 6, 2016, 4:35 a.m. ET with Australia and France’s reactions.

While it remains unconfirmed whether North Korea did successfully test an H-bomb Wednesday, world leaders have been swift to strongly condemn the hermit nation’s nuclear tests.

At about 10 a.m. local time, a blast was registered near the North Korean city of Sungjibaegam. It showed up in the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) trackers as a 5.1 magnitude earthquake.

Hours later, North Korea issued an announcement declaring it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, otherwise known as a thermonuclear bomb — a nuclear weapon technology that is a significant step up from the less powerful atomic bombs that it has used in three previous tests. Read more…

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