Tensions on the Korean peninsula between North Korea and virtually every other country in the region continue to escalate in the wake of its possible detonation of a hydrogen bomb this weekend. Now the situation seems poised to escalate even further, with South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo investigating the possibility of having the US plant its nukes back on the demilitarised zone's doorstep.
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North Korea successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on Sunday, according to officials in the country. If confirmed, it would be the most powerful nuclear explosion ever achieved by the isolated country. And South Korean media now reports that the US and South Korea have agreed to jointly pursue some kind of military response. What that will look like, and whether it will involve any strikes on North Korean land, is still unclear.
In a historic move, a South Korean court convicted Lee Jae-yong — known as Jay Y. Lee in the Western world — of bribery and embezzlement on Friday. Mr Lee has been sentenced to five years in prison, and the future of leadership at Samsung is now in question. For South Koreans, the verdict signals a new era of accountability for the handful of powerful families that control more than 80 per cent of South Korea's gross domestic product.
Did you have a good sleep? No? I don't blame you. With President Trump and Kim Jong-un both escalating tensions between the two nuclear powers this week it's tough to sleep soundly, despite what US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says.
US President Donald Trump has rotated between saying that a "major, major" conflict with North Korea is possible and that he "would be honored" to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. On Sunday, North Korea did what it usually does when it's unsure of what's going on and tested another missile. The launch went pretty well.
Video: Exit polls from South Korea's presidential election indicate that liberal candidate Moon Jae-in will be the country's next leader. Although the latest election was done in the wake of a massive corruption scandal, at least one South Korean news service decided to have a bit of fun with the results.
The North Korean government is famous for coming up with some peculiar theories. But have you heard the one about how the CIA and South Korea's intelligence agency paid a "lumberjack" $US20,000 ($26,946) to kill Kim Jong Un and his cronies with "radioactive" and "nano poisonous" substances? It's a doozy.
The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating new video about the struggles that many North Koreans go through when they defect to the South. Many of the hurdles are technological. As just one example, when North Koreans first encounter ATMs they sometimes believe that there's a person inside the machine because the ATM "talks".
Exploding phones are the least of Samsung's worries. Yesterday, a South Korean court formally removed the country's president, Park Geun-hye, from office. The removal came four months after a corruption scandal rocked the foundation of not just the South Korean government, but also the nation's biggest company.
Yesterday, South Korean president Park Geun-Hye was officially ousted from her office after a special Constitutional Court decision upheld her impeachment. For the majority of Koreans, it's the end of a gruelling three-month trial and a longer national scandal. But during the biggest crisis in South Korea's young democracy, the road to impeachment was filled with fake information spread through the popular messaging app KakaoTalk, websites and newspaper-like pamphlets in which fictional Western experts named after anime characters proved made-up conspiracies and "Donald Trump" supported Park Geun-Hye.
South Korea appears to be taking a "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" approach to the forthcoming machine revolution. On Thursday, president Park Geun-hye announced plans to invest one trillion won ($1.13 billion) in the country's artificial intelligence industry by 2020, largely as a response to the recent shellacking of countryman Lee Sedol at the hands of — you guessed it — Google's artificial intelligence bot AlphaGo.