A Dozen Senior N.Korean Officials Defect
About a dozen senior North Korean officials have defected in recent years because they feared for their lives in leader Kim Jong-un's purges, a source said Wednesday. The defectors were working in China and Southeast Asia, some charged with earning hard currency for the regime. >> Full Text

N.Korea Builds Artillery Base on West Sea Island
North Korea has built five long-range 122-mm artillery positions on an uninhabited island just 4.5 km away from South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island. A senior military officer on Wednesday said North Korea started to build the artillery positions in March on an island called Galdo. >> Full Text

Samsung Regains Lead in U.S. Smartphone Market
Samsung Electronics has regained the No. 1 spot in the U.S. smartphone market by overtaking chief rival Apple. U.K. market researcher Kantar Worldpanel on Tuesday said Samsung accounted for 35.7 percent of the U.S. smartphone market in the March-May period, taking back the lead from Apple. >> Full Text

Tourists pose for a photo at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul on Wednesday. /Newsis

Hyo-yeon of Girls' Generation poses during a press event for her new book in Seoul on Thursday.

Model Jang Yoon-ju poses at a press junket for her new film in Seoul on Wednesday.

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