Kim Jong-un Vanishes from Public View
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vanished from public view since he called an urgent meeting of the Workers Party's Central Military Commission a week ago. Kim was pointedly absent from an event marking the 55th Songun Day on Monday. >> Full Text

S.Korea Plans 'Decapitation' Strikes to Fend Off Nuke Attack
Seoul is working out a plan to decapitate the chain of command in North Korea in case Pyongyang shows signs of using a nuclear weapon. The operation would try to take out anyone empowered to authorize the use weapons of mass destruction. >> Full Text

Chinese Smartphones Invade Korean Market
Chinese smartphones are making inroads into the Korean market, which used to be dominated by Samsung and LG. Armed with low prices, high specs and near-knockoff designs, Huawei, TCL, Xiaomi and ZTE have made huge strides over the past few years in the global market for low to mid-priced smartphones. >> Full Text

Tourists disembark from a cruise ship in Incheon on Thursday.

Jobseekers attend a seminar at Sejong University in Seoul on Thursday. /Newsis

Golfer Pak Se-ri and former baseball player Park Chan-ho pose after being appointed promotional ambassadors for a local festival in Gongju, South Chungcheong Province on Thursday.

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