N.Korean Ex-Officer Takes Refuge in Hong Kong Consulate
Security has been beefed up around the South Korean Consulate in Hong Kong after a former North Korean military officer sought refuge in the mission recently, media reports said Wednesday. >> Full Text

China Cools Toward S.Korea After THAAD Decision
China has cooled toward South Korea since Seoul agreed to let the U.S. station a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery here. Signs of a growing peeve include reports that Beijing is questioning the quality of South Korean cosmetics, which are extremely popular among Chinese consumers. >> Full Text

Births and Marriages Dwindle to Record Low
The number of marriages and births sank to record lows in the first five months of this year, Statistics Korea said Tuesday. The number of childbirths stood at 34,400 in May, down 5.8 percent compared to the same month last year and the lowest for May since monthly statistics started in 2000. >> Full Text

Visitors pose dressed as game characters at the annual Bucheon International Comics Festival in the city in Gyeonggi Province on Wednesday. /Newsis

Son Ye-jin and Park Hae-il attend a press preview of their film "The Last Princess" in Seoul on Wednesday.

Actress Kim Hee-ae poses at a press junket for her new TV series in Seoul on Wednesday.

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