N.Korea Backtracks Over Asian Games Cheerleaders
North Korea on Thursday said it will not after all send a cheerleading squad to support its athletes for the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon. Pyongyang earlier wanted to send 350 cheerleaders to the Asian Games. >> Full Text
Ferry Owner's Family Get Jail Break to Attend Funeral
A court has accepted applications from four family members for temporary release from police custody to attend the funeral of ferry owner Yoo Byung-eon. The funeral will take place inside a sprawling compound in Anseong south of Seoul owned by the dead businessman's crackpot religious cult. >> Full Text

Kia Donates 'Popemobiles' to Vatican
Kia will donate to the Vatican the compact Soul that Pope Francis rode during his recent visit to Korea. The automaker on Thursday said it plans to donate two of the four Souls used by Pope Francis to the Vatican and give a third to the Archdiocese of Seoul to be displayed to the public. >> Full Text

Children learn to hold a ritual ceremony at an agricultural center in Seoul on Thursday. /Newsis

Seo-hyun, Tiffany and Tae-yeon of Girls' Generation attend a preview of the film "My Brilliant Life" in Seoul on Thursday.

Actress Nam Sang-mi poses at a press event for her new film in Seoul on Thursday.

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