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  • Unification Church founder Rev. Moon dies at 92

    HYUNG-JIN KIM,Associated Press

    GAPYEONG, South Korea — The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the self-proclaimed messiah who turned his Unification Church into a worldwide religious movement and befriended North Korean leaders as well as U.S. presidents, has died, church officials said Monday. He was 92. Moon died Monday (Korean time) at a church-owned hospital near his home in Gapyeong, northeast of Seoul, two weeks after being hospitalized with pneumonia, Unification Church spokesman Ahn Ho-yeul told The Associated Press. Moon's wife and children were at his side, A...

  • Flooding may have shifted South Korean land mines

    HYUNG-JIN KIM and SAM KIM, Associated Press

    AP Photo/Yonhap, Park Ji-ho South Korean army soldiers work Thursday to remove mud and debris after a landslide caused by heavy rains in Seoul, South Korea. Thousands of rescuers used heavy machinery and shovels Thursday to clear mud and search for survivors after huge landslides and flooding killed more than 40 people in South Korea. SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's military warned Thursday that buried land mines may have slid down mountains eroded by flooding rains this week as the death toll from the torrential d...

  • North Korean shelling killed 4, gutted homes

    HYUNG-JIN KIM KWANG-TAE KIM Associated Press

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — As they left behind gutted homes, scorched trees and rubble-strewn streets, residents of the tiny South Korean island shelled by North Korea told harrowing tales Wednesday of fiery destruction and narrow escapes. Ann Ahe-ja, one of hundreds of exhausted evacuees from Yeonpyeong island arriving in the port of Incheon on a rescue ship, said Tuesday's artillery barrage that killed four people — two of them civilians — had caught her by surprise. "Over my head, a pine tree was broken and burni...