August 24, 2010 In January, American Aijalon Gomes walked into North Korea from China. Several months later, a court there sentenced him to eight years in a labor camp. He later tried to commit suicide. One colleague speculates that Gomes went to North Korea to find a purpose for his life.
May 26, 2010 The secretary of state visited South Korea amid rising tensions with the North, calling on Pyongyang to halt its provocations while announcing plans for joint military exercises with the South "to deter future attacks." Hostilities have reignited on the Korean peninsula after Seoul accused the North of an attack on a ship that killed 46 sailors.
April 1, 2010 An island in the Yellow Sea is the base of operations to find 46 missing South Korean sailors from a navy ship that went down March 26 after a mysterious explosion. Baengnyeong Island is about 10 miles from North Korea's west coast. Its residents try to live ordinary lives — but are among the first to suffer when tensions rise.
November 12, 2009 More than 650,000 high school seniors in South Korea took a national college placement exam Thursday that many believe will determine the rest of their lives. The government takes it so seriously that aircraft are barred from flying near the test site, and the workday begins an hour late, to prevent traffic jams.