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By Hyung-Jin Kim The Associated Press

S. Korean babies born Dec. 31 become 2-year-olds next day

DAEJEON, Korea, Republic Of — Just two hours after Lee Dong Kil’s daughter was born on New Year’s Eve, the clock struck midnight, 2019 was ushered in, and the infant became 2-years-old. She wasn’t alone, though it happened for her quicker than most: Every baby born in South Korea last year became 2 on Jan. 1.

Seoul envoys to meet N. Korea’s Kim during Pyongyang trip

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Envoys for South Korean President Moon Jae-in planned to meet Monday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the start of a rare two-day visit to Pyongyang that’s expected to focus on how to ease a standoff over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and restart talks between Pyongyang and Washington.

S. Korea offers to talk with North on Olympics co-operation

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea on Tuesday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to co-operate on next month’s Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul’s quick proposal after a rare rapprochement overture from Pyongyang a day earlier offers the possibility of better ties after a year that saw a nuclear standoff increase fear of war on the Korean Peninsula.

South Korea’s president seeks talks with North’s Kim Jong Un

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea’s president reiterated he’s willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un even as he condemned the North’s first intercontinental ballistic missile test-launch this week as a “reckless” move that incurred punishment by the international community.