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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Migrants can help to fill the gaps in Asia's greying societies

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 04:50am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Helping hand for greying societies The low fertility rates and fast-ageing populations of Asia's developed economies are barely noticeable to those living in them. Facts and figures mean little to people working long hours to pay mortgages and school fees. But one recent doomsday scenario has certainly grabbed attention- South Korean researchers predicted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1588035/migrants-can-help-fill-gaps-asias-greying-societies
  2. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korea eyes doubling of cigarette prices to curb smoking

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 04:07am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Seoul S Korea may double price of cigarettes South Korea proposed a tax rise as early as next year that would nearly double cigarette prices as the government tries to reduce ... graphic warning labels on cigarette packs mandatory. KT&G, which sells 60 per cent of all cigarettes bought in the country, declined to comment. South Koreans are among the heaviest smokers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1590438/south-korea-eyes-doubling-cigarette-prices-curb-smoking
  3. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Former South Korea spy chief handed suspended jail term for meddling in politics

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 03:40pm by Agence France-Presse in Seoul

    ... in political acts The former head of South Korea’s spy agency was handed a suspended jail sentence on Thursday following his trial on charges of meddling in the 2012 election that brought current ... has changed title over the years, had a particularly notorious reputation in the decades of authoritarian rule before South Korea embraced democracy in the 1980s. The modern-day NIS has been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1590167/former-south-korea-spy-chief-handed-suspended-jail-term-meddling-politics
  4. Business - Banking & Finance - EXCHANGE RATES

    Malaysia, S Korea currencies lead as Asia dodges emerging markets slump

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 12:38am by BLOOM

    ... to strengthen last month, six were from Asia, with Malaysia's ringgit and South Korea's won leading the gains. A Bloomberg index of the 20 most-traded emerging-market currencies posted its ... markets attracted a combined US$5 billion last month from international investors, while Turkey and South Africa saw outflows of US$2 billion, data shows. Asia stands out as a safe haven, far away ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1583179/malaysia-s-korea-currencies-lead-asia-dodges-emerging
  5. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    MILF rebels to form political party for self-rule in Philippines’ Muslim south

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 10:09pm by Raissa Robles

    ... effectively ending decades of conflict in the south. President Benigno Aquino finally submitted to Congress yesterday a 122-page draft Bangsamoro Basic Law- the result of four years of hard ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1589614/milf-rebels-form-political-party-self-rule-philippines-muslim-south
  6. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Investors in Asia calmer over future U.S. interest rate rise

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 04:42am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Singapore Reform-minded governments in India and Indonesia are among the reasons investors look set to stay in Asia when US interest rates increase Investors calmer over future U.S. rate rise Faced once again with the prospect of rate rises in the United States, investors in Asia are no longer selling and running as in the past, choosing instead to stay in markets ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1588108/investors-asia-calmer-over-future-us-interest-rate-rise
  7. News - Asia - POPULATION

    South Koreans could die out by 2750 if birth rates stay low (and Japanese won't be far behind)

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 10:40pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Low birth rates risk doomsday scenario An expert on the ageing of populations has warned that many societies in the Asia-Pacific region are at risk of extinction after a report said South Koreans would disappear by 2750 if fertility rates did not increase. The study, carried out by the National Assembly Research Service in Seoul, pointed out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580936/falling-birth-rates-threaten-societies-throughout-east-asia-expert-says
  8. Business - Economy - EMPLOYMENT

    Starbucks stars as South Korea aims to boost jobs for women

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 01:33am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg Starbucks leads the way as the government vows to name and shame companies that slack off in terms of targets for females in the workforce South Korea aims to boost jobs for women When former kindergarten teacher Kim Sun-sung tried to rejoin South Korea's workforce after five years raising her children, she found it tough. Then 41, Kim was either told she ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1583957/starbucks-stars-south-korea-aims-boost-jobs-women
  9. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    South Korea, United States to establish joint military unit

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 11:43pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul South Korea, US to set up joint military unit South Korea said it would create a joint military unit with the United States, as a report suggested ... year, the South's defence ministry said, as part of elaborate preparations for any future war between the two Koreas. "It will be the first combined field combat unit to carry out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1585340/south-korea-united-states-establish-joint-military-unit
  10. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Two South Korean soldier 'suffocate' during special forces training

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 01:13am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Seoul Two soldiers 'suffocate' in special forces training Two South Korean soldiers have died after apparent suffocation during training to withstand capture ... problems. The South Korean military has about 630,000 active duty soldiers, many of them conscripts, aimed at deterring aggression by North Korea, which is one of the world's most militarised ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1584734/two-south-korean-soldier-suffocate-during-special-forces-training

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