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  1. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Life on hold in South Korea, a nation paralysed by tragedy

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 10:30pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Political campaigns suspended, TV shows and concerts cancelled as stunned South Koreans wonder how such a ferry disaster could happen Life on hold in nation paralysed by tragedy Stunned by this week's ferry disaster involving hundreds of missing schoolchildren, South Korea has gone into shock, with political campaigns suspended, television shows ...

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    South Korean ferry crew sought assistance as vessel started to list badly before sinking

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 04:25pm by Associated Press in Seoul

    ... Associated Press in Seoul Conversations between crew and Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Centre reveal ferry started to disappear beneath the waves in a matter of minutes The following transcript of radio communications between the badly listing passenger ferry Sewol and the Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Centre took place shortly before the vessel sank on Wednesday. Officials said ...

  3. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Wind and waves hamper search for hundreds trapped in South Korea sunken ferry

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 09:48am by Reuters

    ... nationals had been onboard the boat, although it is unclear whether they were among the passengers rescued or remain trapped on the ferry, Xinhua reported. A Chinese women surnamed Han told Xinhua ... to the national disaster agency’s situation room in Seoul. The US 7th Fleet sent an amphibious assault ship on patrol in the area to  help, while White House spokesman Jay Carney said Washington was ready ...

  4. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    New rules regulate marriage-by-mail brokers, participants in South Korea

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 10:29pm by AFP

    ... "Strong state intervention is inevitable to stop ineligible people from buying foreign brides," a Justice Ministry official said. "This is a diplomatic issue related to our national ...

  5. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korean spy chief faces calls to resign in forged evidence scandal

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 11:30pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Spy chief faces calls to quit over forged evidence South Korea's spy agency chief came under growing pressure to step down yesterday over a scandal with political ramifications involving the fabrication of evidence in an espionage case. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) has been accused of forging documents- including Chinese border control ...

  6. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Resort roof collapse kills at least 10 in Gyeongju, South Korea

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 12:47am by AFP

    ... in the collapse and at least a dozen were thought to still be trapped inside the building, down from around 50 earlier in the evening. Nine of the dead were college students whilst the tenth fatality ... an orientation event for close to 1,000 first-year students from a foreign language college in the southern city of Busan. Yonhap news agency reported that the students were attending a concert ...

  7. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Park calls for North Korea and Tokyo to amend their ways

    Posted Mar 01st 2013, 11:22am by Associated Press in Seoul

    ... Associated Press in Seoul North Korea must end provocations and Japan atone for colonial past, says S. Korean president Addressing her two biggest foreign policy challenges, South ... flexible engagement," Park said in her first national speech after her inauguration on Monday. "I urge the North to hasten efforts to normalise inter-Korean relations and open an era ...

  8. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korea orders probe after students killed by roof collapse

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 12:42pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... of Gyeongju that killed at least 10 people and injured more than 100. More than 560 college students participating in a freshman orientation were believed to have been attending a concert ... was part of the Mauna Ocean Resort, which had been hosting the freshman orientation for close to 1,000 students from a foreign language college in the southern city of Busan. Fire officials said ...

  9. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korean lawmaker Lee Seok-ki jailed for treason for plotting revolt

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 05:54pm by AFP

    ... of the National Assembly (parliament) to face treason charges since the country’s transformation from a military-backed autocracy to a fully-fledged democracy in the 1980s. As well as his prison term, ... the 65-year-old National Security Law, which rights groups have accused past administrations of using to stifle debate and silence political opposition. The charges related to meetings Lee held with his ...

  10. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Loving couples say it with matching outfits in South Korea

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 09:53pm by AFP

    ... Eric Kim, a 28-year-old Seoul office worker, said: "When I was in college, I bought 'couple hoodies' with my ex. It felt cool and sweet that we hung out together wearing the same ...




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