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  1. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korea eyes doubling of cigarette prices to curb smoking

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

    ... more than 5 per cent. It was also criticised by the main opposition party, highlighting the difficulty in introducing anti-smoking regulations in a country where the health risks associated ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1590438/south-korea-eyes-doubling-cigarette-prices-curb-smoking
  2. 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

    ... Then-NIS chief Nam Jae-joon publicly apologised over the forgery case in April and vowed a “bone-crushing” overhaul of the embattled agency. A month later Nam was gone, to be replaced ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1590167/former-south-korea-spy-chief-handed-suspended-jail-term-meddling-politics
  3. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Pope Francis baptises S Korean father of victim killed in Sewol ferry disaster

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 04:14am by AP

    ... people, most of them high school students. Aside from meeting publicly and privately with them, he has worn a symbolic yellow ribbon on his cassock in solidarity. Lombardi has said Francis was bot ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1575585/pope-francis-baptises-s-korean-father-victim-killed-sewol-ferry-disaster
  4. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Pope says Asian eye on wealth is wrong

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 11:08pm by AP

    ... ferry disaster in April. The pope received a boisterous welcome from young Asians as he celebrated his first public mass in the country, which has a small but growing church. He took ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1574481/pope-says-asian-eye-wealth-wrong
  5. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Pope to hail early Korean Catholics' courage when he beatifies 124 martyrs in Seoul

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 10:51pm by AFP

    ... by the first in a serious of bloody Catholic pogroms. In Seoul, martyrs were generally paraded from Gwanghwamun southwest to Seosomun Gate, and then publicly executed. "What they did ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1572369/pope-hail-early-korean-catholics-courage-when-he-beatifies-124-martyrs
  6. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Defence minister orders inquiry over death of bullied South Korean soldier

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 09:55pm by AFP

    ... Investigators are also looking into allegations he was sexually molested. President Park Geun-hye's office called for a thorough investigation as public concern grew over barrack-room bullying. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1566431/defence-minister-orders-inquiry-over-death-bullied-south-korean-soldier
  7. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Curfew and alcohol ban for US air force personnel in South Korea

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 05:49am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington US air force in S Korea gets curfew, booze ban US airmen assigned to South Korea are banned from buying or drinking alcohol during their first 30 days in the country under a new rule underscoring the "serious mission" the troops face. The programme was meant to promote "mission readiness" as well as "safety, health, welfare, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1560034/curfew-and-alcohol-ban-us-air-force-personnel-south-korea
  8. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    By-election boost for South Korean ruling party despite ferry disaster

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 12:36am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul By-election boost for Park after sinking South Korea's ruling party celebrated yesterday after sailing through a key by-election test that increased its parliamentary majority, despite lingering public anger over the handling of April's Sewol ferry disaster. President Park Geun-hye's Saenuri Party won 11 of an unprecedented 15 by-elections ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1563719/election-boost-south-korean-ruling-party-despite-ferry-disaster
  9. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    ‘They kept telling us to stay put’: survivors testify at South Korea ferry disaster trial

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 11:10am

    ... blocked public access to the district court as the students – all from Ansan’s Dawon High School – arrived in a red minibus and were escorted into the building by a tight phalanx of police ... A handful of crew members who stayed and tried to guide passengers to safety were among those who died. Lee and his crew were publicly vilified in the wake of the tragedy, and there have been some ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1561019/student-survivors-testify-south-korea-ferry-homicide-trial
  10. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Shrinking lake, sinkholes threaten 123-storey tower being built in Seoul

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 10:13pm by AP

    ... tallest tower with a high-class hotel, office accommodation, flats and an observatory. "After Sewol, the public's sentiment has taken a turn to stress safety over any other values ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1559269/shrinking-lake-sinkholes-threaten-123-storey-tower-being-built-seoul

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