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  1. 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

    ... carried out underwater searches five times from midnight until early in the morning, but the strong currents and murky waters pose big obstacles,” Kang Byung-kyu, a minister for public security, ... and fishing boats, as well as 18 helicopters. According to public shipping databases, the registered owner of the ship is Chonghaejin Marine Co Ltd, based in Incheon. In a statement read out to local ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1483623/rescue-underway-after-s-korean-ferry-carrying-447-sends-distress-signal
  2. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korea orders probe after students killed by roof collapse

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

    ... The Ministry of Security and Public Administration said 10 people, including nine students, were confirmed dead, with two more seriously injured and 101 others who suffered “bruises and cuts”. Some ... they had difficulty reaching the resort which had recorded more than 50 centimetres of snowfall in the last week. The resort owner, Kolon business group, issued a public apology over the disaster, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1430205/south-korea-orders-probe-after-students-killed-roof-collapse
  3. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

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

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

    ... Lee steadfastly denied all the charges, saying he was the victim of a “witch hunt” by South Korea’s spy agency aimed at deflecting public attention from a scandal involving a number of its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1429669/south-korean-lawmaker-lee-seok-ki-jailed-treason-plotting-revolt
  4. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Movie tackles South Korean giant Samsung over worker illnesses

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 09:44pm by GDN

    ... similar allegations against Samsung and other chipmakers, according to Supporters for the Health and Rights of People in the Semiconductor Industry (Sharps). Of the three dozen Samsung workers who ... that compensates workers and levies companies to fund the payouts, said there was no proven link. The body has appealed against the ruling. "Protecting the health and safety of our employees is, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1422207/movie-tackles-south-korean-giant-samsung-over-worker-illnesses
  5. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Loving couples say it with matching outfits in South Korea

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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Online market booms for trend of young couples showing their affection by wearing same clothes Loving couples who say it with matching outfits Watch: How couples in South Korea show their love for one another In a country where public displays of affection are still frowned upon, South Korean couples often advertise their relationship by wearing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1427311/loving-couples-say-it-matching-outfits-south-korea
  6. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Why did the Japanese civil servant sail to his death from South Korea in an inflatable dinghy?

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 02:24pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Riddle of Japanese man'sdeath in blow-up dinghy Mystery surrounds the motives of a Japanese bureaucrat found dead after apparently attempting to sail approximately 50 kilometres from South Korea to Japan last month in a small inflatable dinghy. The man has not been named by the Japanese government on the grounds of privacy. All that is publicly known ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1420615/why-did-japanese-civil-servant-sail-his-death-south-korea-inflatable
  7. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korean finance firms face 3-month ban after credit-card breach

    Posted Feb 03rd 2014, 01:44am by Bloomberg

    ... Rhee said. "Unless there's some change, the suspensions will take effect on February 14." The theft has riled the public and politicians in a country where consumers use credit ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1419333/south-korean-finance-firms-face-3-month-ban-after-credit-card-breach
  8. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korea approves two new nuclear power plants

    Posted Jan 29th 2014, 10:24pm by Reuters

    ... public pressure to curb its use of nuclear power after Japan's Fukushima disaster and to rebuild confidence in the industry after a scandal over parts supplied using fake certificates. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1416917/south-korea-approves-two-new-nuclear-power-plants
  9. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    North Korean troops pledge loyalty en masse as Seoul on alert

    Posted Dec 16th 2013, 04:36pm by Agence France-Presse in Seoul

    ... urging all troops to hold his grandson Kim Jong-un in “high esteem as the party centre”. Public support from the military is likely even more important following the execution of Jang, a veteran ... father in December 2011. The latest purge was staged in an extraordinarily public and dramatic manner, with Pyongyang releasing images of Jang being dragged out of a party meeting on Sunday. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1381924/north-korean-troops-pledge-loyalty-en-masse-seoul-alert
  10. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korea protests to Japan over videoed claim to disputed islets

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 11:00pm by AFP

    ... and Arabic- described Seoul's de facto control over the islets as "illegal". "We gravely protest the publication of the video … and strongly demand that Japan remove these videos ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1379340/south-korea-protests-japan-over-videoed-claim-disputed-islets

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