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  1. 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

    ... of the National Intelligence Service (NIS). Won had been charged with organising an online smear campaign by NIS agents against the opposition party candidate whom Park defeated in the 2012 poll. While ... 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
  2. Property - International - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korea's homebuyers buoyed by eased mortgage curbs

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 05:34am by BLOOM

    ... loans on credit are likely to increase and add to the household debt risk." The Financial Services Commission in February said it aimed to cut the country's household debt ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1580843/south-koreas-homebuyers-buoyed-eased-mortgage-curbs
  3. 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. "Priority must be put on ensuring a similar incident will not happen again," presidential spokesman Min Kyung-wook said. Bullying has long tainted South Korea's military service, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1566431/defence-minister-orders-inquiry-over-death-bullied-south-korean-soldier
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Two more suspected suicides by South Korean soldiers in troubled unit near DMZ

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 10:57pm by AFP

    ... armed forces rely heavily on a compulsory military service system, with conscripts- most in their early 20s- accounting for the lion's share of its 690,000 active personnel. The number ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1572370/two-more-suspected-suicides-south-korean-soldiers-troubled-unit-near-dmz
  7. 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
  8. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Owner of South Korea ferry that sunk killing 300 is found dead

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 09:55am by AFP

    ... and a magnifying glass, Wu said. The government forensic service took about 40 days to run the DNA tests and Suncheon police said the laboratory would conduct additional tests to find the cause and timing ... of national grief and renewed scrutiny of public safety. About 100 days after the disaster, 294 bodies have been retrieved but 10 people are still missing. Prosecutors said on Monday that 139 people ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1557141/south-korean-police-find-body-fugitive-sewol-ferry-owner
  9. 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
  10. 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

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