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  1. Business - Economy - EMPLOYMENT

    Starbucks stars as South Korea aims to boost jobs for women

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

    ... was too old or had been out of work for too long. "It wasn't easy to find a decent job," said Kim, now 48 and working as a consultant at a Seoul private-study school. "I ... a Seoul-based economist at Korea Institute of Finance. "Korea needs more women to work and people need to postpone their retirement or find second jobs to generate income." The country's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1583957/starbucks-stars-south-korea-aims-boost-jobs-women
  2. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    US media interviews with Americans held in North Korea may signal opening

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:55pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Seoul and Washington Air time for 3 detained Americans may signal attempt to reopen dialogue with Washington Pyongyang grantsUS media rareaccess to inmates Three American citizens detained in North Korea have appealed to the US government for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews with US media that were set up by the North Korean government and may signal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1583926/us-media-interviews-americans-held-north-korea-may-signal-opening
  3. Sport - Hong Kong - FENCING

    Fencers confident in push for Asian Games gold

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:18pm by CHAN KIN-WA

    ... always went well when competing in South Korea, as part of his family is of Korean descent. "I scored sufficient qualifying points in Seoul in 2012 so I was able to make it to the London ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1583928/fencers-confident-push-asian-games-gold
  4. News - Asia - BEAUTY PAGEANT

    Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen won't return crown unless pageant organisers apologise

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 03:53pm by AP

    ... bringing her mother to Seoul for what was supposed to be a 10-day visit but stretched into three months. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1583671/dethroned-myanmar-beauty-queen-wont-return-crown-unless-pageant-organisers
  5. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea tightens grip on phone SIM cards used by tourists

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 09:50pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Seoul State tightens grip on SIM cards used by tourists In a move to limit access to the internet, North Korea allows mobile phone SIM cards used by tourists to be active only for the duration of their visit, tourism sources say. Unlike North Koreans, foreigners visiting the isolated country can browse social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter freely, using the Koryolink ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1583109/north-korea-tightens-grip-phone-sim-cards-used-tourists
  6. Business - Companies - RESTRUCTURING

    Samsung to merge shipbuilding and engineering units

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 11:50am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul The shipbuilding and engineering units of South Korea’s Samsung group said on Monday that they will merge as the family-run giant gears up for generational ownership succession. The board members of Samsung Heavy Industries, the world’s third-largest shipmaker, and Samsung Engineering had approved the tie-up through a share swap, said a joint ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1582828/samsung-merge-shipbuilding-and-engineering-units
  7. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea blasts British TV drama about its nuclear programme

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 04:23am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Pyongyang blasts British TV drama North Korea has slammed a new British TV drama about its nuclear weapons programme, urging the UK government to scrap the "slanderous farce" if it wants to maintain diplomatic ties. Opposite Number, from Channel 4, features a British nuclear scientist captured in the North during a covert mission and forced to help ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1582464/north-korea-blasts-british-tv-drama-about-its-nuclear-programme
  8. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Dethroned Myanmese beauty queen flees with US$100,000 crown after row with organisers

    Posted Aug 30th 2014, 06:50pm by AP

    ... no good nose, then maybe, if she likes, we can operate on her nose. If it’s breasts, then breasts.” Kim said that troubles started from there, with the beauty queen bringing her mother to Seoul ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581965/dethroned-myanmese-beauty-queen-flees-us100000-crown-after-row-organisers
  9. News - Asia

    Myanmar's May Myat Noe accused of stealing her beauty contest crown

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 11:29pm by AP

    ... started sending contestants to international beauty pageants for the first time in decades in 2012. May Myat Noe,18, who was crowned Miss Asia Pacific World in Seoul in May, received breast ... The beauty queen brought her mother with her to Seoul for what was supposed to be a 10-day visit, but that quickly turned into three months, incurring extra cost to the organisers. She ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581861/myanmars-may-myat-noe-accused-stealing-her-beauty-contest-crown
  10. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korean bank official 'linked to state slush funds seeks asylum and flees with US$5 million'

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 12:02pm by Agence France-Presse in Seoul

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Yun Tae-Hyong, of Korea Daesong Bank, who vanished last week, was raising and managing illicit funds for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Russia, reports ... with US$5 million, a news report in Seoul said yesterday. Yun Tae-hyong, a senior representative of Korea Daesong Bank, disappeared in the Russian city of Nakhodka last week, the JoongAng Ilbo daily ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581662/north-korean-bank-official-linked-state-slush-funds-seeks-asylum-and-flees

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