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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN-SOUTH KOREA

    Japan's prime minister calls South Korea a 'foolish country': magazine report

    Posted Nov 15th 2013, 02:08pm by Audrey Yoo

    ... Audrey Yoo audrey.yoo@scmp.com "Korea is a foolish country that isnt able to negotiate", says Abe, according to Japanese magazine report South Korean internet users are fuming after a conservative Japanese magazine reported that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had called South Korea a "foolish country". "China is an absurd country but it still knows ...

  2. News - Asia - ESPIONAGE

    ‘Sex for secrets’ North Korean ex-spy finds herself ostracised and jobless in South

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 06:07pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Gunpo, South Korea Unlike other ex-spies and defectors, Won Jeong-hwa's allegedly lurid past has thrown her into a life of hardship Once their espionage cases ... is not taken seriously enough in South Korea for her to cash in on her past, yet she’s also too notorious to find an ordinary job. She says she has been fired from several waitressing and cleaning jobs ...

  3. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea’s Kim urges soldiers to be ready for ‘impending conflict’ as Obama calls country weak ‘pariah state’

    Posted Apr 26th 2014, 10:53am by Agence France-Presse

    ... on Saturday as satellites showed a nuclear test could be near. The report comes as US President Barack Obama finishes up a two-day visit to South Korea, where he warned the North it faced tougher ... on Saturday that North Korea is a weak “pariah state” whose heavily militarised border with the South marks “freedom’s frontier”. The meeting place of the two countries is a division between ...

  4. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korea arrests wife of businessman linked to disaster ferry's operator

    Posted Jun 21st 2014, 02:51pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Seoul Patriarch's wife held in ferry firm owners hunt The wife of South Korea's most wanted man, whose sons own the company that operated a ferry which sank, drowning ... of embezzlement after chasing her for more than 20 days, an official said. Prosecutors and police are seeking Yoo Byung-un, 73, who has eluded one of the country's biggest manhunts for more than ...

  5. News - Asia

    Japan’s ‘patriotic wives’: praise for Abe, censure for China and South Korea

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 12:32pm by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... – and that other countries also exploited women in wartime. Persistent criticism of Japan by China and South Korea has angered the ultra-conservative women, as well as irritated more moderate Japanese. ... is more dangerous than nuclear power,” said a banner held by members of self-styled patriotic women’s group Hanadokei, which sponsored the event. Angered by demands from China and South Korea ...

  6. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    South Korea suspects two crashed drones likely to have come from North Korea

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 04:57pm by Associated Press

    ... Associated Press in Seoul South Korean officials said on Wednesday they suspect that two unmanned drones that crashed recently near the border with rival North Korea were flown ... of animosity over a long-disputed sea boundary between the countries. On March 24, another drone crashed in Paju, a South Korean city near the land border with the North. Preliminary investigations ...

  7. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea sentences South Korean 'spy' to hard labour for life

    Posted May 31st 2014, 08:53am by AFP

    ... inhabitants into South Korea and spying on the DPRK." Although religious freedom is enshrined in the North's constitution, it does not exist in practice and religious activity is severely ... unauthorised activities are subject to immediate arrest. Instead of facing execution, Kim was sentenced to hard labour for life by the North's Supreme Court, the report said. North Korea ...

  8. News - China - LANGUAGE

    China, Japan and South Korea to release joint list of countries' most-used Chinese characters

    Posted May 08th 2014, 11:13am by Andrea Chen

    ... Andrea Chen andrea.chen@scmp.com Mainland China, Japan and South Korea will jointly release a standardised list of the most widely used Chinese characters in the three countries, it has ... generations in South Korea born after 1974, when Hanja was removed from the curriculum as part of the country’s de-Sinicisation campaign. The absence of Hanja in modern Korea prompted Jin Tae-ha, ...

  9. News - Asia - South Korea Ferry Disaster

    Homicide trial opens for South Korea ferry captain and crew

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 02:37pm

    ... vessel for remaining bodies. The tragedy stunned South Korea, knocking the entire country off its stride and unleashing a wave of public anger, as it emerged that incompetence, corruption ... is a largely symbolic position in South Korea where all real power lies in the presidential Blue House. Additional reporting by Reuters ...

  10. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    US troop leader in South Korea urges deployment of new missile defence against North

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 12:21pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Seoul The commander of US troops stationed in South Korea said on Tuesday he had proposed deploying an advanced missile-defence system to the country, to counter the growing ... Korean officials over the deployment. South Korea’s defence ministry said the country would review cooperation with the United States on the deployment once Washington formally made the proposal. ...




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