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  1. 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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Two more apparent troop suicides at troubled unit The South Korean military said yesterday that two conscripts had been found dead in an apparent suicide, the latest in a series of incidents fuelling concern over young soldiers serving in isolated frontline units. The two unnamed corporals, both in their early 20s, were found hanged at one ...

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

    South Korea scraps cash limit for its nationals visiting the North

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 02:14pm by Reuters in Seoul

    ... Reuters in Seoul Seoul scraps US$1,000 limit on the amount of cash South Korean nationals can legally carry when they visit the North The South Korean government has lifted the limit ... in North Korea and this has led to visitors unwillingly breaking the law [and taking more than allowed],” said Lim Gang-taek, a senior researcher at the Korean Institute for National Unification. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1563386/s-korea-scraps-cash-limit-its-nationals-visiting-n-korea
  3. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    600 pigs killed after foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in South Korea

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 11:48pm by Reuters

    ... slaughtered to contain the disease. Import levels are already high after the nation's worst outbreak of foot-and-mouth in 2010-2011 led to the culling of a third of its pig stock. Many consumers ... for alternatives, according to government and industry sources. South Korea imported nearly 170,000 tonnes of pork, mainly from the United States, Germany and Canada, in the first six months of this year, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1558470/600-pigs-killed-after-foot-and-mouth-dsease-outbreak-south-korea
  4. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

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

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

    ... contested on Wednesday, leaving it with 158 legislators in the 300-seat National Assembly. The results were a blow for the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD), whose two ...

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

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

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

    ... 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
  6. News - China - SOUTH KOREA

    Xi Jinping’s South Korea visit reflects a region in flux

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 03:07pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... long-favoured by Beijing. Rather than North Korea, Xi ended up expressing common cause with South Korea over an older regional rival-- Japan. In a speech at Seoul National University on Friday, he ... relations with Japan are at their lowest ebb for years, mired in disputes related to Japan’s 1910-45 rule over the Korean peninsula. The rift is a source of increasing anxiety for the United States, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1547358/xi-jinpings-south-korea-visit-reflects-region-flux
  7. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korea's defence chief apologises for bullying remark about shooting spree

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 11:45pm by AFP

    ... unit at a guard post near the tense border with North Korea, killing five and wounding seven. Lim was captured on Monday after a 24-hour stand-off with thousands of troops ended when he shot ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1542063/south-koreas-defence-chief-apologises-bullying-remark-about-shooting-spree
  8. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Three South Korean ferry disaster heroes named as national martyrs

    Posted May 12th 2014, 10:13pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Ferry disaster heroes named as national martyrs South Korea has recognised three people who died saving others in last month's ferry capsize as national ... hero after it emerged that she had given her life jacket to a passenger as she sought to guide people to safety. Being designated martyrs entitles them to burial at a national cemetery, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1510820/three-south-korean-ferry-disaster-heroes-named-national-martyrs
  9. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korean soldier who killed five comrades in ‘stable condition’

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 11:44am by Agence France-Presse

    ... own unit at a guard post near the border with North Korea on Saturday, killing five and wounding seven. He fled with a rifle and a stash of ammunition, sparking a massive manhunt involving ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1539471/south-korean-soldier-who-killed-five-comrades-stable-condition
  10. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korean soldier who killed five captured alive after shooting himself

    Posted Jun 22nd 2014, 11:27am by AFP

    ... military conscript who killed five members of his unit was captured on Monday after shooting himself in the side following a stand-off with thousands of troops, the defence ministry said. “He shot ... units and army helicopters had surrounded the conscript, identified by his family name Lim, after he was tracked down on Sunday afternoon to a forested area south of the heavily militarised ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1538130/massive-manhunt-south-korean-soldier-who-killed-five-comrades

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