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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

    ... in political acts The former head of South Korea’s spy agency was handed a suspended jail sentence on Thursday following his trial on charges of meddling in the 2012 election that brought current President Park Geun-hye to power. Won Sei-hoon, 63, was given a two-and-a-half-year sentence – suspended for four years – after he was convicted of illegally engaging in political acts while head ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1590167/former-south-korea-spy-chief-handed-suspended-jail-term-meddling-politics
  2. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korea eyes doubling of cigarette prices to curb smoking

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 04:07am by Reuters

    ... with smoking are not widely publicised. The proposal calls for a more than 100 per cent tax rise on a pack of cigarettes, which would double current prices that range from US$1.90 to US$2.40- far less than the US$12 a pack smokers pay in Australia, which recently toughened its anti-smoking laws. The initiative also suggested banning cigarette advertisements in convenience stores and making ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1590438/south-korea-eyes-doubling-cigarette-prices-curb-smoking
  3. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Some relatives of South Korea's Sewol disaster tired of activists joining cause

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 11:47pm by Reuters

    ... activists helping them, as it compromised their political neutrality. "Some of us didn't want to mingle with them, but at that time we were office workers who didn't know how to speak ... loved ones in April's ferry disaster are demanding accountability from the government, but some have grown weary of strident activists adopting their cause for political ends. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1579535/some-relatives-south-koreas-sewol-disaster-tired-activists-joining-cause
  4. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Two South Korean soldier 'suffocate' during special forces training

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 01:13am by Reuters

    ... by special warfare units in the US, Britain and Australia," an official at the Special Warfare Command was quoted as saying. "There must have been some sloppiness in carrying out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1584734/two-south-korean-soldier-suffocate-during-special-forces-training
  5. 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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Ansan, South Korea 17 student witnesses offer testimony by video in trial of captain and three senior crew members accused of 'homicide through wilful negligence' – a charge that can carry the death penalty Student surviv ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1561019/student-survivors-testify-south-korea-ferry-homicide-trial
  6. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Curfew and alcohol ban for US air force personnel in South Korea

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 05:49am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington US air force in S Korea gets curfew, booze ban US airmen assigned to South Korea are banned from buying or drinking alcohol during their first 30 days ... good order and discipline", Captain Ray Geoffroy said. The rule is part of an orientation programme for incoming troops launched by regional US air force commander Lieutenant General ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1560034/curfew-and-alcohol-ban-us-air-force-personnel-south-korea
  7. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Korea's other 'comfort women' seek payouts for serving in brothels for US troops

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 03:15am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Seoul Veterans of brothels for US troops seek redress, as Seoul presses Japan to atone for sex slavery Korea's other 'comfort women' seeking payouts Cho Myung-ja ran away from home as a teenager to escape a father who beat her, and found her way to the red light district in a South Korean town that hosts a large US army garrison. There, in the early ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1553493/koreas-other-comfort-women-seek-payouts-serving-brothels-us-troops
  8. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    ‘Comfort women’ issue raised in rare talks between Park Geun-hye and Tokyo governor

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 01:32pm by Agence France-Presse in Seoul

    ... from the two countries "may be farther apart psychologically due to political difficulties" even though they had got along well in the past. The meeting was Park's first with a Japanese politician since a trilateral summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Barack Obama in March in the Netherlands. Relations have nosedived over views on wartime ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1558919/s-koreas-president-meets-tokyo-governor-seoul-amid-diplomatic-rift
  9. 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
  10. 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 on the amount of cash its citizens can carry into North Korea, the finance ministry said on Thursday, as part of foreign exchange regulatory reforms. The current cash limit of US$1,000 (1,023,540 South ...

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

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