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  1. 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 ... reform. The NPAD, which had been hoping to see Saenuri lose its majority, won the remaining four contests, leaving it with 130 seats in the assembly. The result was especially pleasing for Park ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1563719/election-boost-south-korean-ruling-party-despite-ferry-disaster
  2. 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

    ... households backed their initial position calling for an investigative committee, with 132 out of 176 voting to stick with that demand. Among those demanding an independent inquiry is Kim Young-oh, ...

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

    Relatives of South Korean ferry disaster victims weep and jeer at trial

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 11:14pm by AFP

    ... have fled through these exits," one prosecutor said, pointing to the model. "But almost all of them waited in their cabins and died. We will make it clear that this result was caused ... disaster". The ferry owners had placed "monetary gain over passenger safety" while the crew had acted "irresponsibly", said the report, which was the result of a two-month ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1549958/relatives-south-korean-ferry-disaster-victims-weep-and-jeer-trial
  4. 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

    ... And two days later, even as Xi arrived in Seoul, Japan announced the unilateral lifting of selected sanctions on North Korea as the result of progress in talks with Pyongyang over its Cold War ...

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

    South Korea presidential rivals in final push for votes

    Posted Dec 18th 2012, 05:39pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... for much of the campaign, leaving the result too close to call. After locking in the support of their respective conservative and liberal bases, the two candidates have actively wooed crucial centrist voters, resulting in significant policy overlap. Both have talked of “economic democratisation” – a campaign buzzword about reducing the social disparities caused by rapid economic growth ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1107500/south-korea-presidential-rivals-final-push-votes
  6. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korean ballots focus attention on handling of ferry disaster

    Posted Jun 04th 2014, 01:17pm by Reuters in Seoul

    ... South Koreans voted on Wednesday in regional and mayoral elections seen as a referendum on embattled President Park Geun-hye and her government’s handling of a ferry disaster that killed more ... to reproach the government,” 23-year-old Kim Soo-hyun said after casting her vote in the capital, Seoul. Park’s approval ratings fell sharply from 61 to 46 per cent in the days after the April 16 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1525192/south-korean-ballots-focus-attention-handling-ferry-disaster
  7. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    CEO of firm that operated doomed South Korean ferry blamed for overloading

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 10:45am by AP

    ... navigation. The Sewol, a car ferry purchased in Japan in 2012, was redesigned to add cabins and create an exhibition room, according to the indictment. The ship became top heavy as a result, so ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1536723/south-korean-ferry-operator-ceo-enter-plea-ferry-sinking-case
  8. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Victim’s mother files first damages suit over South Korea ferry disaster

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 11:35am by Agence France-Presse in Seoul

    ... Citing results of initial investigations into the disaster, the suit said the ferry’s stability had been undermined by renovations, and water ballast had been reduced to dangerous levels to make ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1531460/victims-mother-files-first-damages-suit-over-south-korea-ferry-disaster
  9. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Park Geun-hye’s pick for prime minister withdraws amid ethics row

    Posted May 28th 2014, 10:53pm by Reuters

    ... Saenuri Party is facing a tough fight in the June 4 vote to elect local government officials, including the key posts of Seoul mayor and Gyeonggi province governor. The coastguard is still ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1520687/park-geun-hyes-pick-premier-withdraws-amid-ethics-row
  10. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Park Geun-hye’s ruling party strong at local elections despite South Korean ferry disaster

    Posted Jun 05th 2014, 09:50am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Local election results show little sign of a feared backlash over Sewol ferry disaster S Korean ruling party reassured by polls South Korea's ruling party breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after a stronger-than-expected showing in local elections seen as a referendum on President Park Geun-hye's handling of April's deadly ferry ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1525755/park-geun-hyes-ruling-party-strong-local-elections-despite-south-korean

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