South Korea is a sovereign state in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. It is neighboured by China to the west, Japan to the east, and North Korea to the north. With an estimated population of 50 million, it covers a total area 98,480 square kilometres which includes partially forested mountain ranges separated by deep, narrow valleys. Its main exports are wireless telecommunications equipment, motor vehicles and computers. Korea was one nation under the Goryeo and Joseon dynasties until the end of the Korean Empire in 1910, when Japan began a 35-year period of colonial rule. Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers in 1945 and three years later the country split in two, beginning decades of conflict between North and South. The current president of The Republic of Korea (South Korea) is Park Geun-hye. She is the first woman to be elected as President in South Korea.
Briefs, October 15, 2012
Man firebombs office then leaps to death
SEOUL - A South Korean man yesterday set fire to a government office in Seoul before jumping from the 18th floor of the building to his death. The 61-year-old broke into the education ministry office and threw a petrol bomb, which ministry staff were able to extinguish. The man was believed to be a maintenance worker at the building. AFP
German arrested with 3.7kg of hashish
MATARAM, Indonesia - A German man has been detained on the Indonesian island of Lombok for smuggling 3.7kg of hashish with a street value of US$730,000. Rolf Oskar Josef Schweikert, 57, was arrested on Saturday at Lombok's airport on arrival from Singapore. "The hashish was found in the lining of his suitcase," customs official Listrijono said. AFP