South Korea

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, November 19, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 November, 2012, 6:24am

Opposition leader steps down in South Korea

SEOUL - The chairman of South Korea's main opposition party resigned yesterday in an effort to pave the way for the nation's liberals to select a single candidate ahead of next month's presidential poll. Lee Hae-chan quit along with several other top officials of the Democratic United Party following calls for internal party reforms seen as necessary for the two liberal presidential hopefuls - DUP candidate Moon Jae-in and software mogul Ahn Cheol-soo - to merge their campaigns. AFP

Slum blaze kills 11 in Bangladesh's capital

DHAKA - At least 11 women and children died as a fire swept through one of the biggest slums in the Bangladeshi capital. Officials said the blaze started at a rickshaw garage as thousands of residents of the Boubazaar shanty town were sleeping. A stove or a cigarette end was suspected to have sparked the fire, police said. AFP

Sri Lankan military recruits Tamil women

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's military has recruited 100 women soldiers in the biggest single intake of ethnic Tamils from the island's former war zone. The women - from the northern district of Kilinochchi, where Tamil Tiger rebels had their political headquarters before they were defeated in 2009 - were enlisted on Saturday. AFP

Fatal bomb blast in Thailand's deep south

BANGKOK - Suspected militants detonated a bomb under a train in Thailand's insurgency-riven deep south, leaving one dead and 15 wounded. The device, which killed a defence volunteer, was buried under the railway in the flashpoint district of Rueso, in Narathiwat province. The wounded included passengers and railway employees. AFP



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