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, February 9, 2013

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 June, 2015, 3:58pm

Park nominates her prime minister

SEOUL - South Korean president-elect Park Geun-hye has nominated former prosecutor Chung Hong-won as prime minister. Chung, 68, began his legal career as a prosecutor and until August 2011 served as chief director of the Korean Legal Aid Association. Park, 61, will be inaugurated on February 25 as South Korea's first woman leader. Bloomberg


Class action looms over Fukushima disaster

TOKYO - Farmers and householders hit by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant will file class-action lawsuits next month against the Japanese government. At least 350 residents would sue in the Fukushima District Court on March 11, the second anniversary of the disaster, lawyers said. AFP


UN chief warns North Korea on nuclear test

NEW YORK - UN leader Ban Ki-moon warned that a nuclear test by North Korea could end hopes of reconciliation by "tying the hands" of the South's incoming president. Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, said incoming president Park Geun-hye is "very much committed" to improving relations with North Korea. AFP


Jail term 'too short' in tiger-parts case

KUALA LUMPUR - Activists have slammed a two-year prison term for a Malaysian man convicted over the seizure of tiger parts as too short and a "demoralising finale" to the case. Eight tiger skins, and 22 tiger skulls and bones were discovered at the home of Nor Shahrizam Nasir in northern Malaysia in February last year. AFP


Pakistan schools and businesses strike

KARACHI, Pakistan - Schools and businesses went on strike in Pakistan's financial capital Karachi against record levels of unrest. Security and human rights officials estimate that about 300 people have died in the city since January 1 due to violence. General elections are due by mid-May. AFP


An awkward time to take a phone call

COLOMBO - A Sri Lankan prisoner who tried to hide his mobile phone during a search of his cell was caught out when guards heard ring tones from inside his pants, a hospital official said. The convict, 58, had to be admitted to the national hospital in Colombo where doctors later retrieved the handset from his rectum. AFP


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