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Risky double-jaw surgery South Korea's latest cosmetic fad

South Korea's obsession with plastic surgery is moving on from standard eye and nose jobs to embrace a radical surgical procedure that requires months of often painful recovery. A stream of celebrities boast on TV shows how it gave them a "new life", while advertisements extolling its cosmetic benefits are everywhere from street billboards to subway stations, magazines and popular internet sites.

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 2:44am 1 comment

Park's decision to visit China to be seen as snub by Japan

There has been no official comment from the Japanese government about the decision by Park Geun-hye, the new South Korean president, to make China her first diplomatic port of call in Asia.

15 May 2013 - 1:43am 1 comment

Australia smashes South Korea spy ring

A South Korean spy ring has been uncovered in Australia trying to cultivate public servants to obtain trade secrets, but officials insisted relations with Seoul remained robust. The Sydney Morning Herald said previously suppressed details revealed that South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) had sought "to obtain sensitive information" on trade talks between Canberra and Seoul.

3 May 2013 - 1:12am

Seoul cultural jewel, Namdaemun gate, restored five years after fire

Five years after an arsonist burned it down in a spectacular blaze, South Korea yesterday unveiled its newly restored Namdaemun gate, a national treasure painstakingly rebuilt at a cost of millions of dollars.

30 Apr 2013 - 2:47am

US soldier shot by police after Seoul car chase

A US soldier was shot and injured by South Korean police after a dramatic car chase through Seoul early yesterday.

The unnamed 23-year-old Private First Class was shot in the shoulder shortly after midnight, Yonhap news agency said.

4 Mar 2013 - 4:56am

South Korea, US naval drill begins under Pyongyang nuclear test cloud

South Korea and the United States launched a joint naval exercise on Monday, as tensions rise on the Korean Peninsula ahead of nuclear tests by North Korea.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

South Korea’s Park, Moon register for election after Ahn quits

Nominees from South Korea’s ruling and opposition parties registered candidacies for next month’s presidential election, squaring off after an independent withdrew from the race and endorsed the opposition.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

South Korean treasure set to rise again from ashes

Five years ago, as he watched TV images of South Korea's foremost historical treasure being engulfed in flames lit by a lone arsonist, Hong Chang-Won remembers having to turn his head away.

"It was too heartbreaking to see such beautiful architecture being destroyed like that," said Hong, a registered master craftsman who specialises in traditional Korean ornamental painting.

10 Nov 2012 - 1:01am

Seoul's poverty lingers in the shadows of Gangnam-style prosperity

Shadowed by the high-rises of Gangnam - Seoul's wealthiest district - Kim Bok-ja, 75, pulls her trolley of folded cardboard through a shanty town that sits uncomfortably in one of Asia's most developed cities.

At a local recycling yard, Kim smiles thinly as she counts out the meagre cash return she gets for the load of boxes and packaging she spent all day collecting.

23 Oct 2012 - 5:16am

S Korean torches government office, kills himself

A South Korean man on Sunday set fire to a government office in the capital Seoul before jumping from the 18th floor of the building to his death, an official said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Seoul unmasks terror of North Korea's assassination bid on its president

A Seoul newspaper has printed graphic, never-before-seen pictures of the bloody aftermath of North Korea's 1983 bid to assassinate South Korea's then president Chun Doo-Hwan.

The images of the bomb blast in Myanmar were taken by official government photographer Kim Sang-Yeong and had been kept private at the personal request of Chun out of respect for the victims' relatives.

12 Oct 2012 - 3:19am

S Korea, US agree to raise missile range limit

South Korea on Sunday announced a deal with the United States to more than double the range of its missile systems to cover the whole of North Korea – in a move sure to infuriate Pyongyang.

The agreement will allow the South to deploy missiles with a range of 800 kilometres, up from the current limit of 300 kilometres, National Security adviser Chun Yung-Woo told reporters.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US, Seoul to forge joint response to North’s missile force

The United States and South Korea are set to announce this weekend a joint response to the perceived threat from North Korea’s growing ballistic missile force, according to a State Department notice to US lawmakers on Friday.

6 Oct 2012 - 3:04pm

Seoul cuts jail time for Chinese fishermen involved in stabbing

A Chinese fishing boat captain who stabbed to death a South Korean coastguard in a row over illegal fishing in the Yellow Sea has seen his jail sentence reduced to 23 years.

Cheng Dawei , 43, from Suizhong county, Liaoning , was initially jailed for 30 years for killing corporal Lee Cheong-ho, after he boarded his boat in December. Cheng also seriously injured another officer.

14 Sep 2012 - 4:29am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Seoul mayor attends social innovation forum in HK

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am