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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