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Women's walk across Koreas' DMZ denied

2015-05-24 08:46

International women activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace laureates have been denied an attempt to walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea, but were allowed to cross by bus.

S Korea's Park names justice minister as new PM

2015-05-21 11:24

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has selected her justice minister to become the new prime minister - a post that has become something of a poisoned chalice under her administration.

North Korea executes defence chief - reports

2015-05-13 07:44

North Korea has executed its head of defence for treason, after he fell asleep during a military event and failed to carry out leader Kim Jong Un's instructions, according to South Korean intelligence and news reports.

Samsung starts building $14.3bn chip plant

2015-05-07 12:01

The electronics giant has kicked off construction of a new chip plant to help fuel growth as smartphone sales slow.

North Korea grants interview with alleged South Korean spies

2015-05-04 12:58

North Korea presented two South Korean alleged spies to US journalists for an interview during which they admitted the charges against them, according to the published account.

South Korea ferry disaster protesters clash with police

2015-05-01 22:32

Angry protesters and relatives of South Korea's ferry disaster victims have clashed with riot police after they were blocked from marching toward the president's office in Seoul.

Captain of doomed ferry sentenced to life in prison

2015-04-28 08:21

The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year’s disaster that killed more than 300 people has been given an increased sentence of life in prison by an appellate court that convicted him of homicide.

South Korea's PM offers to quit amid bribery scandal

2015-04-21 07:13

South Korea's prime minister, who has denied an allegation that he took illegal campaign funds from a businessman who committed suicide, has offered to resign over the scandal, the presidential office says.

South Korean police question dozens after ferry protest

2015-04-19 22:21

South Korean police say they are questioning dozens of protesters over violence that broke out at a rally denouncing the government's handling of a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people a year ago.

South Korean leader caught in bribery scandal

2015-04-15 16:54

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has faced charges that members of her administration received bribes from a businessman found dead in an apparent suicide.


Appeals court frees 'nut rage' Korean Air heiress

2015-05-22 12:06

The former Korean Air executive jailed for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nuts walked free when a South Korean appeals court overturned her conviction for violating aviation safety laws.

Kerry slams North Korea, vows security for South

2015-05-18 07:30

US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused North Korea of a litany of crimes and atrocities while reassuring South Korea of America's 'ironclad' security commitments.

South Korea vows to get tough with illegal Chinese fishing

2015-05-07 13:40

South Korean fishermen who work the flashpoint maritime border with North Korea tend to be a resilient bunch, but these days a larger, more powerful neighbour is making them lose sleep.

South Korean held by North for illegal entry

2015-05-05 13:43

A South Korean college student arrested by North Korea for illegal entry says he was hoping for a "great event" to help strengthen relations between the diplomatic rivals and acknowledged he had broken the law, a report says.

Two men arrested by North Korea say they spied for South - CNN

2015-05-03 22:22

Two men arrested by North Korea in March have said in interviews with CNN that they spied for South Korea's intelligence agency, CNN reports.

Kim Jong Un ordered 15 executions this year

2015-04-29 12:16

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the execution of 15 people, including senior officials, this year as punishment for challenging his authority, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

South Korea approves plans to salvage sunken ferry

2015-04-22 06:33

South Korea has formally approved plans to salvage a ferry that sank last year in a disaster that killed more than 300 people.

South Korea ready to start work to salvage sunken ferry

2015-04-20 16:15

South Korea's oceans ministry says it's ready to start work to salvage a ferry that sank last year, killing more than 300 people.

Survivors of South Korean ferry tragedy struggle with guilt

2015-04-16 13:15

South Korean ferry tragedy leaves survivors wrestling with guilt, siblings seeking meaning.

Flowers, tears as families mourn Sewol ferry disaster

2015-04-15 06:34

More than 100 relatives of victims of South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster have cast flowers into the sea at an emotional memorial event on the eve of the tragedy's first anniversary.

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