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S Korea fires warning shots after N Korea incursion

2014-09-19 09:18

The South Korean navy has fired warning shots to end a brief incursion by a North Korean patrol boat across the sensitive maritime border, Seoul's defence ministry says.

S Korea aims to double cigarette prices

2014-09-11 14:48

South Korea has proposed a tax hike as early as next year that would nearly double cigarette prices as the government tries to reduce smoking rates.

Next Sorento unveiled ahead of Paris show

2014-08-29 14:17

Kia has unveiled its third-generation Sorento in Korea ahead of its official debut at the 2014 Paris auto show. The new Sorento will arrive in SA in 2015.

North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

2014-08-20 14:09

In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea has called US Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw".

Pope urges Koreas to unite

2014-08-18 10:32

Pope Francis has wrapped up the first papal visit to Asia in 15 years, urging the divided Koreas to unite as "as one family, one people".

Huge crowds greet pope at martyr beatification

2014-08-16 09:37

Hundreds of thousands of people have turned out for one of the highlights of Pope Francis’ trip to South Korea: The beatification of 124 Koreans killed for their faith over two centuries ago.

North Korea fires 3 rockets as pope visits South

2014-08-14 05:50

North Korea fired three short-range rockets off its east coast, South Korea's Ministry of Defence says, shortly before Pope Francis arrived in Seoul on his first visit to Asia.

First woman wins maths 'Nobel' prize

2014-08-13 07:41

Iranian-born mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has became the first woman to be awarded the Fields Medal, mathematics' equivalent to the Nobel Prize.

Scientists store energy in used cigarettes

2014-08-11 12:38

Scientists in South Korea say they have found a way of converting used cigarette butts into a material capable of storing energy that could help power mobile phones to electric cars.

Angry South Korea ferry families won't budge for Pope

2014-08-05 13:19

Relatives of victims of South Korea's ferry disaster vowed to "fight back" if any attempt is made to clear them from a plaza in Seoul where Pope Francis will hold a mass next week.

Drunken US soldier accused of beating Korean driver

2014-08-02 13:26

A drunken US soldier in South Korea was arrested on suspicion of beating a cab driver and stealing his taxi, police say.

Associate of dead South Korea ferry boss arrested

2014-07-28 11:30

A close associate of the man whose web of business holdings included a ferry that sank and killed more than 300 people in April has been arrested.

South Korea lab fails to find out how ferry owner died

2014-07-25 08:53

South Korea's forensic lab says it has failed to determine the cause of death for a billionaire blamed for April's ferry disaster, amid public criticism that authorities didn't identify his body for a long time, yet continued a manhunt for him.

South Korea ferry owner's body found

2014-07-22 07:29

South Korean police believe they have found the body of a fugitive businessman who owned the Sewol ferry that sank in April killing hundreds.

5 dead after helicopter crash in South Korea

2014-07-17 11:58

A fire fighting helicopter has crashed near an apartment complex and school in the southern South Korean city of Gwangju, killing five people.

Seoul: N Korea fires artillery shells into ocean

2014-07-14 10:14

North Korea has fires artillery shells into waters near its sea border with South Korea, Seoul's military says, a day after the country’s test-launched two ballistic missiles.

North Korea missiles a 'serious provocation' - South

2014-07-10 11:29

South Korea has condemned a series of missile launches by nuclear-armed North Korea as a "serious provocation" that threatened stability on the peninsula.

North Korea to send cheering squad to Asian Games

2014-07-07 21:23

North Korea says it will send a cheering squad to the coming Asian Games in rival South Korea that its athletes plan to attend.

North Korea fires projectiles before Xi's Seoul visit

2014-07-02 09:47

North Korea has fired two short-range projectiles into waters off its east coast, South Korean officials say, on the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping's talks in Seoul.

North Korea fires more short-range missiles

2014-06-29 07:24

North Korea has fired two short-range missiles, a South Korean official says, in an apparent test fire that comes just days after the country tested what it called new precision-guided missiles.

North Korea tests new precision-guided missiles

2014-06-27 08:08

North Korea says that leader Kim Jong Un has guided the test launches of the country's newly developed precision guided missiles.

Ferry survivors return to school amid tears, grief

2014-06-25 14:27

More than 70 teenagers who survived a ferry sinking that killed hundreds of their schoolmates walked in a somber procession to their first classes since the disaster.

S Korean soldier who killed comrades 'stable'

2014-06-24 12:45

A South Korean soldier who killed five comrades was in a stable condition after an apparent suicide bid, doctors say, as details emerged of a final note he wrote regretting his actions.

South Korea soldier shoots dead five comrades

2014-06-21 20:13

A South Korean conscript soldier has shot and killed five of his fellow unit members and injured five others.

North Korea rejects talks on S Korea missionary

2014-06-12 08:36

North Korea has rejected Seoul's call for talks on the fate of a South Korean missionary sentenced to hard labour for life for allegedly spying and operating an underground church.


US man held for attempt to swim to North Korea

2014-09-17 14:36

South Korean border guards have arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river into rival North Korea, a South Korean defence official says.

South Korea delays smog tax until 2020

2014-09-02 11:29

South Korea has delayed a proposed tax on vehicle carbon emissions by over five years to the end of 2020, amid pressure from domestic and US car makers who fear the levy would curb sales.

Toxic chemicals hit North Korean workers

2014-08-27 14:46

Scores of North Korean workers employed by South Korean factories at a joint industrial complex have fallen sick after possible exposure to toxic chemicals.

South Korea, US start military drill despite North threats

2014-08-18 12:16

South Korea and the US have launched an annual military drill, Seoul's defence ministry says, despite condemnation by North Korea which has threatened a "merciless" retaliatory strike.

Samsung extends Olympics deal

2014-08-17 20:15

South Korea's Samsung has extended its top sponsorship contract as an Olympics worldwide partner to 2020, says the IOC.

Pope to baptise father of South Korea ferry victim

2014-08-15 10:30

Pope Francis has agreed to baptise the father of one the many students killed in South Korea's ferry disaster as he met with victims' relatives before a mass in the city of Daejeon.

Pope to speak to N Korea's 'church of silence'

2014-08-13 15:39

Pope Francis will offer prayers for Korean reconciliation, but they are unlikely to be heard in North Korea which pays lip-service to religious freedom but treats unsanctioned acts of devotion as criminal.

Suicides fuel military concerns in S Korea

2014-08-12 16:02

The South Korean military says that two conscripts have been found dead in an apparent suicide, the latest in a series of incidents fuelling concern over young soldiers.

S Korea offers $13.3m in aid for North Korea

2014-08-11 12:36

South Korea says it would provide $13.3m in funding for UN humanitarian projects in North Korea, its second indirect aid package for the North in a month.

New South Korea finance chief makes a splash

2014-08-04 11:36

Three frenetic weeks into the job, South Korea's new Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan's name already describes Seoul's plans to rev up faltering growth.

Teens helped each other escape sinking ferry

2014-07-28 20:40

Students who survived the South Korean ferry disaster have testified they were repeatedly ordered by loudspeaker to stay in the sinking ship but eventually helped each other flee.

Son of South Korean sunken ferry owner detained

2014-07-25 17:46

South Korean police detained the eldest son of the sunken ferry owner after two months on the run, three days after his billionaire father was confirmed dead.

100 days on: Thousands mourn ferry victims

2014-07-24 17:04

Thousands of people have rallied in Seoul, 100 days after South Korea's ferry disaster, to push for an independent inquiry into the tragedy that claimed around 300 lives.

Samsung managers sacrifice 25% of bonuses

2014-07-18 14:35

Nearly 200 managers at Samsung Electronics have voluntarily returned 25% of their bonuses, as the firm is poised to post its worst quarterly profit in two years.

South Korea warns North over missile tests

2014-07-15 07:56

South Korea has warned North Korea it was playing a dangerous game with a series of missile, rocket and artillery tests that appear to be inching ever closer to their joint border.

LG unveils flexible display

2014-07-12 05:00

LG Display has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder.

Relatives weep, jeer at South Korea ferry trial

2014-07-08 08:26

Relatives of the victims of South Korea's ferry disaster have wept amid angry scenes in court as prosecutors played video footage of the sinking vessel during the murder trial of the crew.

North Korea to send cheerleaders to South

2014-07-07 08:52

North Korea says it would send a cheerleading squad to the coming Asian Games in South Korea, as it issued a fresh call for improved ties with Seoul following a series of missile tests.

Owner of sunk ferry blamed for 5 earlier crashes

2014-06-30 11:06

Well before more than 300 people died this spring aboard the South Korean ferry Sewol, government investigators are blaming the company's sailors for five other crashes.

S Korea defence chief apologises for shooter remarks

2014-06-27 11:21

South Korea's defence minister apologised to the relatives of victims of a shooting rampage by an army conscript for suggesting that those killed had been bullying the gunman.

Rival nations mark 64th anniversary of Korean War

2014-06-26 06:22

North and South Korea marked the 64th anniversary of the war between them that ended in a truce and left the nations bitterly divided.

Asiana crash pilots didn't understand systems

2014-06-24 20:58

The pilots of a South Korean airliner that crashed in San Francisco last year depended too much on automated systems they didn't understand.

South Korea conscript captured after wounding self

2014-06-23 09:33

A South Korean military conscript who killed five members of his unit has been captured after shooting himself in the side following a tense 24-hour stand-off.

South Korea holds live-fire drill, ignores protest

2014-06-20 09:12

The South Korean navy has held a rare live-fire drill near a set of disputed islands, brushing off angry protests from co-claimant Japan, which called the exercises "deplorable".

Ferry disaster: S Korea police in huge raid

2014-06-11 09:13

Thousands of South Korean police have forced their way into the compound of a splinter religious group in their search for a fugitive businessman wanted in connection with April’s ferry disaster.

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