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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.

Two Koreas in tussle over alleged defectors

2014-06-02 13:40

South Korea has rejected North Korea's request to send home all three of its citizens who were found adrift last week in a small boat across their sea border, officials say.

Dementia patient suspected in S Korea hospice fire

2014-05-28 13:10

The fire that swept through a South Korean hospice for elderly and infirm patients is a suspected act of arson by an 81-year-old suffering from dementia, police say.

Cops arrest daughter of sunken Korean ferry owner

2014-05-27 21:17

French police have arrested the daughter of a South Korean tycoon who is believed to be the owner of a ferry that sank last month, leaving more than 300 people dead or missing.

Reward for tip-off on ferry owner boosted to $500k

2014-05-26 11:52

South Korea has boosted to half a million dollars a reward for tips about the mysterious billionaire who prosecutors say owns a ferry that sank last month, police say.

N Korea fires shells near S Korea warship

2014-05-22 15:49

North Korea has fired shells into disputed waters near a South Korean warship on patrol south of the Yellow Sea border, South Korea’s defence ministry says.

Ferry disaster overshadows S Korean elections

2014-05-22 07:22

South Korea's opposition parties are expected to reap an election bonanza from public anger over the government's mishandling of the ferry disaster as campaigning for next month's local polls open.

S Korea sends condolences over building collapse

2014-05-20 16:41

South Korea offered its condolences to North Korea over the deadly collapse of a Pyongyang apartment building that led to a rare apology from the secretive hard line state.

S Korea president says responsibility 'lies with me'

2014-05-19 08:30

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has taken responsibility for the mishandling of last month's ferry disaster, vowing to dismantle the national coastguard.

Four S Korea ferry crew charged with manslaughter

2014-05-15 09:14

The captain and three other crew members of the ferry that sank off South Korea last month have been indicted on charges of manslaughter through gross negligence.


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.

Murder trial opens for S Korea ferry captain, crew

2014-06-10 07:38

With South Korean divers still searching for victims of April's ferry disaster, the murder trial of the captain and crew is set to open in a heated atmosphere that has raised concerns about a fair hearing.

Hyundai's new sedan to battle BMW, Audi

2014-06-02 08:19

Hyundai hopes to fend off surging imports from the likes of BMW and Audi with two premium sedans just unveiled at the 2014 Busan auto show in Korea.

Korean ferry tycoon's daughter to appear in court

2014-05-28 13:10

The daughter of a fugitive Korean tycoon accused of being responsible for last month's ferry disaster has been arrested in France and will appear before a judge Wednesday, judicial sources told AFP.

Fire kills 21 at S Korean hospital for elderly

2014-05-28 07:14

Twenty-one people have suffocated and seven people have been injured in a fire at a hospital in southern South Korea that specialises in patients suffering from dementia and palsy, officials say.

N Korea says danger of 'catastrophic' clash

2014-05-27 10:53

North Korea has warned that recent "provocative" activities by US troops at a truce village on the heavily fortified inter-Korean border could lead to a "catastrophic" military clash.

Cash reward to find S Korea ferry family head

2014-05-22 16:32

South Korean prosecutors offered a cash reward of almost $50 000 for information on a fugitive billionaire wanted in a probe into last month's ferry disaster that killed hundreds.

South Korea president nominates new PM

2014-05-22 13:10

South Korea president has nominated new prime minister in a government shake-up following the ferry disaster.

Church raided in S Korean ferry disaster probe

2014-05-21 12:57

Scores of South Korean investigators have raided a sprawling religious compound in a widening probe into last month's ferry disaster in which hundreds died.

11 injured in subway explosion near Seoul - report

2014-05-19 14:13

An explosion at a subway station south of Seoul has injured 11 people, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports.

N Korea: Apology over construction accident

2014-05-18 10:33

Senior North Korean officials have publicly apologised for an "unimaginable" accident at an apartment construction site, says state media, a rare admission of culpability by the secretive hardline state.

S Korea 'crashed drone' turns out to be toilet door

2014-05-14 10:22

South Korea's defence ministry says that a suspected crashed drone spotted by a walker was a false alarm - it was actually the door of a portable toilet.

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