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S Korea to build two more nuclear reactors

2014-11-21 14:05

South Korea will start to construct two new nuclear power plants in 2017 at the earliest and another two by 2022, making a total of 11 new nuclear plants.

Hyundai, Kia to triple green cars

2014-11-12 08:12

After being fined more than R1-billion for overstating its fuel consumption figures, Hyundai and Kia plan to triple the number of fuel-efficient cars by 2020.

South Korea ends search of doomed ferry

2014-11-11 07:44

South Korea says it is calling off a search for nine passengers still missing from a ferry that sank in April killing more than 300 people.

Korea Inc targets 'golden singles'

2014-10-30 13:55

Consumer spending accounts for over half of South Korea's $1.3 trillion economy and young unmarried people living alone are proving to have lots of buying power.

Wait for daughter's body ends on her 17th birthday

2014-10-30 10:46

A couple has received the body of their daughter on her 17th birthday, nearly seven months after a ferry disaster in South Korea killed 303 others.

South Korea seeks death penalty for ferry captain

2014-10-27 11:57

South Korean prosecutors have demanded the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that sank in April, killing more than 300 people, and life sentences to three key crew members, a court official says.

Search resumes for South Koreans after Thai boat crash

2014-10-20 11:44

The search has resumed for two South Korean tourists missing off Thailand's southern coast after their tour boat crashed into a fishing vessel, police say.

S Korea concert victims' families call for leniency

2014-10-20 10:01

Families of 16 people who died after falling through a ventilation shaft at a South Korean open-air concert have asked for leniency for event organisers.

High-level Korean talks end without progress

2014-10-16 09:28

High-level military discussions between North and South Korea made no progress on disputed issues such as the maritime border, the government in Seoul says.

North Korea warns of rupture in dialogue with South

2014-10-12 15:39

North Korea's state media has warned of a rupture in dialogue with rival South Korea over the launch of anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets that sparked a brief cross-border exchange of fire.

UN racism envoy details 'serious' problems in South Korea

2014-10-06 13:48

The UN's top expert on racism has outlined “serious problems” faced by migrant workers and foreign marriage partners in South Korea.

South Korean ship runs aground, everyone rescued

2014-09-30 11:36

A South Korean cruise ship has run aground off the south-western coast but all of the 109 people aboard the vessel have been rescued, coast guard officers say.

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.


Ex-general to head South Korea safety office

2014-11-18 11:31

South Korea’s president has nominated a retired navy general as head of a new broader safety agency to be created in the aftermath of April's ferry sinking that killed more than 300 people.

South Korean ferry captain jailed for 36 years

2014-11-11 08:22

A South Korean court has handed a 36-year prison sentence to the captain of a sunken ferry, saying he was professionally negligent and abandoned his passengers during the disaster.

South Korea fires warning shots at North

2014-11-10 14:33

South Korean troops have fired warning shots as a North Korean patrol approached the border inside the heavily fortified Demilitarised Zone that separates the rivals.

Soldier gets 45 years for beating a conscript to death

2014-10-30 13:30

A South Korean soldier has been sentenced to 45 years in military prison for beating a conscript to death in a highly publicised case of barrack-room bullying.

Divers find body 6 months after Korea ferry disaster

2014-10-28 14:43

South Korean divers have discovered another body inside the sunken Sewol ferry, six months after it capsized and more than 100 days after the last corpse was recovered, officials say.

S Korea warns North against 'reckless provocation'

2014-10-20 14:33

South Korea has warned North Korea against further “reckless” provocations following a series of minor border skirmishes that have heightened military tensions ahead of planned high-level talks.

Organiser jumps to his death after concert tragedy

2014-10-20 09:02

A man involved in planning an outdoor concert where 16 people were killed after falling through a ventilation grate has been found dead in an apparent suicide.

North, South Korea hold high-level military talks

2014-10-15 09:09

North and South Korea have held senior-level military talks, the South's Yonhap news agency reports, following a series of recent incidents on their land and maritime borders.

North, South Korean patrol boats exchange fire

2014-10-07 12:45

Patrol boats from North and South Korea have shot at each other after a North Korean navy vessel crossed the two countries’ maritime border west of the Korean Peninsula, a report says.

Samsung to build factory in Vietnam

2014-10-02 13:55

South Korean electronics giant Samsung is to build a production plant in Vietnam for around $560m, says the company.

F1: Korea eyes return with a night race

2014-09-24 05:37

South Korea's foray into F1 at the desolate, highly unpopular, and debt-incurring Yeongam circuit could be seen as an unmitigated failure but now the country wants another go.

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.

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