Archive for May, 2015

Park Meets US Secretary of State

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President Park Geun-hye met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Seoul to discuss bilateral …

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Bae Yong-joon's Engagement Dominates Headlines

News that superstar and eternal bachelor Bae Yong-joon is engaged to actress Park Soo-jin have dominated the entertainment headlines and social media since it was announced last Thursday.

KeyEast, the talent agency Bae founded and that handles them both, said the two had known each other f… …read more

Opposition Party Urges Prosecution to Arrest, Indict Governor, Ex-PM

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The main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) has urged the prosecution to arrest and indict South Gyeongsang Governor Hong Joon-pyo and former Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo, who are being investigated for allegations that they received money from a deceased businessman.

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US House Underlines Korea Alliance in NDAA

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The U.S. House of Representatives has expressed support for the South Korean leader’s policies on Korean unification and the enhancement of the Korea- U.S. alliance.

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Matisse Work from Munich Art Trove Returned to Owner's Heirs

A Matisse painting that was looted by the Nazis and became part of a German collector’s long-hidden trove was handed over on Friday to the heirs of a Jewish art dealer.

Henri Matisse’s “Woman Sitting in an Armchair” was one of the first two works from the vast trove of art hoarded by Corne… …read more

WSJ Poll: Most Economists See Fed Raising Key Rates in September

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Many economists expect an interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve in September, instead of …

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N. Korea Conducts Second Round of Artillery Firing Near NLL

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North Korea has resumed its artillery firing near the western maritime border with the South.

An …

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Time to Prepare for Regime Change in N.Korea

North Korean Army chief Hyon Yong-chol was executed for treason on April 30, the National Intelligence Service told lawmakers here Wednesday.

According to the NIS, Hyon was caught dozing off during a military rally on April 24-25 and failed to obey or complained about Kim’s orders. Hyon w… …read more

JCS: N. Korea Informed Artillery Fire Near NLL

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North Korea has informed South Korea that it will fire artillery for three days starting …

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Park Needs to Tackle New Power Structure in Northeast Asia

President Park Geun-hye will travel to Washington next month for yet another summit with U.S. President Barack Obama. This will be her third trip to the U.S.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the U.S. last month and delivered a speech before Congress, while Chinese President Xi J… …read more

CNN: N. Korean Leader Ordered His Aunt to be Poisoned

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A North Korean defector has claimed that Kim Jong-un ordered his own aunt to be poisoned.

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Typhoon Noul Flattens Coastal Areas in Philippines

Heavy rains and strong winds flattened houses on coastal areas as typhoon Noul crashed into the northeastern tip of the Philippines, killing two people and prompting more than 3,000 residents to move to shelters.

The typhoon weakened slightly after hitting land, with winds of 160 kilometer… …read more

Parties in Standoff on Pension Bill

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Rival parties are in a standoff over a controversial bill to reform the pension system for civil …

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N.Korea's New Missile Is a Nightmare Come True

North Korea last week test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine, turning another nightmare into reality for South Korea.

North Korea claimed it succeeded in launching the missile from the East Sea near Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un looked on.

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Pres. Office Urges Assembly to Pass Public Pension Bill in May Session

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The presidential office has urged the National Assembly to pass a pension reform bill for civil servants during the May extraordinary session, which will open on Monday.

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World War II Victory Day Events Held in Europe

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Events marking the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in World War II took …

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China's Imports Plunge in New Sign of Economic Weakness

China’s imports and exports contracted again in April in a new sign of economic weakness, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders to reverse a politically dangerous slump.

Imports fell by a bigger-than-expected 16.2 percent over a year earlier to $176.3 billion following March’s 12 pe… …read more

Court Exonerates Ex-Ambassador for Helping Brother-in-Law Yoo Byung-eon

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The court has decided not to punish former South Korean ambassador to the Czech Republic Oh …

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Korean Footballer Assaulted After Mideast Game

Nam Tae-hee, who plays for Lekhwiya in Qatar, was assaulted by Uruguayan player Fabian Estoyanoff from Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr in the final match of the group stage in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday.

Nam scored a goal and an assist to help the team beat Al-Nassr 3-1. Lekhwiya won th… …read more

S. Korea, Japan to Discuss UNESCO Listing

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Representatives from South Korea and Japan will meet in Tokyo on April 22 to discuss Japan’s efforts to have its controversial Meiji era industrial sites included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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