Archive for May, 2016

Gov't Dismisses Kim Jong-un's Pursuit of Nuclear, Economic Development

[Politics] : The South Korean government has dismissed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s pursuit of nuclear …[more…] …read more

Australia Will Hold Early Election in July

Australia’s prime minister has called for an early election to be held on July 2.
In announcing the date on Sunday, Malcolm Turnbull said, “At this election, Australians will have a very clear choice: to keep the course, maintain the commitment to our national economic plan for growth and jobs or go… …read more

Yun, Kerry Discuss N. Korea Over Phone

[Politics] : The top diplomats of South Korea and the U.S. have agreed to continue sending out a strong message …[more…] …read more

Trump, Ryan to Meet Next Week

Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have agreed to meet next week, but the presumptive Republican presidential nominee doesn’t seem particularly enthusiastic.
Trump said that he had “no idea” if the talks to bridge the party’s divide over his nomination would succeed and that it didn’t really … …read more

NYT: In Donald Trump’s Rise, Allies See New American Approach

[International] : According to a U.S. newspaper, the rise of Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential campaign is …[more…] …read more

New British Newspaper Closes After 10 Weeks

A British newspaper that pledged to prove that print news can survive in the online age has announced it is shutting down, just weeks after it began publishing.
Britain’s The New Day, launched Feb. 29 as the nation’s first national daily newspaper in 30 years, announced Thursday that its last issue … …read more

N. Korea Party Congress Opening Friday to Proclaim 'Kim Jong-un Era'

[Inter-Korea] : The seventh congress of North Korea’s ruling Worker’s Party will open Friday, which is being viewed …[more…] …read more

Russia to Deploy Troops to Counter Growing NATO Presence

Russia says it will deploy three divisions of troops along its borders to counter NATO’s increasing military presence in Eastern Europe.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday after a meeting in Moscow that the new divisions will be stationed along Russia’s western and southern borders. … …read more

Online Shopping Malls Join Boycott of Oxy Products

[Domestic] : Online shopping malls in South Korea have joined the boycott of Oxy Reckitt Benckiser, under fire …[more…] …read more

Missionary's Memoir Recalls Hard Labor in N.Korea

Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae on Monday published a memoir about his grueling two-year detention in North Korea.
“Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea” details a backbreaking regime of hard labor, verbal abuse and death threats he endured.
Bae went to the North on… …read more

S. Korea’s Foreign Reserves Rise for 2nd Straight Month

[Economy] : South Korea’s foreign reserves rose for the second consecutive month in April.

Bank of …[more…] …read more

Gov't Warns Reporters to Take Caution Along Sino-N. Korea Border

[Politics] : The Foreign Ministry has warned South Korean journalists reporting along the China-North Korea …[more…] …read more

First Human Head Transplant Planned for 2017

Many prominent surgeons think the idea is crazy and will not work, but Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero says he still plans to attempt the first human head transplant late next year.He even has a volunteer, 31-year-old Russian software development manager Valery Spiridonov, who suffers from a de… …read more

UNSC Expected to Soon Adopt Press Statement on N. Korean Missile Tests

[International] : The UN Security Council is expected to soon adopt a press statement denouncing North Korea’s test …[more…] …read more

Russian Wins Over Students with Korean-Studies Classes at SNU

Olga Fedorenko was the first Russian to be appointed an anthropology professor at Seoul National University last year and is now teaching Korean Studies there.
Students were skeptical at first whether the 39-year-old foreigner had much to tell them about their own culture, but their doubts dissipat… …read more