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S. Korea urges N. Korea to reconsider delay of family reunions

South Korea urged North Korea to review its decision to postpone a reunion for families separated by the Korean War, saying it had “deeply wounded” those chosen to participate. Hundreds of divided family members from both Koreas were scheduled to meet at the North’s Mount Kumgang resort from Wednesday in…

Kim Jong Un woos defectors: Come home. We won’t kill you … promise

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is taking a new approach to defectors who have fled his impoverished and repressive state, promising they will not be harmed if they come home, and even offering cash rewards, according to some in the exile community. For some who return from…

Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport ‘had no mechanical problems’

The South Korean Boeing 777 which crashed in San Francisco after landing short of the runway was only seven years old and had no known mechanical problems, the Asiana Airlines CEO said Sunday. “We purchased this airplane in March 2006… currently we understand that there are no engine or mechanical…

North and South Korea agree on inspection of joint industrial zone

North and South Korea agreed Sunday to inspect a joint industrial zone shuttered amid high cross-border tension and to hold talks on preventing another closure, reports said. After rare talks which lasted more than 12 hours, officials from both sides agreed to allow Seoul businessmen to visit Kaesong industrial complex,…

North Korea test-fires another short-range missile amid military drill

North Korea Sunday test-fired a short-range missile off its east coast, its fourth in two days, despite pleas from South Korea and the UN chief to halt the launches at a time of high tensions. The guided missile was fired into the East Sea (Sea of Japan) on Sunday afternoon,…

South Korea may launch world’s most ambitious cap and trade market

With roughly 18 months until launch, South Korea appears ready to create the world’s most ambitious cap and trade market, with the highest global price on carbon. These findings jump from a Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) white paper analyzing how potential market designs could affect the nation…  …

Ancient Korean king’s hat recovered more than 500 years after Japanese theft

A hat which belonged to South Korea’s most revered monarch King Sejong has been recovered more than 500 years after it was looted by Japanese invaders, a senior scholar said Wednesday. Apart from its intrinsic value as an historical relic, the discovery has thrilled scholars after documents were found stitched…

Gambling regulations in some Asian countries allows only foreigners to play

The casino industry is booming across Asia, offering anyone looking for high-stakes action a wide choice of venues, from high-tech South Korea to the Himalayan nation of Nepal and communist Vietnam. Anyone, that is, except South Koreans, Nepalese or Vietnamese. For conservative Asian countries, the financial pros and social cons…

South Korea tries to recall a U.S. adoption

South Korea tries to recall a US adoption (via The Christian Science Monitor) The bitter legal struggle of an American couple to adopt a Korean baby is touching on nationalist and ethnic sensitivities in South Korea. The couple, Christopher and Jinshil Duquet, wait at home in Evanston, Ill., to see…

North Korea rocket launch fails, draws condemnation

North Korea’s heralded long-range rocket test ended in failure on Friday, disintegrating in mid-air soon after blastoff and plunging into the sea in a major embarrassment for the reclusive state. The defiant launch drew condemnation from world leaders who described it as a “provocative” act threatening regional security, despite Pyongyang insisting it…

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