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Year of the Dragon roars into Asia

A billion-plus Asians welcomed the Year of the Dragon on Monday with a cacophony of fireworks, hoping the mightiest sign in the Chinese zodiac will usher in the wealth and power it represents. From Malaysia to South Korea, millions of people travelled huge distances to reunite with their families for…

South Korea plans robo-cops to police prison

The South Korean Ministry of Justice is hiring, but they’re not looking for human help at the moment: they want robo-cops. In an announcement late last year, South Korean officials said they would be deploying three autonomous robot guards at their prison facility in Pohang. The guards are to monitor…

Activists send winter socks to North Korea

Activists in South Korea on Saturday sent winter socks carried by gas-filled balloons across the border to the impoverished North, where they can easily be exchanged for food. One pair of socks is thought to fetch about 22 pounds (10 kilos) of corn — enough to sustain a person for…

Kim Jong Un test fires short-range missile in North Korea

North Korea test-fired a short-range missile off its east coast on Monday, the same day it announced the death of leader Kim Jong-Il, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said. The agency quoted an unnamed government official as saying the missile launch was unrelated to the announcement that Kim had died…

S.Korea, U.S. resume talks on nuclear energy

South Korea is reportedly pushing for US permission to recycle spent nuclear fuel for power generation as the two countries resumed talks to revise a 1974 pact on the use of atomic energy. The focus of the three-day talks until Thursday will be the peaceful use of nuclear energy, including Seoul’s right…

Data of 13 million South Korean online game subscribers hacked

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s communications regulator said on Saturday that personal information of more than 13 million subscribers of a popular online game of Nexon Korea Corp, a leading game developer in the country, had been leaked in a hacking attack. The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) said in a…

S. Korea lawmakers tear gassed as U.S. trade deal passes

South Korea’s ruling party agreed on a trade deal with the United States Tuesday, causing one angry opposition lawmaker to throw tear gas at his political rivals. Video has emerged of the extraordinary incident after a surprise vote was called by the ruling Grand National Party, according to the Irish…

Group B Results: ARG wins, KOR through

When you need 2 and play to score 0, you might be Greece. What was Greece thinking? What was their grand plan to get through? Samaras had maybe two decent opportunities, one due to Argentina’s Dimichelis whiffing on a slide, but that was it. A draw would’ve been as helpful…

Argentina 4-1 South Korea

I am THIS MANY TIMES better than you. Messi was pulling the strings today, eh? With the South Koreans mounting multiple confidence-building challenges in the second half, it was Messi who squashed the upset. At 2-1 in the 77th, he slalomed into the box and fired at a sharp angle…

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