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London, Paris, Seoul launch 'name-and-shame' polluting car index.

The mayors of Paris, London and Seoul on Wednesday launched an initiative to rate the most polluting vehicles in a bid to keep them off the roads of their cities.

- PhysOrg - NL

Russia opposes THAAD defense system in Korea.

Russia's top diplomat in Seoul said Moscow can both oppose the THAAD defense system on the Korean peninsula and improve ties with Washington.

- UPI - US

LOOK: Air Force gets two more fighter jets from South Korea.

The Philippine Air Force received on Wednesday the fourth pair of FA-50 lead-in fighter trainer jets from South Korea. The jets, with tail numbers 007 and 008, were delivered at Clark Air Base in Pampanga. The first batch arrived in November 2015, at a time when there were heightened tensions in the South China Sea The post ...

- Philippine Daily Inquirer - PH

London, Paris, Seoul launch 'name-and-shame' polluting car index.

PARIS, March 29 — The mayors of Paris, London and Seoul today launched an initiative to rate the most polluting vehicles in a bid to keep them off the roads of their cities. The aim of the Air'volution' scheme is to help drivers avoid...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Indian shuttlers shine at India Open.

New Delhi, March 29 Indian shuttlers enjoyed a successful outing at the India Open 2017 badminton tournament here on Wednesday with most of them sailing through to the second round. Sameer Verma created one of the biggest upsets of the day when he stunned World No. 5 Son Wan Ho of South Korea 21-17, 21-10. "I am just taking ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Anger in South Korea over bones fiasco.

SOUTH Korean authorities faced a deluge of criticism yesterday for announcing that human remains had been found from the sunken Sewol ferry, only to correct themselves within hours to say they were animal bones. Newspapers said relatives of the missing had been put through “heaven and hell” and accused the ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Watch the Samsung Galaxy S8 launch live, here.

As you'll know, today is a big day for Samsung, as it will be taking the wraps off its latest, and greatest flagship smartphone. This is a massive launch for the South Korean tech giant, following the well documented problems with the Galaxy Note7. There have been a lot of leaks surrounding the Galaxy S8, so you'll probably ...

- BetaNews.Com - US

South Korean media slam government over ferry 'remains'.

South Korean authorities faced a deluge of criticism Wednesday for announcing that human remains had been found from the sunken Sewol ferry, only to correct itself within hours to say they were animal bones. Newspapers said relatives of the missing had been put through "heaven and hell", and accused the maritime ministry of ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Samsung faces 'biggest test' with Galaxy S8 launch.

SEOUL, March 29 — The world's biggest smartphone maker Samsung will unveil its latest flagship model, the Galaxy S8, today in New York as it seeks to move on from last year's humiliating burning handset recall. Samsung Electronics was...

- The Malay Mail - MY

South Korea prepares to move sunken Sewol ferry to port.

Salvage operators are preparing to move South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry on to another vessel to transfer it to port, nearly three years after it went down with the loss of more than 300 lives. Video provided by AFP         

- USA TODAY - US

N. Korean defector sends message.

A North Korean defector is packing balloons with information about Kim Jong Nam's death and floating them north from South Korea.

- CNN Top Stories - US

Justice for all? Spanish lessons on corruption and 'draining the swamp'

A civil guard informs people of an ongoing raid as part of a corruption probe in Torrejon de Ardoz near Madrid, Spain. REUTERS/Andrea ComasCorruption has become a major issue in political agendas across the world, from Donald Trump's promise to drain the swamp' to the impeachment of South Korea's president Park Geun-hye ...

- The Conversation - UK

Japanese and South Korean investors plow cash into structured products

Yield-starved Japanese investors are taking out the cash stashed under the futon and plowing it into potentially risky securities. Faced with domestic bond yields below zero and a rally in global equities that only recently had some wobbles, domestic retail investors drove sales of bonds tied to the Nikkei 225 stock average ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Paris, London, Seoul to 'grade' cars based on emissions

PARIS " The mayors of Paris, London and Seoul are creating a system to grade vehicles based on their emissions in real-life conditions, after growing uncertainty about automakers' efforts to skirt rules intended to limit pollutants.Meeting...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Paris, London, Seoul to 'grade' cars based on emissions

The mayors of Paris, London and Seoul are creating a system to grade vehicles based on their emissions in real-life conditions, after growing uncertainty about automakers' efforts to skirt rules intended to limit pollutants.

- FOX News - US

NBC's 2018 Olympics coverage will air live in all time zones

Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times: NBC's 2018 Olympics coverage will air live in all time zones  —  A woman poses under the Olympic rings during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.  NBC's prime-time coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will air live across the United States, ...

- Mediagazer - US

NBC says it will broadcast the 2018 Winter Games live across all time zones for the first time after delayed broadcasts of past Games were subject to criticism

Jack Williams / New York Times: NBC says it will broadcast the 2018 Winter Games live across all time zones for the first time after delayed broadcasts of past Games were subject to criticism  —  When the Olympics are held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018, NBC will be broadcasting the Winter Games live across ...

- Mediagazer - US

Analysts: Trump Could Target South Korea for Currency Manipulation

South Korean economic reforms, made in part to minimize the impact of a potential international financial crisis, make it a likely target for charges of unfair currency manipulation by the United States. There is growing concern in South Korea and in other emerging markets that the administration of U.S. President Donald ...

- Voice of America - US

Can Park's potential leftist successor mend ties with North Korea?

With President Park ousted and facing arrest, South Korea is set to hold a presidential election in May. A leftist candidate is virtually assured of victory, but it's unclear how the next leader will deal with N. Korea.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

South Korea: Sewol ferry remains are animal not human, ministry clarifies

SOUTH Korea on Tuesday said forensic examination showed bone fragments found near a salvaged ferry that sank in one of its worst disasters three years ago came from an animal and not an unrecovered victim, as an official had said earlier. The post South Korea: Sewol ferry remains are animal not human, ministry clarifies ...

- Asian Correspondent - HK

Media slam S. Korea govt over ferry 'remains' misidentified as human

SEOUL, March 29 — South Korean authorities faced a deluge of criticism today for announcing that human remains had been found from the sunken Sewol ferry, only to correct themselves within hours to say they were animal bones. Newspapers said...

- The Malay Mail - MY

SK Hynix consortium bids over $9 billion for Toshiba chip unit: Maeil Business

A consortium led by South Korea's SK Hynix Inc has offered to pay more than $9 billion for a majority stake in Toshiba Corp's memory chip business, the Maeil Business Newspaper reported on Wednesday citing ...

- Yahoo! News Finance - US

N. Korean defector's message across border

A North Korean defector is packing balloons with information about Kim Jong Nam's death and floating them north from South Korea.

- CNN Top Stories - US

SK Hynix consortium bids over $9 billion for Toshiba chip unit: Maeil Business

SEOUL - A consortium led by South Korea's SK Hynix Inc has offered to pay more than $9 billion for a majority stake in Toshiba Corp's memory chip business, the Maeil Business Newspaper reported on Wednesday citing unnamed sources.

- Reuters - US

South Korean ferry saga a tale of government blunders

From a botched rescue job to severely wrong death counts, South Korea's government has been blamed for a series of egregious errors in its handling of the 2014 sinking of the Sewol ferry, which killed 304 people in one of the country's worst disasters.

- FOX News - US

South Korean ferry saga a tale of government blunders

SEOUL, South Korea — From a botched rescue job to severely wrong death counts, South Korea's government has been blamed for a series of...

- Townhall.com - US

S.Korea media slam govt over ferry 'remains'

South Korean authorities faced a deluge of criticism Wednesday for announcing that human remains had been found from the sunken Sewol ferry, only to correct themselves within hours to say they were animal bones

- The Daily Star - LB

How China Accidentally Turned THAAD into a Political Weapon

Robert E Kelly Security, Asia THAAD is not about missile defense anymore; it's about a Chinese veto over South Korean foreign policy. The South Korean decision to install the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense system has prompted a major Chinese reaction. The Chinese government has used a wide range of ...

- The National Interest - US

South Korea joins world's most polluted nations

Growing concern the root cause of toxic smog lies at home and not in China

- Financial Times - US

Bones Aboard South Korean Ferry Stir Hope, Then Anguish, in Relatives

Officials reported finding human remains on the Sewol, nearly three years after the ship sank, but later said the bones were from an animal.

- International NY Times - US

If arrested, the only presidential perk for South Korea’s Park will be a slightly larger cell

If ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye is arrested this week, she will be sent to a solitary cell where she will be expected to rise at 6.30am and go to bed by 9pm. The only privilege she could have over other inmates will be slightly more space and a toilet and shower in an adjoining room, rather than within her ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

South Koreans most depressed in world after spouse’s death

By Eom Da-sol South Koreans suffered the highest level of depression in the world when their spouses died, according to a survey published in the March issue of the Journals of Gerontology. University of Michigan Prof. Apoorva Jadhav conducted a depression test before and after a spouse’s death on people over 55 in ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

If arrested, South Korea's Park will be in a larger cell than others, but subject to the same rules

If ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye is arrested, she will be sent to a solitary cell where she will be expected to rise at 6:30 a.m. and go to bed by 9 p.m. The only privilege she could have over other inmates will be slightly more space and a toilet and shower in an The post If arrested, South Korea's Park will ...

- The Japan Times - JP

N.Korea Requests to Compete in Hockey Championship in S.Korea

North Korea has requested the South Korean government to allow its women's ice hockey team to participate in the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in Gangneung, Gangwon Province next month."We have received an application from the North Korean team through the IIHF, and ...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

U.S. WMD Disposal Unit Takes Part in Joint Drills

A U.S. unit specializing in the disposal of weapons of mass destruction took part in the joint annual South Korea-U.S. drills on March 13-23. Sources from the Combined Forces Command also said a British bomb disposal unit took part. A researcher at a state-funded think tank here said Tuesday this su...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

Ruling-Party Lawmakers to Petition Against Arresting Park

Around 80 lawmakers with the rump-ruling party have decided to petition the Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday to reject an arrest warrant for their ousted leader Park Geun-hye.Liberty Korea Party lawmaker Cho Won-jin told reporters on Tuesday, "Proper protocol befitting a former president ma...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

NBC's 2018 Olympics coverage will air live in all time zones

Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times: NBC's 2018 Olympics coverage will air live in all time zones  —  A woman poses under the Olympic rings during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.    —  NBC's prime-time coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea …

- Mediagazer - US

North Korean ice hockey team permitted to compete in South

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has approved the North Korean women's ice hockey team to compete in an international event next month at...

- Townhall.com - US

Animal parts found on sunken ferry

The bones and belongings of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster have been found on board the vessel, almost a week after it was lifted from the water off the coast of South Korea.

- CNN Top Stories - US

Report: Samsung’s flagship smartphones tank just before Galaxy S8 launch

A financial report cited by South Korea’s Yonhap News says that Samsung’s higher-end smartphones are accounting for a rapidly decreasing share of the company’s sales.Premium smartphones account for just 29% of Samsung’s smartphone sales, down from 75% in mid-2013, Yonhap quotes a Hana Financial ...

- Network World - US

Samsung Galaxy S8 will be available to pre-order starting March 29

In less than 24 hours, Samsung will take the wraps off the much-awaited Galaxy S8. The South Korean maker is expected to announce two models, one featuring a 5.8-inch screen and a larger 6.2-inch version, and make them available to pre-order shortly after -- what we don't know exactly is when. Rumors suggest that the Galaxy ...

- BetaNews.Com - US

North Korea conducts third ballistic missile engine test

March 28, 2017, 5:06 PM US officials report that North Korea conducted another ballistic missile engine test last Friday. The initial assessment indicated that the engine technology could possibly be used in an eventual intercontinental ballistic missile.The US announced Monday that US Marines have deployed F-35Bs to South ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

With new phone due, Samsung dials down on safety message

SEOUL, March 29 — After the damaging recall of its fire-prone Note 7 smartphone, you could be forgiven for thinking Samsung Electronics Co Ltd would make a song and dance about battery safety in its new flagship phones, due to be launched in the...

- The Malay Mail - MY

South Korea officials: Bones found near ferry not of victims

The first government announcement Tuesday was startling: Salvage crews had found bones near the wreckage of the Sewol ferry, which sank in 2014 and killed 304 people.

- FOX News - US

Korea Manages to Beat Syria in World Cup Qualifier

Korea picked up a much-needed win, edging out Syria 1-0 in a match in Seoul on Tuesday in the Asian qualifier for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Defender Hong Jeong-ho scored the only goal of the game in the first four minutes, but despite a good start, Korea struggled until the end of the match, fail...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

N.Korea Requests to Compete in Hockey Championship in S.Korea

North Korea has requested the South Korean government to allow its women's ice hockey team to participate in the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in Gangneung, Gangwon Province next month. "We have received an application from the North Korean team through the IIHF, an...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

Giant Art Installation to Celebrate Grand Opening of Korea's Tallest Building

An art installation depicting swans will be floated on Seokchon Lake in eastern Seoul from April 1 to May 8."Seven swan-shaped installations created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman will be floated on Seokchon Lake to coincide with the grand opening of the 123-story Lotte World Tower, Korea's talle...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

North Korean Defectors Learn Capitalism the Hard Way

Seoul helps North Korean arrivals with scant financial know-how to avoid fraudulent schemes.

- Wall Street Journal - US

In South Korea, Defectors Learn Capitalism the Hard Way

Seoul helps North Korean arrivals with scant financial knowhow avoid fraudulent schemes.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Bones found near salvaged sunken South Korea ferry not human, ministry says

South Korea said forensic examination showed bone fragments found near a salvaged ferry that sank in one of its worst disasters three years ago came from an animal and not an unrecovered victim, as an official had said earlier.

- Stuff - NZ

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