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Why Are South Korean Politics So Messy?.

Exploring the six enduring features of Korean politics.

- The Diplomat - US

Kim's rocket stars: The trio behind North Korea's missile programme .

SEOUL, May 26 — After successful missile launches, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un often exchanges smiles and hugs with the same three men and shares a celebratory smoke with them. The three, shown with Kim in photographs and TV footage in...

- The Malay Mail - MY

The problem of treating play like work – how esports can harm well-being.

Esports has become big business. BagoGames/ CC BYWe are mid-way through the annual esports calendar and South Korean team SK Telecom 1 recently scored a resounding victory at the Mid-Seasonal Invitational. The MSI, as it's known, is a tournament where teams compete to win the video game League of Legends. This year, for the ...

- The Conversation - UK

Guinea out of Under-20 World Cup.

Guinea are knocked out of the Under-20 World Cup following a 5-0 thrashing by Argentina in their final Group A match in South Korea.

- BBC - UK

Japan, South Korea drive global bitcoin prices as retail investor pile in.

HONG KONG - Japanese and South Korean buying helped drive the price of bitcoin to an all-time high this week, with the digital currency more than doubling its value since the start of the year, analysts and market practitioners said on Friday.

- Reuters - US

Kim's rocket stars: The trio behind North Korea's missile programme.

SEOUL: After successful missile launches, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un often exchanges smiles and hugs with the same three men and shares a celebratory smoke with them.The three, shown with Kim in photographs and TV footage in North Korean media, are of great interest to security and intelligence agencies since they are ...

- Sify - IN

South Korea to pull back on use of water cannons, buses at protests.

South Korean police aim to cut back on the use of water cannons and buses to rein in protesters, an official said on Friday, a move that could eliminate sometimes harsh crowd control tactics that have led to at least one deadly incident in recent years.

- Zee News - IN

South Korea to introduce defence anti-corruption policy.

A policy planning committee set up by new South Korean president Moon Jae-in is reportedly looking at ways to eradicate corruption within the country's defence industry. In a press conference in Seoul on 23 May, Kim Jin-pyo, the chief of the presidential policy planning advisory panel, said

- Jane’s - US

Samsung to set up $500 million fund to support small South Korean businesses.

, Samsung Electronics said it would set up a 500 billion won fund to help small suppliers, the highest-profile South Korean firm to unveil steps in the wake of new President Moon Jae-in's call to protect small businesses. Moon came to power this month promising to rein in the family-owned conglomerates that 

- VentureBeat - US

Last message to S.Korea ferry victim: 'Have you been rescued?'.

The last messages to a victim of South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster were revealed Friday after their mobile phone was recovered from the salvaged wreck, officials said

- The Daily Star - LB

Denmark: South Korean woman to be extradited.

HELSINKI " Danish authorities say a South Korean woman wanted for questioning in connection with a corruption probe in her home country has dropped her opposition to extradition from Denmark.Spokesman for Danish state prosecutors...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Seoul lets NGO contact North Korea to discuss renewed cooperation

South Korea on Friday authorized a civilian NGO to contact the North to discuss resuming humanitarian aid and projects, the first example of new liberal ...

- The Japan Times - JP

1 step forward, 2 steps back for LGBT rights in Asia

A first-ever ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in Asia. A public caning in Indonesia. A soldier convicted in South Korea. For LGBT rights, it was one step forward, two … Click to Continue »

- Miami Herald - US

Hyundai Unveils Its 1st Electric Bus

Hyundai on Thursday unveiled its first ell-electric bus, which will be launched next year.Korea's biggest carmaker unveiled the punningly named Elec City in Goyang north of Seoul.Eight years in development, the bus uses a 256 kWh lithium-ion battery and can travel up to 290 km on a single charge.Hyu...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

Kim Jong-un Has No 'Good Intentions'

The comments that stirred up the biggest controversy during the last presidential election campaign were made by South Chungcheong Province Governor An Hee-jung, who said former presidents Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye pursued their policies with "good intentions." Frontrunner Moon Jae-in's camp r...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

AI Weekly: AlphaGo's triumph shows the future of machine learning isn't so black and white

This week, Google's AlphaGo defeated a top-ranked Chinese Go player, Ke Jie, in the first match of a three-game series underway in China. The victory by AlphaGo , created by DeepMind, which Google bought 3 years ago , follows its headline-grabbing triumph over South Korean Go star Lee Sedol last year. Go is a two-player 

- VentureBeat - US

Samsung Electronics to set up fund to help suppliers amid Moon's reform push

SEOUL - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said it would set up a 500 billion won fund to help small suppliers, the highest-profile South Korean firm to unveil steps in the wake of new President Moon Jae-in's call to protect small businesses.

- Reuters - US

'India, China differences in RCEP offer opportunities for US'

The differences between India and China inside the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership offer opportunities for the US which has withdrawn itself from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, American lawmakers have been told.RCEP is made up of the 10 ASEAN countries along with Japan, South Korea, Australia, New ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

1 step forward, 2 steps back for LGBT rights in Asia

A first-ever ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in Asia. A public caning in Indonesia. A soldier convicted in South Korea.

- Billings Gazette - US

SKorea OKs civilian contact with NKorea in goodwill gesture

South Korea has approved a civic group to contact North Korea over aid programs, the first such approval since North Korea's nuclear test in January 2016.

- FOX News - US

South Korean politician makes a brilliant entrance as he pushes his suitcase to waiting flunky without breaking his stride

While many tend to leave airports feeling tired and disoriented, one South Korean politician set the internet alight with his smooth exit.Kim Moo-sung strolled through Seoul's Gimpo airport and - without breaking his stride - casually...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

N. Korea calls S. Korea's border firing reckless provocation

SEOUL, South Korea " North Korea has called South Korea's recent firing of warning shots at the border a "reckless military provocation" aimed at promoting anti-Pyongyang sentiments and maintaining a confrontation on the peninsula.South...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

USFK Chief Defends THAAD Deployment

U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. Vincent Brooks on Thursday defended the deployment of a THAAD missile defense battery in South Korea amid pledges from the new president here to let the National Assembly review the decision."This is all about North Korean missiles and the threat that North Korean mi...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

South Korea hands over farmers training centre

The South Korean government has officially handed over to the government, a multibillion facility in Mpigi District meant to train farmers in modern agricultural practices

- Daily Monitor - UG

Exclusive - Kim's rocket stars: The trio behind North Korea's missile programme | Reuters

By Ju-min Park and James Pearson | SEOUL SEOUL After successful missile launches, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un often exchanges smiles and hugs with the same three men and shares a celebratory smoke with them.The three, shown with Kim in photographs and TV footage in North Korean media, are of great interest to Western ...

- Firstpost - IN

Kim Jong Un's rocket stars: The trio behind North Korea's missile program

Thomson ReutersSEOUL - After successful missile launches, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un often exchanges smiles and hugs with the same three men and shares a celebratory smoke with them. The three, shown with Kim in photographs and TV footage in North Korean media, are of great interest to Western security and intelligence ...

- Business Insider - US

Exclusive: Kim's rocket stars - The trio behind North Korea's missile program

SEOUL - After successful missile launches, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un often exchanges smiles and hugs with the same three men and shares a celebratory smoke with them.

- Reuters - US

Master's best game not good enough for AlphaGo

A computer program beat China’s top Go player for the second time yesterday. Ke Jie lost despite playing what Google’s AlphaGo indicated was the best game any opponent had played against it, said Demis Hassabis, founder of the company that developed the program. AlphaGo defeated Ke, a 19-year-old prodigy, in ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Human sacrifice moves beyond folklore in South Korea after skeletons found built into castle wall

Two skeletons dating to the 7th century have been excavated in South Korea from the base of castle's walls. They are believed to have been buried in the foundation to protect the building

- National Post - CA

Taiwan's gay marriage ruling raises hopes across Asia

Taiwan’s giant step towards ­allowing same-sex marriage has reverberated across Asia, but the fight for equality is not over yet in a region where gay sex remains ­illegal in some countries. The scale of the challenge was highlighted by this week’s caning of two Indonesian men for engaging in gay sex and ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Here's why the US would have to be insane to attack North Korea

KCNA via Agence France-PresseDespite reports of US and Chinese military buildups, North Korea's increased pace of provocations, and the Trump administration's repeated claims that "all options are on the table," the US would have to be insane to attack North Korea. To the untrained eye, the preparations for war are all ...

- Business Insider - US

SAI-South Korea Ambassador's Cup Taekwondo meet starts

New Delhi, May 25 The Sports Authority of India -South Korea Ambassadors Cup Taekwondo Championship started at the K.D. Jadhav Wrestling Hall in Indira Gandhi Sports Complex here on Thursday.

- Yahoo! News - US

South Korea has the highest concentration of robots in the world

Robots are rapidly becoming a part of manufacturing, but the results of who's winning the robot game are in: South Korea has the highest concentration of industrial robots in the world. According to the International Federation of Robotics, South Korea towers over the rest of the world with 531 multipurpose industrial ...

- Mashable! - US

Taiwan's giant step towards allowing same-sex marriage raises hopes across Asia

REUTERS/Tyrone SiuBeijing - Taiwan's giant step towards allowing same-sex marriage has reverberated across Asia, but activists warn the fight for equality isn't over in a region where gay sex remains illegal in some countries. Challenges to an Asia-wide embrace of same-sex unions were highlighted by this week's caning of ...

- Business Insider - US

Iran says it has built its 3rd underground ballistic-missile factory and vows to continue work 'forcefully'

Thomson ReutersAnkara - Iran has built its third underground ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its missile program, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Friday. "Iran's third underground factory has been built by the Guards in the recent years ... We will continue to further develop our ...

- Business Insider - US

Is it a drone? Is it a balloon? No, it's a bird, says N.Korea

NORTH Korea on Thursday accused the South of unleashing more than 450 machine gun rounds at a flock of birds in an "armed provocation" at the tense Demilitarized Zone, after Seoul's forces fired warning shots at an object flying over the border. Seoul military officials initially suggested the item was a drone from North ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

DNA tests identify missing S. Korean girl from ferry sinking

DNA tests on bones found in ferry wreckage recently raised from the sea identified a South Korean high school student missing since the 2014 sinking that killed 304 people, officials said Thursday. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said the bones were confirmed as from Cho Eun-hwa, who was among the 249 students from the ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

S. Korea rape victim navy officer commits suicide

A South Korean female naval officer apparently killed herself after being allegedly raped by a senior colleague, a defence ministry spokesman said Thursday. The victim, a lieutenant, was found dead in her single-room apartment on Wednesday, where a message was found reading: "Tomorrow, I won't be in this world any longer." ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

South Korean army captain convicted for gay sex

An army captain broke down in the dock after a South Korean military court found him guilty of having sex with another man. The serviceman—who has not been named—collapsed when he has handed a six-month suspended prison sentence and had to be taken to hospital, The New York Times reported. Although ...

- The Raw Story - US

'Confrontation hysteria': North Korea accused South Korea of opening fire at a flock of birds in an 'armed provocation'

Seoul - North Korea on Thursday accused the South of unleashing more than 450 machine gun rounds at a flock of birds in an "armed provocation" at the tense Demilitarized Zone, after Seoul's forces fired warning shots at an object flying over the border. Seoul military officials initially suggested the item was a drone from ...

- Business Insider - US

Devil Brigade in South Korea celebrates its centennial

Halfway across the world from its birth in the trenches of France, the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division celebrated its 100th anniversary near another hotly contested border in South Korea.

- Stars and Stripes - US

In Criminal Trial, Ex-South Korean President is Innocent Until Proven Guilty

South Korea’s young democracy was tested with the recent impeachment of ex-President Park Geun-hye. Now the rule of law is on display as the disgraced leader stands trial on criminal charges related to the corruption scandal that forced her from power. The National Assembly resolution to impeach Park in December was ...

- Voice of America - US

Denmark: South Korean woman to be extradited

Danish authorities say a South Korean woman wanted for questioning in connection with a corruption probe in her home country has dropped her opposition to extradition from Denmark.

- FOX News - US

South Korea freezes rates in first meet under President Moon

BOK Governor and six other policy board members decided to keep the seven-day repurchase rate on hold at an all-time low of 1.25 percent. 

- Zee News - IN

Is it a drone? Is it a balloon? No, it`s a bird, says North Korea

Seoul has repeatedly accused the North of flying suspected spy drones across the border.

- Zee News - IN

North Korea reports on 'bitch' S.Korean president's trial

Ousted South Korean president took a hard line against nuclear-armed North during her time in office.

- Daily Nation - KE

Flying objects birds, North Korea says

Pyongyang accuses South Korea of unleashing machine gun rounds at flock of birds.

- Daily Nation - KE

Warning Shots Fired Over Possible North Korean Drone

South Korea fired 90 machine gun rounds in response to an unidentified object that flew south from North Korea.

- Yahoo! News - US

N. Korea says South shot at 'flock of birds,' not drone or balloon

North Korea added a new twist to the strange saga of a flying object that crossed into South Korean airspace earlier this week, saying the rival military had opened fire on a flock of birds.'

- Stars and Stripes - US

Devil Brigade in South Korea celebrates its centennial

Halfway across the world from its birth in the trenches of France, the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division celebrated its 100th anniversary near another hotly contested border in South Korea.

- Stars and Stripes - US

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