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Fears grow for hundreds missing in South Korea ferry capsize

Rescue helicopters fly over a sinking South Korean passenger ferry that was carrying more than 450 passengers, mostly high school students, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, off South Korea's southern coast. Hundreds of people are missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. AP

The frantic search for nearly 300 people, most of them schoolchildren, missing after a South Korean ferry capsized slipped into a second day Thursday, as distraught relatives maintained an agonised vigil on shore.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

292 missing, 3 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

South Korea rescue helicopter and fishing boats try to rescue passengers from a passenger ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. AP/Yonhap

Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea’s southern coast, killing at least two and injuring 14, officials said.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

N. Korea test-fires missiles as Obama hosts summit

In this July, 2013 photo, military trucks carry Rodong missiles during a military parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles, South Korea and the U.S. said, a defiant challenge to a rare three-way summit of its rivals Seoul, Tokyo and Washington that focused on the North’s security threat. AP/Kyodo News / JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

North Korea test-fired two medium-range missiles Wednesday, as US President Barack Obama hosted a landmark Japan-South Korea summit and pledged “unwavering commitment” to Tokyo and Seoul in the face of Pyongyang’s nuclear threat.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

N. Korea test-fires 30 short-range missiles into sea – Yonhap

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North Korea test-fired 30 short-range missiles into the sea on Saturday, the South’s Yonhap news agency said, the latest in a series of launches that have provoked criticism from Seoul and Washington.

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

North Korea test fires short-range missiles – Yonhap

Army soldiers pass by a barbed-wire fence during a military exercise in Paju near the border with North Korea,  South Korea, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. AP

North Korea test fired two short-range missiles on Monday, the South’s Yonhap news agency reported, the second in series of launches that Seoul has denounced as a calculated provocation.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Seoul proposes regular family reunions with North

South Korean Kim Sung-yoon, 96, right, meets with her North Korean sister Kim Seok Ryu, 80, during the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. The rival nations struck a deal last week to go ahead with brief meetings of war-divided families, though there's wariness in Seoul that Pyongyang could back out again. As they waited anxiously in the days leading up to the trip, many elderly Koreans had been unsure whether they would be able to see their long-lost relatives' faces before they die. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lee Ji-eun) KOREA OUT

South Korea’s president has proposed the rival Koreas hold reunions of Korean War-divided families on a regular basis.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Helicopter crashes into Seoul high-rise, killing 2

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A helicopter plunged to the ground in Seoul on Saturday, killing the two pilots after its propeller clipped the side of a 38-story luxury apartment building.

Posted: November 16th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Seoul mayor suggests subways as traffic fix

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Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon (center), an anticorruption activist and human rights lawyer who earned the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2006, is welcomed at the MMDA main office by the agency’s chair Francis Tolentino for a meeting with local officials on Tuesday. RAFFY LERMA

The mayor of Seoul, South Korea—a human rights activist and lawyer who earned the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2006—met with Metro Manila officials on Tuesday to foster long-term partnerships in addressing urban development issues.

Posted: August 14th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Both Koreas agree to reopen joint zone ‘when ready’

Photo:  Suh Ho, the head of South Korea's working-level delegation, right, and his North Korean counterpart Park Chol Su exchange documents of a signed agreement during their meeting at Tongilgak in the North Korean side of Panmunjom which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Delegates from North and South Korea held talks Saturday on restarting a stalled joint factory park that had been a symbol of cooperation between the bitter rivals. (AP Photo/Korea Pool via Yonhap) KOREA OUT

North and South Korea on Sunday made a crucial step forward in winding down months of high tension, agreeing to reopen a joint industrial zone seen as the last remaining symbol of cross-border reconciliation.

Posted: July 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Last groups of South Koreans leave North Korean factory

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South Korean workers unload their products to a truck as they returned from North Korea's Kaesong industrial complex, at the customs, immigration and quarantine office near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Saturday, April 27, 2013. South Korea said Friday that it has decided to withdraw the roughly 175 South Koreans still at a jointly run factory complex in North Korea, raising a major question about the survival of the last symbol of inter-Korean cooperation. AP/Ahn Young-joon

The final group of South Koreans working in a shuttered factory park in North Korea is expected to leave Monday after their government ordered them to leave the border city, as Pyongyang issued a new threat to shut down the last symbol of detente.

Posted: April 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

North Korea moves two more missile launchers—report

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North Korea has moved two more missile launchers to its east coast, where preparations are apparently under way for a missile test as tensions simmer on the peninsula, a report said Sunday.

Posted: April 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Korea tensions heighten

A North Korean soldier looks across the demilitarized zone through binoculars at the truce village of Panmunjom following the escalation of tensions in the Korean Peninsula. AFP

North Korea warned on Thursday that it had authorized its military to attack the United States using “smaller, lighter and diversified” nuclear weapons, sending the Americans scrambling to reinforce their Pacific protection by deploying a missile defense system to Guam.

Posted: April 5th, 2013 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Reward to catch Seoul taxis that rip off foreigners

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The Seoul city government is offering a cash reward of 500,000 won ($460) to anyone informing the authorities about taxi drivers who rip off foreign tourists.

Posted: February 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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