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    1. April 26, 2016

      South Korea’s deepening economic slowdown deals fresh blow to Park

      South Korea’s economic slowdown deepened in the first quarter, with sluggish exports and domestic consumption weighing...

    2. April 14, 2016

      South Korean voters demote Park Geun-hye’s party

      South Korean voters have delivered a blow to the government of Park Geun-hye, demoting her party to second ranking in...

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      Although President Park remains relatively popular, South Korea and its squabbling pol...
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    1. March 2, 2016

      North Korea hit with tough new sanctions

      The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to impose tough new sanctions on North Korea in response to its...

    2. March 2, 2016

      Talks on US missile shield test ties between Beijing and Seoul

      When South Korea’s president joined her Chinese counterpart at a military parade in Beijing in September the event was...

    3. February 25, 2016

      The precarious state of the global economy

      In the seven years since it was elevated to the level of supposed guardian of global stability, the G20 grouping of...

    4. February 16, 2016

      Diplomacy suffers after S Korea’s industrial park closure in North

      It was a unique co-operation between two bitter foes: an industrial park that combined South Korean capital with 54,000...

    5. January 17, 2016

      Foreign law firms rap South Korea over new bill

      South Korea has become embroiled in a diplomatic dispute with the US and the UK over planned restrictions on foreign...

    6. December 29, 2015

      Why it took hawkish Abe to bury the hatchet with Seoul

      Shinzo Abe has a reputation for being a nationalist and a hawk. Yet in striking a deal with South Korea over wartime...

    7. December 29, 2015

      Asian neighbours give Japan ‘comfort women’ deal cautious welcome

      Japan and South Korea’s landmark settlement on “comfort women” received a cautious welcome across Asia on Tuesday, in a...

    8. December 15, 2015

      Temple siege intensifies South Korea rights debate

      Seoul’s intricate Buddhist temple of Jogyesa last week became the unlikely focus of a police siege, as hundreds of...

    9. November 17, 2015

      Freedom fears as South Korea targets chat app chief

      When President Park Geun-hye came to power promising to make South Korea a leader in digital innovation, it seemed a...

    10. November 15, 2015

      Scores detained after South Korea rally turns violent

      More than 50 protesters were detained after violence flared at the biggest protest against South Korea’s government in...

    11. November 2, 2015

      Talks herald thaw in Japan-South Korea relations

      The leaders of South Korea and Japan on Monday held their first bilateral talks since May 2012, and agreed to push for...

    12. November 1, 2015

      S Korea, Japan and China agree to push for N Korea nuclear talks

      Leaders from east Asia’s three main powers have agreed to work towards resuming the long-stalled six-party talks aimed...

    13. October 28, 2015

      China, Japan and South Korea to resume annual trilateral summit

      Long-stalled summit talks between east Asia’s three main powers will resume on Sunday, South Korea said, after Chinese...

    14. October 26, 2015

      South Korea fights old battles with new history textbooks

      To most of the world, the 70-year contest of ideas between prosperous South Korea and the repressive, impoverished...

    15. October 18, 2015

      Korean families divided by war take private route to reunion

      When Shim Gu-seop was 58 he received a letter with bittersweet news: while the mother he left in North Korea as a...

    16. October 12, 2015

      South Korea set to rewrite history books

      South Korea’s government said on Monday it would put the production of secondary-school history textbooks under state...

    17. October 7, 2015

      Seoul enlists shops into drive to boost spending

      South Korean shoppers snapping up cut-price toys and vacuum cleaners this week can thank the government for the bargain...

    18. October 6, 2015

      South Korea frets as TPP erodes trade advantage over Japan

      News of a preliminary deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership drew a nervous response in South Korea, which missed the...

    19. October 4, 2015

      Park’s youth jobs fund stokes South Korean angst

      A South Korean bid to crowdfund jobs for youth has raised $1.8m - as well as ire that the government is shirking...

    20. August 25, 2015

      South and North Korea in deal to ease tensions

      South and North Korea have reached a deal to calm a surge in military tensions, with Pyongyang suspending its...

    21. August 23, 2015

      Seoul rebukes Pyongyang as Korea crisis talks resume

      Seoul has accused Pyongyang of duplicity by strengthening its military posture this weekend even as negotiators from...

    22. August 21, 2015

      North Korea orders troops on to high alert

      Pyongyang has ordered troops and workers to assume a “quasi-war footing” after Thursday’s exchange of artillery fire...

    23. August 20, 2015

      North and South Korea exchange fire as tensions mount

      North Korea has fired artillery into South Korea for the first time since 2010, and threatened further action if a...

    24. August 20, 2015

      South Korea’s Park Geun-hye to attend China’s war commemorations

      South Korean President Park Geun-hye has accepted Beijing’s invitation to celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of...

    25. August 13, 2015

      Leading South Korean tycoon granted presidential pardon

      South Korea’s president has ordered the release from prison of a prominent tycoon who embezzled more than $40m from...

    26. August 11, 2015

      Asia: History lessons feed rival nationalisms

      When the Chinese Communist party’s Eighth Route Army marched into Wuxiang county in 1937, one of its commanders asked...

    27. August 11, 2015

      South Korea labour reform push gains traction

      Hyundai Motor has become the latest company to join South Korea’s efforts to reform its rigid labour market as...

    28. August 10, 2015

      South Korea says North laid mines that maimed its soldiers

      Seoul has accused North Korea of targeting its patrols of the demilitarised zone that divides the peninsula after a...

    29. July 16, 2015

      South Korea orders retrial of former spy chief Won Sei-hoon

      South Korea’s Supreme Court has ordered the retrial of the country’s former spy chief, who was jailed in February, in a...

    30. July 2, 2015

      Former South Korean prime minister indicted on corruption charges

      South Korean prosecutors have brought bribery charges against the recently departed prime minister and a sitting...

    31. June 24, 2015

      South Korea to spend $9bn to counter Mers impact

      South Korea will draw up a Won10tn ($9bn) supplementary budget to help its already struggling economy cope with the...

    32. June 23, 2015

      Samsung heir apologises over Mers failings

      Lee Jae-yong, the presumed heir of Samsung Group, has issued a public apology for the role of a Samsung hospital in the...

    33. June 7, 2015

      South Korea working to boost demand

      South Korea’s finance minister has criticised leading world economies for not doing enough to counter a slump in global...

    34. April 23, 2015

      South Korea GDP data add strength to calls for further stimulus

      South Korea’s economy grew at the slowest rate in two years, further fuelling calls for additional stimulus measures to...

    35. April 20, 2015

      South Korea contract workers at heart of labour reform challenge

      Fifteen years ago, Park Soon-bo joined South Korea’s largest carmaker on a short-term contract. Now 42, he is still...

    36. April 16, 2015

      Shared problems push North Korea into Russia’s arms

      For Im Cheon Il, a diplomat, there has never been a better time to invite Russian children to spend their holidays at a...

    37. April 14, 2015

      Tycoon’s suicide note stokes South Korean scandal

      President Park Geun-hye of South Korea is facing a political crisis after allegations that aides and ruling party...

    38. April 12, 2015

      South Korea resource drive undone by scandal

      Just a few years after he helped the government spearhead a bold overseas investment drive, Sung Wan-jong was found...

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