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    1. 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 provincial...

    2. 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 effects...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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 lawmakers...

    7. 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 hanging...

    8. March 31, 2015

      The nightmare of a Korean cold war thaw

      Amid all the talk of a new cold war, it is easy to forget that there are parts of the world where the cold war never ended....

    9. March 26, 2015

      South Korea in balancing act on household debt

      South Korea’s government is fighting to address the dangers of the nation’s fast-rising household debt burden — even as...

    10. March 18, 2015

      South Korea protests over North’s wage demand

      Leaders of South Korean companies operating at an industrial complex in the North have crossed the border to complain about...

    11. March 5, 2015

      US ambassador suffers knife attack in South Korea

      The US ambassador to Seoul was attacked on Thursday by a knife-wielding assailant apparently motivated by anger at US-South...

    12. March 2, 2015

      US diplomat angers Seoul with comments on regional tension

      South Korean lawmakers have accused a top US diplomat of failing to understand their region’s history after she voiced...

    13. February 26, 2015

      South Korea toughens up on chaebol law-breakers

      The prison sentence handed down this month to the daughter of Korean Air’s chairman for an onboard tantrum over the serving...

    14. February 17, 2015

      China’s Anbang steps up buying spree with $1bn Tongyang deal

      Anbang Insurance Group, the Chinese financial company that recently acquired New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel, has continued...

    15. January 27, 2015

      Fears grow for freedom of expression in South Korea

      As political turmoil gripped South Korea in 1948, with a Soviet-backed regime to the north plotting infiltration and...

    16. January 14, 2015

      South Korean activist arrested over pro-North comments

      South Korean authorities have arrested a reunification activist for making favourable comments about North Korea, in the...

    17. December 19, 2014

      Seoul court orders leftist party to disband

      South Korea’s constitutional court has ordered the dissolution of a small leftwing political party accused of pro-North...

    18. December 15, 2014

      Former Park aide stokes scandal in S Korea

      South Korean president Park Geun-hye is facing a political crisis amid allegations a former aide influenced important state...

    19. November 21, 2014

      AmorePacific: Korean cool

      When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie… that’s AmorePacific, going global. First-half numbers for the South Korean...

    20. November 19, 2014

      S Korea searches soul after ferry disaster

      Hundreds of yellow ribbons still flutter in the square outside Seoul’s city hall, commemorating the sinking of the Sewol...

    21. November 19, 2014

      S Korea’s Park faces climate change test

      “Climate change is the greatest challenge of the 21st century,” South Korean President Park Geun-hye told a UN climate...

    22. November 19, 2014

      Sewol shames operator and politicians

      The 15 surviving crew members of the Sewol ferry sat with their heads bowed in court last week, as they received lengthy...

    23. October 26, 2014

      South Korea under pressure to pass anti-corruption bill

      The good times may be over for South Korea’s civil servants, as they closely watch the fate of a new anti-graft bill....

    24. October 22, 2014

      State funding disrupts South Korea’s start-up scene

      Park Sung-suh showed good timing by creating his Android-based software company in 2008, just as Google’s mobile operating...

    25. October 20, 2014

      Seoul rejects rebuke over labour laws

      South Korea’s government has rejected claims that its labour law encourages abuse of migrant workers, highlighting the...

    26. October 16, 2014

      Koreans lose faith in homegrown chat apps

      In South Korea, one of the world’s most wired nations, fears over state cyber surveillance have sparked an exodus from a...

    27. October 15, 2014

      Bank of Korea cuts rates to 2% and lowers growth forecast

      South Korea’s central bank has cut the benchmark interest rate for the second time in three months, while warning that...

    28. October 12, 2014

      North and South Korea: best frenemies

      Choco pies are banned in North Korea to forestall ideological rot. The snacks became a currency of sorts after being offered...

    29. October 7, 2014

      North and South Korean ships exchange warning shots

      South and North Korean ships exchanged warning shots near a disputed maritime border on Tuesday, highlighting the countries’...

    30. September 18, 2014

      South Korea to ramp up spending 5.7%

      South Korea’s government on Thursday unveiled a plan to increase state spending by 5.7 per cent next year, as part of...

    31. August 14, 2014

      South Korea looks to revive growth with rate cut

      The Bank of Korea has cut the country’s interest rate for the first time in 15 months, bowing to government pressure to spur...

    32. August 8, 2014

      Conscript’s alleged murder prompts soul-searching in South Korea

      South Korea’s entire 640,000-strong military suspended normal duties on Friday for lectures on human rights, amid national...

    33. July 24, 2014

      S Korea reveals $40bn stimulus package as growth slows

      South Korea unveiled a $40bn stimulus package to boost the country’s flagging economy, as data on Thursday showed that...

    34. July 22, 2014

      S Korea police identify decayed body as fugitive ferry owner

      The body of a fugitive businessman sought over April’s tragic ferry sinking was found last month in southern South Korea,...

    35. July 6, 2014

      Drugmakers warn on South Korea pricing policy

      International pharmaceutical companies have warned Seoul that they are holding back new medicines from the country’s market,...

    36. July 3, 2014

      China and South Korea poised for bilateral trade deal

      Chinese and South Korean leaders have pledged to sign a bilateral trade agreement by the end of this year and introduce...

    37. June 24, 2014

      South Korea’s prime ministerial candidate withdraws

      South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye will have to find a fifth nominee for prime minister in just 17 months, after her...

    38. June 22, 2014

      Feedback: South Korea’s elites

      Simon Mundy’s article, ‘South Korea’s millionaire tutors’, looked at the country’s unease about the vast sums of money...

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