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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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....

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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