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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. June 18, 2015

      Seoul dating agency practices its version of Korean unification

      Han Seol-hyang blushes as she recounts her memories of teenage dating in Pyongyang. “Everything was in secret. It...

    4. June 8, 2015

      South Korea struggles to explain spread of Mers virus

      A sudden outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome in South Korea has put the spotlight back on a disease that had...

    5. 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...

    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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. February 2, 2015

      K-pop’s production line for Gangnam Style wannabes

      At a rented theatre on a Saturday night in Seoul, 20 self-conscious young talents stand awkwardly, some of them in...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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....

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. October 2, 2014

      S Korea’s traditional rent-free tenancies come under strain

      For decades, South Korean landlords have scorned monthly rent in favour of jeonse – a unique system under which tenants...

    21. August 25, 2014

      South Koreans alarmed by prospect of extinction by 2750

      In the year 2621, in the northwestern province of Gyeonggi-do, the last South Korean will enter the world – according...

    22. August 14, 2014

      Pope Francis lands in Seoul for first Asia papal trip in 15 years

      Pope Francis has begun the first papal trip to Asia in 15 years, arriving in Seoul on Thursday in an effort to boost...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. June 16, 2014

      South Korea’s millionaire tutors

      Kim Ki-hoon has risen to stardom of a sort that exists in few places outside South Korea. As the country’s...

    30. June 10, 2014

      Trial of South Korean ferry crew opens amid angry scenes

      Most of the surviving crew members of South Korea’s Sewol ferry went on trial on Tuesday in proceedings that will...

    31. May 21, 2014

      South Korean sect ends stand-off over Sewol ferry disaster

      A nine-day stand-off between South Korean law authorities and members of a religious cult ended peacefully on...

    32. May 19, 2014

      South Korea president vows to disband coastguard

      South Korea’s president has vowed to disband the country’s coastguard, as part of a sweeping set of reforms in response...

    33. May 15, 2014

      South Korea ferry captain charged with homicide

      Prosecutors in South Korea have charged the captain and three senior crew members of a ferry that sank in April with...

    34. April 27, 2014

      South Korea PM quits over ferry disaster

      Chung Hong-won, South Korean prime minister, has tendered his resignation, after becoming a lightning rod for criticism...

    35. April 22, 2014

      Owner of capsized South Korea ferry faces financial probes

      The official death toll from last week’s ferry disaster topped 120 on Tuesday as the blame game began in South Korea,...

    36. April 20, 2014

      South Korea ferry death toll reaches 58

      Vigil for ferry victims as search continues After more than three days of frantic searching for hundreds of people...

    37. April 18, 2014

      South Korea ferry disaster: Families of victims demand answers

      “We came to meet our children after the initial announcement that most of them had been rescued,” said relatives of the...

    38. April 18, 2014

      S Korea arrests ferry captain

      Vigil for ferry victims as search continues The captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized leaving at least 300...

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