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The Dalai Lama not allowed to meet Pope Francis, was told 'No'

The Dalai Lama requested to meet Pope Francis but was refused the right to meet with him. The Dalai Lama was in Rome on Thursday for a Nobel Peace Prize winners' conference.

Only one Kim Jong-un in North Korea, rest made to change name

South Korea’s KBS TV station has obtained a North Korean state document that was a directive for officials to go forth and force everyone named Kim Jong-un to change their name to something else. It was in anticipation of Kim Jong-un becoming leader.

Over half of population feel unsafe living in South Korea

A biennial survey released on Thursday in South Korea revealed that over half the population does not feel safe living in their own country. The most cited reason given for people's feelings of insecurity was man-made disasters.

First complete fossil of small dinosaur found in South Korea

Hadong - A fisherman in Hadong County, southern South Korea, discovered a fossilized skeleton of a small carnivorous dinosaur complete with a skull and a jaw. This is the first such discovery of its kind, a state-run think tank reported Monday.

North Korea threatens nuclear force against South Korea

In a Korean Central News Agency article published on Sunday, North Korea threatened the use of nuclear force against South Korea's President Park Geun-hye. This latest threat is just one of eight articles published since Nov. 22.

Captain of sunken South Korean ferry gets 36-year sentence

Gwangju - Gasps and screams filled a Gwangju courtroom Tuesday after the captain of a passenger ferry that killed more than 300 -- mostly high school students -- when it sank off South Korea last year was sentenced to 36 years in prison for negligence.

North and South Korea to hold high level talks

Pyongyang - After senior North Korean officials made a surprise visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremonies of the Asian Games, Hwang Pyong-so, regarded as the second most powerful person in the North, met with South Korea's Reunification Minister.

Two members of female K-Pop group killed in auto accident

Seoul - Two members of South Korean K-Pop group Ladies' Code were killed in an auto accident near Seoul, South Korea. Go Eun-bi, 22, died shortly after the crash Wednesday while Kwon Ri-sae, 23, succumbed to her injuries Sunday morning.

Op-Ed: Continuing aftermath of the Sewol ferry disaster

A solution must be found, and quickly, if there is to be any peace for the grieving parents and the country that mourns alongside them.

South Korea's only astronaut quits and ends their space program

Yi So-yeon quit her job as an astronaut to focus on interactions between science and business. As South Korea's first and only astronaut this ends the program for the country at this time.

Body found in South Korea identified as owner of sunken ferry

Suncheon - A body found in southern South Korea last month is that of the missing owner of the ferry that capsized in April, killing more than 300 and sparking a national outrage that still threatens the government in Seoul.

South Korean officials allow workers to take a nap on the job

Seoul - City workers in Seoul now have a chance to get a bit of extra rest. Between 13:00 and 18:00 they are allowed to take a nap while at work.

Dozens who survived South Korea ferry disaster return to school

Ansan - South Korean schoolkids who survived last April's catastrophic ferry sinking that killed 250 classmates returned to class Wednesday pledging to remember their lost friends and teachers.

Child draws on dad's passport, dad can't leave South Korea

Seoul - A four-year-old Chinese boy managed to get hold of his father's passport, and apparently thought it needed an artist's touch. Unfortunately for the father, the budding Rembrandt has left him stranded in South Korea for unrecognizable documentation.

Korean ferry disaster death toll and survivor list revised again

South Korean authorities have revised the data on the missing and rescued people from the SEWOL maritime tragedy again. This is the seventh time in three weeks since the ferry capsized off the coast of Jindo island, South Korea.

Diver dies while searching sunken South Korean ferry for victims

Jindo - A diver searching the sunken ferry Sewol for bodies lost in last month's disaster off South Korea died Tuesday when a communication line broke, authorities said.

China, Japan and S. Korea to collaborate on environmental issues

In a rare moment of mutual commitment, environmental ministers from China, Japan and South Korea, meeting in Daegu, S. Korea on Tuesday, issued a joint statement, agreeing to unite in addressing environmental issues, particularly PM2.5 pollutants.

Ferry that sank off South Korea was overloaded

Incheon - The ferry that sank off South Korea last week, killing as many as 300 passengers, was carrying three times as much cargo as recommended and might have been dangerously unstable.

Ferry crew desertion like murder, South Korea's president says

South Korea's president said Monday that the captain and some crew members who escaped a ferry that sank with hundreds of vacationers had committed acts "tantamount to murder."

Death toll rises to 61 as searchers enter capsized ferry

Ansan - Divers recovered more than a dozen bodies Sunday from a sunken ferry believed to still contain more than 250 passengers, mostly South Korean high school students on vacation who died Wednesday when the boat they were riding in capsized in the Yellow Sea.

Microsoft uses South Korea ferry disaster to promote Office 365

Microsoft South Korea has seized the recent sinking of the South Korean ferry Sewol to promote the company's Office 365 in a particularly tasteless piece of promotion.

South Korea plans to open a new robot theme park in 2016

Seoul - A massive world robot theme park project is underway in South Korea, a family friendly amusement park that will also double as a robotics grad school.

Eating Vicariously — South Korea feeds the online voyeur fad

Seoul - People in South Korea clamour to watch others enjoy elaborate meals in an online fad that is taking the country by storm.

One in three people overweight

According to figures just released by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) almost 1 billion people in the developing world are overweight.

Japanese PM Abe visits war shrine, angering China and South Korea

Tokyo - Tensions between China and Japan have been heightened for some months and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to a controversial war shrine has infuriated many in the region.

North Korea faxes Seoul: Will 'strike mercilessly without notice'

In what has become a common occurrence during N. Korean anniversaries and festivals, protesters in Seoul earlier this week burned effigies of N. Korean leaders, as well as their flag. North Korea, in response to the protest, sent South Korea a fax.

Execution of Chang Song-thaek, uncle of Kim, stuns world leaders

Pyongyang - News that ousted Chang or Jang Song-thaek, a powerful uncle of Kim Jong-un has been executed, has sent ripples of shock-waves to other countries. The uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was ousted from office and not seen in public since November.

North Korea shake-up purges Jang Song-thaek, Kim uncle

Pyongyang - The reclusive state of North Korea is rarely in western headlines for the right reasons and Wednesday is no different. The whereabouts of a powerful uncle of the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, are unknown following speculation that he has been "removed".

Obama chooses to minimize China island conflict

Once again President Obama has chosen to minimize confrontation, this time with China. The U.S. government is advising U.S. commercial and private planes to avoid islands China claims.

80 public executions in a single day across North Korea

Pyongyang - There are reports Monday that 80 people have been publicly executed in North Korea -- their crimes allegedly include including watching South Korean films and distributing pornography.
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