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South Korean ex-president Lee ordered back to prison for 17 years

Seoul - Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was ordered back to prison Thursday as the country's Supreme Court upheld a 17-year jail term for bribery and embezzlement offences.

South Korea to seek carbon neutrality by 2050: Moon

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday pledged his country will try to become carbon neutral by 2050, although he stopped short of promising to achieve the ambitious goal, seen as crucial to the fight against climate change.

South Korean Jehovah's Witnesses begin prison work terms

Daejeon - Dozens of South Korean Jehovah's Witnesses in suits and ties lined up to enter a prison on Monday -- to begin training as administrators, rather than the jail terms they used to face as conscientious objectors.

South Korean tycoons pay tribute to late Samsung chief

Seoul - South Korea's billionaire business leaders lined up Monday to pay respects to the late Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee, for decades the country's richest and most powerful industrialist.

Lee Kun-hee: 'Hermit king' of the Samsung empire dies at 78

Seoul - South Korea's richest and most powerful industrialist, Lee Kun-hee, turned Samsung Electronics into one of the world's biggest tech companies but lived a reclusive existence.

Clean conscience: South Korea offers alternative to conscription

Seoul - As a devout Jehovah's Witness Jang Kyung-jin was ready to be jailed rather than serve in South Korea's military. After a landmark court ruling he will be heading for prison on Monday -- but as a civilian administrator, not a convict.

Lee Kun-hee: 'Hermit King' of the Samsung empire

Seoul - South Korea's richest and most powerful industrialist, Lee Kun-hee, turned Samsung Electronics into one of the world's biggest tech companies but lived a reclusive existence.

Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee dies at 78

Seoul - Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee, who transformed the South Korean firm into a global tech titan, died at the age of 78 on Sunday, the company said.

Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee dies at 78: company

Seoul - Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee died at the age of 78 on Sunday, the company said.Lee, who turned the South Korean firm into a global tech giant, was left bedridden by a heart attack in 2014.

Asia's biggest film fest opens as a shadow of its usual self

Busan - An anthology paying cinematic tribute to Hong Kong was the highlight Wednesday on the opening day of Asia's biggest film festival, which has been forced largely online by the coronavirus pandemic.

Asia's biggest film fest opens as a shadow of its usual self

Busan - Asia's biggest annual film festival started in South Korea Wednesday at a fraction of its usual scale, but some movie fans will still be able to attend screenings despite the coronavirus forcing many events online.

SK Hynix in $9 bn deal for Intel's flash memory chip business

Seoul - The world's second-largest chipmaker, South Korea's SK Hynix, announced a record $9 billion deal Tuesday to buy Intel's flash memory chip operation as it seeks to bolster its position against rival behemoth Samsung Electronics.

SK Hynix to buy Intel's NAND memory chip business in $9bn deal

Seoul - The world's second-largest chipmaker, South Korea's SK Hynix, is to buy Intel's flash memory chip operation in a deal worth $9 billion, it said Tuesday, as it seeks to bolster its position against Samsung.

Japan PM Suga sends offering to controversial war shrine

Apo - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga sent a ritual offering Saturday to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, which is seen by neighbouring countries as a symbol of the nation's past militarism, especially during World War II.

Shares in managers of K-pop's BTS double on market debut

Seoul - Shares in the management agency of K-pop sensation BTS more than doubled on their stock market debut Thursday, making an instant multi-billionaire of its chairman and boosting the seven band members' own fortunes.

BTS' management agency set to soar on stock market debut

Seoul - Shares in the management agency of K-pop sensation BTS were expected to rocket on their stock market debut Thursday, making an instant multi-billionaire of its chairman and boosting the seven band members' own fortunes.

Nigeria's Okonjo-Iweala, S. Korea's Yoo in run-off to lead WTO

Geneva - The World Trade Organization is set to have its first female leader after Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea's Yoo Myung-hee made it through Thursday to the final run-off.

N. Korean diplomat who fled Rome defected to South: MP

Seoul - North Korea's former acting ambassador to Italy defected to the South after disappearing from the mission in Rome two years ago, a South Korean MP confirmed Wednesday.

Ordinary investors offer $50 billion for BTS label shares

Seoul - Ordinary South Koreans rushed to pour more than $50 billion into the initial public offering for the management agency of K-pop sensation BTS, sale organisers said after it closed Tuesday.

Pompeo to cut short Asia visit amid Trump hospitalization

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will cut short his trip to Asia this week, a department spokeswoman said Saturday, visiting Japan but skipping planned stops to South Korea and Mongolia.

Pompeo due in Asia for talks on China, N.Korea

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will head next week to Japan, South Korea and Mongolia, the State Department said Tuesday, on a trip expected to focus heavily on China and North Korea.

Brother of dead South Korean 'defector' refutes official account

Seoul - A South Korean fisheries official shot dead and allegedly burnt by North Korean soldiers last week would never have defected, his brother said Tuesday, and appealed to Pyongyang to return his body.

South Korea demands Pyongyang further probe killing of official

Seoul - Seoul said Saturday it will demand further investigation by Pyongyang into the killing of a South Korean official after a rare public apology from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kim Jong Un 'very sorry' over killing of South Korean, Seoul says

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a rare apology Friday over what he described as the "unexpected and disgraceful" killing of a South Korean at sea, Seoul's presidential office said.

North Korea's Kim apologises over 'defector' shooting: Seoul

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apologised Friday over the killing of a South Korean at sea, calling it an "unexpected and disgraceful event", Seoul's presidential office said.

North Korea shot dead 'defector' from South and burnt body: Seoul

Seoul - North Korean soldiers shot dead a suspected South Korean defector at sea and burned his body as a coronavirus precaution after he was interrogated in the water over several hours, Seoul military officials said Thursday.

North Korea shot dead South Korean defector: officials

Seoul - North Korean soldiers shot dead a suspected South Korean defector after interrogating him at sea, then poured oil over his body and burned it over coronavirus fears, Seoul military officials said Thursday.

Marked for life: South Korea's tattoo artists seek legalisation

Seoul - South Korean tattooist Doy counts Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt and members of K-Pop band EXO among his celebrity clients, but his delicate, detailed designs could land him in prison.

BTS hit 'Dynamite' worth $1.4 billion to South Korea: govt

Seoul - K-pop sensation BTS's US-chart-topping single "Dynamite" could generate more than $1.4 billion for the South Korean economy and thousands of new jobs in the country, a government study claimed Monday.

Typhoon hits South Korea after triggering landslides in Japan

Sokcho - A powerful typhoon lashed South Korea on Monday after smashing into southern Japan with record winds and heavy rains that left up to eight people dead or missing.
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