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S. Korean Activists Launch More Leaflets Across DMZ

Posted August 11th, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean activists have floated leaflets attached to balloons into North Korea, calling for the overthrow of North Korean leader Kim Jong-IL. The activists, from a North Korean defector group, say they launched 10 gas-filled balloons carrying 200,000 leaflets from a mountain in a suburb west of Seoul. The group, known as Fighters for Free […]

UN Chief Urges Bigger Global Role for South Korea

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging South Korea to play a larger role in world affairs. The United Nations chief arrived in Seoul on Tuesday for his first visit to his homeland since being elected to a second five-year term. He will meet with President Lee Myung-bak and other top officials, and visit his […]

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Seoul Summons Japanese Diplomats Over Renewed Islands Claim

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 2:37 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese diplomats were summoned by South Korean authorities on Tuesday after Tokyo renewed its claim in a defense white paper to a disputed group of islands that lie between the two countries. The claim comes a day after Seoul blocked three Japanese lawmakers from entering South Korea on a visit that was meant to reinforce […]

S. Korea Boosts Gold Reserves

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s central bank said it has bought gold for the first time in a little more than 13 years, diversifying its foreign exchange reserves away from the U.S. dollar. The Bank of Korea Tuesday said it bought 25 tons of gold from the global market between June and July, bringing its total gold reserves […]

Japanese Abandon Bid to Visit Disputed Islands

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Three Japanese nationalist lawmakers have left South Korea after they were barred from visiting a South Korean island where they intended to emphasize Japan’s claim to a group of adjacent islets. The three members of Japan’s opposition Liberal Democratic Party boarded a flight back home from Seoul late Monday. The lawmakers had flown to the […]

South Korea Enforces Entry Ban Against 3 Japanese Legislators.

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean immigration officials say they stopped three members of Japan’s opposition Liberal Democratic Party when they arrived at Seoul’s Gimpo airport Monday in hopes of visiting a disputed island chain. The three legislators were ordered to return home without traveling to the island of Ulleungdo, which serves as Seoul’s administrative and military base for […]

South Korea Enforces Entry Ban Against 3 Japanese Legislators.

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean immigration officials say they stopped three members of Japan’s opposition Liberal Democratic Party when they arrived at Seoul’s Gimpo airport Monday in hopes of visiting a disputed island chain. The three legislators were forced to return home without traveling to the island of Ulleungdo, which serves as Seoul’s administrative and military base for […]

South Koreans Protest Japan’s Claim to Dokdo Islands

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Dozens of South Koreans demonstrated outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul on Wednesday to protest a Japanese decision to bar its diplomats from flying on South Korea’s national airline for 30 days. About 100 people waved South Korean flags and chanted slogans during the protest. At one point, police intervened to prevent the demonstrators from […]

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US, South Korea to Hold Annual Military Exercise in August

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 11:15 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea and the U.S. Combined Forces Command said Monday a major annual military exercise will begin on August 16. The 10-day drill, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, is a computer-assisted simulation exercise designed to improve the ability to defend South Korea. The focus will be on training service members while exercising senior leaders’ decision-making capabilities. […]

Apple Faces Class Action Suit in South Korea

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. technology giant Apple may face a class action lawsuit in South Korea for an iPhone feature that can track the location of users. Apple Korea said Thursday that it paid a $950 judgment last month to a lawyer who sued the company for violation of privacy. The lawyer, Kim Hyeong-seok, now says he will […]

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