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South Korean Marine Commits Suicide, Bullying Suspected

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s military says a 19-year-old marine has hanged himself in the latest incident to raise questions about discipline in the ranks. Officials said Monday the conscript was found Sunday evening in a barracks shower room. They said they are investigating to determine whether the man, identified only as Jung, had been bullied by fellow […]

South Korea to Remove 2 Commanders after Marine Shooting Spree

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s military said Sunday that the Marine Corps will relieve two officers of duty for failing to prevent a shooting rampage by a marine last week. A marine official said a colonel and a lieutenant colonel at the Ganghwa Island base will be removed from their positions in the next few days and may […]

Second Marine is Arrest in South Korean Rampage

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s military says it has arrested a Marine private for helping a colleague who killed four other Marines in a shooting rampage on Monday. An official with the Defense Ministry says the private, identified only as Jung, is suspected of helping his friend steal ammunition from a weapons storage area shortly before he opened […]

Mental Illness Suspected in South Korean Marine’s Rampage

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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The South Korean military says a young marine who shot and killed four of his colleagues Monday had shown signs of mental illness before the incident. The 19-year-old corporal, identified only as Kim, also wounded one other marine when he opened fire at a barracks on Gangwha island, west of Seoul. He has been hospitalized […]

South Korean Marine Kills 4 Colleagues

Posted July 4th, 2011 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s Defense Ministry says a marine corporal opened fire on colleagues at a frontline guard post Monday, killing four and wounding one. A military spokesman said the corporal was on duty at the Yellow Sea island base of Ganghwa island, 70 kilometers west of Seoul. The official said the dead included at least one […]

South Korean Marine Kills 3 Colleagues

Posted July 4th, 2011 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s Defense Ministry says a marine corporal opened fire on colleagues at a frontline guard post Monday, killing three and wounding two. A military spokesman said the corporal was on duty at the Yellow Sea island base of Ganghwa island, 70 kilometers west of Seoul. The official said the dead included one officer and […]

EU, South Korea Trade Pact Takes Effect

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 11:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A landmark free trade agreement between the European Union and South Korea took effect Friday. Under the deal, Seoul and Brussels would eliminate or phase out tariffs on 96 percent of EU goods and 99 percent of South Korean products within three years. Ignacio Garcia Bercero, the EU’s chief negotiator on the deal, said at […]

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South Korea Holds Military Drills Near DMZ

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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The South Korean army says it is holding military drills near the heavily fortified border with North Korea this week. Military officials say the field-training exercises, set to run from Monday through Friday, will be held in the border city of Paju. Officials say the exercises are designed to examine the military’s combat readiness. South […]

Apple Sues Samsung in Patent Fight

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. technology giant Apple said Friday it has filed a lawsuit in South Korea claiming Samsung Electronics infringed upon several patents. Apple filed a lawsuit in April in the United States, claiming Samsung had copied its smart phones and tablet computers. The South Korean company responded later that month with a lawsuit in Seoul, the […]

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EU Sees South Korea Trade Deal as Model for Asia

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union wants its free trade agreement with South Korea to serve as the model for future pacts in other parts of Asia. Ignacio Garcia Bercero, the EU’s chief negotiator on the deal, said at a seminar Monday in Seoul that the FTA is very much the type of trade agreement that the EU […]

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