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EU Sees South Korea Trade Deal as Model for Asia

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 2:16 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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South Korea Fires At Passenger Plane

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 12:15 am (UTC-5)
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Officials said Saturday that South Korean troops fired at a passenger plane carrying 119 passengers and crew, thinking it was a North Korean warplane. Two Marine guards on Gyodong island off the western coast of South Korea fired their K-2 rifles at the ASIANA plane as it descended for landing Friday at Seoul’s Incheon airport. […]

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S.Korean Company to Help Build Southern Sudan Capital

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s state-run land developer says it has signed a deal with southern Sudan to build its new capital after it becomes a country next month. LH Corporation said Thursday it will lend technical support in devising a master plan for the capital of the world’s newest country. Southern Sudan’s capital is currently located in […]

Seoul Moves to Provide Free City-Wide WiFi Service

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in South Korea’s capital are moving to provide free Internet access at more than 10,000 locations around the city, including outdoor public spaces, major streets and densely populated residential areas. The metropolitan government said three telecommunications companies agreed in memorandums with Mayor Oh Se-hoon on Wednesday to provide the service. Media reports say Seoul […]

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South Korea’s Top Prosecutor Sees Progress on Grand Juries

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s prosecutor general says it will likely be two to three more years before a grand jury system is introduced in the country. Kim Joon-Gyu told a small group of foreign correspondents “it takes time,” during a mostly off-the-record session at a Seoul hotel on Wednesday. Kim has been pushing for the widespread introduction […]

South Korea Welcomes Return of Looted Books

Posted June 11th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea welcomed the return Saturday of nearly 300 royal books looted in the 19th century by invading French soldiers. South Koreans dressed in court costumes from the Joseon Dynasty paraded the 297 volumes to central Seoul’s Gyeonbok Palace. The richly illustrated books detail protocol for royal ceremonies during the Joseon Dynasty, which ruled the […]

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