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South Korea's 1st Woman President Takes Helm

Park Geun-hye faces nuclear North, divided South

(Newser) - South Korea's first female president, Park Geun-hye, was inaugurated today—three decades after the assassination of her father, Park Chung-hee, who led a dictatorship for 18 years. Park enters office at a moment of heightened tensions with the North, weeks after its latest nuclear test, the New York Times... More »

South Korean Spies Admit Kidnapping Future Prez

They abducted Kim Dae-jung in 1973

(Newser) - South Korea's spy agency has admitted that it kidnapped future president Kim Dae-jung in 1973, the BBC reported. The abduction of the opposition leader was approved by then leader Park Chung-hee and may have been intended to end in assassination. Agents grabbed Kim from a Tokyo hotel and bundled him... More »

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