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S. Korean Prez: I'd Meet With Kim— Unconditionally

Countries' presidents have met just twice since WWII

(Newser) - The leaders of North and South Korea have met just twice since World War II ended, but Park Geun-hye, the South's current leader, is willing to change that, Reuters reports. "My position is that to ease the pain of division and to accomplish peaceful unification, I am willing... More »

Kim Jong Un Rejects Talks With South Korea

No reason given why Pyongyang rebuffed parliament's request

(Newser) - "Depending on the mood and circumstances to be created, we have no reason not to hold the highest-level talks [with South Korea]" was one of the most unexpected statements that came out of Kim Jong Un's New Year's speech from Pyongyang in which he said he'd... More »

N. Korea Has Army of 6K Hackers: S. Korea

South Korean report says Pyongyang able to attack US mainland

(Newser) - South Korea says rival North Korea has a 6,000-member cyberarmy dedicated to disrupting the South's military and government. The figure is a dramatic increase from South Korea's earlier estimate that the North had a cyberwarfare staff of 3,000. Seoul's Defense Ministry also says in a... More »

Kim Open to Face-to-Face Summit With S. Korea Leader

His new year's speech has a surprising overture

(Newser) - Months ago, North Korea unleashed a sexist diatribe against South Korea's female president that included calling her a "prostitute." Today, however, Kim Jong Un suggested the possibility of a face-to-face meeting between him and Park Geun-hye, reports Yonhap News . “Depending on the mood and circumstances to... More »

Arrest Warrant Issued for S. Korea 'Nut Rage' Exec

Cho Hyun-ah of Korean Air Lines faces charges after forcing delay of flight

(Newser) - A South Korean court today approved the arrest of a former Korean Air Lines executive who famously delayed a flight over a bag of macadamia nuts. Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of the airline's chairman, has faced mounting public anger because she forced the flight to return to its gate... More »

South Korea Indicts Uber CEO

Travis Kalanick's charges could result in 2-year jail sentence

(Newser) - Uber's legal troubles continue, and this time, the CEO himself is in hot water, Engadget reports. South Korea has indicted Travis Kalanick for allegedly running an illegal taxi service, Yonhap reports, and his charge could lead to a two-year jail sentence or an $18,000 fine. Along with the... More »

One 'Nut Rage' Spawns Another

Online retailers see macadamia sales surge in wake of Korean Air exec's tirade

(Newser) - When Korean Air Lines exec Cho Hyun-ah freaked out over how a flight attendant served her macadamia nuts, most South Koreans apparently thought, "huh, what's a macadamia nut?" As the AP reports, sales of the previously little-known nut have soared in the country: eBay's South Korean arm... More »

'Nut Rage' Airline Exec Resigns (Partially)

Heather Cho of Korean Air loses some of her duties

(Newser) - A Korean Air exec whose temper tantrum about macadamia nuts has become an international story resigned from some of her duties today, reports CNN . Heather Cho, daughter of the airline's CEO, will still be a VP of some sort, but she'll no longer oversee operations including cabin service.... More »

Airline Chief's Daughter Delays Flight Over Nuts

Korean Air exec ordered crew member off plane

(Newser) - Korean Air Lines apologized today for inconveniencing passengers after the daughter of its chairman ordered a crew member off a flight for serving bagged nuts in the first-class cabin. According to the South Korean daily Segye Ilbo, the flight from New York City to Incheon, South Korea, returned to the... More »

In the Future, Blowing on Cash Could Reveal If It's Counterfeit

Scientists look to beetle-based technology

(Newser) - Scientists are working on an easier way to detect counterfeit money—and they have beetles to thank for it. The system, which would allow people to reveal counterfeit cash by breathing on it, is based on the ability of a longhorn beetle species to change color based on local humidity,... More »

S. Korea Career Advice: Sex Harassment Is Cool, Ladies

This, courtesy of a government ministry

(Newser) - The country that brought us very wide and pink women-only parking spots is now offering up a little career advice for the ladies: As the Korea Herald reports, South Korea's Labor Ministry—yes, the government body tasked with matters pertaining to its workforce—offered up some presumably well-intentioned tips... More »

S. Korean Ferry Captain Gets 36 Years

Lee Joon-seok acquitted of homicide

(Newser) - A South Korean ferry captain was sentenced today to 36 years in prison for negligence and abandoning passengers when his ship sank earlier this year, but the court acquitted him of homicide, concluding there was no proof he knew his actions would cause the more than 300 deaths that shocked... More »

Teacher Denied Interview Because She's Irish

One South Korean seems to think all Irish have an 'alcoholism nature'

(Newser) - Irish teacher Katie Mulrennan got a Craigslist job reply so bizarre she was compelled to post it and see if it went viral. And it has. The 26-year-old tells the BBC that, in spite of having taught English for more than three years in Barcelona, Oxford, Abu Dhabi, and South... More »

Body Found in S. Korea Ferry —6 Months After It Sank

Grisly find, 1st since July, discovered in bathroom

(Newser) - It's been more than six months since the South Korean ferry Sewol sank in April, but the search for bodies hasn't stopped—and today, another body was found in the sunken ship. It was found in a women's bathroom on the fourth floor, CNN reports. The body... More »

Prosecutors Call for Ferry Captain's Death

Lee Joon-seok 'supplied the cause,' they say

(Newser) - Prosecutors want the captain of a South Korean ferry that sank in April and killed 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, put to death. Prosecutors concluded their case today against Lee Joon-seok by saying he "supplied the cause" that sunk the Sewol, and therefore "has the heaviest responsibility for the... More »

Koreas Exchange Fire for 2nd Time in 10 Days

Border guards exchange fire, but no casualties reported

(Newser) - Border guards of the rival Koreas exchanged gunfire today along their heavily fortified border in the second such shootout in less than 10 days, South Korean officials said. The shootout occurred after South Korean soldiers broadcast warning and fired warning shots against about 10 North Korean soldiers who were approaching... More »

Concert Planner Kills Self After South Korea Deaths

He apparently jumps from building after 16 die at performance

(Newser) - A South Korean man involved in planning an outdoor pop concert where 16 people were killed after falling through a ventilation grate was found dead today in an apparent suicide. The man, 37, an employee of the Gyeonggi Institute of Science and Technology Promotion, was found dead at around 7am... More »

14 Fall 65 Feet to Their Death in Concert Disaster

Victims were watching girls' band 4Minute

(Newser) - Fourteen people watching an outdoor pop concert in South Korea fell 65 feet to their deaths today when a ventilation grate they were standing on collapsed, officials say. Fire officials say two more people are unresponsive and feared dead and 11 others are seriously injured. The victims were standing on... More »

Korean Warships Trade Fire

After ship from North crosses into Southern territory

(Newser) - Warships from the rival Koreas exchanged warning shots today after a North Korean ship briefly violated the disputed western sea boundary, a South Korean defense official said. The shots were fired into the sea and there have been no reports of injuries or damage to the ships of either side,... More »

Surprise: North, South Korea Have Rare Meeting

But Kim Jong Un doesn't make the trip

(Newser) - If Kim Jong Un's disappearance from the public arena in recent weeks wasn't strange enough, now factor this in: The No. 2 and No. 3 leaders of North Korea made a surprise visit today to South Korea, reports the Washington Post . Delegations from both nations held their first... More »

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