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3 Years After Disaster, Ferry Rises From Watery Grave

Relatives of the missing watched Sewol operation

(Newser) - A 6,800-ton South Korean ferry emerged from the water on Thursday, nearly three years after it capsized and sank into violent seas off the country's southwestern coast. It was an emotional moment for the country that continues to search for closure to one of its deadliest disasters ever,... More »

Tillerson Takes Bold Stance on Countering North Korea

Says pre-emptive military action is definitely 'option on the table'

(Newser) - Looks like North Korea and the US finally agree on something—though unfortunately, that something is the possibility of war. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in South Korea, where he said Friday that the era of "strategic patience" is over and pre-emptive military action is definitely an "... More »

Ousted S. Korea President's New Problem: Her Dogs

Park is being investigated for animal abandonment

(Newser) - It was hard to imagine that ousted President Park Geun-hye could get any more unpopular in South Korea—until she moved out of the presidential palace and left her nine dogs behind. Just days after being removed from office by the Constitutional Court over a massive corruption scandal, an animal... More »

Downfall of S. Korea President Is Complete

Park Geun-hye has moved out of presidential palace, is now open to prosecution

(Newser) - Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye left the presidential palace on Sunday, two days after the country's Constitutional Court removed her from office over a massive corruption scandal. South Korean television showed Park's motorcade leaving the Blue House and heading for her private home in southern Seoul, where... More »

With Its President Kicked Out, What's Next for South Korea?

2 die in protests after Park removed from office

(Newser) - South Korea's president was kicked out of office Friday after the country's Constitutional Court upheld her impeachment—and while much of the country is celebrating, loyal supporters are furious. At least two of them were killed in protest outside the court, reports Reuters . Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn is... More »

South Korea's President Is Removed From Office

Park Geun-hye booted from power after corruption scandal

(Newser) - A stunning fall for South Korea's leader: In a historic ruling Friday, the nation's Constitutional Court formally removed impeached President Park Geun-hye from office over a corruption scandal that has plunged the country into political turmoil, worsened an already serious national divide, and led to calls for sweeping... More »

'Trial of the Century' Begins in S. Korea

It'll be fierce, if first hearing is any indication

(Newser) - The "trial of the century" has begun in South Korea, where a vice chairman at Samsung Electronics faces bribery and embezzlement charges after allegedly giving $36 million to President Park Geun-hye and her close friend Choi Soon-sil in order to win government support for a 2015 merger. Lee Jae-Yong,... More »

China Seethes as US Deploys S. Korea Anti-Missile System

Beijing says there will be consequences

(Newser) - US missile launchers and other equipment needed to set up a controversial missile defense system have arrived in South Korea, the US and South Korean militaries said Tuesday, a day after North Korea test-launched four ballistic missiles into the ocean near Japan. The plans to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area... More »

South Korea: Defectors From North Get $860K

Quadruples the amount offered to people with information

(Newser) - As if leaving behind a murderous authoritarian regime weren't reward enough, South Korea is sweetening the pot for would-be defectors from the north: Seoul announced it will quadruple the reward for North Koreans who come bearing any "intelligence and knowledge that can enhance South Korea’s security,"... More »

South Korean Women on Brink of Longevity Milestone

The US, meanwhile, could 'fall further behind'

(Newser) - Life expectancy is expected to climb dramatically in most developed countries by 2030—just not in the United States. Using 21 mathematical models, scientists at Imperial College London and the WHO predict females born in the US in 2030 will live an average of 83 years compared to 81 in... More »

South Korea Has Simple Plan to Tell North of Assassination

Fire up the loudspeakers

(Newser) - If North Koreans living along the country's demilitarization zone with South Korea don't yet know that their leader's half-brother was assassinated this week, they probably will soon. South Korea announced plans Thursday to broadcast news of Kim Jong Nam's death on loudspeakers aimed across its border... More »

S. Korea Stunned by Arrest of Samsung Leader

Lee accused of bribing government

(Newser) - South Korea was taken by surprise Friday with the arrest of the scion of the country's richest family and de facto leader at Samsung over his alleged involvement in a massive corruption scandal that engulfed the president and riveted the nation. Prosecutors believe Lee Jae-yong, 48, a vice chairman... More »

Defense Chief Delivers 'Unexpected Present' to South Korea

Gen. James Mattis reassures country in first foreign trip

(Newser) - Gen. James Mattis is in South Korea, and the new defense secretary has delivered what one analyst calls an "unexpected present" from the Trump administration: clarity on US policy. Mattis arrived in the country Thursday on his first foreign trip in his new role; he'll also visit Japan.... More »

Arrest Warrant Issued for Samsung Boss

Lee Jae-yong accused of embezzlement, bribery

(Newser) - In a departure from the leniency typically given South Korean big businesses, prosecutors on Monday requested the arrest of the de facto head of Samsung Electronics, the country's most valuable company, in an influence-peddling scandal that has toppled the country's president , the AP reports. Lee Jae-yong, the 48-year-old... More »

S. Korea 'Comfort Woman' Statue Angers Japan

Tokyo recalls ambassador, suspends economic talks

(Newser) - Japan announced Friday that it would recall its ambassador to South Korea and suspend economic talks in response to the placing of a "comfort woman" statue representing wartime sex slaves in front of its consulate in the Korean port city of Busan, the AP reports. Both Ambassador Yasumasa Nagamine... More »

China Blasts Trump's Twitter 'Obsession'

As South Korea hires official to monitor Trump's tweets

(Newser) - A few too many tweets directed at China may have finally prompted the country to lash out at Donald Trump. An editorial posted to the Chinese website of state-run news agency Xinhua on Tuesday slammed Trump's "obsession with 'Twitter diplomacy'" as "undesirable." It continued:... More »

S. Korea Will Soon Be Ready to Take Out Kim Jong Un

Brigade would operate in the 'event of war'

(Newser) - South Korea likely stands alone in having the words "decapitation unit" feature into its New Year's resolution. As CNN reports, the country's defense minister now says the formation of a brigade that could take out Kim Jong Un and other North Korea bigwigs in the event of... More »

Next in South Korea Scandal: an Arrest in Denmark

Chung Yoo-ra, daughter of Choi Soon-sil, was arrested

(Newser) - South Korean prosecutors said Monday that the daughter of the confidante of impeached President Park Geun-hye has been arrested in Denmark, and that authorities were working to get her returned home in connection with a huge corruption scandal . Park was impeached last month by lawmakers amid public fury over prosecutors'... More »

S. Korea Leader Must Account for 7 Missing Hours During Tragedy

Rumors flying about Park's absence that day

(Newser) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye has many problems these days, but now a particularly volatile one in her home country is about to resurface in a big way. It boils down to this: What on earth was she doing on April 16, 2014, as a ferry carrying hundreds of young... More »

'Boy Toy,' Puppy Helped Bring Down S. Korea's Leader

Whistleblower in Park Geun-hye case says her secret adviser fought with him over dog

(Newser) - The impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, and the scandal surrounding it, all comes down to a canine. Park's downfall started over ties with Choi Soon-sil, a close friend for decades embroiled in criminal controversies and secretly advising Park—and who got into an argument with the eventual... More »

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