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South Korea's Appetite for Dog Meat Is Fading

Young people just aren't into eating their pets

(Newser) - For centuries, people have been eating dog meat—neither legal nor banned—in South Korea. Some 30 years ago, chef Oh Keum-il even traveled around North and South Korea, tasting everything from dog stew to dog taffy, to learn the craft of cooking dog. Today, however, customers aren't quite... More »

New Heart Disease Culprit: Ramen?

Study examines South Korea's intake—the highest in the world

(Newser) - Think of this the next time you slurp a cheap cup of hot ramen noodles: It could be linked to heart disease, especially if you're a woman, the AP reports. A new American study of South Korea's ramen consumption examined the diets of 10,700 people aged 19... More »

N. Korea Picks on Kerry's ... Jaw

So nanny nanny boo boo, dumb Americans and your military drills

(Newser) - North Korea is upset with America for staging an "invasion rehearsal" (read: military drills) with South Korea, so naturally it gracefully and diplomatically ... No. It diplomatically did nothing. Instead, Pyongyang opted for playground antics, blasting Secretary of State John Kerry as a "wolf donning the mask of sheep"... More »

Pope Meets Korean WWII Sex Slaves

Francis calls for peace on last day of Asian visit

(Newser) - Pope Francis wrapped up his first trip to Asia today by challenging Koreans—from the North and the South—to reject the "mindset of suspicion and confrontation" that clouds their relations and find new ways to forge peace on the war-divided peninsula. In a poignant moment at the start... More »

As S. Korea Welcomes Pope, North Fires Rockets

Francis stresses peace, reconciliation on first visit to Asia

(Newser) - South Korea welcomed Pope Francis today with flowers and a red carpet, as the pontiff kicked off a five-day visit in which he called for peace on the divided peninsula. North Korea, on the other hand, shot off rockets. Pyongyang fired five short-range projectiles off its east coast, including three... More »

Korea Baseball Team So Bad Its 'Fans' Are Actual Robots

South Korea's Hanwha Eagles let humans watch from home

(Newser) - If you're a fan of the Hanwha Eagles, you can be a part of the crowd without even going to the game. That's thanks to the team's army of robots, who sit in the stadium and broadcast the game to viewers at home—all while cheering for... More »

South Korean Kids: Crew Insisted We Stay in Ferry

They testify in crew's trial

(Newser) - Teens aboard the doomed South Korean ferry Sewol testified today as the trial of 15 crew members continues in the April tragedy. Five of the six kids faced away from listeners as they testified, while another testified from another room via video feed, Reuters reports. The teens called for harsh... More »

Fugitive Owner in Ferry Disaster Found Dead

Billionaire Yoo was target of massive South Korea manhunt

(Newser) - A decaying body found in a plum field is that of the fugitive billionaire who owned a ferry that sank in April, South Korean cops have confirmed. Yoo Byung-un, patriarch of the family that owned the ferry operator, went on the run soon after the Sewol sank and had been... More »

'Bride Schools' Prep Women for Mail-Order Marriages

Government-supported Vietnamese classes teach women Korean language, customs

(Newser) - You don’t necessarily have to speak the same language as your husband to be a mail-order bride in South Korea—just the language of love. Unfortunately, many of the marriages arranged that way there don’t handle Cupid’s vernacular well, either, so the South Korean government is cracking... More »

North Korea's New Charm Offensive: Cheerleaders

Country promises they will 'melt the frozen North-South relations'

(Newser) - If you're keeping score at home, you can ratchet your North Korean hostility-o-meter down a notch. Pyongyang has just announced that it will send a cheerleading squad along with its athletes to this year's Asian Games in South Korea for the first time since 2005, the BBC reports.... More »

Seoul: N. Korea Fired 2 Scuds

Latest short-range missile tests

(Newser) - North Korea fired two short-range Scud missiles into its eastern waters today, a South Korean official said, in an apparent test just days after the country tested what it called new precision-guided missiles. A South Korean military official said the missiles were fired from Wonsan and are presumed to be... More »

S. Korea Soldier Who Killed 5 Captured

Rogue conscript tried to kill himself

(Newser) - A South Korean soldier who fled after allegedly killing five colleagues at a remote border outpost was captured today following an unsuccessful suicide attempt, the country's defense ministry says. The 22-year-old sergeant surnamed Yim shot himself on the side of his abdomen but failed to kill himself and was... More »

Hunt for Rogue Soldier Turns Into Firefight

South Korean military had known 'Yim' had personality issues

(Newser) - South Korean troops today exchanged fire with a runaway soldier who was surrounded in a forest after he killed five comrades near his North Korea border outpost, a defense official tells the AP. One platoon leader was wounded when the sergeant, identified only by his surname Yim, threw a grenade... More »

South Korean Soldier Kills 5 Fellow Soldiers

He wounds 5 others and flees, says army

(Newser) - A South Korean soldier stationed at a remote border outpost shot and killed five of his fellow soldiers, reports the BBC . He also wounded five others before fleeing the post with his rifle and ammo, an army spokesperson tells AFP . Authorities haven't speculated about a motive, but so far... More »

Hostile Families Confront Crew of Korea Ferry, Cry 'Murderer'

Emotions run wild at pre-trial hearing for 15 crew members

(Newser) - Grief-wracked family members of the 300-plus souls lost in the sinking of the South Korean ferry Sewol today aimed their rage squarely at the 15 crewmembers accused of negligence, as the reeling country held a pre-trial hearing in the April 16 disaster. The AP describes "hostile spectators" who cried,... More »

No Boys Allowed: Behold, Women-Only Parking Spots

It's South Korea's attempt to make parking more female-friendly

(Newser) - This is apparently not a bad joke: South Korea is unveiling the female-only parking spot, according to reports at the Independent and NBC . The lowdown: Seoul is looking to become more "woman-friendly" via initiatives like the extra-wide, extra-long, bright pink parking spots. In case that's not obvious or... More »

Dementia Patient, 81, Held in Hospital Fire That Killed 21

South Korea fire raises concerns about safety regulations

(Newser) - A fire believed set by an 81-year-old dementia patient blazed through a hospital ward for the elderly today and killed 21 people in South Korea, mostly from smoke inhalation, police and fire officials said. The fire on the second floor of the Hyosarang Hospital in Jangseong county also injured seven... More »

After Disaster, S. Korea Breaks Up Coast Guard

President apologizes to the nation for failed rescue

(Newser) - The response of South Korea's coast guard to the sinking of the Sewol ferry was so flawed that the force needs to be disbanded, the county's president has decided. In a televised address to the nation, Park Guen-hye slammed the coast guard for failing "in its duty... More »

Korea Ferry Crew Who Jumped Ship Indicted for Murder

Captain, 3 others could face death penalty

(Newser) - The captain and three other crew members who abandoned a ferry as it sank off the coast of South Korea with hundreds of passengers still on board have been indicted on murder charges. Another 11 crew members have been charged with negligence, reports Reuters . "The captain, a first officer... More »

Ferry Search Claims New Victim

Diver dies as 4 officials with ferry operator have been arrested

(Newser) - The sinking of the Sewol has claimed another victim: A civilian diver who perished while searching for bodies in the sunken South Korean ferry today. The 53-year-old man lost consciousness a few minutes after diving into waters around 80 feet deep, the BBC reports. Authorities say it was the veteran... More »

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