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North Korea Launch Pad Seems to Have Gotten Bigger

Which could mean it can now launch longer-range missiles: report

(Newser) - Rumors of a new North Korea rocket launch are circulating again as government sources inform Yonhap news agency that the country has almost finished modifiying the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. A taller, 220-foot launch tower—a full 55 feet longer than the previous tower—has been spotted via satellite imagery.... More »

Student Caught in Ivy League Admissions Lie

She had become a sensation in South Korea media as 'Genius Girl'

(Newser) - An Ivy League hoax has unraveled, one that illustrates South Korea's "twisted obsession with degrees," in the words of AsiaOne . It involves a teenage girl at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia, one of the nation's top high schools—the kind... More »

In Rarest of Moves, Defector Walks Across the DMZ

Teen risked land mines, gunfire to reach South Korean post

(Newser) - For the first time in three years, a North Korean soldier has defected to the South after walking through the 2.5-mile-wide Demilitarized Zone that separates the two countries. South Korea's defense ministry says a teenager reached a South Korean guard post today in Hwacheon and was taken into... More »

How a 68-Year-Old Threw South Korea Into a Panic

95 MERS cases traced to man who visited Middle East

(Newser) - When a 68-year-old man visited a clinic in Asan, South Korea, on May 12, and again two and three days later, doctors were stumped by his coughing and wheezing. He was referred to a larger hospital in Pyeongtaek, then a smaller one in Seoul before X-rays on May 17 suggested... More »

S. Korea Hit by Biggest MERS Outbreak Beyond Middle East

Fear of infection amplified by government response

(Newser) - Two people have died in South Korea and another 30 have tested positive for the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome, in what is now considered the largest MERS outbreak outside of the Middle East. Most of the 1,100 MERS cases reported since 2012 have come from the... More »

Kerry Has Harsh Words for N. Korea: Horrific, Grisly ...

... and 'reckless, grotesque, horrendous'

(Newser) - US Secretary of State John Kerry today accused North Korea of a litany of crimes and atrocities while reassuring South Korea of America's "ironclad" security commitments. Kerry blamed North Korea for breaking promises, making threats, and showing "flagrant disregard for international law" by continuing to build its... More »

Captain in Ferry Disaster Sentenced to Life in Prison

Lee Joon-seok previously only got 36 years

(Newser) - The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year's disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, was given an increased sentence of life in prison today by an appellate court that convicted him of homicide. A district court in November had sentenced Lee Joon-seok to 36 years... More »

Leaders Meet Fury on Ferry Disaster Anniversary

Angry S. Korea families unmoved by pledge to raise Sewol

(Newser) - Angry relatives of passengers who drowned in a ferry sinking snubbed South Korea's president on the disaster's anniversary today, even as she pledged to salvage the ship. Tears and grief mixed with raw fury as black-clad relatives and their supporters mourned the 304 victims of the ferry Sewol,... More »

57 Dogs Saved From S. Korean Dog-Meat Farm

They're going up for adoption in California

(Newser) - More than 50 dogs going up for adoption in San Francisco have an unusual pedigree: All were destined to become dinner before their rescue. Two groups, Humane Society International and the Change for Animals Foundation, removed the 57 animals from a dog-meat farm in South Korea and flew them to... More »

North, South Korea Languages Drifting Apart

After 7 decades, about one-third of words are different

(Newser) - On one side of the line that has divided two societies for so long, the words arrive as fast as globalization can bring them—English-based lingo like "shampoo," ''juice," and "self-service." To South Koreans, they are everyday language. To defectors from North Korea,... More »

Cops: Korea Attacker Intended to Kill Ambassador

Pyongyang fires 7 more missiles

(Newser) - The South Korean man who slashed Mark Lippert so severely that the US ambassador needed 80 stitches in his face is expected to face attempted murder charges. Kim Ki-jong attacked Lippert to protest US-South Korea military drills , and police say that although Kim claims he only wanted to wound the... More »

Knifed US Envoy Leaves Hospital

'I feel pretty darn good, all things considered,' Mark Lippert says

(Newser) - Mark Lippert has escaped his "deserved punishment [representing] warmonger United States" and his "knife shower of justice." The 42-year-old US ambassador to South Korea was discharged today from the Seoul hospital where he's been recuperating after a knife attack last week at the hands of a... More »

N. Korea Hails 'Knife Shower of Justice' on Ambassador

State says attack on Mark Lippert was 'deserved punishment for warmonger US'

(Newser) - North Korea doesn't usually go out of its way to congratulate anyone from South Korea on anything, but today it praised the pro-North activist who allegedly attacked US Ambassador Mark Lippert with a knife yesterday, Yonhap reports. The dispatch from the state's Korean Central News Agency sent out... More »

Slashed US Ambassador Needed 80 Stitches

Seoul suspect chucked concrete at Japan ambassador in 2010

(Newser) - US Ambassador Mark Lippert is in stable condition after a man screaming demands for a unified North and South Korea slashed him on the face and wrist with a knife , South Korean police and US officials say. The State Department condemned the attack, which happened at a performing arts center... More »

US Ambassador in South Korea Injured in Attack

Mark Lippert was sliced with razor by assailant

(Newser) - The US ambassador in South Korea was injured today by an assailant wielding a razor, reports CNN . The injuries to Mark Lippert were not life-threatening. He was reportedly sliced on the face and hand, and authorities say that a suspect is in custody. The 42-year-old was about to deliver a... More »

For Clean Arteries, Drink Coffee

S. Korean study links moderate consumption, cleaner arteries

(Newser) - Indulging in coffee may lower your risk for melanoma , make for awesome naps , and even help fend off retinal degeneration . Now there's another possible health benefit: According to a study published in the Heart journal, people who drank a moderate amount of coffee (three to five cups a day)... More »

Pyongyang Fires Missiles as War Games Begin

US-South exercises draw threats of 'merciless strikes'

(Newser) - The US and South Korea launched their annual joint military exercises early today—and North Korea delivered its annual response of missile launches and dire threats. According to Yonhap News , Pyongyang fired two short-range missiles into the East Sea from the western city of Nampo as the drills began. South... More »

Adultery Is Now Legal in South Korea

62-year-old law is abolished

(Newser) - A prominent South Korean maker of latex condoms ended the day with its stock up 15%, and a manufacturer of the morning-after pill saw a nearly 10% jump. The atypical reason why: The country's highest court today ruled that adultery is not a crime. It's been one since... More »

'Nut Rage' Exec Gets One Year in Prison

Heather Cho found guilty of obstructing aviation safety

(Newser) - Former Korean Air executive Heather Cho will spend a year behind bars over an epic case of "nut rage" that her sentencing judge said hurt the "national image" of South Korea. The daughter of the airline's chairman, Cho was found guilty of obstructing aviation safety after a... More »

2 Dead, Scores Hurt in 100-Car Bridge Pileup

Fog blamed for carnage on South Korean cross-sea bridge

(Newser) - Nightmare on a cross-sea bridge nearly 3 miles long: Two people were killed and at least 65 were injured in a pileup involving about 100 vehicles in foggy weather on a bridge near South Korea's Incheon International Airport today, officials say. The damaged cars have now been removed from... More »

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