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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 »

Amid Talk of Summit, N. Korea Tests Missiles

As joint US-South Korea military exercises loom

(Newser) - North Korea test-fired five short-range missiles into the sea today in its second such weapons test this year, a South Korean defense official said, amid dimming prospects for the resumption of high-level talks between the rival countries. The missiles, fired from a North Korean coastal town, flew about 125 miles... More »

Scientists Create New 'Super Steel'

Titanium-strength metal is lighter, stronger, cheaper—and less likely to break

(Newser) - A group of South Korean scientists says it's finally come up with the perfect metallurgical cocktail to create a new form of steel that's flexible, lightweight, relatively inexpensive—and as strong as titanium, Popular Mechanics reports. The South Korean study published in Nature , which is being heralded by... More »

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 »

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