Jun 26, 2014

S. Korea's Park keeps premier who quit

After two failed attempts to appoint a new prime minister, South Korean President Park Geun-hye announced Thursday her “agonized” decision to retain the incumbent, who resigned over April’s ferry disaster. In an effort to assuage criticism of the government’s emergency response, Chung Hong-won resigned ...

Sewol survivors return to school

Jun 25, 2014

Sewol survivors return to school

Holding hands as they walked through the school gates, some fighting back tears, 75 children who survived South Korea’s worst maritime disaster in 20 years returned to class on Wednesday pledging to remember their lost friends. Wailing parents of the 250 children who did ...

South Korea uses decoy for fugitive soldier

Jun 25, 2014

South Korea uses decoy for fugitive soldier

South Korean military officials used a stand-in to pretend to be a captured runaway soldier in an elaborate deception for the media while the real fugitive was taken to a hospital with wounds from a failed suicide attempt, a Defense Ministry official said Tuesday. ...

Park's 'pro-Japan' pick falls on sword in Seoul

Jun 24, 2014

Park's 'pro-Japan' pick falls on sword in Seoul

South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s dwindling political fortunes took another hit Tuesday as her second nominee for prime minister was forced to withdraw over past remarks about Japan’s colonial rule. “I wanted to help President Park Geun-hye. But I believe that my resignation is ...

South Korea Sewol ferry trial to hear from student survivors

Jun 24, 2014

South Korea Sewol ferry trial to hear from student survivors

Student survivors of South Korea’s ferry disaster will testify in the trial of the captain and crew by closed circuit TV from a courtroom in their traumatized hometown, a district court ruled on Tuesday. The court in Gwangju, 265 kilometers (165 miles) south of ...

Stress of South Korea conscripts spotlighted

| Jun 24, 2014

Stress of South Korea conscripts spotlighted

A deadly shooting spree by a South Korean military serviceman has once again raised questions over the wisdom of deploying young, inexperienced and often unprepared conscripts along the world’s last Cold War frontier. It is still unclear what caused the 22-year-old sergeant, identified only ...