South Korean ruling party avoids ferry backlash

Jun 5, 2014

South Korean ruling party avoids ferry backlash

South Korea’s ruling party breathed a sigh of relief Thursday after a stronger-than-expected showing in local elections seen as a referendum on President Park Geun-hye’s handling of April’s ferry disaster, which killed about 300 people. Despite fears of a voter backlash, Park’s Saenuri Party ...

South Korea hospice blaze kills 21; patient detained

May 28, 2014

South Korea hospice blaze kills 21; patient detained

A fire swept through a South Korean hospice for elderly, infirm patients early Wednesday, killing 21 people in what police said appeared to be an act of arson by an 81-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer. Seven were injured in the blaze, which broke out shortly after ...

South Korea's president vows to disband coast guard

May 19, 2014

South Korea's president vows to disband coast guard

South Korea’s president announced plans Monday to disband the coast guard and root out corruption and collusion between regulators and shipping companies that furious citizens believe led to a ferry disaster last month that left more than 300 people dead or missing. President Park ...

Video shows trouserless captain fleeing ferry

Apr 29, 2014

Video shows trouserless captain fleeing ferry

South Korean Coast Guard officials on Monday released a video showing the trouserless captain of a sinking ferry scrambling to safety as hundreds of passengers remained trapped inside — a move expected to intensify criticism of the crew over the disaster. The 10-minute video ...

| Apr 26, 2014

Asian paradox: Closer but cooler

by Jeff Kingston

The mini-Cold War between Japan and South Korea has kept Washington busy as it tries to forge closer security ties between its allies to offset the rise of China. Policymakers confront the Asian paradox of deepening distrust and conflict in tandem with widening economic ...