Death toll in ferry sinking tops 150 as hope dwindles

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Obama to pay respects to Sewol victims on Seoul trip

U.S. President Barack Obama will devote a major part of his trip to Seoul later this week to expressing condolences to victims of the sunken ferry Sewol and assuring assistance to the Korean government during search and rescue operations, the White House said Monday.“I can certainly expec...

Updated : 2014.04.22 21:16

S. Korea, China to hold talks on strengthening trade relations

South Korea and China were set to hold trade talks Tuesday on ways to further expand their bilateral trade and cooperation, South Korea's trade ministry said.The one-day talks, the second of their kind, were to be held in Seoul with officials from eight South Korean ministries and their Ch...

Updated : 2014.04.22 11:22

[Ferry Disaster] Park calls crew actions ‘murderous’

President Park Geun-hye on Monday condemned the captain and crew of the doomed ferry Sewol who fled and abandoned hundreds of passengers in the sinking vessel, comparing what they did to an act of mur...

Updated : 2014.04.21 21:59

Saenuri lawmaker apologizes over son’s Facebook posting

A ruling party contender for mayor of Seoul offered a public apology Monday over his son’s comments critical of people’s angry reaction to a ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing.Chung Mong-joon, a seven-term lawmaker seeking to win the nomination of the Saenuri P...

Updated : 2014.04.21 21:41

U.S. president to bring ancient seals on Seoul trip

The U.S. government has agreed to return a set of Korean national treasures, shipped out of here by an American soldier during the 1950-53 Korean War, when President Barack Obama visits South Korea this week, Seoul said Sunday.Obama is expected to arrive in Seoul on Friday for a two-day of...

Updated : 2014.04.20 20:29

Obama to bolster US 'rebalance' to Asia

(AFP) - President Barack Obama will use an Asian tour beginning next week to bolster US alliances in the region at a time of increased geopolitical tension. Obama is scheduled to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, and will be under duress to address maritime territoria...

Updated : 2014.04.19 14:40

[Ferry Disaster] Park phones parent of student missing in ferry sinking

President Park Geun-hye has spoken by phone with the father of a high school student missing in the sinking of a ferry off the south coast, honoring her pledge to call him to make sure a series of pro...

Updated : 2014.04.18 10:51

[Ferry Disaster] U.S., China offer condolences over Korea’s ferry disaster

The U.S. State Department and Chinese Foreign Ministry have offered condolences to the victims of the South Korean ferry disaster and the bereaved families.“We extend our deepest condolences to the l...

Updated : 2014.04.17 18:06

Seoul, Tokyo hold sex slavery talks

Seoul and Tokyo on Wednesday began their first director-general-level meeting on the issue of Korean victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery as they struggled to mend their strained ties.Lee Sang-d...

Updated : 2014.04.16 20:55

Conservative heavyweight joins call for NIS chief’s dismissal

The controversy surrounding the country’s spy chief took a twist Wednesday with a conservative heavyweight adding his voice to the call for his resignation. On Wednesday, Saenuri Party Rep. Lee Jae-oh, a five-term lawmaker and a prominent member of the ruling party’s pro-Lee Myung-bak fa...

Updated : 2014.04.16 20:40

S. Korea, Japan agree to hold regular talks on sex slavery

South Korea and Japan agreed Wednesday to hold regular director general-level talks on the Japanese imperial army's sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War II in their first meeting on the contentious diplomatic issue, a foreign ministry official here said Wednesday.   The We...

Updated : 2014.04.16 19:54

Park apologizes for NIS forgery

President Park Geun-hye made a rare public apology Tuesday over intelligence agents’ alleged evidence forgery. “Regrettably, wrong practices of the NIS and holes in its management system have been r...

Updated : 2014.04.15 21:23

Seoul spurns Pyongyang’s call for joint drone probe

The South Korean government on Tuesday rejected North Korea’s request to conduct a joint investigation into drones that were believed to have sent by Pyongyang on spying missions.“There is no case o...

Updated : 2014.04.15 21:19

[Newsmaker] Opposition lawmaker touches off drone furor

A lawmaker of the main opposition party in South Korea has once again found himself at the center of a spiraling dispute ― this time over spy drones presumably from North Korea. Rep. Jung Cheong-rae ...

Updated : 2014.04.15 21:18

Park’s popularity may affect local elections

President Park Geun-hye’s high approval ratings are likely to create an advantageous environment for the ruling Saenuri Party ahead of the local elections in June for low-level administration chiefs and councilors.“The possibility is likely that Park’s high popularity would help the rul...

Updated : 2014.04.15 21:10