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Top court confirms jail sentences for Chinese fishermen

South Korea's top court on Friday confirmed the prison sentences of two Chinese skippers convicted of illegally fishing in South Korean waters and injuring local Coast Guard officials in a violent clash about a year ago.The Supreme Court delivered sentences of up to three and a half years ...

Updated : 2015.01.30 13:26

Seoul, Beijing to hold talks on demarcating maritime border

South Korea and China will hold preparatory consultation this week for the start of talks on demarcating their maritime border to resolve issues stemming from overlapping economic exclusive zones (EEZs), officials said Wednesday.Officials from the two countries' foreign ministries will get...

Updated : 2015.01.28 15:30

Seoul says no S. Korean casualties in Libya hotel attack

South Korea's foreign ministry said Wednesday that there have been no reported casualties of South Koreans in an armed attack that took place at a hotel in Libya's capital a day earlier.At least nine people were killed Tuesday (local time) when gunmen presumed to have links to Islamic Stat...

Updated : 2015.01.28 09:13

Four S. Koreans freed after kidnapping in Philippines

Four South Korean nationals have been released after being held as hostages by an unidentified gang for four days in the Philippines, Seoul's foreign ministry said Tuesday.The release was made late Monday, four days after a 35-year-old man, only identified by his surname Cho, and another t...

Updated : 2015.01.27 09:34

Seoul slams IS group for killing Japanese hostage

South Korea lambasted the extremist Islamic State (IS) group Monday for its killing of a Japanese hostage, saying that innocent civilians should not be the target of terrorism.The militant IS group claimed Sunday that it had executed Haruna Yukawa, one of two Japanese hostages it had been ...

Updated : 2015.01.26 19:51

Anti-austerity Syriza storms to historic Greek victory

Greece awoke to a new era of defiant anti-austerity Monday after voters handed a decisive victory to radical left party Syriza, putting the country on a collision course with the EU and international creditors.In a result that exceeded analysts' expectations, Syriza and its 40-year-old lea...

Updated : 2015.01.26 16:00

Seoul urges Japan to show sincerity in addressing wartime atrocities

South Korea called on Japan Monday to show sincerity toward healing the wounds of history amid concerns Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may not apologize for wartime wrongdoings in a landmark statement due in August.Abe told public broadcaster NHK Saturday that he would not use key word...

Updated : 2015.01.26 15:57

Japanese hostage killing Abe's fault: China paper

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to blame for the death of a hostage at the hands of the Islamic State group, an editorial in Chinese state media said Monday.The Islamic State group said Sunday it had executed Haruna Yukawa, one of two Japanese hostages it has been holding, in an appa...

Updated : 2015.01.26 14:26

Malaysia Air site hacked by group claiming support for IS

The website of embattled Malaysia Airlines has been hacked by a group proclaiming support for Islamic State group. The airline's site was changed on Monday, at first with a message saying “404 - Plane Not Found” and that it was “Hacked by Cyber Caliphate.” The browser tab for the webs...

Updated : 2015.01.26 13:24

IS claims it executed Japanese hostage

The Islamic State group has said it executed one of two Japanese hostages it has been holding, in an apparent beheading that has been slammed by leaders around the world.The claim, made Sunday, came a day after the release of a video announcing the murder of security contractor Haruna Yuka...

Updated : 2015.01.26 11:44

Hollande congratulates Tspiras on Greek election victory

France's President Francois Hollande congratulated Alexis Tsipras on his radical left party Syriza's victory in Greek elections Sunday, the French presidency said in an statement.The French president recalled "the friendship that unites France and Greece and expressed his desire to Mr Tsip...

Updated : 2015.01.26 11:39

Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil

A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece's painful austerity program won a historic victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections, setting up a showdown with the country's international creditors ...

Updated : 2015.01.26 09:59

S. Korea asks China to invest in industrial complex in N. Korea

South Korea's state trade agency asked Chinese firms Friday to invest in an inter-Korean industrial complex in North Korea as Seoul and Beijing reached a bilateral free trade agreement last November.The industrial complex in North Korea's border city of Kaesong opened in 2004 as a landmark...

Updated : 2015.01.23 16:03

S. Korea to open consulate in Cebu

South Korea plans to open a consulate on Cebu, the Philippines, around next month to better provide consular services for a growing number of Korean visitors there, the foreign ministry said Friday.The South Korean Embassy in the Southeast Asian country "plans to open a branch office on Ce...

Updated : 2015.01.23 13:27

Euro under pressure in Asia ahead of ECB meet

The euro struggled against the dollar in Asia on Thursday as traders await a European Central Bank meeting where policymakers are widely expected to launch a huge bond-buying programme to kickstart the ailing eurozone economy.The single European currency fetched $1.1604 and 137.22 yen at m...

Updated : 2015.01.22 13:49