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North Korea says detainee died of hepatitis

North Korea has announced that Shin Sook-ja, a 69-year-old South Korean woman stranded in the Stalinist state for over two decades, has died and that her two daughters renounced their father who had escaped back to the South. In a response letter to the United Nations, Ri Jang-gon, the North’s deputy ambassador to the U.N. […]

Leftist party losing support base

Leftist party losing support base

In less than a month after the nation’s support for a left-wing party hit a record high of over 10 percent, its popularity began to burst like a bubble in the face of an escalating intraparty election scandal. According to a poll conducted Monday by the pollster Realmeter, the support rate of the minor opposition […]

More than luck helps Australia beat US in beef war

More than luck helps Australia beat US in beef war

Why is Australian beef popular in Korea? It is more than its image of being clean and healthy with its cattle ranging free on vast farms, thereby avoiding exposure to feed that could cause bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. It requires history to explain because Australian beef got its foothold thanks to […]

Parliamentary vote kicks off in Syria

Parliamentary vote kicks off in Syria

Polling stations opened across Syria on Monday for the country’s first multi-party parliamentary elections in half a century amid reports of ongoing violence that has jeopardized the UN-backed peace plan designed to end the 14-month bloody conflict. The elections follow a referendum on a new constitution in February that ended the ruling Baath Party’s monopoly […]

‘North Korea may have aborted launch’

North Korea may have intentionally crashed its long-range Unha-3 rocket last month due to problems in staging, a U.S. missile expert said Monday. David Wright, a senior scientist and co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, put forward the possibility among a range of scenarios in an analysis of the […]

Power struggle grips leftist party

Power struggle grips leftist party

Lee Jung-hee, a co-leader of the Unified Progressive Party (UPP), rejected a call for her resignation, Monday, proposing a hearing and reinvestigation of a primary vote rigging case. A task force had earlier released findings of their investigation that showed rigging and irregularities were quite prevalent. Thus, the struggle for control of the minor leftist […]

Kenya to emulate Korea’s development model

‘We need Koreans’ technology, experience and energy,’ envoy says Korea’s relationship with Kenya and, by extension, with the African continent, is poised to take a leap forward. Korean-Kenyan investment and trade surged in recent years and could jump still higher with direct flights set to begin in June _ that alone could double Korean investment, […]

NK leader ready for China trip: report

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed his intent to visit Beijing later this year in what would be a highly symbolic trip to his country’s most important ally, a Japanese report said Sunday. According to the Nihon Keizai newspaper, the message was conveyed to Chinese President Hu Jintao by Kim Yong-il, a North Korean […]

Progressives in feud over rigging

Progressives in feud over rigging

The mainstream and non-mainstream of the far-left Unified Progressive Party (UPP) are headed for a collision over the proposed mass resignation of the party’s leadership and proportional representatives. Questions are also being raised whether such an extremely ideologically charged and dysfunctional political group created only five months ago through a merger of three minor parties […]

Lee calls N.Korea ‘naughty child’

Lee calls N.Korea ‘naughty child’

President Lee Myung-bak is stepping up his rhetorical offensive on North Korea at a time when some experts say Pyongyang’s third nuclear test is imminent. During a special question-andanswer session with children on Children’s Day, Saturday, Lee scolded Pyongyang for being a “naughty child” who refused to listen to the international community asking it to […]

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