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Military draft notice sent to disgraced K-pop star Seungri

Military draft notice sent to disgraced K-pop star Seungri

Seoul: Seungri, a former member of K-pop boy band BIGBANG, has been sent a notification of his mandatory military service, while he has been on trial on charges of gambling and arranging prostitution, the military manpower agency said Tuesday. Last month, the prosecution indicted the scandal-ridden celebrity without physical detention on charges of gambling overseas […]

Three planes to carry Indonesians home from Wuhan

Three planes to carry Indonesians home from Wuhan

Batam, Riau Islands: The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) is preparing three planes to carry Indonesians who have just arrived at Hang Nadim Airport in Batam Island from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where they will be flown to Raden Sadjad Airport in Natuna Islands where they will be quarantined. “In line with directives […]

Itaewon in the doldrums after U.S. base withdrawal and gentrification

Itaewon in the doldrums after U.S. base withdrawal and gentrification

Seoul: When TV personality Hong Suk-chun opened a Thai restaurant in Itaewon 14 years ago, the best-known foreigners’ district in South Korea was always bustling with American soldiers and foreign tourists, as well as local visitors sampling the exotic ambience of the neighborhood. Hong has since seen the district lose its vibe as many of […]

Strange ‌events in Tehran-Kiev plane crash

Strange ‌events in Tehran-Kiev plane crash

By Alireza Bahrami Tehran: The crash of a Ukrainian plane that left Tehran for Kiev last Wednesday morning but crashed was accompanied by strange and sometimes interesting events. The flight came shortly after Iran’s military strike on the US military base in Iraq. As the plane crashed near Tehran shortly after takeoff, it was first […]

South Korea’s exports largely unaffected by Mideast tension

South Korea’s exports largely unaffected by Mideast tension

Seoul: South Korea said Friday the lingering uncertainties in the Middle East sparked by U.S.-Iran tensions are expected to have only a limited impact on its exports but vowed swift countermeasures if there is increased volatility. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy organized a meeting with related institutions, including the Korea Trade Insurance Corp. […]

Moon urges inter-Korean efforts to realize Kim Jong-un visit to South Korea

Moon urges inter-Korean efforts to realize Kim Jong-un visit to South Korea

Seoul: President Moon Jae-in proposed Tuesday that the two Koreas make concerted efforts to create the conditions for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to visit South Korea as agreed. In his New Year’s address, he also reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to pushing for the resumption of two major inter-Korean projects — the Kaesong industrial complex […]

North Korea’s official newspaper warns of immediate, powerful strike against threats

North Korea’s official newspaper warns of immediate, powerful strike against threats

Seoul: North Korea’s official newspaper said Friday that any attempt to infringe upon the communist state’s dignity and survival should be met by an “immediate and powerful” strike, calling for all-out efforts to build up its national defense capability. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatened at a key party meeting in late December that the […]

North Korea passes ball into U.S. court, leaves room for both dialogue, provocation: experts

North Korea passes ball into U.S. court, leaves room for both dialogue, provocation: experts

Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears to have passed the ball into the United States’ court with a New Year’s message that warned of “shocking actual action” and a “new strategic weapon” but still stopped short of abandoning negotiations altogether, experts said. Convening a four-day ruling party session through Tuesday, Kim said he sees […]

South Korea conducts Dokdo defense exercise

South Korea conducts Dokdo defense exercise

Seoul: The South Korean military conducted an exercise on Friday to strengthen defense capabilities for the country’s easternmost islets of Dokdo, the first such drills in four months, a source said, amid budding efforts to restore ties with Japan strained over trade and wartime history. The Korean Navy did not make the exercise public in […]

Remains of 40 people discovered at former prison site in South Korea’s Gwangju

Remains of 40 people discovered at former prison site in South Korea’s Gwangju

Gwangju: The remains of about 40 people have been discovered at the site of a former prison in the southwestern city of Gwangju, the government said Friday, with some claiming that they may belong to victims of crackdowns during the pro-democracy movement in the 1980s. The remains were uncovered Thursday when the government undertook work […]

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