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  • North Korea's Kim makes second walking stick-aided appearance 1 week ago

    Seoul: North Korea's state media on Friday reported another public appearance by leader Kim Jong-Un, his second in four days after an extended absence that has seen him re-emerge with a walking stick. The North's ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun ran front page pictures of a smiling Kim, a black cane...
  • The birth of Korean cool: Gangnam Style demystified in a new book October 16, 2014

    New Delhi: A new book uncovers the roots of 'Korean Wave', a fanaticism for South Korean pop culture, that has enabled the nation that once banned miniskirts, long hair on men, and rock 'n' roll to mass produce boy bands, soap operas, and a popular smart phone. The popularity of Psy's...
  • Kim Jong Un's recent public appearance raise speculations over his long absence October 16, 2014

    Days after Kim Jong Un made his public appearance after a long period of absence, speculations have arisen over his disappearing act. ...
  • North Korea leader Kim Jong Un makes public appearance after 40 days sparking speculation about his health; seen walking with a stick October 14, 2014

    Pyongyang: A photo published Tuesday by the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea showed top leader Kim Jong Un looking healthy except for using a walking stick after disappearing from public view for over 40 days. Kim walked with the stick when he visited a newly built residential district for...
  • After over a month, North Korea leader Kim Jong appears in public October 14, 2014

    Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, using a cane for support, visited a housing development, state media reported on Tuesday, ending a lengthy absence from public view that had fuelled speculation over his health and grip on power in the secretive country. Several pictures on the front page of Tuesday's...
  • No early sign of 'missing' Kim Jong-Un on key party date October 10, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea's ruling party celebrated its 69th anniversary on Friday with no early sign that "missing" leader Kim Jong-Un might finally resurface after more than a month out of the public eye Kim's unexplained absence has fed a cycle of rumour and wild speculation that only a country as...
  • UNGA asks Security Council to refer North Korea to ICC October 9, 2014

    United Nations: A draft resolution for the UN General Assembly's human rights committee encourages the Security Council to consider referring the situation in North Korea to the International Criminal Court. A copy obtained Thursday by The Associated Press says the council should follow the recommendations of a UN commission of inquiry...
  • Eyes on Kim Jong Un as North Korea gets ready for 69th anniversary of ruling party October 9, 2014

    Tokyo: As North Korea's ruling party prepares to mark its 69th anniversary on Friday, the world will be watching to see if leader Kim Jong Un will make his first public appearance in more than a month. Kim's absence from the public eye, along with suggestions in the North Korean media...
  • Asian Games 2014 end with enthralling cultural extravaganza October 4, 2014

    Incheon: The 17th Asian Games drew to a close with an enthralling cultural extravaganza on Saturday after 15 days of high-voltage action at the end of which India managed to stay inside top 10 even as China extended its supremacy at the top for the ninth successive edition. The formal closing...
  • Asian Games wrap up with China's dominating 151 gold medals October 4, 2014

    The Asian Games wrapped up on Saturday with China dominating the gold-medal count and North Korea stealing the limelight. As the final events played out ahead of the closing ceremony, China had won 151 gold medals - well ahead of the 79 won by host South Korea and the 47 golds...
  • In pics: Denied a shot at gold, Sarita Devi refuses to wear bronze October 1, 2014

    Protesting against her controversial defeat against the South Korean boxer at the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon, Sarita Devi on Wednesday refused to wear her bronze medal at the podium. An inconsolable Sarita was seen crying incessantly on the podium and refused repeated attempts to put bronze medal around her...
  • Asian Games Hockey: India men edge South Korea in semis, face Pakistan in the final September 30, 2014

    Incheon: Akashdeep Singh scored a brilliant field goal to help a spirited India beat hosts South Korea 1-0 on Tuesday and enter the final of the men's hockey competition of the 17th Asian Games for the first time in 12 years. After a barren opening half, it took a gem of...
  • Asian Games: Boxer Sarita settles for bronze after shocking decision September 30, 2014

    Indian boxer Sarita Devi (60kg) controversially settled for a bronze medal after losing her semifinal bout against South Korea's Jina Park. ...
  • Asian Games Hockey: India face Korea test in men's semifinal September 29, 2014

    Incheon: Looking to end a 16-year-old gold drought, the Indian men's hockey team faces a tough South Korea test in the semi-finals of the 17th Asian Games on Tuesday. The Sardar Singh-led side came back well after losing a tense third Pool B game against Pakistan 1-2 to put it across...
  • Asian Games Hockey: Failure in semis not an option for India September 29, 2014

    The time for talk is over, India to meet South Korea in the first semi-final of Incheon Asian Games. This game and the subsequent grand final (if India go through) are two critical games for Indian hockey and coach Terry Walsh. Failure is not really an option. The Indian line-up has...
  • Asian Games Hockey: Indian women gear up for semi-final against South Korea September 28, 2014

    Incheon: Their confidence boosted by a 6-1 rout of Malaysia, Indian women hockey players are looking forward to their 17th Asian Games semi-final match against South Korea on Monday. At the Soenhak Hockey Stadium, India would look to do a repeat of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha when they outplayed...
  • Asian Games Tennis: Sanam-Saketh reach doubles final, Yuki-Divij settle for bronze September 28, 2014

    Incheon: Indian men's doubles pair of Sanam Singh and Saketh Myneni assured India of atleast a silver medal in tennis while Yuki Bhambri and Divij Sharan missed out on a golden opportunity to make it 1-2 for the country blowing away two match points en route settling for a bronze. Sanam,...
  • Asian Games Hockey: India beat China 2-0, to face Korea in semi-final September 27, 2014

    Incheon: A scrappy India eked out a hard-fought 2-0 win over lower-ranked China to progress to the semi-finals of the men's hockey competition at the 17th Asian Games, on Saturday. After a goalless opening 30 minutes, drag-flick exponent V R Raghunath (40th minute) and Birendra Lakra (45th) scored two goals in...
  • In pics:Asian Games 2014, Day 8 September 27, 2014

    India's Alankamony Anaka in action against Malaysia's Arnold Delia Odette during the squash team event match.Chain Singh bagged a bronze for the Indian side in men's 50m rifle 3 positions.India's Deepika Pallikal in action during the squash team event match against Malaysia's Nicol David.
  • US calls for North Korea to shut 'evil' prison camps September 24, 2014

    New York: US Secretary of State John Kerry is calling for North Korea to shut down its "evil system" of prison camps. Kerry spoke at a gathering of foreign officials and activists on Tuesday to draw attention to the findings of a UN commission of inquiry that in February concluded that...
  • Love, eggs and ideas: the keys to North Korean weightlifting success September 23, 2014

    Incheon: "Recipe for weightlifting success," by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Take one egg. Add an idea. Break a stone with said egg. Voila. North Korean weightlifters Om Yun Chol and Kim Un Guk faced the media at a news conference on Tuesday that was supposed to focus on their world records and gold...
  • Karolina Pliskova beats Varvara Lepchenko to win Korea Open September 21, 2014

    Secondseeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic defeated fifthseeded Varvara Lepchenko of the United States, 63, 67 (5), 62 on Sunday to win the Korea Open. Pliskova stormed out to a 40 lead in the third set at Olympic Park Tennis Center and held on for the second WTA title of...
  • Indian handball team loses to South Korea in Asiad September 21, 2014

    Incheon: The Indian handball team's dismal show continued as they lost 1939 to South Korea in their second group D match at the 17th Asian Games on Sunday. The Indians trailed the host team 621 in the first half before losing the second half 1318. The Koreans were incisive in their striking...
  • At Asian Games, rivalries not always about sports September 21, 2014

    On the one hand, you have China and India, which account for about a quarter of the world's population. On the other, the Maldives, population 345,000. There's Bhutan, which has been described as the happiest place on Earth, and Syria, which certainly isn't. And for good measure, why not throw...
  • Karolina Pliskova beats Maria Kirilenko to reach final in Korea September 20, 2014

    Seoul: Secondseeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic rallied from a set down on Saturday to beat Russia's Maria Kirilenko 46, 76 (5), 63 and reach the final of the Korea Open. Pliskova hit 10 aces at Olympic Park Tennis Center to oust Kirilenko, who needed a wild card to enter...
  • Varvara Lepchenko upsets Agnieszka Radwanska at Korea Open September 19, 2014

    Fifthseeded Varvara Lepchenko of the United States upset defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska 67 (4), 62, 62 in the Korea Open quarterfinals on Friday. Lepchenko converted three of four break points in the third set to oust the top seed. Lepchenko has beaten Radwanska twice this year, after losing five straight. Resurgent Maria...
  • As it happened: Asian Games 2014 Opening Ceremony September 19, 2014

    The opening ceremony of the 17th Asian Games is expected to be a grand affair showcasing Korea's past and future by using digital technology. Entertainer Kim SeongJu and KBS emcee Yun Suyeong are to host the Opening as well as the Closing Ceremony scheduled on October 4. Gangnam style performer Psy...
  • Asian Games 2014: Athletes to watch September 19, 2014

    Incheon: With one of the hottest rivalries in swimming, South Korea's Park Taehwan and China's Sun Yang will be hogging the spotlight at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. But with nearly 10,000 athletes competing in 42 sports, the list of world champions and Olympic gold medalists is lengthy. Here...