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  • South Korea are tough opponents, says PR Sreejesh 22 hours 41 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Indian hockey team vice-captain PR Sreejesh on Tuesday said their first opponent in the forthcoming 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup South Korea will be a hard nut to crack even if they have had the ascendancy in recent matches against their Asian rivals. India defeated South Korea in the...
  • US isolated as allies line up to join China-led bank 4 days ago

    Washington: US resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank has left it isolated among its Asian and European allies and given some heft to China's frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power. South Korea, one of America's closest friends in Asia, announced yesterday it will...
  • Swimming: Tearful Park Tae-hwan apologises for failed doping test 5 days ago

    South Korea's Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan choked back the tears on Friday as he apologised for a failed doping test that led to an 18-month ban from the sport and said he wished he could turn back time and do things differently. Swimming's governing body FINA handed out the ban...
  • Notel: The Rs 3,000 device that is a symbol of change in North Korea 5 days ago

    Seoul: A $50 (approximately Rs 3,000) portable media player is providing many North Koreans a window to the outside world despite the government's efforts to keep its people isolated - a symbol of change in one of the world's most repressed societies. By some estimates, up to half of all urban...
  • South Korea's Park Tae-hwan handed 18-month ban by FINA March 23, 2015

    South Korea's Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan was handed an 18-month ban after a failed drug test, swimming's governing body said on Monday. Park, a two-time world champion and first Korean to win an Olympic swimming medal, tested positive for testosterone in an out of competition test conducted by FINA last...
  • North Korea says can fire nuclear missile at 'any time' March 21, 2015

    London: North Korea has the ability to fire a nuclear weapon and would use a nuclear missile in retaliation if it is attacked, the country's ambassador to Britain told Sky News on Friday. "It is not the United States that has a monopoly on nuclear weapons strikes," Ambassador Hyun Hak-bong...
  • North Korean envoy says his country has nuclear missiles March 20, 2015

    London: A North Korean envoy says his country has developed nuclear missiles and is prepared to use them at any time. North Korean Ambassador to Britain Hyun Hak Bong said in a recent interview with British broadcaster that his government would use the missiles in response to a nuclear attack by...
  • LG's customisable AKA smartphone to start selling overseas March 19, 2015

    Seoul: LG Electronics announced that it will begin the first overseas rollout of its fun and customizable AKA smartphone starting in Hong Kong next week followed by China, Taiwan, Singapore and Turkey. LG AKA was first introduced to Korean customers at the end of 2014, where it has garnered healthy sales...
  • UN expert demands international action on North Korea abductions March 17, 2015

    Geneva: A United Nations rights expert squared off with North Korea on Monday by urging the global community to resolve the fate of 200,000 people allegedly abducted by Pyongyang, and refer perpetrators to the International Criminal Court. "There is a real sense of urgency to solve this matter once and for...
  • South Korea develops smartphone application to curb student suicide March 13, 2015

    Seoul: South Korea has developed smartphone apps to help bring down its high student suicide rate by warning parents when their children might be at risk, the education ministry said on Friday. The government-developed apps, which the ministry hopes to introduce this year, are programmed to detect "suicide- related" words used...
  • Well-wishing South Korean offers dog meat to injured US envoy March 7, 2015

    Seoul: A well-wishing South Korean man tried to offer dog meat to injured US Ambassador Mark Lippert, who is recovering from an attack by a knife-wielding anti-US activist, hospital officials said Saturday. The man, who looked to be in his 70s, arrived at Seoul's Severance Hospital on Friday morning with a...
  • Saina Nehwal eases into All England Championships quarters March 5, 2015

    Birmingham: Third seed Saina Nehwal eased into the women's singles badminton quarter-finals at the All England Championships with a convincing win over South Korean qualifier Kim Hyo Min on Thursday. However, top Indian women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa crashed out of the prestigious event with a straight-game...
  • US Ambassador to South Korea assaulted in Seoul: US March 5, 2015

    Washington: US Ambassador to S Korea Mark Lippert was assaulted in Seoul on Thursday morning while giving a speech, the State Department has said. "We can confirm that US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Mark Lippert was assaulted Thursday morning in Seoul while giving a speech. We strongly condemn...
  • Japan calls for return of isles from South Korea February 22, 2015

    Tokyo: Japan urged South Korea again on Sunday to return disputed islets, one of the issues which have soured ties between the two US allies. Seoul controls the islands in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) which it calls Dokdo. They are known in Japan as Takeshima. The Shimane prefectural government...
  • NSA identifies North Korea as the source of the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment February 20, 2015

    Ottawa: The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) identified North Korea as the source of the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment after analyzing the software used in the intrusion, NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers said on Thursday. Speaking to a Canadian security conference, Rogers explained that the discovery was part of...
  • Australia beat South Korea 2-1 to win maiden Asian Cup January 31, 2015

    Sydney: Substitute James Troisi scored halfway through extra time to give tournament hosts Australia their maiden Asian Cup title with a 2-1 victory over South Korea in a pulsating final on Saturday. South Korea's Son Heung-min scored in stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes to send the match into...
  • N. Korea Blasts US for Sanctions Over Sony Attack January 4, 2015

    Seoul, South Korea: North Korea on Sunday criticized the United States for slapping sanctions on Pyongyang officials and organizations for a cyberattack on Sony Pictures - the latest fallout from a Hollywood movie depicting the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader. An unnamed spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry, in rhetoric...
  • US slaps sanctions on North Korea after Sony hack January 3, 2015

    Honolulu: Opening a new front in its cyber spat with North Korea, the United States slapped new sanctions Friday on government officials and the North's defence industry in its first public act of retribution for a cyberattack against Sony. Despite lingering doubts by the cyber community, the US insisted that...
  • US slaps more sanctions on North Korea after Sony hack January 3, 2015

    Honolulu/Washington: North Korea was hit with more sanctions on Friday designed to impede access to the US financial system in the wake of a cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, which the Obama Administration has said was supported by the reclusive country. The US government named three entities, including North Korea's military...
  • India invites Korean companies to make 'bold' investments December 29, 2014

    Seoul: Calling South Korea an important partner for India's economic growth, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday invited Korean companies to make "bold investments" and benefit from the 'Make in India' initiative of the government. In her address at the 8th India-South Korea Joint Commission Meeting, Swaraj said Korea...
  • Sony Pictures' raunchy comedy 'The Interview' makes $18 million on the opening weekend December 29, 2014

    Sony Pictures said "The Interview" has earned more than $15 million in online sales and another $2.8 million in theaters, an impressive return made possible by the publicity surrounding the cyberattack blamed on North Korea. The raunchy comedy that depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made almost...
  • North Korean Internet, 3G mobile network 'paralysed': Report December 28, 2014

    Shanghai : North Korea's Internet and 3G mobile networks were paralyzed again on Saturday evening, China's official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday, with the North Korean government blaming the United States for systemic instability in the country's networks. Internet connectivity had not returned to normal as of 21:30 local time,...
  • In Asia, 'The Interview' is watched illegally online and panned December 28, 2014

    Seoul/Shanghai: Hundreds of thousands of people viewed illegal copies of 'The Interview' in China and South Korea on Friday, just hours after the controversial movie on the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was released in the United States. Most viewers said they watched the low-brow spoof because...
  • North Korea calls Barack Obama 'a monkey' in hacking row December 27, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea called US President Barack Obama "a monkey" and blamed the US on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy 'The Interview'. North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy depicting an...
  • 'The Interview' makes $1 million before online revenue rolls in December 27, 2014

    Los Angeles: "The Interview" took in more than $1 million in a limited Christmas Day release, a solid showing that could be quickly eclipsed by the money Sony Pictures (6758.T) makes with its groundbreaking online debut of the raunchy comedy. That the farcical film which angered North Korea and triggered a...
  • Sony's 'The Interview' a hit as movie goers flock to US theatres December 26, 2014

    Sony's 'The Interview' is about a fictional plot assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is already a hit as movie goers flock to US theatres. Tickets in most places have been sold out. ...
  • South Korea indicts Uber CEO, local unit for transport law breach December 26, 2014

    Seoul: South Korea has indicted the chief executive officer and local subsidiary of Uber Technologies Inc for violating a law governing public transport, becoming the latest jurisdiction to challenge the US taxi service provider. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office issued the indictment against CEO Travis Kalanick and the firm's Korean...
  • Sony puts 'The Interview' on YouTube, other digital platforms December 25, 2014

    Los Angeles: 'The Interview', the provocative comedy that triggered a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures, went straight to US consumers on Wednesday in an unprecedented online debut after hacker threats prevented its wide release on Christmas day. The film was available for rental on Google Inc's YouTube site as of early...
  • President Obama saves the day for Sony Pictures; 'The Interview' goes ahead with a limited release December 24, 2014

    New York, Dec 24 (PTI) Actor Seth Rogen and co-star James Franco hailed Sony Entertainment's decision to finally go ahead with a limited release of their comedy film 'The Interview' this Christmas. Sony had earlier pulled the film from theaters after a cyber attack on its computers that resulted in the...
  • North Korea's Internet collapses after Sony hack December 23, 2014

    Washington: North Korea's Internet went dark for several hours amid rumours of US retaliation over its alleged hacking of a Hollywood studio, just as the pariah state came under attack at the UN over its rights record. It was not clear who or what had shut down Pyongyang's web connections, but...