SOUTH KOREA

  • South Korea's Park Tae-hwan handed 18-month ban by FINA 3 days ago

    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' 5 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Badminton: Saina, Srikanth enter semis at World Super Series Finals December 19, 2014

    Dubai: Badminton ace Saina Nehwal topped her group to march into the women's singles semifinals while Kidambi Srikanth reached the last four stage despite losing his last men's singles round robin match at the BWF World Super Series Finals here on Friday. World No.4 Saina clinched a pulsating three-game thriller against...
  • Hackers: A handpicked, pampered elite in North Korea December 5, 2014

    Seoul: Despite its poverty and isolation, North Korea has poured resources into a sophisticated cyber-warfare cell called Bureau 121, defectors from the secretive state said as Pyongyang came under the microscope for a crippling hack into computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment. A North Korean diplomat has denied Pyongyang was behind the...
  • South Korea returns to F1 calendar, double points scrapped December 3, 2014

    London: South Korea's Formula One grand prix has been reinstated provisionally on a record 21-race calendar for 2015 while double points have been scrapped for the final round in Abu Dhabi, the sport's governing body said on Wednesday. The International Automobile Federation (FIA) listed the Korean race as the fifth round...
  • India lags far behind China, US in R&D expenditure: Harsh Vardhan November 28, 2014

    New Delhi: India's investment in science and technology lags far behind that of China, South Korea and the US and the government aims to invest 2 per cent of its GDP on research and development under the 12th Plan against only 0.88 per cent in 2011-12, Rajya Sabha was informed....
  • Denmark is now the world's most connected country November 25, 2014

    Geneva: Denmark has overtaken South Korea as the world's top country for cellphone and Internet use, a study released Monday said. In third place was Sweden, followed by Iceland and Britain, emphasising European dominance in the connectivity stakes, according to the International Telecommunication Union, a leading analyst for information and communication...
  • South Korea ferry tragedy: Captain found not guilty of death of 300 people November 11, 2014

    The captain of the South Korean ferry which sank in April has been found not guilty of murder. He has been jailed for 36 years for negligence. Nearly 300 people, mostly students had died in the mishap. The captain had jumped off the ferry. ...
  • South Korea ferry tragedy: Captain gets 36 years in prison for death of 300 people November 11, 2014

    Seoul: A South Korean court on Tuesday handed a 36-year prison sentence to the captain of a sunken ferry, saying he was professionally negligent and abandoned his passengers during the disaster in April that killed more than 300 people. The chief engineer got 30 years, and 13 other crew members were...
  • 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 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.
  • 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...