South Korea

  • Death toll reaches 171 South Korean ferry mishap 24-04-2014 06:58 PM

    Seoul: The toll from a South Korean ferry that capsized and sank last week rose to 171 on Thursday, but the recovery of bodies from the sunken ship proceeded at a slower pace as search operations were hampered by unexpectedly swift currents. On the ninth day since the ferry carrying...
  • Boy and girl on Korean ferry tied life jackets before they drowned 24-04-2014 03:47 PM

    Seoul: A boy and girl trapped in a sinking South Korean ferry with hundreds of other high school students tied their life jacket cords together, a diver who recovered their bodies said, presumably so they wouldn't float apart. The diver said that he had to separate the two because he...
  • South Korea ferry toll hits 150 as search gets tougher 23-04-2014 05:39 PM

    Jindo (South Korea): The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high...
  • Children's corpses in Korean ferry reveal desperate attempts to escape 23-04-2014 04:15 PM

    Mokpo/Seoul: South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into a sunken ferry on Wednesday, feeling for children's bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of missing. The divers, with oxygen and communications lines trailing, can only see a...
  • Cries of anguish as South Korea ferry toll reaches 130 23-04-2014 08:50 AM

    Jindo: For a moment there is silence in the tent where bodies from the ferry disaster are brought for identification. Then the anguished cries begin. The families who line up here to view the decomposing bodies have not known for nearly a week whether they should grieve or not. Now...
  • Company that owned ill-fated South Korea ferry has chequered past 23-04-2014 07:13 AM

    Seoul: The company that owned the South Korean ferry which sank last week, killing possibly hundreds of people, sprang out of a shipping to cosmetics empire founded by a businessman who was jailed for fraud and then went bankrupt. The founder of the predecessor company, Yoo Byung-un, once likened his...
  • South Korean ferry death toll reaches 113 22-04-2014 06:36 PM

    Seoul: The toll in last week's South Korean ferry capsize off the country's southwestern coast reached 113 on Tuesday as divers searched intensively inside the submerged hull. So far, 113 people have been confirmed dead, and 189 others are still missing. The number of those rescued has been changed to...
  • South Korea: Death count in ferry sinking crosses 100 22-04-2014 09:47 AM

    One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from a South Korean ferry that sank nearly a week ago. Dozens...
  • Search operation on for sunken Korean ferry, 244 people still missing 21-04-2014 10:59 AM

    Search operations continue in the Yellow Sea for any sign of passengers from a sunken South Korean ferry with at least 244 people still missing. The search crews brought more than a dozen bodies to shore on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 58. ...
  • Captain of ill-fated Korean ferry praised safety in promotional video 21-04-2014 09:58 AM

    Jindo: The captain of a ferry that sank off South Korea's southwestern tip with hundreds feared dead said in a promotional video four years ago that the journey was safe - as long as passengers followed the instructions of the crew. The irony is the crew ordered the passengers, mostly...
  • Sunken South Korean ferry captain arrested on suspicion of negligence 19-04-2014 07:32 AM

    The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, as investigators looked into whether his evacuation order came too late to save lives. Two crew members were also arrested, a prosecutor said. The disaster three days ago left more...
  • South Korea ferry mishap: Korean teacher's suicide says a lot about public accountability 18-04-2014 04:48 PM

    New Delhi: On April 14, a South Korean ferry carrying more than 470 passengers sank off that country's southwestern shore. Most of the more than 260 passengers still missing and presumed dead are school children. Kang was one of the few who was rescued. The survivors were taken to a...
  • Divers enter South Korean ferry in the hunt for survivors 18-04-2014 09:29 AM

    Mokpo/Jindo: A team of eight divers had entered a capsized South Korean ferry on Friday and was searching for survivors, although they were unlikely to find anyone alive from among hundreds still missing more than 48 hours after the vessel began sinking. YTN television said that divers had searched the...
  • South Korea ferry death toll rises to 25, hopes fade for missing 18-04-2014 07:26 AM

    Jindo: The death toll from a capsized South Korean passenger ferry rose to 25 on Friday as parents of missing school children blamed the ship's captain for the tragedy after he and shipping company officials made emotional apologies for the loss of life. Of 475 passengers and crew on the...
  • Fears rise for missing in South Korea ferry sinking 17-04-2014 11:12 AM

    Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search on Thursday for 287 passengers still missing a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of South Korea. Nine people, including five students and two teachers, were confirmed dead,...
  • South Korea: 2 dead, 295 missing as ferry sinks 16-04-2014 12:46 PM

    The government says 295 people are still missing several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. Officials say at least two died and seven were injured. A government official earlier said that more than 100 people...
  • India aim to seal World Group play-off slot in Davis Cup 03-04-2014 12:06 PM

    Busan: Their second best singles player is missing from the line-up but an upbeat India would fancy their chances against South Korea when the two teams clash here for a Davis Cup World Group play-off berth from Friday. India are without Yuki Bhambri, who was forced out of the tie...
  • I correct 'God's mistake', says South Korean sex change doctor 02-04-2014 04:57 PM

    As Dr. Kim Seok-Kwun begins surgery to create a functioning penis for a Buddhist monk who was born female, he is well aware of the unease his work creates in this deeply conservative country. The devout Protestant known as the "father of South Korean transgender people" once wrestled with similar...
  • South Korea fires shells at North Korean waters after drills 31-03-2014 11:14 AM

    South Korea on Monday returned fire into North Korean waters after shells from a North Korean live-fire drill fell south of the rivals' disputed western sea boundary, a South Korean military official said. Residents on a front-line South Korean island said they were evacuated to shelters during the exchange. No...
  • Galaxy S5 launch upstaged by mobile network companies, Samsung 'very puzzled' 28-03-2014 01:55 PM

    Seoul: The global launch of Samsung's latest smartphone has been upstaged by South Korean mobile network companies. SK Telecom, South Korea's largest mobile carrier, said it will start selling the Galaxy S5 on Thursday, two weeks before the scheduled sales launch on April 11. Samsung said in a statement that...
  • North Korea fires missiles as US, Japan, South Korea leaders meet 26-03-2014 11:20 AM

    North Korea fired missiles into the sea on Wednesday just as US President Barack Obama brought together the leaders of South Korea and Japan to discuss how to deal with Pyongyang and to thaw chilly ties between Washington's two key Asian allies. The launch of the two medium-range Rodong ballistic...
  • Search for Malaysian jet resumes off Australia after weather improves 26-03-2014 07:48 AM

    Sydney/ Beijing: The search for the Malaysian airliner that disappeared 18 days ago resumed on Wednesday in the southern Indian Ocean, looking for debris that may unlock the mystery of why the plane ended up in frigid seas thousands of miles off course. A dozen aircraft from Australia, the United...
  • South Korea sees North Korea's missile launch as provocative 28-02-2014 02:06 PM

    South Korea's defence ministry on Friday said a missile launch by North Korea on Thursday can be seen as "intended provocation". "What North Korea fired off Thursday was seen as missiles of Scud type given the trajectory and speed of the missiles," Kim Min-seok, South Korea's defence ministry spokesman said...
  • NASA video recorded from space shows North Korea in complete darkness compared to neighbouring South Korea 26-02-2014 12:20 PM

    A NASA video taken from the International Space Station on January 30, 2014 revealed a shocking contrast between North and South Koreas. The video taken from space showed North Korea plunged in complete darkness at night compared to neighbouring South Korea and China. The darkened land appeared as if it...
  • India calls for institutional reform within the SAARC 20-02-2014 05:15 PM

    India on Thursday called for institutional reform within the SAARC and define a clear set of policies on the nature of the grouping's relations with countries having observer status. The eight-member grouping needs to "move faster and to add momentum to our cooperation within the SAARC framework," External Affairs Minister...
  • South Korea: College roof collapses, kills 10 18-02-2014 08:54 AM

    Kathmandu: A resort auditorium's roof loaded down with snow and rain collapsed during a welcoming ceremony for South Korean university freshmen, killing 10 and injuring more than 100, officials said Tuesday. Emergency staff worked through the night to pull people from beneath twisted metal and other debris and rush the...
  • South Korea's Olympic badminton champion banned for missing dope tests 28-01-2014 11:52 AM

    Seoul: South Korea's Olympic badminton gold medallist Lee Yong-dae has been hit with a one-year ban for missing doping tests, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Tuesday. The 25-year-old won mixed doubles gold at the 2008 Games in Beijing and a bronze medal in the men's doubles in London...
  • South Korean earns $9,400 monthly by eating online 27-01-2014 11:00 AM

    Park Seo-yeon sets the table with dishes of Korean beef, kimchi casserole and rice. Switching on her computer and camera, she begins to eat alone as thousands of viewers watch and chat with her in real time over the Internet. South Korea's latest fad - gastronomic voyeurism - offers surprising...
  • Posco project will inspire South Korean firms to invest in India, says President Park Guen-hye 17-01-2014 05:48 PM

    The success of Posco's $12 billion steel project in Odisha will inspire and determine investments by other major Korean firms in India, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Friday. Addressing a business meeting in Seoul, Park, who is on a four-day state visit here, hoped that the Posco plant...
  • Online 'dinner porn' becomes a rage in South Korea 14-01-2014 11:42 AM

    Imagine being paid to have dinner in front of a camera. What a life, right? Well, a number of youngsters in South Korea are actually living this dream. Young South Koreans are earning thousands of dollars for each broadcast of them eating dinner. Called mok-bang, a combination of Korean words...