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Lead singer of South Korean boyband SHINee dies

News reports say Kim Jong-hyun, 27, was unconscious when taken to hospital and suggest cause of death was suicide<p>Kim Jong-hyun, the lead singer of the hugely popular and influential South Korean boyband SHINee, has died at the age of 27.<p>The star, better known as Jonghyun, was found unconscious at …

South Korea and China move to normalize relations after THAAD dispute

SEOUL — After a year of frosty diplomacy and economic pressure, South Korea and China announced Tuesday that they would put aside their differences out of a joint desire to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.<p>South Korea's Foreign Ministry said the two countries will resume normal relations. "The two …

Trump wants to end ‘horrible’ South Korea-U.S. trade deal. Koreans disagree.

SEOUL — South Korea's trade community is on the defensive after President Trump's renewed call to terminate a free-trade agreement with the country, which many experts here see as a puzzling move during an inopportune time of heightened tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile …

Snail slime hits beauty mainstream after taking South Korea by storm

Snail slime. On your face. All for the sake of beauty.<p>And, hopefully, a handsome profit for U.S. retailers looking to push it along with other K-beauty trends into the mainstream -- if people can get over the "ick" factor.<p>Korean consumers are on a constant hunt for innovative products and unusual …

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Why is a little-known Yale professor’s book on death a best seller in South Korea?

Shelly Kagan, a social and political philosophy professor at Yale, is a respected figure in his field. But outside of academia, few Americans have heard of him. His books often aren’t reviewed in mainstream publications and certainly don’t make the bestseller list.<p>In South Korea, however, Kagan is …

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South Korea's potential growth rate to stay below 3 percent: central bank board member

SEOUL (Reuters) - A board member of South Korea’s central bank said on Friday the nation’s potential annual growth rate will stay below 3 percent due to a shrinking workforce and the high-level of household debt among the elderly.<p>In a lecture to university students in Seoul, Bank of Korea board …

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How a dashing bodyguard is stealing the new South Korean president's limelight

Newly elected South Korean president Moon Jae-in has lived up to his promise to shake up the country’s politics, but perhaps not in the way that he expected.<p>In his first few days in office, Mr Moon’s dashing close protection officer, Choi Young-jae, appears to have stolen the limelight, sending …

South Korea slams Trump’s ‘shocking ignorance’ after he says Korea was part of China

A South Korean official has accused President Donald Trump of “shocking ignorance” regarding the country’s history, after he claimed that “Korea …

Is Ban Ki-moon preparing a bid for South Korea's presidency?

Outgoing UN secretary general Ban benefits from being away from the scandals that have plagued Korean politics and a reputation for being clean. But …

#thanksdonald: Five Major Disruptions Ahead For Asia in 2017

No foreign capital had a contingency plan for Donald Trump as president. Leaders in Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul and elsewhere around the world saw polls telling them Hillary Clinton would be the next U.S. president. With her, they largely and reasonably expected a continuance of President Obama’s foreign …

South Korea’s parliament votes to impeach president over corruption scandal

South Korea’s National Assembly voted by a huge margin Friday to impeach President Park Geun-hye over her role in a corruption and influence­peddling scandal, forcing her immediately to hand over the running of the country to a caretaker prime minister.<p>But despite clear condemnation from …

South Korea

This school in South Korea has only three pupils

• A falling birth rate is creating many such mini schools, which are less stressful. They attract some city folks who move to their rural locations to …

Friend of South Korean president arrested in political scandal

Opposition urges inquiry into President Park Geun-hye corruption claims as prime minister-designate gives investigators green light<p>A longtime friend of the South Korean president, Park Geun-hye, has been arrested and held in custody over allegations of influence-peddling that have triggered a …

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye And Her Agenda Are Finished

Most presidents in South Korea get stung by scandals by the ends of their terms. Two went to jail and one committed suicide after leaving office. But Park Geun-hye, elected in 2012 as the Asian country’s first female leader, was supposed to be different – devoted more to country than personal gain. …

This May Well Be The Weirdest Scandal Of 2016

The scandal that's rocking Seoul has literally everything but the kitchen sink, including fairies, cults, dancing horses, and millions of dollars' worth of nepotism.

The Latest: SKorean prosecutors detain ex-presidential aide

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on South Korea's political scandal (all times local):<p>10:20 a.m.<p>South Korean prosecutors have detained a former …

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