U.S. seeks $700,000 in assets of ex-Korean strongman

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U.S. seeks $700,000 in assets of ex-Korean strongman

The United States on Thursday said it is seeking to recover more than $700,000 in alleged corruption proceeds of South Korea's disgraced former strongman Chun Doo-Hwan.The US Justice Department filed a civil forfeiture complaint in a US federal court in California to confiscate the funds, ...

Updated : 2014.04.25 10:15

Obama due in Seoul amid grief over ferry disaster, concern

U.S. President Barack Obama was due in South Korea on Friday for talks with President Park Geun-hye as the Asian ally grieves over the deadly sinking of a ferry while on the lookout for a possible nuclear test by North Korea.How to deal with Pyongyang is expected to be a major topic for ta...

Updated : 2014.04.25 09:47

Obama to vow 'reconsideration' of OPCON transfer plan

U.S. President Barack Obama will inform his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-hye this week of Washington's decision to "reconsider" the current plan to hand over wartime operational control (OPCON) of South Korean troops to Seoul in 2015, informed sources here said Thursday.In his summit...

Updated : 2014.04.25 08:21

[Ferry Disaster] Sewol search turns increasingly grim

The mother of the 5-year-old girl rescued alone from the Sewol ferry was found Thursday, adding yet another heartbreaking story to the tragedy. The story of the little girl’s rescue has been tugging ...

Updated : 2014.04.24 21:13

[Ferry Disaster] Mogul faces tax, graft probe

Authorities are to track financial transactions of former Semo Group chairman Yoo Byung-eon and his family in connection to irregularities by the sunken ferry Sewol’s operator Chonghaejin Marine Co.I...

Updated : 2014.04.24 21:08

[Desk Column] Sewol raises questions about censorship

It looks like debate over the constitutional freedom of speech in South Korea has been rekindled in the wake of the Sewol tragedy. At the center of the talk is whether the opinions and claims posted on social networking sites ― some of which turned out to be far from the truth ― can be c...

Updated : 2014.04.24 21:05

[Newsmaker] Volunteers share pain at Jindo

Jindo Island is being flooded with thousands of volunteers from across the country who have come to hold the hands, wipe the tears and share the pain of families still waiting for signs of their loved...

Updated : 2014.04.24 21:04

[Ferry Disaster] Divers face growing fatigue

South Korean divers searching for missing passengers in the sunken ferry Sewol are suffering from health problems, according to a rescue center. Ten divers from a joint rescue team of civilian and sta...

Updated : 2014.04.24 21:02

[Ferry Disaster] Cult linked to ferry mogul probed

Amid a stepped-up probe into the sinking of the ferry Sewol, prosecutors have raided the Seoul headquarters of a religious group called the Salvation Sect, thought to be led by the true owner of the ill-fated ship.Yoo Byeong-eon, a former chief of Semo Group, is believed to be leading the ...

Updated : 2014.04.24 21:02

[Ferry Disaster] Confusion continues in identifying victims

Confusion reigned in hospitals in Mokpo, South Jeolla Province, as some recovered bodies of ferry victims were handed over to the wrong families due to a rushed identification process.Family members o...

Updated : 2014.04.24 21:00

Midnight ban on games ruled constitutional

The Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that a law limiting children’s access to online computer games after midnight is constitutional.In the ruling against a group of teenagers who enjoy online games, their parents and gaming firms, the court said the law has the “justifiable” purpose...

Updated : 2014.04.24 20:59

[Ferry Disaster] Opposition brands Blue House irresponsible over ferry disaster

The main opposition party blasted the office of President Park Geun-hye on Thursday for trying to dodge responsibility for the deadly sinking of the ferry Sewol after the national security adviser said he was not in charge of overseeing disaster management.National security adviser Kim Jan...

Updated : 2014.04.24 20:59

Students return to tragedy-hit school

ANSAN, Gyeonggi Province (Yonhap) ― A high school in this city south of Seoul partly resumed classes on Thursday, eight days after a ferry sank in southern waters, taking the lives of many of its stu...

Updated : 2014.04.24 20:59

Park, Obama to focus on N.K. nuke threats

Nuclear threats from North Korea, including the possibility of an additional nuclear test, will be a key topic when President Park Geun-hye holds talks with U.S. President Barack Obama later this week, an official said Thursday.Obama is scheduled to arrive in Seoul on Friday for a two-day ...

Updated : 2014.04.24 20:58

EU scholars optimistic on Park’s peace initiative

European scholars painted a positive outlook for Seoul’s initiative to promote peace and cooperation in Northeast Asia during an international conference Thursday, underscoring the EU’s role to facilitate the initiative.“(With the initiative), the South Korean leadership is renewing the...

Updated : 2014.04.24 20:58