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Cigarette sales drop slows in March

South Korea's sales of cigarettes, which nearly halved in January due to the government's price hike, slowed their downward trend in March, data showed Sunday, implying that Seoul's push for public health may end up being fruitless.  According to the data compiled by a local convenience-...

Updated : 2015.03.29 11:11

President Park arrives in Singapore for Lee Kuan Yew's funeral

South Korean President Park Geun-hye arrived in Singapore on Sunday to attend the funeral ceremony of the city state's founder, Lee Kuan Yew.  Park is scheduled to attend the state funeral at 2 p.m. on Sunday and console his bereaved family, including Lee's son, current Prime Minister Le...

Updated : 2015.03.29 09:31

S. Korea to offer $1.1 bln to support development in Latin America

South Korea will offer a total of $1.1 billion won in policy funds to help support economic development projects in Latin America, the finance ministry said Saturday.  The ministry unveiled the plan at this year's Inter-American Development Bank board of governors meeting in Busan, sayin...

Updated : 2015.03.29 09:28

10 S. Koreans evacuated from Yemen by plane

Ten South Koreans including two embassy staffers were evacuated from Yemen by plane Saturday as security concerns have heightened following airstrikes against a militant rebel group in the country, Seoul's foreign ministry said.On Thursday, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Gulf Arab nations...

Updated : 2015.03.29 09:26

Official: Siege of gunmen in Somali hotel ends, 17 dead

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somali government officials say they have taken control of the hotel where extremist gunmen were holed up for more than 12 hours in an attack that has left at least 17 people dead.Capt. Mohamed Hussein said Saturday the gunfire had stopped and security agents hav...

Updated : 2015.03.28 16:50

Saudi Arabia blames 'technical failure' for Yemen jet crash

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Saudi Arabia on Saturday blamed a "technical fault" for forcing two of its pilots in an F-15 to eject over waters south of Yemen during a mission amid a bombing campaign targeting Shiite rebels in the country.The official Saudi Press Agency reported that the pilots wer...

Updated : 2015.03.28 16:45

Tuktamysheva takes women's title at figure skating worlds

SHANGHAI (AP) -- Russia's Elizaveta Tuktamysheva wrapped up the most successful season of her young career by easily winning the women's gold medal at the figure skating world championships on Saturday.Tuktamysheva had a huge lead after landing a triple axel in the short program and extend...

Updated : 2015.03.28 16:36

N. Korea, China discuss annual trade fair

BEIJING -- A group of North Korean trade representatives has visited the Chinese border city of Dandong this week during which the two sides discussed ways to promote an annual trade exhibition between the two nations, according to Dandong officials on Saturday. North Korea and its economi...

Updated : 2015.03.28 16:22

1 in 10 Singapore citizens queue to pay respects to Lee Kuan Yew

SINGAPORE (AFP) -- More than 330,000 people, equivalent to 10 percent of Singapore's citizen population, have visited the city-state's parliament to pay their respects to late prime minister Lee Kuan Yew ahead of his cremation this weekend, officials said Saturday.The surge of mourners was...

Updated : 2015.03.28 14:25

Malaysia launches crackdown to thwart protest: opposition

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) -- Malaysian police have arrested two politicians and a political activist as they seek to thwart a Saturday protest march demanding the release of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, an opposition parliamentarian said.Tian Chua said he also would comply with an orde...

Updated : 2015.03.28 14:10

Taiwan arrests after protest over China flight route

TAIPEI (AFP) -- Taiwanese police on Saturday arrested 13 people who splashed red paint on the wall of the presidential residence in the latest protest against China's planned launch of a controversial new flight route.The protesters from the small anti-China opposition party Taiwan Solidar...

Updated : 2015.03.28 13:57

Italian court throws out Knox conviction once and for all

ROME (AP) -- Amanda Knox, who maintained that she and her former Italian boyfriend were innocent in her British roommate's murder through multiple trials and nearly four years in jail, was vindicated Friday when Italy's highest court threw out their convictions once and for all."Finished!'...

Updated : 2015.03.28 13:01

Astronauts dock with space station for 1-year mission

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- The capsule carrying a Russian and an American who are to spend a year away from Earth docked Saturday with the International Space Station.Mikhail Kornienko and Scott Kelly are to spend 342 days aboard the orbiting laboratory, about twice as long as a standard...

Updated : 2015.03.28 12:48

Chinese president promotes regional vision at Boao Forum

BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping is arguing for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while speaking a major regional economic conference.Xi delivered the keynote address at the Boao Forum held Saturday on Hainan island in the country's so...

Updated : 2015.03.28 12:44

Prosecution raids Dongkuk Steel over embezzlement allegation

Prosecution raids Dongkuk Steel over embezzlement allegation Prosecutors raided the office of Dongkuk Steel Mill Co., a South Korean steel maker, on Saturday to look into alleged embezzlement and tax evasion, authorities said. Dongkuk Steel is suspected of stashing about 10 billion won (US...

Updated : 2015.03.28 12:11