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Korea’s Samsung Scandal Deepens

In an episode that shows how deeply one giant corporation’s tentacles extend into Korea’s legal, advertising and industrial sinews, accusations are snowballing over a slush fund of as much...
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Sliding their way through slush

A Korean lawyer, acting through a Catholic Priests’ organization, has accused Korea’s Samsung Group of maintaining an illegal bijageum, or slush fund, using accounts in his name worth 5...
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Little Expected From Inter-Korean Summit

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun’s three-day summit with Kim Jong-il starting Tuesday will offer plenty of rhetoric and symbolism, not much in the way of concrete discussions on building a sustainable peace regime. For one thing, he&rs...
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Another Korean Tycoon Gets a Free Pass

  South Korea’s reputation for dispensing even-handed justice took yet another knock Tuesday when a court suspended the prison term of one of the country’s richest men for a gangland-...
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In Korea, Getting Out of Jail Costs Money

The suspension of a three-year prison sentence for Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Mong Koo, convicted of embezzlement in February, if he donates $1 billion to charity, is the latest and most dramatic exam...
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South Korea has a Burma Problem

The announcement Wednesday that South Korean engineers had found a record natural gas field in Burma could hardly come at a worse time for Seoul, if it bothers to consider the irony. A day earlier, a Seoul court recalled a time whe...
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The Risky Road to Pyongyang

Seven years ago, when President Kim Dae Jung and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il held their groundbreaking summit talks in Pyongyang, the North Korean dictator ended his handshakes by declaring that he woul...
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Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

The drama of the bloody shooting death of Korean pastor Bae Hyng-Kyu, 42, Wednesday by Taliban militants in Afghanistan and concerns over the release of his 22 Christian mission comrades points up the i...
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Korean Pastor Killed by Taliban

The minister who led a group of South Korean church volunteers on a summer mission trip to Afghanistan has been killed by the Taliban militants who kidnapped the group last week. Pastor Bae Hyeong-gyu, 42, was killed Wednesday, according to go...
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A Grand Korean Inquisition

The inquisition may not have got to the bottom of anything, but as political theater it was hard to beat Thursday’s spectacle of South Korea’s leading conservative political party roasting...