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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... Read More...
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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. ... Read More...
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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 would be in Seoul for the second round of summit talks... Read More...
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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... Read More...
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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 Hyeo... Read More...
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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 its two leading presidential candidates on live ... Read More...
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Free Trade End Game in Seoul

Washington’s demand for further talks on the draft of the Korea-US free trade agreement was the last thing on Seoul’s mind when the tough 10-month negotiations ended last April in a deal that ... Read More...
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Korea’s Boffins Establish a Kimchi Scale

Korea’s national dish kimchi has officially been around at least since the Shilla Dynasty of the Three Kingdoms, which spanned the period from the second century AD to the seventh. Some authorities say it might have been around even longer, going ba... Read More...