• Samsung chief Lee, who made S Korea a tech powerhouse, dies
    SEOUL, OCTOBER 25 (IANS): Lee Kun-hee, who had transformed Samsung Group into one of the world's major tech giants from a small trading firm, died at a hospital in Seoul on Sunday at age 78, leaving a thorny succession challenge for his children. The chairman of the flagship Samsung Electronics had been bedridden since May 2014 following a heart attack. "Chairman Lee passed away on October 25 with his family, including Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee, by his side. Chairman Lee
  • Moon condoles death of S.Korean official
    Seoul, September 28 (IANS): South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday expressed his condolences and offered a public apology over the death of a civil servant in a shooting by North Korean troops, calling it a "regrettable and unfortunate" incident. "Regardless of how the victim went to the North Korean waters, I offer words of deep condolences and consolation to the bereaved family members over their grief," Yonhap News Agency quoted the President as saying.
  • Investors swamp IPO for K-Pop band BTS management label, prices at top of range
    SEOUL, September 28 (Reuters): Big Hit Entertainment, the management label of hugely popular South Korean K-Pop group BTS, priced its initial public offering (IPO) at the top of its range on Monday, as hopeful buyers chased South Korea’s largest listing in three years. Institutional investors expressed interest in more than 1,000 times the number of shares on offer, with Big Hit riding on the success of the seven-member band, which has become the first South Korean group
  • Pyongyang summit deal should be fulfilled: S.Korean Prez
    Seoul, September 19 (IANS): South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Saturday that his Pyongyang summit accord with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un should be implemented despite restraints at home and abroad, marking the second anniversary of its signing. In a message posted on Facebook, he stressed that Seoul's commitment to peace remains firm, while the agreement has not been fulfilled speedily due to "internal and external restraints", reports Yonhap News Agency.
  • Seoul city seeks $4 million in damages from church over new COVID-19 outbreak
    SEOUL, September (Reuters): The metropolitan government in South Korea's capital Seoul said on Friday it would seek 4.6 billion won ($4 million) in damages against a church for causing the spread of the coronavirus by disrupting tracing and testing efforts. A fresh wave of infections erupted at a church whose members attended a large protest in downtown Seoul in mid-August, becoming the country's largest cluster in the greater capital area. The outbreak has driven triple-dig
  • S.Korea to further extend tighter social-distancing campaign
    SEOUL, SEPTEMBER 4 (IANS): South Korea on Friday announced its decision to extend the tightened social-distancing campaign for one more week through September 13 amid the continued triple-digit growth in daily Covid-19 cases. Under the tightened social-distancing guidelines, only takeaway or delivery are permitted to restaurants from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., while doing normal business during the remaining hours, reports Xinhua news agency. Franchise coffee shops and bakeries are banned
  • Kim Jong-un appoints new premier
    Seoul, August 14 (IANS): North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appointed a new premier during a politburo meeting of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, state-media reported on Friday. According to Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the appointment was made during the meeting on Thursday. Workers' Party Vice Chairman Kim Tok-hun took over as the country's new premier, while replacing Kim Jae-ryong, Yonhap News Agency quoted the KCNA as saying
  • Kim rebukes officials for building hospital 'in careless manner'
    Seoul, July 20 (IANS): North Korean leader Kim Jong-un strongly criticized officials for carrying out the construction of a large-scale general hospital "in a careless manner" and ordered the replacement of all of those responsible, state-media said on Monday.   Kim made the remarks during a "field guidance" trip to the construction site for Pyongyang General Hospital, one of his top-priority projects he has vowed to complete by October 10, the 75th found
  • Seoul mayor's death renews #MeToo debate in South Korea
    KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): As South Koreans mourn the death of a popular mayor, his complex legacy has cast a fresh spotlight on hurdles faced by sexual harassment victims seeking justice, even as the country's feminist movement gains momentum.   Park Won-soon, the longtime mayor of the capital Seoul who had championed women's rights, was found dead on Friday, days after one of his former secretaries filed a complaint alleging he had sex
  • South Korea may face a new coronavirus wave without tough social distancing measures - expert
    SEOUL, June 15 (Reuters): South Korea will face another wave of coronavirus infections, with as many as 800 new cases a day by July, if the government does not introduce stricter social distancing guidelines, a prominent infectious disease specialist has warned.   The warning comes after the health authorities on Friday extended prevention and sanitation guidelines to protect against the coronavirus until daily new infections drop to single digits.   Ki Moran
  • Armed with disinfectant and admonishments, South Korean robot fights coronavirus spread
    SEOUL, June 1 (Reuters): A self-driving robot equipped with cameras and an LED screen greets visitors at the lobby in the headquarters of South Korea's largest mobile operator, checking their temperature, dispensing hand sanitiser and disinfecting the floor.   "Please take part in social distancing," the white robot firmly but politely reminds three SK Telecom employees who stand chatting nearby.   Corporate Korea has long been used robotics for
  • South Korea coronavirus spike stirs second wave concern, social distancing crackdown
    SEOUL, May 28 (Reuters): South Korea reported 79 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the most in nearly eight weeks, triggering the return of tougher social distancing curbs amid the spectre of a second wave of disease in a country praised for containing the first outbreak.   At least 82 cases this week have been linked to a cluster of infections at a logistics facility run by Coupang Corp, one of the country's largest online shopping firms, in Bucheon, west of Seoul
  • Coronavirus outbreak at South Korea e-commerce warehouse drives spike in new cases
    SEOUL, May 27 (Reuters): South Korea reported the highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in 49 days on Wednesday, as one of the country's largest e-commerce companies battled an outbreak linked to a now-shuttered logistics facility.   The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 40 new cases as of midnight Tuesday, bringing the country's total number to 11,265. A day earlier the country recorded 19 new cases.   So far, a