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south korea serial killer suspect found after 30 years, but won't face prosecution | world news

DNA technology links man to Hwaseong murders that inspired a film, but the statute of limitations has expiredSouth Korean police have identified a suspect more than 30 years after one of the country’s most notorious serial murder cases, but are unable to launch proceedings because it’s too long ago.Between 1986 and 1991 a record number of police officers were mobilised to try to find the person who raped and murdered women in rural parts of Hwaseong, south of the capital, Seoul. Continue reading...

south korea confirms african swine fever outbreak | environment

UK government says it expects disease to arrive within a year as China ditches pork tariffsSouth Korea is the latest country to confirm an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF), as the UK government has said it expects the disease to arrive within a year.In the midst of what has been described as the “largest ever animal disease outbreak”, China announced this week that it was ditching its pork tariffs. China, the largest pork consuming and producing country in the world, has been hit particular...

north korea launches two projectiles, hours after nuclear talks offer | world news

Pyongyang earlier offered to resume nuclear talks if Washington tabled new proposalsNorth Korea has launched two projectiles toward the sea, South Korea’s military said, hours after Pyongyang offered to resume nuclear diplomacy with the United States but warned its dealings with Washington may end without new proposals.The launches on Tuesday and demand for new proposals were apparently aimed at pressuring Washington to make concessions when the North Korea-US talks restart. Pyongyang is widely ...

politician scolds female professor for not having child | world news

‘Failing to fulfil her duty to the nation’ criticism sparks outrage on social mediaA South Korean politician has sparked anger after he criticised the female nominee for head of the country’s fairtrade commission for “failing to fulfil her duty to the nation” by not having children.Jeong Kab-yoon, a member of the conservative opposition Liberty Korea party, was widely condemned after suggesting to Joh Sung-wook, an economics professor, that she had focused on her career at the expense of the cou...

south korean boycott of japanese goods hits beer and carmakers | world news

Honda down 81% and beer sales fall 97% amid deepening spat over countries’ wartime legacySales of Japanese beer and cars have plummeted in South Korea amid a consumer boycott sparked by a deepening dispute over the countries’ wartime legacy that has hit trade and security cooperation.Japanese automakers said on Wednesday sales fell 57% in August from a year earlier, while beer sales were almost wiped out the same month with a year-on-year decline of more than 97%, according to reports. Continue ...

south korea cuts intelligence ties with japan, raising fears over north korea | world news

Trade dispute widens, sparking concerns that information about North Korea’s missile programmes may not be sharedSouth Korea has said it will scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, drawing a swift protest from Tokyo and deepening a decades-old dispute that has hit trade and undercut security cooperation over North Korea.South Korea’s Kim You-geun, a deputy director of the presidential National Security Council, said Japan had created a “grave change” in the environment for bilateral secu...

korean peninsula will be united by 2045, says seoul amid japan row | world news

President Moon Jae-in plans joint Olympics with North Korea in 2032 and calls on Japan to contemplate its wartime pastSouth Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, has vowed to achieve the unification of the Korean peninsula by 2045, a century after the end of the second world war.In a speech to mark the 74th anniversary on Thursday of Korea’s liberation from Japan’s 1910-45 rule, Moon also said South Korea would “gladly join” hands with its former colonial ruler to defuse an escalating trade dispute wh...

'i don't have much hope': koreans search for loved ones who died fighting for japan | world news

As Tokyo marks the end of war in Pacific, conscripts’ families search for information on where their forebears fellKim Jung-im was three years old when her father, Kim Dong-won, was conscripted into the Japanese imperial army in 1940.He died, aged 23, in the jungles of New Guinea in 1943, two years before Japan’s wartime defeat and the Korean peninsula’s liberation from more than three decades of colonial rule by Tokyo. Continue reading...

love yourself more: k-pop band bts take 'extended break' to 'enjoy life' | music

Fans send best wishes as hugely successful Korean group say they want to ‘recharge and refresh’The hugely successful K-pop boy band BTS are taking an extended break from the music scene to allow their members to “enjoy their normal lives as normal 20-something young men”, the group’s management agency has said.The seven-member band’s global fan base reacted sympathetically after Big Hit Entertainment said in a statement issued at midnight on Sunday that BTS would take their first official break ...

north korea fires more projectiles, says it may be 'compelled to seek new road' | world news

Pyongyang says US-South Korea military drills are ‘flagrant violation’ of efforts to reach peace North Korea has fired two unidentified projectiles into the sea from South Hwanghae province, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.The launches came as Pyongyang described Washington and Seoul’s war games as a “flagrant violation” of efforts to reach peace on the Korean peninsula which reflected a lack of “political will” to improve relations. Continue reading...

Oldboy review – a beautifully blood-spattered modern classic | Film

Limbs, teeth and live octopuses all come in for unblinkingly brutal treatment in Park Chan-wook’s stunning revenge epicSixteen years ago, Park Chan-wook gave us this gobsmackingly horrible but demonically inspired thriller, based on the Japanese manga by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya, which came to epitomise the “Asia extreme” genre: a new frontier of extravagantly violent craziness. Since then, Park has advanced creatively by retreating into more conventional forms, most prominently with...

North Korea missile tests could be effort to divide US, Japan and South | World news

Three launches in eight days point to ulterior motive amid strained relations between its neighbours and Washington The series of short-range missile tests by North Korea over the last eight days could be an attempt by Pyongyang to exploit strained US-Japan-South Korea relations, analysts have said. The latest launches, at about 3am on Friday from North Korea’s east coast, involved the firing of two unidentified projectiles into the Sea of Japan. They follow two tests in the past eight days. Con...

South Korean cult leader who held 400 people captive in Fiji jailed for six years | World news

Shin Ok-ju, founder of the Grace Road Church, subjected followers to beatings and confiscated their passportsThe leader of a South Korean doomsday cult who held 400 people captive in Fiji and subjected them to violent beatings has been sentenced to six years in jail.Shin Ok-ju, founder of the Grace Road Church, convinced her followers to move to Fiji in 2014, which she said was the “promised land”, pointed to in the Bible, where they would survive coming apocalyptic events. Continue reading...

K-League angrily hits out at Juventus over Ronaldo’s absence from friendly | Football

• Forward was rested for pre-season match in Seoul• League accuses club of ‘deception’ over kick-off delayThe K-League, South Korea’s domestic league, has said it feels “indignation and disappointment” after Juventus refused to apologise for leaving Cristiano Ronaldo out of a pre-season friendly in Seoul last week.Ronaldo was contracted to play for at least 45 minutes against the K-League All Stars according to event organisers, but did not play. The forward was advised to rest by Juve’s medical...

North Korean soldier defects to South across demilitarised zone | World news

Defections across sensitive area dotted with landmines, fences and guard posts are rareThe South Korean military detained a North Korean soldier who crossed the heavily fortified demilitarised zone that separates the two countries, according to the South’s joint chiefs of staff (JSC).The soldier expressed his intention to defect to South Korea, the JSC said on Thursday. Continue reading...

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