• South Korea December 24, 2021 11:34 am

    South Korea Ex-President Park, Jailed for Corruption, Is Pardoned

    South Korea says it will grant a special pardon to former President Park Geun-hye, who is serving a lengthy prison term for bribery and other crimes.

  • President April 6, 2018 8:32 am

    Former South Korean President Park Found Guilty of Abuse of Power, Coercion

    Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was formally convicted and sentenced to 24 years in prison on Friday, a year after she was driven from office and arrested over a corruption scandal that saw months of massive street rallies calling for her ouster. The conviction, which she can appeal, is the latest hit in a dramatic fall for South Korea’s...

  • President March 13, 2018 4:31 pm

    ‘BBC Dad' Reflects on Mostly Fun, ‘Sometimes Weird' Year of Viral Fame

    The professor whose live TV interview was adorably interrupted by his two young children a year ago is reflecting on how his life has changed, “Today” reported. “People often ask me and my wife what it has been like to suddenly become virally famous,” Robert Kelly wrote in an essay published this weekend. “It has mostly been fun, and sometimes...

  • United States March 19, 2018 6:24 pm

    South Korean Prosecutors Demand 30 Years for Ex-President Park

    Prosecutors on Tuesday demanded a 30-year prison term for former South Korean President Park Geun-hye for alleged bribery, abuse of power and other crimes in a landmark corruption case that marked a stunning fall from grace for the country’s first female leader and conservative icon. In the final trial session before a verdict is issued, prosecutors also demanded a fine...

  • South Korea December 27, 2017 11:51 am

    Prosecutors Demand 12-Year Prison Term for Billionaire Samsung Heir

    South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday demanded a 12-year prison term for Samsung’s jailed billionaire heir, Lee Jae-yong, who maintained his innocence during an appeal of his conviction on bribery and other charges. In August, a lower court sentenced Lee to five years in prison for offering bribes to former South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her confidante while Park was...

  • Donald Trump September 22, 2017 11:45 am

    5 Things to Know About North Korean Leader's Rebuke of Trump: Analysis

    On the surface it seems like more of the same: North Korea responds to another threat by U.S. President Donald Trump by calling him a “deranged” old man who will “pay dearly” for his insults. These words, however, carry the weight of an unprecedented personal rebuke from North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong Un. Behind Kim’s colorful language released Friday...

  • President August 25, 2017 10:36 am

    South Korean Court Sentences Samsung Heir to 5 Years Prison

    A South Korean court sentenced the billionaire chief of Samsung to five years in prison for bribery and other crimes in a stunning downfall for the heir to South Korea’s biggest family fortune and a global consumer electronics empire. The Seoul Central District Court said Friday that Lee Jae-yong, 49, was guilty of offering bribes to Park Geun-hye when she...

  • Donald Trump August 23, 2017 12:17 pm

    North Korea Photos Suggest New Solid-Fuel Missile Designs

    North Korea’s state media released photos Wednesday that appear to show the designs of one or possibly two new missiles. Concept diagrams of the missiles were seen hanging on a wall behind leader Kim Jong Un while he visited a plant that makes solid-fuel engines for the country’s ballistic-missile program. One of the photos clearly showed a diagram for a...

  • Donald Trump August 19, 2017 8:18 am

    A Look at US-S. Korea War Games and How North Might Respond

    America’s annual joint military exercises with South Korea always frustrate North Korea. The war games set to begin Monday may hold more potential to provoke than ever, given President Donald Trump’s “fire and fury” threats and Pyongyang’s as-yet-unpursued plan to launch missiles close to Guam. Will the allies keep it low-key, or focus on projecting strength? An examination of this...

  • North Korea June 28, 2017 2:59 pm

    North Korea Vows to Execute Former South Korean President

    North Korea on Wednesday vowed to execute South Korea’s former president and her spy director, accusing them of planning to assassinate its supreme leadership. The official Korean Central News Agency said North Korea will impose a “death penalty” on ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye and former spy chief Lee Byoung Ho, and they could receive a “miserable dog’s death...

  • United States May 15, 2017 10:45 am

    North Korea: Newly Tested Long-Range Missile Can Carry Heavy Nuke

    North Korea on Monday boasted of a successful weekend launch of a new type of “medium long-range” ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. Outsiders also saw a significant technological jump, with the test-fire apparently flying higher and for a longer time period than any other such previous missile. Amid condemnation in Seoul, Tokyo and Washington, a jubilant...

  • United States May 14, 2017 8:05 am

    South Korea: North Korea's Ballistic Missile Flew About 500 Miles

    North Korea on Sunday test-launched a ballistic missile that flew for half an hour and reached an unusually high altitude before landing in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean, Japanese and U.S. militaries said. The launch, which Tokyo said could be of a new type of missile, is a direct challenge to the new South Korean president elected four...

  • President May 9, 2017 1:12 am

    South Korea Prepares for Snap Presidential Election

    South Korea made final preparations ahead of Tuesday’s snap presidential election triggered by the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye, with liberal candidate Moon Jae-in expected to win.

  • North Korea May 9, 2017 10:22 pm

    Liberal Claims Victory in South Korean Presidential Election, Vows to ‘Build a New Nation'

    Moon Jae-in declared victory in South Korea’s presidential election Tuesday after his two main rivals conceded, capping one of the most turbulent political stretches in the nation’s recent history and setting up its first liberal rule in a decade. Moon, a liberal former human rights lawyer who was jailed as a student by a previous dictatorship, favors closer ties with...

  • Donald Trump April 25, 2017 2:04 am

    South Korea, Allies Brace for North Korea Follow-Up Act

    North Korea marks the founding anniversary of its military on Tuesday, and South Korea and its allies are bracing for the possibility that it could conduct another nuclear test or launch an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time. North Korea often marks significant dates by displaying its military capability. It so far has carried out five nuclear tests. Such...

  • Donald Trump April 5, 2017 6:35 pm

    Analysis: Motives for North Korea's Latest Missile Test

    North Korea rarely misses an opportunity to conduct a banned missile test to coincide with a high-profile world event that’s expected to discuss the impoverished yet nuclear-armed country. On Wednesday, it fired a newly developed missile into the sea, this time on the eve of the first meeting between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. Did North...

  • NBC March 30, 2017 10:19 pm

    Recently Ousted Ex-President of South Korea Jailed Over Corruption Allegations

    A South Korean court says it has approved the arrest of ex-President Park Geun-hye over corruption allegations....
    Friday’s ruling by the Seoul Central District Court means that prosecutors can immediately put Park in a detention facility. Prosecutors can detain her for up to 20 days before formally charging her....
    “The cause for the arrest as well as the need to arrest have...

  • President March 27, 2017 12:12 pm

    Prosecutors Push to Arrest Ousted South Korean President

    South Korean prosecutors said Monday that they want to arrest former President Park Geun-hye over the corruption allegations that triggered a huge political scandal and toppled her from power. The move comes after prosecutors grilled Park for 14 hours last week over suspicions that she colluded with a jailed confidante to extort from companies and committed other wrongdoing when she...

  • President March 15, 2017 11:27 am

    Ousted South Korean Leader Leaves 9 Dogs Behind at Palace, Riling Animal Advocates

    It was hard to imagine that ousted President Park Geun-hye could get any more unpopular in South Korea — until she moved out of the presidential palace and left her nine dogs behind. Just days after being removed from office by the Constitutional Court over a massive corruption scandal, an animal rights group accused Park of animal abandonment for not...

  • United States March 15, 2017 11:39 am

    ‘Yes, I Was Wearing Pants': Dad Talks About Being Interrupted by His Kids on Live TV

    The professor who tried to shoo his children away during a BBC interview gone hilariously awry thought the same thing as everyone else once he watched the video, “Today” reported. “It was a mixture of sort of surprise and embarrassment and amusement,” Robert Kelly told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. “It was terribly cute. I saw the video just...

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