S Korea acquits family convicted of spying 35 years ago

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 | Leave a Comment

SEOUL: A South Korean court on Friday overturned a 35-year old conviction of spying for North Korea against a family of eight, two of whom were executed in the early 1980s. The district court in the eastern city of Chuncheon ruled that the eight had been illegally detained and then tortured to extract confessions, the Yonhap news agency reported. “There is no admissible evidence for finding them guilty,” the... 

S Korea ferry disaster captain jailed for 36 years

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment

GWANGJU: A South Korean court handed down a 36 year jail sentence Tuesday to the captain of the Sewol ferry that sank in April, but acquitted him of murdering the 304 people who died in the disaster. The three-judge bench ruled that prosecutors, who had demanded the death penalty for Captain Lee Jun-Seok, failed to prove the most serious charge of “homicide through wilful negligence”. But the court found Lee,... 

Americans freed by N Korea arrive in US

Posted by on Nov 09, 2014 | Leave a Comment

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD: The last two Americans serving lengthy prison sentences in North Korea arrived home Saturday after the reclusive state freed them following a secret mission by US intelligence chief James Clapper. Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller arrived around 9:00 pm (0500 GMT) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State. Bae disembarked the plane with a suitcase, then smiled as he hugged and embraced family... 

Americans freed by North Korea after spy chief mission

Posted by on Nov 08, 2014 | Leave a Comment

WASHINGTON: The last two Americans serving lengthy prison sentences in North Korea were on their way home Saturday after being dramatically freed by the reclusive state following a secret mission by US intelligence chief James Clapper. The surprise release by North Korea of Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller followed the equally unexpected decision by Pyongyang last month to free 56-year-old US national Jeffrey... 

Divers find body six months after Korea ferry disaster

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

SEOUL: South Korean divers discovered another body inside the sunken Sewol ferry on Tuesday — six months after it capsized and more than 100 days after the last corpse was recovered, officials said. The body was found inside a women´s restroom in the upturned ferry which sank on April 16 with the loss of more than 300 lives — most of them students from the same high school. “An operation is now underway... 

American freed by North Korea arrives in US TV

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

WASHINGTON: An American man held for five months in North Korea has arrived back in the United States, US television reported Wednesday, showing his plane landing at an airport in Ohio. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, whose release was announced Tuesday, arrived at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, according to the television reports. Television footage showed Fowle smiling as he descended from the plane with baggage in hand, being... 

South Korea beat Malaysia 32 to win hockey bronze

Posted by on Oct 02, 2014 | Leave a Comment

INCHEON: South Korea won the bronze medal with a 3-2 win over Guangzhou silver-medallists Malaysia, with three of the five goals coming through penalty strokes. Jang Jong-Hyun scored twice for the hosts to finish as the leading scorer of the competition with nine goals. Jang opened the scoring with a penalty corner in the 19th minute and Kim Young-Jin increased the margin with a field goal at the end of the second quarter. Malaysia,... 

South Korea snatch back hockey crown from China

Posted by on Oct 01, 2014 | Leave a Comment

INCHEON: Kim Dar-Ae scored the winner as South Korea ended China´s 12-year reign as the Asian Games women´s hockey champions with a 1-0 win in the final on Wednesday. Kim´s decisive goal in the 41st minute handed the Koreans the title they won four times in a row from 1986 to 1998 before China emerged victorious in the last three editions. Cheered by some 1,000 home fans, the Koreans ran into each other´s... 

South Korea win grudge match against Japan

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

INCHEON: South Korea captain Jang Hyun-Soo converted a penalty two minutes from time Sunday to beat arch-rivals Japan and secure a place in the Asian Games semi-finals. Victory over Thailand in the next game could see the South thrown into a final with another rival, North Korea, who must thank Jong In-Gwan for an injury-time goal as they beat United Arab Emirates and reached the last four. Thailand beat Jordan 2-0 while... 

China top North Korea in weightlifting

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 | Leave a Comment

INCHEON: China edged ahead of North Korea at the top of the Asian Games weightlifting medals table Wednesday when world champion Xiang Yanmei comfortably saw off Ryo Un-Hui in the women´s 69kg.Trailing by 3kg after the snatch in yet another battle between the two Asian lifting powers, Xiang was in a league of her own in the clean and jerk, lifting 145kg on her first attempt to secure gold after Ryo could only make... 
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