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7-year-old girl abducted and raped in South Korea, police sayupdated: Fri Aug 31 2012 03:57:00

Police in South Korea have detained a man suspected of abducting a 7-year-old girl from her home and raping her, local police officials said Friday.

South Korea's ruling party taps Park for presidential bidupdated: Mon Aug 20 2012 11:33:00

South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party overwhelmingly selected Park Geun-hye as its presidential candidate during its political convention on Monday.

Kim warns troops to prepare for 'sacred war' during US-South Korea exercisesupdated: Sat Aug 18 2012 16:18:00

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told his troops to be vigilant during upcoming training exercises between South Korea and the United States, saying they should be ready to lead a "sacred war," state media reported Saturday.

South Korea's archery ambitionsupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 14:47:00

CNN's Aiming for Gold finds out what makes South Koreans so passionate about archery.

South Korea teenagers bullied to deathupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 07:21:00

Seung-min's room has not changed in seven months. Even the bed is exactly as he made it, just hours before taking his own life. The 13-year-old was bullied at school, and he committed suicide by jumping out of his home's seventh floor window.

South Korea growth slowest since 2009updated: Thu Jul 26 2012 01:06:00

South Korea's economic growth rate fell in the second quarter to its lowest level in nearly three years as export markets struggled and consumer sentiment flagged.

U.S. soldier accused of smuggling drugs into South Koreaupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 07:36:00

South Korea said on Wednesday it is indicting a U.S. Army private for his involvement in the biggest drug smuggling case in the country.

Police: Man crashes Japanese embassy gate over disputed islandsupdated: Mon Jul 09 2012 08:25:00

A South Korean man crashed a small truck into the front gate of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on Monday in an apparent protest over the ownership of islands claimed by both countries, officials said.

South Korea says it may resume whaling, prompting outcryupdated: Thu Jul 05 2012 02:23:00

South Korea is considering hunting whales in the waters off its shores for what it says are scientific purposes, drawing criticism from environmental groups and countries around the Pacific Rim.

South Korea: Free speech not so free?updated: Wed Jul 04 2012 06:32:00

25 years after democracy came to South Korea, critics say the president is cutting back on free speech.

South Korean 'joke' may lead to prisonupdated: Wed Jul 04 2012 06:32:00

Everyone's made a joke they thought was funny only to see it fall flat, but Park Jung-geun's attempt at humor could see him jailed for up to seven years in South Korea.

South Korea and Japan put military intelligence pact on hold after outcryupdated: Fri Jun 29 2012 05:33:00

South Korea and Japan on Friday postponed the signing of a landmark military intelligence pact after the prospect stirred discontent among Koreans.

Iran threatens to stop imports from South Korea over oil haltupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 04:28:00

Iran threatened Wednesday to halt all imports of goods from South Korea in response to Seoul's announcement a day earlier that it would stop accepting Iranian oil.

North Korea slams use of its flag in U.S.-South Korean military drillsupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 05:00:00

North Korea has reacted angrily to the use of its flag during live-fire drills by South Korea and the United States, calling it "a grave provocative act."

Monks' gambling prompts South Korean temple to change financial managementupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 07:48:00

The chief of South Korea's biggest Buddhist order says he will hand over a temple's financial management to experts after monks were caught gambling illegally.

South Korea to chemically castrate rapistupdated: Wed May 23 2012 04:30:00

South Korea is set to carry out the chemical castration of a serial rapist later this week, implementing recent legislation for the first time.

South Korea's election turn-offupdated: Wed Apr 11 2012 01:51:00

CNN's Paula Hancocks looks at why many South Koreans are turning away from traditional political parties.

S. Korea police chief resigns amid outrage over murderupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 20:33:00

South Korea's national police chief resigned Monday amid criticism over authorities' handling of an emergency call from a woman who was later found murdered.

South Korea prepares for high-profile nuclear summitupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 22:38:00

It may not be on the official agenda, but North Korea's ears will be burning during the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul.

South Korea prepares for nuclear summitupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 22:38:00

South Korea prepares for a high-profile summit on nuclear issues, attended by President Obama and others.

New N. Korean leader visits DMZupdated: Wed Mar 21 2012 05:18:00

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un makes his first reported visit to the DMZ. CNN's Paula Hancocks reports.

Battling South Korea's bulliesupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 09:41:00

The recent suicides of South Korean students due to bullying shock a nation. Paula Hancocks reports.

South Korea carries out military drill despite threats from North updated: Mon Feb 20 2012 05:31:00

South Korea fired live artillery on Monday in a military drill near the country's heavily armed border with North Korea, which has described the exercise as a provocation.

South Korea's school bullying has deadly consequencesupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 19:55:00

It took two teenage suicide cases due to school bullying last year in South Korea for people to notice something was very wrong.

Freighter blast kills 3 in South Koreaupdated: Sat Jan 14 2012 22:16:00

A freighter carrying oil exploded off the South Korean port city of Incheon, killing three crew members, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Sunday.

S. Korea expresses sympathy to N. Korean peopleupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 22:04:00

The South Korean government expressed its sympathy to the people of North Korea following the death of Kim Jong Il, South Korea's unification minister said Tuesday.

S. Korea: Chinese fishermen kill coast guard memberupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 08:02:00

A South Korean coast guard commando was stabbed to death and another injured Monday after they boarded a Chinese fishing vessel they suspected of fishing illegally in the Yellow Sea, the coast guard and a South Korean news agency said Monday.

South Korea boosts review of social mediaupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 04:03:00

South Korea plans to intensify the review of its social networking sites and smart phone applications to combat a surge in "illegal and harmful" information, government officials said.

S. Korea looks at positive in trade dealupdated: Tue Nov 22 2011 08:13:00

South Korean automakers hope the U.S. Korea Free Trade Agreement will give them a huge boost.

South Korea rams through US trade dealupdated: Tue Nov 22 2011 08:13:00

Despite scuffles and a tear gas attack in parliament, South Korea's governing party rammed through a free trade agreement between Seoul and Washington Tuesday after painstaking weeks of negotiations.

South Korea pulls plug on late-night adolescent online gamersupdated: Tue Nov 22 2011 02:26:00

In its effort to curb game addiction among adolescents, South Korea pulled the plug this weekend on young gamers after midnight by blocking access to game websites, putting a hotly debated law into practice.

Lebanon stun South Korea to boost qualification hopes updated: Wed Nov 16 2011 06:15:00

Lebanon stunned traditional regional powerhouses South Korea 2-1 in Beirut on Tuesday to boost their hopes of qualifying for the last stage of Asia's 2014 World Cup qualifying.

South Korean students' 'year of hell' culminates with exams dayupdated: Sun Nov 13 2011 10:30:00

Most South Korean students consider their final year in high school "the year of hell." It is when all students are put to the ultimate test.

Big test day for South Korean studentsupdated: Sun Nov 13 2011 10:30:00

CNN's Nadia Bilchik and T.J. Holmes discuss the intense pressure South Korean students face when taking their CSAT test.

Seoul's new mayor vows to scale back on his predecessor's projects updated: Wed Nov 09 2011 06:12:00

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, whose recent landslide win against the ruling party sparked a public frenzy, vowed to invest heavily in city welfare and scale back on major projects put in place by his predecessor.

S. Korea to send $6.9 million in aid to the Northupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 05:25:00

South Korean officials said Tuesday the country has approved $6.94 million in aid to be sent to its neighbor through the World Health Organization.

S. Korea to review sending aid to North updated: Mon Nov 07 2011 06:00:00

Signaling South Korea may be attempting to cool tensions with its neighbor, Seoul has vowed to actively review sending humanitarian aid to North Korea through third channels.

South Korea closes seven savings banksupdated: Mon Sep 19 2011 02:29:00

South Korea's financial watchdogs closed seven savings banks Sunday in a crackdown on unhealthy operators in the nation's savings sector.

S. Korea eyes Libyan business interestsupdated: Wed Aug 24 2011 14:47:00

South Korea's government and companies position themselves for a post-Gadhafi Libya. CNN's Paula Hancocks reports.

South Korea: World's next sailing giant?updated: Tue Aug 16 2011 14:07:00

South Korea isn't yet known for its sailing prowess, but that may all be about to change.

North Korean fishermen returned home, South Korea news agency saysupdated: Sat Aug 13 2011 06:23:00

South Korea has returned home four North Korean fishermen rescued from two sinking boats in the Yellow Sea near the maritime border, the semiofficial Yonhap News Agency reported.

Spokesman: South Korea rescues four North Koreans from sinking boatsupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 02:52:00

The South Korean military rescued four North Koreans from two sinking boats in the west sea near the maritime border, a defense ministry spokesman said.

February: Korea talks collapseupdated: Wed Aug 10 2011 08:47:00

In February, military talks between North and South Korea ended in failure. CNN's Paula Hancocks reports.

S. Korea proposes to send flood aid to Northupdated: Wed Aug 03 2011 04:47:00

South Korea has proposed sending aid to North Korea to assist with damages caused by torrential rain that hit the peninsula last week, the South's Ministry of Unification said.

South Korea's devastating downpourupdated: Thu Jul 28 2011 22:55:00

Torrential rain has taken its toll on South Korea as deadly landslides engulf homes. CNN's Paula Hancocks reports.

Historic rains kill at least 51 in South Koreaupdated: Thu Jul 28 2011 22:55:00

Massive downpours in South Korea -- the heaviest rains in a century -- are blamed for 51 deaths, the country's Central Disaster Relief Agency reported Friday.

Cargo plane feared lost off South Koreaupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 23:03:00

South Korea's Coast Guard says it has found parts of a missing Asiana Airlines cargo plane off the southern island of Jeju but has not located the aircraft itself.

Historic rains kill at least 35 in South Koreaupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 20:07:00

Massive downpours in South Korea -- the heaviest rains in a century -- are blamed for 35 deaths, according to the country's Central Disaster Relief Agency.

North and South Korea: We'll try to resume 6-party talksupdated: Fri Jul 22 2011 09:49:00

The chief nuclear envoys of North and South Korea agreed Friday to try to resume six-party talks as soon as possible, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said.

South Korea demands Tokyo withdraw ban on its airlineupdated: Fri Jul 15 2011 06:56:00

South Korea demanded Tokyo withdraw a ban that asks Japanese diplomats to refrain from flying with Korean Air to protest a test flight above islets in the sea east of Korea that Japan claims is its territory.

South Korea breaks ground on facility for North Korean defectorsupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 09:30:00

South Korea is breaking new ground Thursday on a resettlement facility for North Korean defectors, reflecting the increasing number of people escaping food shortages and harsh living conditions of the hermit state.

S. Korean city to host 2018 Winter Olympicsupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 12:43:00

The International Olympic Committee chose Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

South Korea's inflation exceeds government targetupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 07:11:00

South Korea's inflation surpassed the government target range for six consecutive months, mounting pressure on the central bank's efforts to curb inflation without inhibiting domestic demand.

South Korean military apologizes for firing at commercial jetupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 03:20:00

The South Korean military apologized Monday for shooting at a commercial airplane carrying 119 passengers and crew.

South Korean military fires on planeupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 03:20:00

South Korean military fired at a civilian plane mistaking it for a North Korea military plane. Paula Hancocks reports.

Official: S. Korea fires at civilian jet thought to be North militaryupdated: Sat Jun 18 2011 06:57:00

Two South Korean soldiers fired at a civilian airplane after mistaking it for an aircraft from North Korea, a South Korean military official said Saturday.

Report: S. Korea fires at civilian plane thought to be North's troopsupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 23:42:00

The South Korean military fired at a civilian plane near the Yellow Sea border with North Korea, mistaking it for one of the North's military planes, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Saturday, citing a military source.

South Korea won't return 9 defectors from the Northupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 02:28:00

South Korea's Unification Ministry on Friday rejected a demand from the North to repatriate nine of its citizens who defected to the South by boat over the weekend.

9 North Koreans defect to the South by boatupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 12:18:00

Nine North Koreans defected to the South by boat over the weekend, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday.

Tests begin into alleged U.S. chemical dumping in South Koreaupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 05:42:00

South Korea launched an investigation Tuesday into reports of toxic chemicals being dumped at a former U.S. military base, the Defense Ministry said.

South Korea admits to secret meeting with Northupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 05:06:00

South Korea admitted Thursday that it held a secret meeting with the North last month.

Two small bombs explode at Seoul railway, bus stations, police sayupdated: Fri May 13 2011 00:07:00

Investigators believe a single person is responsible for planting two small bombs at Seoul's main railway station and bus terminal, South Korean officials said Friday.

Military drill shatters silence on Korean peninsulaupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 04:22:00

Heavy gunfire breaks the silence in this valley of South Korea. Stryker combat vehicles speed towards a distant target ... their machine guns focused on the enemy beyond.

S. Korea, U.S. conduct live-fire drillupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 04:22:00

South Korea and the U.S. conduct live-fire exercises they claim are defensive in nature, but N. Korea alleges otherwise.

South Korea will make second attempt to send North Koreans homeupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 06:20:00

South Korea will attempt a second time to send a group of North Koreans back to the communist North on Monday, according to the Red Cross.

North Korea wants all of its citizens returnedupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 06:04:00

North Korea has demanded that South Korea immediately return 31 North Koreans who accidentally crossed over into South Korean waters on a fishing boat -- even though the South says four of them have decided to defect.

South Korean government sites targeted in cyber attackupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 02:07:00

A cyber attack Friday morning hit 40 South Korean websites, including those of several government agencies and major banks, the country's internet security agency said.

Four North Korean fishermen defect to Southupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 04:56:00

Four members of a group of 31 North Koreans who accidentally crossed over into South Korean waters on a fishing boat, have decided to defect to the South, despite Pyongyang's demands that they all be repatriated to the North, the South Korean Red Cross said.

Animals buried alive in South Korea?updated: Tue Mar 01 2011 21:51:00

South Korean animal rights groups allege that pigs infected with foot and mouth disease are being buried alive.

S.Korea takes steps to support savings banksupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 07:57:00

South Korea's financial watchdog has pledged to supply liquidity and buy back bad property loans to try and calm the market after six savings banks had their operations suspended in recent days.

Koreas talks stall after North delegation walks outupdated: Wed Feb 09 2011 07:08:00

Talks between North and South Korea collapsed Wednesday after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on securing high-level military discussions during preparatory meetings held in the border area of Panmunjom.

South Korea agrees to humanitarian talks with North Koreaupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 23:28:00

South Korea agreed in principal to hold humanitarian talks with North Korea, as the two sides resumed working-level military meetings Wednesday, South Korea's government said.

North and South Korea begin military talksupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 02:36:00

North and South Korea opened working-level military talks Tuesday at the truce village of Panmunjom, South Korea's Defense Ministry said, marking the first inter-Korean dialogue in months.

Koreas agree to hold military talksupdated: Tue Feb 01 2011 06:17:00

North and South Korea have agreed to hold working-level military talks at the truce village of Panmunjom next week, the Ministry of Defense said Tuesday.

South Korea's Park Ji-Sung retires from international footballupdated: Mon Jan 31 2011 10:26:00

South Korea midfielder Park Ji-Sung has confirmed his immediate retirement from international football.

South Korea take third place at Asian Cupupdated: Fri Jan 28 2011 16:32:00

Two goals from Ji Dong-won ensured South Korea ended the Asian Cup in third place after they beat Uzbekistan 3-2 in Qatar.

South Korea proposes preliminary talks with North Koreaupdated: Tue Jan 25 2011 23:16:00

South Korea proposed on Wednesday holding working-level talks with North Korea on February 11, the unification ministry said.

South Korea's foreign minister wants pirates tried in his countryupdated: Tue Jan 25 2011 08:57:00

South Korea's foreign minister said Tuesday he wants five Somali pirates captured alive during the rescue of a hijacked ship last week to be put on trial in South Korea.

South Korea struggles to control foot-and-mouth epidemicupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 01:47:00

About 134,000 South military personnel are involved in efforts to contain the country's worst ever foot-and-mouth outbreak, the agriculture ministry said Thursday.

Negotiations under way for high-level talks between North, South Koreaupdated: Thu Jan 20 2011 22:26:00

South Korea has accepted a North Korean proposal for high-level military talks and will propose working-level talks to pave the way, South Korea's defense ministry said Thursday.

South Korea to consider North's motivation before peace talksupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 05:56:00

South Korea said Thursday it will have to consider the North's motivation in calling for unconditional peace talks before agreeing to them.

South Korea flexes muscleupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 05:56:00

South Korea's military shows its might in a scheduled drill, prompting North Korea to respond with a nuclear threat.

U.S. envoy arrives in South Koreaupdated: Tue Jan 04 2011 12:40:00

The U.S. special envoy for North Korea arrived in South Korea Tuesday on a trip to the region to discuss next steps on the Korean Peninsula.

S. Korea's president calls island attack an opportunity for changeupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 05:51:00

South Korea's president said Monday the country should respond to the attack on Yeonpyeong Island the same way the United States reacted to the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York -- by using the event as an opportunity to reflect on security and overhaul the country's defenses.

Boy band mayhem in South Koreaupdated: Fri Dec 31 2010 06:40:00

Super Junior is one of South Korea's biggest boy bands. CNN's Anna Coren finds out what makes them so popular.

South Korea works to contain foot-and-mouth, bird fluupdated: Fri Dec 31 2010 00:50:00

South Korea confirmed an outbreak of bird flu Friday as it struggles to contain foot-and-mouth disease, which has rapidly spread across the country.

South Korea works to contain foot and mouth disease outbreakupdated: Thu Dec 30 2010 00:31:00

South Korea raised its foot-and-mouth disease alert to its highest level on Wednesday in an effort to contain the disease that has rapidly spread across the country.

S. Korea loses cyberspace legal battleupdated: Wed Dec 29 2010 11:15:00

South Korea's government loses a legal battle over web control. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

South Koreans seek open communicationsupdated: Wed Dec 29 2010 11:15:00

Koh JaeYoul may not work at a powerful South Korean media outlet, but the might of his 140 character tweets is considered one of this highly wired country's most influential.

S. Korea president says nation's survival depends on unityupdated: Mon Dec 27 2010 13:50:00

In the face of North Korean threats, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak stepped up his nationalist push, urging countrymen in a radio address "to stand together, united as one."

South Korea takes a strong standupdated: Mon Dec 27 2010 13:50:00

CNN's Kyung Lah tours a photo gallery designed to create unified opinion about South Korean national security.

Richardson: We were 'very close' to warupdated: Sun Dec 26 2010 13:48:00

Gov. Bill Richardson says North and South Korea were 'very close' to war when he arrived in North Korea last week.

Young Koreans head to military amid tensionsupdated: Sun Dec 26 2010 13:48:00

Weeks after North Korea's attack on Yeonpyeong Island, the mood is still tense on the streets of Seoul, especially following the largest ever winter live-fire drill and civil defense exercise.

Report: 3 Chinese fishermen released from detention in South Koreaupdated: Sat Dec 25 2010 02:22:00

Three Chinese fishermen were released Saturday after being detained in South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported.

South Korea's war shiftupdated: Thu Dec 23 2010 08:12:00

CNN's Kyung Lah reports South Korea's government and citizens say perceptions have changed about North Korea.

South Korea says it will hold large land and air drills Thursdayupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 20:50:00

Tensions rippled across the Korean peninsula as South Korea geared up for its largest land and air winter drills on Thursday, maneuvers choreographed in the shadow of its reclusive tough-talking communist neighbor.

S. Korea to hold large live-fire drills on Thursdayupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 23:12:00

South Korea will hold its largest-ever winter live-fire drills Thursday in an area adjacent to North Korea, the South Korean Army said on Wednesday.

South Korea on 'high alert'updated: Tue Dec 21 2010 10:25:00

North Korea says it will not retaliate against South Korean military exercises. CNN's Wolf Blitzer reports.

Korean tension: A look at the conflictupdated: Mon Dec 20 2010 18:39:00

A disputed maritime border. Long-standing tensions. And Tuesday, a sharp escalation of hostilities. North and South Korea fired at each other for about an hour on an island that sits off a disputed border. The deadly skirmish raised fears of war between the two rival nations, once again spiking tension in the entire region.

Residents of South Korean island fleeing ahead of military drillsupdated: Sun Dec 19 2010 23:18:00

Amid South Korean plans to hold live-fire military drills this week and North Korean threats of retaliation, many residents of Yeonpyeong Island are evacuating, afraid of being caught in the middle.

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