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Playing politics? Chinese tourism under scrutiny as Lunar New Year nears


SHANGHAI/BEIJING With 6 million Chinese tourists expected to travel abroad over the Lunar New Year break, China's Jan. 27 to Feb. 2 holiday is crucial for Taiwan tour agency operator Li Chi-yueh, who relies on mainland visitors for a third of his revenue.

South Korea's culture minister arrested over arts blacklist in political scandal

SEOUL South Korean prosecutors arrested the culture minister on Saturday, on suspicion of abuse of power for drawing up a blacklist of artists, writers and entertainers critical of the country's impeached president, Park Geun-hye.

World, Jan 21 2017

U.S. asks South Korea to arrest former U.N. chief Ban's brother

NEW YORK/SEOUL The U.S. government has asked South Korea to arrest a brother of former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on charges that he engaged in a bribery scheme to carry out the sale of a Vietnamese building complex, a U.S. prosecutor said on Friday.

World, United Nations, Jan 20 2017

South Korea prosecutors summon another Samsung executive

SEOUL South Korea's special prosecutor's office said on Friday it summoned a Samsung Electronics Co Ltd executive for questioning as it investigates a widening influence-peddling scandal that has embroiled President Park Geun-hye.

Tech, Jan 20 2017

Japan says mention of disputed islands on Korean Olympics site 'unacceptable'

TOKYO Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday objected to mention on the Pyeongchang Olympics website of islands disputed by his country and South Korea, saying it was "unacceptable" and went against the spirit of the international competition.

World, Japan, Jan 19 2017

Samsung chief staves off arrest, prosecutor keeps chasing

SEOUL A South Korean court on Thursday dismissed an arrest warrant against the head of Samsung Group [SAGR.UL], the country's largest conglomerate, amid a graft scandal that has led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. | Video

Tech, Jan 19 2017

The world according to Park: a blacklist and placenta shots in South Korea

SEOUL In a tumultuous four years in power, South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been criticized for her handling of a ferry disaster and the running of the economy, and also for bizarre episodes involving beauty treatments and bulk buying of Viagra.

World, Jan 19 2017

North Korea may test-launch ICBM soon: South Korean media

SEOUL North Korea may be preparing to test-launch a new, upgraded prototype of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), South Korean media reported on Thursday, citing military sources.

World, North Korea Jan 18 2017

South Korea's Netmarble seeks M&As, U.S. expansion: founder

SEOUL South Korea's largest mobile game company, Netmarble Games Corp, is seeking more mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property rights to expand its share of the gaming market in North America and Europe, its founder said.

Tech, Jan 18 2017

Samsung chief questioned behind closed doors in arrest warrant hearing

SEOUL A South Korean judge questioned Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee behind closed doors on Wednesday to decide whether he should be arrested over his alleged role in a corruption scandal that led parliament to impeach President Park Geun-hye. | Video

World, Tech, Jan 18 2017

Thousands protest outside Taiwan Presidential Office over pension reform plan

TAIPEI Thousands of military personnel, teachers, police and civil servants protested a plan to reform Taiwan's pension system outside of the Presidential Office in Taipei on Sunday, as a national conference to discuss reform was held in the Office.