South Korea

Former Korean 'comfort women' for U.S. troops sue own government

PYEONGTAEK South Korea - Cho Myung-ja ran away from home as a teenager to escape a father who beat her, finding her way to the red light district in a South Korean town that hosts a large U.S. Army garrison.

GM Korea workers approve strike as wage talks stall

SEOUL - General Motors' South Korean workers on Wednesday voted to go on strike over salaries and production volume, signalling tough annual wage talks for automakers already grappling with falling earnings due to the stronger won.

09 Jul 2014

South Korea ferry children were steps from safety: prosecutor

GWANGJU South Korea - Many of the 250 children who drowned when a South Korean ferry sank in April would have survived if the crew had issued a simple order to evacuate to emergency decks just outside their cabins, a prosecutor said on Tuesday.

World, 08 Jul 2014

GM Korea CEO warns of output cut as strike vote looms

SEOUL - General Motors' South Korea chief warned employees that a potential strike could lead to further production cuts in one of its major Asian manufacturing bases, according to an email sent to staff and obtained by Reuters.

08 Jul 2014

After beating Google, Korea's Naver goes global with messaging app Line

SEOUL - The billionaire founder of web portal operator Naver Corp beat back Google Inc to leave South Korea one of few countries where the U.S. search engine does not dominate.

Tech, Media 06 Jul 2014

China's Xi invites South Korea joint effort on Japan's wartime past

SEOUL - China and South Korea have a common interest in ensuring Tokyo is held to account for its wartime past, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday, amid their shared concerns about Japan's more assertive security strategy.

World, China, Japan, 04 Jul 2014

GM to recall 27,051 Spark cars in Korea due to transmission defect

SEOUL - General Motors Co will recall 27,051 Spark mini cars in South Korea due to a defective transmission mount, the latest in a string of global recalls by the U.S. automaker.

03 Jul 2014

China and South Korea leaders restate opposition to North's nuclear arms

SEOUL - The leaders of South Korea and China on Thursday restated their firm opposition to the nuclear ambitions of North Korea, Beijing's erstwhile ally, and to work towards concluding talks on a free trade deal by the end of the year. | Video

Japanese woman abducted by North Korea an icon, but South Korean husband forgotten

JEONJU South Korea - Kim Young-nam was a teenager living on the coast of South Korea when he disappeared in 1978, only to turn up in North Korea. There, he met and married Megumi Yokota, a Japanese national abducted by North Korean agents on her way home from school a year previously.

World, Japan, North Korea 02 Jul 2014

Investment banks jockey for $100 million Samsung restructuring bonanza

HONG KONG/SEOUL - Investment bankers are jostling to win plum roles from the founding Lee family of Samsung Group, South Korea's top fee-payer, as it prepares to hand the baton to the next generation in a restructuring that could land more than $100 million in advisory fees alone.

02 Jul 2014

Israel says shoots down Gaza drone as calls for truce mount

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel said it shot down a drone from Gaza a week into its offensive on Monday, the first reported deployment of an unmanned aircraft by Palestinian militants whose rocket attacks have been regularly intercepted. | Video