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Forensic team unable to say how South Korea ferry businessman died

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SEOUL - South Korea's forensic agency said on Friday it was impossible to determine the cause of death of a businessman linked to a ferry that sank killing 304 people in April because there was too much tissue damage to his badly decomposed body.

Russia concerned by U.S. proposal for missile shield in South Korea

MOSCOW - Russia voiced concern on Thursday over a U.S. proposal to station elements of a missile defense shield in South Korea, saying the move could provoke an arms race in the region.

World, Russia, 24 Jul 2014

After profit hit, Hyundai Motor warns of firmer won, may make more cars overseas

SEOUL - South Korea's Hyundai Motor reported net profit fell the most in five quarters, hit by the local currency's strength, and said it may make more vehicles overseas as it braces for a tough second half with the won still strong. Hyundai, the world's fifth-biggest automaker combined with affiliate Kia Motors , on Thursday reported a 2.24 trillion Korean won ($2.18 billion) net profit for the second quarter, down nearly 7 percent from a year earli

24 Jul 2014

South Korea confirms hog foot-and-mouth outbreak

SEOUL - South Korea has confirmed a case of foot-and-mouth disease at a hog farm, the country's first outbreak in more than three years, the agriculture ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

Health, 24 Jul 2014

South Korea ferry fugitive hid behind cabin wall, bags of cash at hand

SUNCHEON/INCHEON South Korea - South Korea's most wanted man, whose heavily decomposed body was found in an orchard last month, had evaded arrest by hiding behind an upstairs wall of a wooden cabin, with suitcases of cash at hand, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

World, 23 Jul 2014

Korea ferry businessman's body found next to book, alcohol bottles

SUNCHEON South Korea - The body of South Korea's most wanted man, linked to the sinking of a ferry in April that killed 300 people, was identified more than a month after being found in an orchard, police said on Tuesday, with his book and empty bottles of alcohol nearby. | Video

World, 22 Jul 2014

South Korea police say a body may be ferry-disaster fugitive's

SEOUL - South Korean police are trying to confirm the identity of a body they believe may have been the fugitive head of the family that owned the operator of a ferry that capsized in April, killing more than 300 people, a police official told Reuters.

World, 21 Jul 2014

South Korea military chiefs endorse $8.2 billion development plan for home-built fighters

SEOUL - South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff endorsed a plan on Friday for the country to design its own mid-level fighter jet, which a state think tank estimated will cost up to 8.5 trillion won ($8.24 billion) to develop.

World, 18 Jul 2014

South Korea to scrap rice import caps, farmers stage protest

SEOUL - South Korea will scrap caps on rice imports from 2015, potentially opening up the politically sensitive market to more imports from countries such as the United States and China, in a move that has been fiercely resisted by many farmers.

World, China, 18 Jul 2014

South Korea to scrap rice import caps from start of next year: reports

SEOUL - South Korea will on Friday announce plans to scrap caps on rice imports from the start of 2015, instead managing shipments into the country using a system of steep tariffs, domestic media including the state Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday.

World, 17 Jul 2014
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Israel says ready to extend short Gaza truce; many bodies pulled from rubble

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel will extend a humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip by a further four hours, a government source said on Saturday, as the number of Palestinian deaths in the 19-day war topped 1,000. | Video