North Korea Fires 2 Ballistic Missiles Into Eastern Waters

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into waters off its eastern coast Wednesday afternoon, two days after claiming to have tested a newly developed missile in a resumption of its weapons displays after a six-month lull. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missiles were launched from central North… Continue reading North Korea Fires 2 Ballistic Missiles Into Eastern Waters

South Korea becomes first country to curb Google and Apple’s payment dominance in landmark ruling

South Korea has become the first country to impose curbs on Google and Apple’s policies that force developers to only use the tech giants’ proprietary billing systems. Those policies require developers to pay Google and Apple a commission as high as 30% in every transaction. Media reports last week said the legislation and judiciary committee… Continue reading South Korea becomes first country to curb Google and Apple’s payment dominance in landmark ruling

Officials Raise Restrictions In Seoul Amid Another Wave Of COVID-19 Infections

SEOUL, South Korea — Despite early successes last year in controlling the pandemic, South Korea Friday announced it would raise restrictions in the capital region to the highest level, as a fourth wave of infections is gaining speed. The country recorded 1,316 cases Friday, breaking records for a second straight day. That’s not high by… Continue reading Officials Raise Restrictions In Seoul Amid Another Wave Of COVID-19 Infections

Governments are deploying ‘wartime-like’ efforts to win the global semiconductor race

Tiny pieces of silicon with intricate circuits on them are the lifeblood of today’s economy. These clever semiconductors make our internet-connected world go round. In addition to iPhones and PlayStations, they underpin key national infrastructure and sophisticated weaponry. But recently there haven’t been enough of them to meet demand. The reasons for the ongoing global… Continue reading Governments are deploying ‘wartime-like’ efforts to win the global semiconductor race

Two Nigerian men arrested in South Korea for allegedly conning victims out of N41m in romance scams

Two Nigerian men have been arrested in Suwon, South Korea for allegedly swindling South Korean victims, mostly women, of tens of thousands of dollars in romance scams, local police said Wednesday, April 28. According to the Gyeonggi Nambu Police Agency, just south of Seoul, the suspects defrauded four South Koreans, three women and one man… Continue reading Two Nigerian men arrested in South Korea for allegedly conning victims out of N41m in romance scams

Citing Pandemic Fears, North Korea Says It Won’t Attend Tokyo Olympics

North Korea says it will skip the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo, citing coronavirus concerns – a move that frustrates South Korea’s hopes that the games might revive stalled peace talks between the bitter rivals. The decision to sit out the already delayed Tokyo Games means the North’s athletes will be a no-show at the… Continue reading Citing Pandemic Fears, North Korea Says It Won’t Attend Tokyo Olympics

Japan And South Korea Congratulate Biden, Hope For Steadier Relationship With U.S.

A newspaper's front page reporting on President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the U.S. presidential election is displayed on a sidewalk in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The United States’ chief allies in East Asia, South Korea and Japan, welcomed Joe Biden’s electoral victory over the weekend, expecting that the former vice president will rebuild their decades-old alliances, which have been challenged during four years of unprecedented strain under the Trump administration. After extending congratulations on Twitter, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told… Continue reading Japan And South Korea Congratulate Biden, Hope For Steadier Relationship With U.S.

South Korea’s ex-president Myung-bak goes back to prison

But only a few steps away on the other side of a police line stood a man with a different message: “Apologise to the people”. Lee was taken to the Seoul Central District Prosecution’s Office for a registration process before being transferred to a prison in the east of the capital. His return to jail… Continue reading South Korea’s ex-president Myung-bak goes back to prison

South Korea imposes coronavirus lockdown rules following nine days of triple-digit increases in new cases

South Korea is resuming certain lockdown measures as it battles a new coronavirus outbreak. Health Minister Park Neung-hoo announced new bans on large gatherings, with closures for beaches, nightspots and churches, as well as removing fans from professional sporting events. The government said it did not take the decision lightly, but felt the restrictions were necessary after nine straight… Continue reading South Korea imposes coronavirus lockdown rules following nine days of triple-digit increases in new cases

U.S. envoy arrives in South Korea as North Korea rejects talks

A U.S. envoy arrived in South Korea on Tuesday in an effort to renew stalled nuclear talks with North Korea, hours after it issued a statement saying it has no intention of sitting down with the United States and told South Korea to “stop meddling”. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, who has led… Continue reading U.S. envoy arrives in South Korea as North Korea rejects talks