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Report: S Korea ex-president Park arrested

Former South Korean president Park Geun Hye was arrested and transferred to a detention centre south of Seoul on Friday after a court issued a warrant for her arrest, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Arrest warrant issued for South Korea's ex-president Park

A South Korean court approved an arrest warrant for former South Korean president Park Geun Hye early Friday, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Seoul says North Korea missile test failed

North Korea carried out a missile test that failed on Wednesday, South Korea's Defence Ministry said.

Ex-president Park questioned by prosecutors for 14 hours

Impeached South Korean president Park Geun Hye spent around 14 hours being interrogated by prosecutors on Tuesday, a lawyer for Park said.

North Korean threats on agenda as Tillerson visits South Korea

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the demilitarized zone (DMZ) on Friday after arriving in South Korea for meetings with his counterpart, Yun Byung Se, to discuss North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.

Impeached South Korean president Park leaves official residence

Impeached South Korean president Park Geun Hye left the Blue House - the head of state's official residence - on Sunday.

Report: Third protester dies after pro-Park rallies in South Korea

A third protestor has died in South Korea, a day after demonstrations broke out following the news that the country's impeached president Park Geun Hye must step down permanently, local media reported Saturday.

Impeached Park forced to leave office, two die in resulting protests

South Korea's constitutional court confirmed Friday that the country's impeached president Park Geun Hye must step down permanently, as two people died in demonstrations protesting the ruling.

Report: Samsung heir denies bribing impeached S Korean president

Lawyers representing the heir to the Samsung empire, Lee Jae Yong, denied that he had any involvement in bribing South Korea's impeached president on the first day of his trial on Thursday, local media reported.

Purported son of Kim Jong Nam releases video after airport killing

A man claiming to be the son of the recently murdered half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un appeared in a YouTube video that went online Wednesday, saying that he hopes the situation "gets better soon."

US deploys anti-missile system to South Korea

The United States has begun deploying its THAAD missile defence system to South Korea, the US Pacific Command confirmed on Tuesday, a day after North Korea launched four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan.

South Korean prosecutors accuse President Park of corruption

Investigators in South Korea have accused the country's impeached president, Park Geun Hye, of being an accomplice to corruption involving one of its biggest firms.

China condemns N Korea missile test; assigns some blame to US, South

China has joined the international community in condemning Monday's launch of four ballistic missiles by North Korea and urged calm in the region.

South Korea ups cash reward for classified information from North

South Korea is to quadruple its cash offer to defectors from the North willing to provide classified information on the hermit dictatorship, local media reported Sunday.

South Korea's acting president refuses to extend Park investigation

Acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo Ahn refused to extend a special prosecutor's investigation into a scandal involving impeached President Park Geun Hye on Monday.

Seoul confirms North Korean leader's half brother killed by poison

South Korea's spy agency has confirmed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother was killed by poison, local media reported Wednesday.

Samsung's de facto boss hit by second arrest warrant

For the second time in a matter of weeks, South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday applied for an arrest warrant for the vice chairman of electronics giant Samsung, Lee Jae Yong.

North Korea claims ballistic missile launch success

North Korea said Monday it had successfully test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported, quoting its neighbour's state-run media.

North Korea fires off ballistic missile, South Korean military says

North Korea fired off a new ballistic missile in the direction of the East Sea Sunday, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported, citing Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

South Korea to toughen battery safety standards after Samsung fires

Safety regulations for lithium ion batteries will be strengthened, the South Korean government said Monday, in the wake the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fires that sparked a worldwide recall.

Mattis warns N Korea, reaffirms US commitment to Japan, S Korea

The United States will treat the North Korean nuclear threat as a "top priority security issue," US Defence Secretary James Mattis said after arriving Thursday in South Korea.

Former UN chief Ban Ki-moon rules out presidential bid in South Korea

Former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday ruled out a rumoured candidacy in South Korea's presidential election, dashing hopes that he might mend deep divisions in his home country amid a widening political scandal.

Samsung's quarterly profits more than double despite Note 7 debacle

Samsung's profits for the final quarter of 2016 were more than double the same period in the previous year, the South Korean smartphone manufacturer said Tuesday in a stock market filing.

Samsung: Battery design, manufacturing errors behind Note 7 fires

The design and production of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's batteries caused the mobile phones to catch fire, the South Korean company said Monday.

South Korean media: North Korea ICBM launch could be imminent

North Korea may be planning to launch two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) soon, South Korean media reported Thursday citing military sources.

South Korean prosecutors request arrest warrant for Samsung heir

South Korean prosecutors on Monday requested the arrest of Samsung heir Lee Jae Yong on corruption charges linked to the ever-widening scandal surrounding President Park Guen Hye, local media reported.

S Korea investigation: Charges against Samsung head likely by Sunday

Investigators say they will decide by Sunday whether to seek the arrest of the de facto head of Samsung on corruption charges linked to the ever-widening scandal surrounding South Korean President Park Guen Hye, reports national media.

Ban Ki-moon stirs up president rumours upon return to South Korea

After 10 years as general secretary of the United Nations, South Korea's Ban Ki-mooon has returned home, stirring up rumours that he could seek to be the country's next president.

South Korea: North Korea has enough plutonium for 10 nukes

North Korea has enough weapons-grade plutonium to produce 10 nuclear bombs, South Korea's Defence Ministry claimed on Wednesday.

Samsung expects 50-per-cent rise in profit despite smartphone debacle

Samsung Electronics on Friday said it expected its fourth-quarter operating profit to jump by about 50 per cent, despite being forced to withdraw its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in October.

South Korean president violated "people's basic rights," court hears

South Korean President Park Geun Hye was accused of violating "people's basic rights" on the first day of oral arguments in the leader's impeachment trial on Thursday, local media reported.

South Korea lifts tariffs on egg imports amid bird-flu crisis

South Korea's cabinet on Tuesday decided to lift tariffs on egg imports amid a shortage caused by the worst bird-flu crisis in the country's history, Yonhap news agency reported, citing officials.

BMW, Porsche, Nissan hit with South Korea fines, sales bans

South Korea handed out fines to two German and one Japanese carmaker Monday as it announced bans on a series of 10 import models because of faulty documentation, as part of a probe into vehicle emissions standards.

Denmark confirms daughter of South Korean president's confidante held

A woman embroiled in South Korea's ongoing political crisis is in police custody, Danish officials confirmed Monday, after she was spotted at an equestrian competition there and picked up on an outstanding Interpol warrant.

South Korea president says she is victim of "distorted" reporting

South Korea's impeached president, Park Geun Hye, said Sunday she was the victim of "distorted" reporting and false suspicions.

New South Korea party opens door to UN's Ban amid impeachment scandal

Twenty-nine lawmakers left South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party on Tuesday in the wake of the impeachment of President Park Geun Hye, local media reported, with one rebel lawmaker suggesting that outgoing UN boss Ban Ki-moon join their ranks.

Bird flu in South Korea: 26 million chickens already culled

Some 26 million chickens have had to be killed in South Korea, officials said, to help combat the country's most serious ever bird flu epidemic.

South Korean president rejects accusations amid impeachment push

There is no legal foundation for the removal of South Korean President Park Geun Hye from power, her lawyers said in a 24-page legal position paper released Friday, as reported by state-run news agency Yonhap.

North Korea simulates attacks on South Korean government facilities

North Korea carried out military exercises to simulate attacks on facilities in neighbouring South Korea, including the presidential palace, North Korean state media reported Sunday.

South Korean parliament votes to impeach corruption-tainted president

South Korea's National Assembly on Friday voted to impeach President Park Geun Hye, who has been dogged by accusations of corruption.

Park says she won't immediately resign if impeached by parliament

Embattled South Korean President Park Geun Hye said that if impeached by parliament later this week, she would wait until a court upheld the vote before stepping down.

South Korean protests grow as impeachment motion tabled against Park

Demonstrators calling for the immediate resignation of South Korean President Park Geun Hye came within 100 metres of her official residence on Saturday as pressure increased on the embattled leader.

North Korea ups military ante in response to sanctions

North Korea has carried out a series of military exercises simulating attacks on South Korean military bases and the country's central government, North Korean state media reported on Friday.

South Korean President Park offers to quit, leaves fate to lawmakers

Embattled South Korean President Park Geun Hye said Tuesday she is prepared to resign from her position as president, but would let the parliament decide on her exact political fate.

Huge protests demanding resignation of South Korean president

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in the streets before South Korea's presidential palace on Saturday demanding the resignation of President Park Geun Hye.

Samsung raided in connection with South Korea corruption scandal

South Korean prosecutors raided the offices of Samsung and a state-run pension fund Wednesday in connection with the current corruption scandal involving President Park Geun Hye and her friend Choi Soon Sil, the country's Yonhap news agency reported.

South Korea's largest opposition party seeks president's impeachment

South Korea's largest opposition party said Monday it would take steps to begin impeachment proceedings against President Park Geun Hye over a widening corruption scandal that has rocked the nation.

South Korean investigators say Park likely involved in Choi affair

South Korean President Park Geun Hye is likely to have played a role in the corruption scandal involving her friend Choi Soon Sil, investigating prosecutors said Sunday.

Thousands demand Park's resignation in renewed South Korea protests

Demands for South Korean President Park Geun Hye to resign continued unabated on Saturday as tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Seoul for a fourth week running.

South Korea prohibits export of Google Maps data amid security fears

The government of South Korea decided on Friday that US-based internet giant Google may not export data used for its global map services, due to security issues.

Samsung acquires Canadian messaging technology specialist

The world's largest smartphone producer Samsung Electronics announced Wednesday that it has acquired Canadian messaging technology specialist NewNet Communication Technologies for an undisclosed price.

Samsung Electronics in 8-billion-dollar purchase of car-parts firm

Samsung Electronics has made an agreement to buy US car-parts supplier Harman International Industries for 8 billion dollars in cash, the leading South Korean smartphone, television and memory chip producer reported Monday from Seoul.

Biggest protest in recent decades against South Korean president

More than 200,000 demonstrators joined one of South Korea's largest rallies in recent decades on Saturday, calling for the resignation of President Park Geun Hye amid accusations she allowed a friend to influence policy decisions.

Trump assures Seoul of continued US support over Pyongyang threat

President-elect Donald Trump has assured South Korea of continued US protection against North Korea once he takes office.

South Korean prosecutors question president's former aides

Prosecutors in South Korea issued arrest warrants for two former aides to President Park Geun Hye on Sunday, local media reported, as she faced a growing scandal over allowing a close friend to influence her decisions in power.

Thousands take to streets of Seoul anew to protest influence scandal

Seoul (dpa) - The scandal about undue influence surrounding South Korean President Park Geun Hye drew tens of thousands of protesters to the streets of Seoul again Saturday.

Seoul court issues arrest warrant for Park's confidante in graft case

A South Korean district court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for a confidante of President Park Geun Hye, Yonhap news agency reported, in the latest twist to a political scandal that has engulfed the country's leadership.

Possible investigation into South Korean president, new premier says

South Korea's President Park Geun Hye could be investigated as part of a probe into one of her aides, the country's prime minister-designate said Thursday, amid a widening political scandal.

Korean prosecutors widen corruption probe into Park's confidante

South Korean prosecutors have raided the offices of eight banks as part of their investigation into a confidante of President Park Geun Hye who is thought to have had undue influence over state affairs, the Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday.

Korean president's friend apologizes as corruption questioning begins

Choi Soon Sil - a confidante of South Korean President Park Geun Hye, whose relationship with the executive has raised questions about improper sharing of government documents - apologized Monday as prosecutors began questioning her.

Samsung third-quarter earnings drop after Note7 woes

Samsung announced reduced profits for the third quarter on Thursday, as the company struggles with the aftermath of the failed Galaxy Note7 smartphone.

Hyundai strikes and Samsung woes blamed for weaker South Korea growth

South Korea's central bank on Tuesday blamed strikes at carmaker Hyundai and Samsung's smartphone troubles for weaker third quarter growth.

Hundreds of South Koreans sue Samsung over Galaxy Note7: report

Hundreds of South Korean Galaxy Note7 owners filed a joint lawsuit Monday against Samsung seeking compensation after the fire-prone smartphone was discontinued, Yonhap news agency reported.

South Korean president backs constitution change to allow second term

The South Korean constitution should be changed to allow the president a second term in office, and the terms themselves should be longer, the incumbent Park Geun Hye said Monday.

Seoul: Failed rocket test shows "limits" of North Korean technology

A failed rocket test carried out by North Korea on Thursday demonstrates the "limits" of the communist country's technology, South Korean Defence Minister Han Min Koo said after talks with his US counterpart outside Washington.

Samsung promises suppliers compensation for scrapped Galaxy Note7

Samsung on Tuesday told component suppliers that they would receive compensation after the leading smartphone manufacturer ceased production of its Galaxy Note7 model, following cases of the devices catching fire.

South Korea's Hyundai gets ECB approval to open bank in Europe

Seoul (dpa) - South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Group announced Monday that it received approval from the European Central Bank (ECB) to open a new bank in Europe to offer car financing.

Samsung expects huge losses due to scrapping Note7 production

Samsung said Friday it expects massive profit losses through the first quarter of 2017 after pulling the plug on its problem-plagued Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

Fitch: Samsung risks "long-term brand damage" from phone recall

Samsung faces the prospect of "long-term brand damage" over safety scares plaguing the flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, the ratings agency Fitch said Thursday.

Samsung ends production of flagship Note 7 smartphone

South Korea's Samsung said it will no longer make its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, following a series of safety scares that have plagued the leading smartphone manufacturer.

Samsung suspends worldwide sales of Galaxy Note7

Samsung on Tuesday suspended global sales of its Galaxy Note7 smartphone with immediate effect and advised users to power the devices down and hand them in, after numerous reports of the phones catching fire.

Samsung smartphone crisis deepens as Note 7 production "adjusted"

South Korean tech giant Samsung is changing the production plan for its latest line of high-end smartphones, the company said Monday, as it struggled to contain safety problems that have already forced a global recall.

Samsung expects profit increase despite Galaxy Note 7 issues

Samsung announced Friday it expects a 5.6-per-cent rise in profits in the third quarter of 2016, despite recent problems with the company's flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung buys Siri developers' start-up for own voice assistant

Tech giant Samsung announced Thursday its plan to buy Viv Labs, a start-up founded by the developers of the voice assistant Siri which is used by competitor Apple.

Report: South Korea to buy 90 more German cruise missiles

South Korea is to purchase an additional 90 Taurus cruise missiles from Germany, state news agency Yonhap reported Tuesday.

Samsung's Note 7 phones go back on sale after recall

Samsung's flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphones went back on sale in South Korea on Saturday, almost a month after the electronics giant was forced to undertake a worldwide recall of the devices due to the risk of them catching fire.

North Korean soldier makes rare defection to South over land border

A North Korean soldier has defected to the South across the country's heavily guarded land border, the South Korean military said Thursday.

First all-day strike in 12 years at Hyundai halts production

The first all-day strike by workers at South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor in 12 years halted production completely on Monday.

X-ray checks ordered for Samsung smartphone batteries

Samsung was facing more problems with its newest line of high-end smartphones Thursday, as technology regulators ordered further battery checks.

US sends bombers to South Korea in show of force aimed at Pyongyang

The US dispatched two long-range bombers to South Korean skies this week as a show of force in response to recent North Korean nuclear and missile tests, the US armed forces reported Wednesday.

Battery manufacturer denies role in Samsung smartphone fire hazard

The Chinese manufacturer of batteries used in Samsung's recalled Note 7 smartphones said on Monday its battery is not the cause of the phone's explosive tendency.

US bombers in show of force after North Korean nuclear test

The US on Tuesday flew two nuclear-capable long-range bombers over South Korea in a show of military strength in response to North Korea's most recent nuclear test, United States Forces Korea (USFK) said.

North Korea "ready to conduct another nuclear test"

North Korea is ready to conduct another nuclear test, South Korean intelligence officials said Monday, three days after Pyongyang conducted its fifth and possibly most powerful test to date.

Samsung calls for consumers to exchange Galaxy Note 7 smartphones

South Korean technology firm Samsung is urging customers around the world to power down and exchange their new Galaxy Note7 smart phones over safety fears.

Samsung stops sale of new smartphone that can burst into flames

Electronics company Samsung has stopped the sale of its new smartphone Galaxy Note 7, which has been shown to burst into flames while recharging.

North Korea fires ballistic missile from submarine towards Japan

North Korea's test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile drew rebukes from Japan and South Korea and condemnation from the United Nations on Wednesday

Report: North Korea lays mines along DMZ as South plays up defections

North Korean soldiers have been laying fresh landmines in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating their country from South Korea in recent weeks, reported South Korean news agency Yonhap Tuesday, citing government sources.

North Korea threatens nuclear strike amid US, South Korean exercises

North Korea threatened to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike as annual US and South Korean military exercises began in the region on Monday.

High-ranking North Korean defects to South, Seoul says

A senior official at the North Korean embassy in London has arrived in South Korea, the government in Seoul said, in one of the highest-ranking defections ever from the secretive communist state.

South Korea defends plans to bolster security with missile system

South Korea's President Park Guen Hye defended plans to deploy a US missile defence system in the country on Monday, despite criticism from China and Russia.

South Korea pardons almost 5,000, including convicted business leader

South Korean President Park Geun Hye has granted amnesty to almost 5,000 convicted criminals

Japan condemns "outrageous" North Korea missile test near its waters

A missile fired from North Korea landed in the sea off the Japanese coast, in a launch condemned as "outrageous" and a danger to peace in the region.

South Korea stops sale of 80 Volkswagen models

The South Korean government on Tuesday stopped the sale of 80 different models of vehicles manufactured by German carmaker Volkswagen in connection with the emissions scandal.

North Korean ballistic missile launches from submarine, explodes

North Korea launched a ballistic missile from a submarine Saturday, but the rocket exploded soon after take-off, the South's military said.

US, South Korea to install missile defence system

The US and South Korea agreed to install an anti-ballistic missile system on the East Asian peninsula to improve defence capabilities against North Korea, officials said in Seoul Friday.

North Korea claims successful intermediate-range missile launch

North Korea on Thursday said it had successfully fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile.

US, Japan, UN condemn North Korean missile tests

North Korea test-fired two medium-range missiles early Wednesday, a media report said, with the United States and Japan condemning the communist hermit state's actions.

North Korea editorial praises Trump as "wise politician"

An official North Korean media outlet has praised presumptive Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump as a "wise politician."

North Korea's missile, nuclear tests and the international response

North Korea has carried out its fifth nuclear test since it began its quest for nuclear arms in 2006, causing fresh concerns for its neighbours.

North Korea attempts missile launch, South reports

North Korea attempted to launch a missile early Tuesday, South Korea's military said.