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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.

Samsung introduces new smartphones in bid to restore image

Technology giant Samsung introduced new models on Wednesday in the Galaxy smartphone line, as the South Korean company seeks to rebuild its brand after last year's recall of devices that burst into flame.

South Korean prosecutors seek arrest of ex-president Park

South Korean prosecutors on Monday requested the arrest of impeached president Park Geun Hye on corruption allegations, local media 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 Korea tests new high-thrust engine, hails 'historic day'

North Korea has tested a new type of high-thrust engine, state media reported on Sunday, with leader Kim Jong Un hailing it as "a historic day which can be called 'March 18' revolution'."

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.

US stands by military drills with South Korea

The US indicated Wednesday it would continue joint military exercises with South Korea following a proposal by China that the drills be suspended in exchange for North Korea halting its nuclear activities.

China calls on N Korea to suspend nukes, US to stop military drills

North Korea should suspend its nuclear activities in exchange for the US and South Korea halting their annual joint military drills, China proposed on Wednesday, as tensions between the two sides escalate.

China vows 'necessary measures' against US-S Korea missile system

China says it "will take necessary measures to maintain [its] security interests" against a US anti-missile system deployed to South Korea, according to a Foreign Ministry spokesman.

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.

Croatia to open embassy in South Korea

Croatia will open an embassy in Seoul this year, the Croatian ambassador to Japan, Drazen Hrastic, announced in an interview with The Korea Times published on Sunday.

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.

China condemns 'wrong remarks' by Mattis on East China Sea islands

China condemned "wrong remarks" reportedly made by US Defence Secretary James Mattis in Tokyo about a group of disputed islets in the East China Sea, state media reported Saturday.

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.

South Korea fines US chipmaker Qualcomm 1 trillion won

South Korea's competition authorities have fined US chipmaker Qualcomm 1 trillion won (850 million dollars) for unfair business practices, they announced Wednesday.

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.

Nuclear uncertainty looms large in Asia after Trump election victory

During his US presidential election campaign, Donald Trump suggested Japan and South Korea should go nuclear amid threats from North Korea. Asian countries are anxiously watching as the US president-elect assembles his administration.

South Korean-Croatian business forum held

The biggest potential for further developing economic relations between Croatia and the Republic of Korea lies in ICT and infrastructure projects, the fourth South Korean-Croatian business forum heard in Zagreb on Wednesday.

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.

Organizing chief: Pyeongchang will be ready for 2018 Games

The South Korean city of Pyeongchang will be ready for the start of the 2018 Olympic Games and can spark winter sport in Asia into life, the chief of the local organizing committee said Tuesday.

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.

Carter: North Korea would face US military might for nuclear attack

The US would respond with the "full spectrum of American military might" if North Korea were to undertake a nuclear attack, US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter says following the latest failed missile test by Pyongyang.

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.

Plane evacuated in US after mobile phone smokes, makes popping noises

A Samsung Note 7 mobile phone overheated and began popping and smoking Wednesday aboard a Southwest Airlines jet just before takeoff, leading to an evacuation, news reports said.

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.

North Korea tests new rocket for satellites as nuclear worries grow

North Korea has conducted successful tests of a new type of high-powered rocket engine to guide the country's satellites into space, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Tuesday, adding to fears of the country's nuclear capabilities.

US regulators officially recall Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones

US government regulators on Thursday recalled 1 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones two weeks after the company stopped selling them because they represent a fire hazard.

US scientist: North Korea could have 20 nuclear bombs this year

North Korea could have enough plutonium and highly enriched uranium by the end of 2016 to build up to 20 nuclear bombs, a leading US nuclear scientist says.

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.

North Korea confirms "successful" fifth nuclear test

North Korea carried out its fifth and possibly biggest ever nuclear test on Friday, Seoul said, triggering an earthquake measuring magnitude 5.0 and condemnation from neighbours.

Obama calls for full implementation of sanctions against North Korea

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for the full implementation of sanctions against North Korea after it fired three ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan.