South Korea

South Korea February house prices rise for 18th month

SEOUL, Feb 28 - South Korean house prices rose in February for the 18th month running and by the fastest annual pace in 31 months, private sector data showed on Saturday, backing government optimism for the economy's sustained recovery.

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North Korea steps up threats over drills; U.S. Congress advances sanctions bill 27 Feb 2015

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - North Korea ramped up threatening language against the United States on Friday, days before the start of annual joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises, while a bill to stiffen sanctions against Pyongyang advanced in the U.S. Congress.

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North Korea steps up threats over drills; U.S. Congress advances sanctions bill 27 Feb 2015

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - North Korea ramped up threatening language against the United States on Friday, days before the start of annual joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises, while a bill to stiffen sanctions against Pyongyang advanced in the U.S. Congress.

UPDATE 1-S.Korea's nuclear watchdog approves restart of second-oldest reactor 26 Feb 2015

* Operator welcomes decision, aims to restart it in April (Adds more details and statement from nuclear operator)

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Samsung Elec to freeze salaries in South Korea for first time since 2009 26 Feb 2015

SEOUL - Samsung Electronics will freeze wages in 2015 for employees in South Korea for the first time in six years, after the world's biggest smartphone maker saw profits fall in the face of rising competition.

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Samsung Electronics to freeze salaries in South Korea for first time since 2009 26 Feb 2015

SEOUL - Samsung Electronics will freeze wages in 2015 for employees in South Korea for the first time in six years, after the world's biggest smartphone maker saw profits fall in the face of rising competition.

Shares of South Korean contraceptive makers surge after court scraps adultery ban 26 Feb 2015

SEOUL - South Korea's highest court on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional a decades-old law banning adultery, triggering a surge in shares of condom makers and morning-after pills.

UPDATE 1-Shares of S. Korean contraceptive makers surge after court scraps adultery ban 26 Feb 2015

SEOUL, Feb 26 - South Korea's highest court on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional a decades-old law banning adultery, triggering a surge in shares of condom makers and morning-after pills.

S. Korea aluminium premium drops, could help buyers in Japan benchmark talks 26 Feb 2015

MELBOURNE, Feb 26 - South Korea's state commodity buyer has paid a lower premium for aluminium in its latest tender, signalling a turning point for costs to obtain the metal in Asia as regional supply climbs.

REFILE-South Korean condom stock surges after court says adultery not a crime 26 Feb 2015

SEOUL, Feb 26 - South Korea's highest court struck down a decades-old law banning adultery, a statute that critics said is anachronistic and infringes on personal freedom, sending shares in the country's biggest condom maker surging.

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Russians to march in memory of murdered critic of Putin

MOSCOW - Opposition supporters will march through Moscow on Sunday in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose murder has increased concern about Russia's future among opponents of President Vladimir Putin. | Video