South Korea

S.Korea end-Q2 short-term external debt ratio edges up

SEOUL, Aug 20 - South Korea's ratio of short-term external debt to its foreign reserves edged up in the second quarter on the increased strength of the local currency against the dollar during that period as well as offshore demand for won-denominated bonds.

South Korea parties back, families oppose, ferry disaster probe 19 Aug 2014

SEOUL - South Korean ruling and opposition party leaders agreed on Tuesday on legislation to investigate April's Sewol ferry disaster more deeply, but a spokesman for families of the victims said they would oppose the bill.

REFILE-UPDATE 1-South Korea parties back, families oppose, ferry disaster probe 19 Aug 2014

SEOUL, Aug 19 - South Korean ruling and opposition party leaders agreed on Tuesday on legislation to investigate April's Sewol ferry disaster more deeply, but a spokesman for families of the victims said they would oppose the bill.

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South Korea's Son set to return for September friendlies 18 Aug 2014

SEOUL - South Korea winger Son Heung-min, who was denied permission to play at the Asian Games in September by his German club Bayer Leverkusen, has been named in the full national squad for upcoming friendlies against Venezuela and Uruguay.

Soccer-South Korea's Son set to return for September friendlies 18 Aug 2014

SEOUL, Aug 18 - South Korea winger Son Heung-min, who was denied permission to play at the Asian Games in September by his German club Bayer Leverkusen, has been named in the full national squad for upcoming friendlies against Venezuela and Uruguay.

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Pope urges Korean reconciliation, reaches out to China 18 Aug 2014

SEOUL - Pope Francis on Monday called for peace and reconciliation on the divided Korean peninsula and sent a further message of goodwill to China, wrapping-up a five day trip to South Korea and the first papal visit to Asia in 15 years. | Video

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South Korea running out of spent nuclear fuel storage space - advisory body 18 Aug 2014

SEOUL - South Korea needs to quickly find additional space where it can store its spent nuclear fuel because some of its temporary storage capacity will be full by 2016, an independent body that advises the government on nuclear issues said on Monday.

South Korea running out of spent nuclear fuel storage space - advisory body 18 Aug 2014

SEOUL - South Korea needs to quickly find additional space where it can store its spent nuclear fuel because some of its temporary storage capacity will be full by 2016, an independent body that advises the government on nuclear issues said on Monday.

S.Korea running out of spent nuclear fuel storage space - advisory body 18 Aug 2014

* Its 23 reactors produce 750 tonnes of spent fuel per year

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Samsung plans to set up phone factory in Indonesia 18 Aug 2014

JAKARTA/SEOUL - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it plans to set up a factory to produce mobile phones mainly for Indonesia, one of the world's fastest growing markets for the devices.

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Gaza war resumes with deadly strikes, rocket fire

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israel for a second day on Wednesday after fighting resumed with the collapse of truce talks and an Israeli air strike that killed three people in Gaza.