Tag: South Korea

South Korea Stops Stream of Blood From Culled Pigs

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea said on Wednesday that it had successfully stopped a stream of red blood from tens of thousands of pigs possibly infected with African swine fever from reaching a river that provides drinking water for much of the population north of Seoul. Residents living in towns between Seoul and South […]

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South Korea deports North Korean fishermen suspected of mass killing at sea

South Korea has deported two North Korean fishermen suspected of killing 16 fellow crew members, including the boat’s captain, before fleeing to South Korean waters. The deportees are the first North Koreans to be returned from South Korea to the North since the end of the Korean War in 1953, according to Seoul’s Unification Ministry. “Heinous criminals […]

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North Korea fired 2 unidentified projectiles, South Korea says

North Korea fired two “unidentified projectiles” into the waters between South Korea and Japan on Thursday afternoon, the South Korean government said in a statement. It is unclear what exactly was launched, but South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the military “is maintaining its readiness by monitoring relevant movements in preparation for further launches.” […]

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For Trump the Dealmaker, Troop Pullouts Without Much in Return

WASHINGTON — The Taliban have wanted the United States to pull troops out of Afghanistan, Turkey has wanted the Americans out of northern Syria and North Korea has wanted them to at least stop military exercises with South Korea. President Trump has now to some extent at least obliged all three — but without getting […]

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Despite Vow to End ‘Endless Wars,’ Here’s Where About 200,000 Troops Remain

President Trump has repeatedly promised to end what he calls America’s “endless wars,” fulfilling a promise he made during the campaign. No wars have ended, though, and more troops have deployed to the Middle East in recent months than have come home. Mr. Trump is not so much ending wars, as he is moving troops […]

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‘Parasite’ and South Korea’s Income Gap: Call It Dirt Spoon Cinema

The title of the scathing new South Korean film “Parasite” refers to the Kim family, destitute basement dwellers who try to climb the social ladder by leeching off the wealthy Park family. While the Kims worry about money, the extravagant Parks worry about poor people’s unpleasant smell. The families’ lifestyles couldn’t be more different. The […]

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RootMetrics: Early U.S. 5G speeds crush 4G, but lag behind South Korea

Measuring the performance of early 5G networks in the United States isn’t simple — high-speed towers can be tricky to find even in carriers’ first “5G cities” — but once the data’s been gathered, it’s pretty easy to understand. After canvassing three such cities, mobile industry testing firm RootMetrics reports today that initial U.S. 5G […]

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Sensor Tower: Lineage franchise bags over $4 billion on mobile

Lineage is a powerhouse in Asia-Pacific mobile markets, with Lineage M and Lineage 2: Revolution bringing in more than an estimated $4 billion since 2016 on iOS and Android. The findings come via a new report from intelligence firm Sensor Tower. Let’s start by looking at what Sensor Tower has tracked for Lineage M. It’s […]

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Sulli, South Korean K-Pop Star and Actress, Is Found Dead

ImageSulli, a former member of the South Korean girl group f(x), left the band in 2015 to pursue a solo career.CreditYONHAP, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The actress, singer and former K-pop band member Sulli, 25, was found dead in her home on Monday, the police said. Sulli’s manager found her while checking her […]

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In Seoul, Crowds Denounce a Divisive Politician. Days Later, Others Defend Him.

ImageA rally in support of Cho Kuk, the justice minister, in Seoul, the South Korean capital, on Saturday. His backers say prosecutors have targeted him because he is a threat to their power.CreditChang W. Lee/The New York Times SEOUL, South Korea — For weeks, huge crowds have been gathering in Seoul to denounce a man […]

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In ‘Parasite,’ Food Is a Violent Weapon of Class Struggle

Bread splattered with blood, meat hacked apart forcefully, the soft fuzz shaved from the curve of a peach: Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite is a food movie—but it’s not likely to make you hungry. Instead, Parasite keeps you on edge, wondering what violence food will become a part of next. The dark and twisty brainchild of filmmaker […]

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Man Confesses to Brutal Killings That Terrorized South Korea, Police Say

SEOUL, South Korea — A 56-year-old man has confessed to raping and murdering 14 women more than two decades ago, the South Korean police said on Wednesday, as they closed in on the man that they believe is the culprit in the country’s most infamous serial killings. Lee Chun-jae emerged as a prime suspect in […]

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Korea’s KT offers 5G roaming in China, Finland, Italy, and Switzerland

Coinciding with a milestone — successfully signing up 1 million of its own 5G customers — South Korean carrier KT announced (via MobileWorldLive) that it’s expanding its already impressive unlimited 5G service plan, enabling its users to access 5G networks in China, Finland, Italy, and Switzerland. The multi-carrier deal demonstrates the rapidly widening growth of […]

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America’s Dirty Secret in East Asia

For several months, Japan and South Korea, America’s main allies in East Asia, have been going at each other. Japan stripped South Korea of trading privileges; then South Korea removed Japan from a list of favored trade partners. In late August, Seoul announced that it would cancel an agreement with Tokyo over the sharing of […]

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She Fled Famine in North Korea, Then Died Poor in a Prosperous Land

SEOUL, South Korea — It was sad enough when the bodies of Han Sung-ok and her 6-year-old son were found in their $74-a-month apartment in Seoul in July, two months after they had died. But the story became national news after it emerged that Ms. Han, 42, was a North Korean who had fled famine […]

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A Filmmaker Explored Japan’s Wartime Enslavement of Women. Now He’s Being Sued.

TOKYO — When Miki Dezaki decided to make a documentary for his graduate thesis, he examined a question that reverberates through Japanese politics: Why, 75 years later, does a small but vocal group of politically influential conservatives still fervently dispute internationally accepted accounts of Japan’s wartime atrocities? Specifically, Mr. Dezaki focused on what historians call […]

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SoftBank reportedly accelerates Japan’s 5G network plans by 2 years

While carriers in other countries quickly sped up their 5G network rollouts to take advantage of early ratification of the international 5G standard, Japan largely stood still on its plan for a 2020 initial deployment timed to coincide with next year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo. But Japanese carriers are now beginning to move up their […]

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After Fleeing North Korea, Women Get Trapped as Cybersex Slaves in China

VIENTIANE, Laos — For more than two years, Lee Jin-hui, 20, was never allowed to leave a three-room apartment in northeast China. Seven days a week, she had to sit at a computer from noon to 5 a.m., performing sex acts before a webcam for male clients, mostly from South Korea. In the apartment, Ms. […]

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