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South Koreans still seek answers 10 years after Sewol ferry disaster

Ansan, South Korea Reuters South Korea remembered the 304 people, most of them school children, who died on the Sewol ferry on the 10th anniversary of its sinking on Tuesday, with families calling for a proper apology for the unnecessary deaths of their loved ones. Many parents attended a memorial service in the city of […]

South Korea opposition wins landslide parliamentary vote in resounding blow to Yoon

Seoul, South Korea Reuters South Korea’s liberal opposition parties scored a landslide victory in a parliamentary election held on Wednesday, dealing a resounding blow to President Yoon Suk Yeol and his conservative party but likely falling just short of a super majority. The Democratic Party (DP) was projected to take more than 170 of the […]

South Koreans vote for new parliament after economy, corruption dominate campaign

Seoul, South Korea Reuters South Koreans vote to elect a new parliament on Wednesday in a bitterly fought race seen by some analysts as a referendum on President Yoon Suk Yeol, whose popularity has suffered amid a cost of living crisis and a spate of political scandals. The opposition Democratic Party (DP), which already dominates […]

Negotiator for South Korean walkout doctors sees ‘no future’ after Yoon meeting

Seoul, South Korea Reuters A much-heralded first meeting between South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and a negotiator for young doctors who walked off the job in February appeared to have made little progress on Thursday after the latter expressed pessimism on social media. Yoon’s office said his first in-person talks lasted more than two […]

South Korea’s medical professors join protests, reduce hours in practice

Seoul, South Korea Reuters Medical professors in South Korea said they will cut back on the hours they spend in practice starting on Monday to support trainee doctors on strike for more than a month over a government plan to boost medical school admissions. “It is clear that increasing medical school admissions will not only […]

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy says world must make global rule of law “work again”

Seoul, South Korea Reuters Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged world leaders on Wednesday to make a rules-based international order “work again” by standing up to Russian use of force. In a video address to a global conference hosted by South Korea, Zelenskiy – whose country was invaded by Russia in 2022 – said many nations […]

South Korea’s Yoon warns of tech threat to democracy at summit

Seoul, South Korea Reuters South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday called fake news and disinformation based on AI and digital technology threats to democracy, as his country hosted a gathering of senior global officials including from Britain, the EU and the United States. Speaking at the opening of the Summit for Democracy, Yoon […]

North Korea fires ballistic missile as South hosts democracy conference

Seoul, South Korea Reuters North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea on Monday for the first time in two months, at a time when US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was visiting Seoul to attend a conference hosted by President Yoon Suk Yeol on advancing democracy. South Korea’s military said the missile was […]

South Korea opens hotline to support doctors defying walkout

Seoul, South Korea Reuters South Korea’s government opened a hotline for doctors on Tuesday that the health minister said was intended to support physicians who faced harassment or peer pressure if they chose not to join a mass walkout over healthcare reform plans. Health Minister Cho Kyoo-hong defended the reforms, which include boosting the number […]