'Crew of doomed South Korea ferry drank beer while awaiting rescue'

Some crew of a ferry that capsized in April in South Korea`s worst maritime disaster in 44 years drank beer while waiting for rescue, one of them told a court, in an admission likely to fuel anger at their conduct during the final moments of the mishap.

South Korea suggests Northeast Asia nuclear safety group

South Korean President Park Geun-hye urged the creation of a nuclear safety consultative group in Northeast Asia, given the high number of nuclear power plants in the region and public concerns over safety.

South Korea`s Park urges North Korea to accept talks offer

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye urged North Korea to accept Seoul`s offer for high-level talks, while condemning a recent series of "intolerable" rocket launches by the nuclear-armed neighbour.

Dialogue not `displays of force` key to Korean peace: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said dialogue and not "displays of force" would bring peace to the divided Korean peninsula as he began a visit to South Korea that the nuclear-armed North marked with a series of rocket launches.

South Korea defence chief apologises for bullied conscript death

South Korean Defence Minister Han Min-Koo apologised today and the presidential Blue House urged a full inquiry following the death of a bullied young army conscript.

South Korea ruling party boosts majority with key poll wins

South Korea`s ruling party celebrated Thursday after sailing through a key by-election test that increased its parliamentary majority despite lingering public anger over the handling of April`s Sewol ferry disaster.

S.Korea ruling party boosts majority with key poll wins

South Korea`s ruling party celebrated Thursday after sailing through a key by-election test that increased its parliamentary majority despite lingering public anger over the handling of April`s Sewol ferry disaster.

South Korean President meets Tokyo Governor amid diplomatic rift

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye held a rare meeting with a Japanese politician as she received visiting Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe despite a virtual freeze in diplomatic ties.

North Korea fires more short-range rockets ahead of Xi visit to Seoul

North Korea fired short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast on Wednesday morning, South Korea`s Yonhap News Agency said, one day ahead of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Seoul. 

N Korea fires two short-range rockets off coast

North Korea fired two short-range rockets off its east coast today, South Korea said, the latest in a series of missile tests ahead of a state visit to Seoul by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

S Korea President apologises for army shooting

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye apologised today for a deadly front-line shooting rampage by an army conscript and called for a close look at abuses in barracks.

South Korea president takes hit as second PM nominee falls

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye`s dwindling political fortunes took another hit on Tuesday as her second nominee for Prime Minister was forced to withdraw over past remarks about Japanese colonial rule.

South Korea`s Park faces fresh climbdown over PM nominee

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye was facing a second embarrassing failure in her efforts to appoint a new Prime Minister, as calls grew Wednesday for her latest nominee to withdraw.

S Korean President revamps Cabinet after ferry tragedy

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye revamped her Cabinet on Thursday, replacing seven ministers in response to intense criticism over her administration`s handling of April`s ferry disaster.

South Korea names new prime minister

South Korean President Park Geun-hye Tuesday nominated a new prime minister, an official said.

South Korea ruling party strong at polls despite ferry disaster

South Korean President Park Geun-hye`s conservative party posted a strong showing in mayoral and provincial elections on Wednesday despite sharp criticism for the government`s handling of a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people in April.

South Korea ruling party in close races after ferry disaster

South Korean President Park Geun-hye`s conservative party fought close races on Wednesday in regional and mayoral elections seen as a referendum on the government`s handling of a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people in April.

Polls let South Koreans deliver verdict on ferry tragedy

South Koreans vote on Wednesday in nationwide local elections seen as a spot referendum on President Park Geun-Hye`s handling of the April ferry disaster that killed about 300 people, mostly schoolchildren.

South Korea names new defence chief, national security adviser

President Park Geun-Hye named the country`s defence minister as its new national security adviser Sunday following the resignation of the aide in the aftermath of April`s ferry disaster.

South Korea`s Park says family `root cause` of ferry tragedy

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye today denounced fugitive members of the ship-owning family linked to last month`s ferry disaster, calling them the "root cause" of the tragedy that claimed around 300 lives.