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Hunger-striking father of South Korean ferry victim hospitalised

Last Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014, 10:54

The father of one of the high school students killed in South Korea`s ferry disaster was hospitalised Friday after mounting a 40-day hunger strike to demand a full independent inquiry.

Some South Korean ferry mourners tire of activists seizing their cause

Last Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014, 05:13

South Korean families who lost loved ones in April`s ferry disaster are demanding accountability from the government, but some have grown weary of strident activists adopting their cause for political ends.

God will give me two or three more years, says Pope

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 10:02

Pope Francis has publicly broached the prospect of his own death for the first time, giving himself "two or three years" but not ruling out retirement before then.

South Korea running out of spent nuclear fuel storage space: Advisory body

Last Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014, 15:06

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, US launch joint military drill

Last Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014, 10:34

South Korea and the US Monday launched a joint military exercise aimed at defending South Korea from possible security threats from North Korea.

Pope wraps up Asia trip with call for Korean peace

Last Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014, 06:54

Pope Francis is wrapping up his first visit to Asia with a Mass for peace and reconciliation in Seoul`s cathedral attended by the South Korean president and a handful of North Korean defectors.

S. Korea, US starts military drill despite North threats

Last Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014, 05:55

South Korea and the United States on Monday launched an annual military drill, Seoul`s defence ministry said, despite condemnation by North Korea which has threatened a "merciless" retaliatory strike.

Pope tells Asia`s communist nations not to fear Christians

Last Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014, 16:15

Francis made his comments, some of them unscripted, in an address to about 70 bishops from 35 Asian countries gathered in the town of Haeme, south of Seoul, on the next-to-last day of his trip to South Korea.

Pope baptises father of Korea ferry disaster victim

Last Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014, 12:44

Pope Francis today baptised the father of one of hundreds of high school students killed in South Korea`s Sewol ferry disaster in April, the pontiff`s spokesman said.

North Korea threatens `merciless` strike against US-South Korea drill

Last Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014, 11:22

North Korea warned Sunday of a "merciless" pre-emptive strike as it blasted upcoming joint US-South Korean military exercises as a rehearsal for nuclear war.

Pope makes strong, silent anti-abortion statement

Last Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014, 15:56

Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button "culture war" issues like abortion, arguing that the church`s doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he`d rather emphasize other aspects of church teaching.

Pope warns of `cancer` of despair in South Korea sermon

Last Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014, 13:06

Pope Francis warned of the "cancer" of despair that afflicts outwardly affluent societies and called on South Korean Catholics to reject "inhuman economic models" at a mass for 45,000 people on Friday on the first papal trip to Asia in 15 years.