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Apr 29, 2014

South Korean president apologises to ferry victims’ families

SEOUL, April 29 (Reuters) – President Park Geun-hye
apologised on Tuesday to families of the 302 victims in last
month’s ferry capsize and pledged to revamp safety regulations,
as an investigation proceeded into South Korea’s worst maritime
accident in 21 years.

Park and her government have been criticised over the
authorities’ slow response to the sinking of the ferry on April
16, and for lax regulation of the shipping industry.

Apr 24, 2014

Insight – From God.com to photography, Korea ferry founder has diverse interests

SEOUL (Reuters) – The head of the South Korean family that operated the ferry which sank last week is a billionaire once jailed for fraud, a photographer who has held an exhibition at the Louvre under a pseudonym and the founder of a church which owns the website www.god.com.

At other times in his chequered past, Yoo Byung-un, in his 70s, has been a bankrupt and an inventor of household and health-related devices. He was investigated and cleared of complicity in the suicides of 32 members of his church in 1987.

Apr 24, 2014

From God.com to photography, Korea ferry founder has diverse interests

SEOUL, April 24 (Reuters) – The head of the South Korean
family that operated the ferry which sank last week is a
billionaire once jailed for fraud, a photographer who has held
an exhibition at the Louvre under a pseudonym and the founder of
a church which owns the website www.god.com.

At other times in his chequered past, Yoo Byung-un, in his
70s, has been a bankrupt and an inventor of household and
health-related devices. He was investigated and cleared of
complicity in the suicides of 32 members of his church in 1987.

Jan 21, 2014

U.S. offers to send envoy to North Korea to free jailed missionary

SEOUL (Reuters) – The United States has offered to send a special envoy to North Korea to win the release of a jailed missionary, but signaled that any meaningful resumption of denuclearization talks required Pyongyang to give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Kenneth Bae, 45, has been held for more than a year by the North which convicted him of trying to overthrow the state and sentenced him to 15 years hard labor.

Jan 20, 2014

Missionary jailed in N.Korea wants U.S. to help him come home – media

SEOUL (Reuters) – A U.S. missionary imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year appeared in front of journalists on Monday, in prison clothes and under guard, asking Washington to help him get home, foreign media there reported.

Kenneth Bae, a 45-year-old ethnic Korean, was arrested as he led a tour group in North Korea in 2012 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labour on charges of state subversion.

Jan 20, 2014

Missionary jailed in North Korea wants U.S. to help him come home: media

SEOUL (Reuters) – A U.S. missionary imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year appeared in front of journalists on Monday, in prison clothes and under guard, asking Washington to help him get home, foreign media there reported.

Kenneth Bae, a 45-year-old ethnic Korean, was arrested as he led a tour group in North Korea in 2012 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor on charges of state subversion.

Jan 16, 2014

North Korea hawkish and dovish ahead of South-U.S. drills

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea demanded that South Korea and the United States halt annual military drills due in February and March, saying they were a direct provocation, a statement that suggested a re-run of a sharp escalation in tension last year.

But in a bizarre twist, it also offered a Lunar New Year truce in hostilities, provocations and mutual criticism.

Jan 9, 2014

Rodman, in trouble over interview, blames drink

SEOUL (Reuters) – Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman said in a published statement on Thursday that he had been drinking when he suggested that an American jailed by North Korea was himself to blame for landing in prison.

Rodman, who calls himself a friend of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, caused a furore with his comments on an American missionary imprisoned by Pyongyang. He is visiting North Korea with fellow U.S. basketball players.

Jan 9, 2014

Rodman apologises for rant, heads to North Korean ski resort

SEOUL (Reuters) – Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman visited a North Korean ski resort on Thursday with dictator Kim Jong Un as a statement was issued on the former player’s behalf apologising for comments he made about an American jailed by Pyongyang.

A source with direct knowledge of Rodman’s itinerary said the 52-year-old took a helicopter to a new multimillion-dollar resort which is one of Kim’s showcase projects and which has been condemned as a waste of money in a country where most people are malnourished.

Jan 9, 2014

Apologetic Rodman heads for N.Korean leader’s ski resort

SEOUL (Reuters) – Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman was to visit a North Korean ski resort on Thursday, possibly along with dictator Kim Jong Un, as a statement was issued on the former player’s behalf apologising for comments he made on an American jailed by Pyongyang.

A source with direct knowledge of Rodman’s itinerary said the 52-year old was on a helicopter to a new multimillion dollar resort which is one of Kim’s showcase projects.

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      "I am currently Reuters Malaysia Bureau Chief and have been here since August 2008, tracking Malaysia from the return of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to parliament and the government choosing a new Prime Minister Najib Razak. Prior to Malaysia, I worked as Bureau Chief in Hungary for four years in a tumultuous time that saw mass riots, a record budget deficit and shock election results. I have worked mainly on emerging market economies covering debt restructurings from countries as diverse as Argentina, Russia, Serbia and Iraq."
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