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Sep 22, 2014

Ferry disaster weighs on South Korean president steeled by tragedy

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s voice trembled as she tried to comfort parents gathered near a makeshift morgue to identify the bodies of their children, among the hundreds drowned in a ferry disaster.

“I know very well the sorrow of losing a family member because I’ve experienced it,” said Park, whose parents were both killed when she was in her 20s. “My heart aches thinking about how you feel.”

Sep 22, 2014

Insight – Ferry disaster weighs on South Korean president steeled by tragedy

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s voice trembled as she tried to comfort parents gathered near a makeshift morgue to identify the bodies of their children, among the hundreds drowned in a ferry disaster.

“I know very well the sorrow of losing a family member because I’ve experienced it,” said Park, whose parents were both killed when she was in her 20s. “My heart aches thinking about how you feel.”

Sep 16, 2014

South Korea’s Park says door open for talks with North

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Park Geun-hye, thwarted so far in ambitious plans to begin the process of reunifying the Korean peninsula, said the door is open for talks with the North during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly.

However, Park said in an interview that Pyongyang must show sincerity in seeking a constructive dialogue and “walk the talk” in taking up South Korea’s offers for engagement aimed at ending a deadlock after a decade of warming ties.

Sep 16, 2014

Exclusive: South Korea’s Park says door open for talks with North

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Park Geun-hye, thwarted so far in ambitious plans to begin the process of reunifying the Korean peninsula, said the door is open for talks with the North during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly.

However, Park said in an interview that Pyongyang must show sincerity in seeking a constructive dialogue and “walk the talk” in taking up South Korea’s offers for engagement aimed at ending a deadlock after a decade of warming ties.

Aug 18, 2014

Pope Francis, wrapping up visit, urges Korean reconciliation

SEOUL (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Monday called for peace and reconciliation on the divided Korean peninsula, wrapping-up a five day trip to South Korea and the first papal visit to Asia in 15 years.

Before a Mass at Seoul’s Myeongdong Cathedral, Francis prayed with a small number of “comfort women”, who were forced to work as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers occupying the country before and during the second World War.

Aug 15, 2014

North Korea: rocket firing not timed to coincide with papal visit to South

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said on Friday its firing of three short-range rockets shortly before Pope Francis arrived in the South Korean capital the previous day had nothing to do with the papal visit.

The rockets were fired from multiple launchers in the North Korean port city of Wonsan and travelled 220 km (135 miles) before landing in waters east of the Korean peninsula, a South Korean defence ministry official said on Thursday.

Aug 3, 2014

New South Korea finance chief has a brand; product to follow?

SEOUL, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Three frenetic weeks into the job,
South Korea’s new finance minister Choi Kyung-hwan has made such
a splash that his name already describes Seoul’s plans to rev-up
faltering growth.

But while “Choinomics” is proving an effective quick fix,
lifting markets and giving an unpopular government a boost, it
falls short thus far of a full-fledged manifesto similar to the
“Abenomics” launched by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in
late 2012 to shake his country from its economic torpor.

May 30, 2014

RBI’s “007″ Rajan faces pro-growth boss in Modi

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Hailed as a troubleshooting “James Bond” of central bankers amid India’s currency crisis last year, Raghuram Rajan was given a licence to kill inflation with higher interest rates and drive a programme of monetary policy reforms.

Now, the governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may need all the suave charm of the fictional British spy to sell that same hard-nosed agenda to a powerful new prime minister who is determined to revive economic growth and create jobs.

May 30, 2014

India’s ’007′ central bank governor faces pro-growth boss in Modi

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Hailed as a troubleshooting “James Bond” of central bankers amid India’s currency crisis last year, Raghuram Rajan was given a license to kill inflation with higher interest rates and drive a program of monetary policy reforms.

Now, the governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may need all the suave charm of the fictional British spy to sell that same hard-nosed agenda to a powerful new prime minister who is determined to revive economic growth and create jobs.

May 16, 2014

Shares of state-run countries rally on reform hopes; some urge caution

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Shares in unloved state firms are soaring on hopes Narendra Modi, the country’s next prime minister, will push reforms to inject efficiency into underperforming giants like Coal India (COAL.NS: Quote, Profile, Research).

Industries including banking, oil marketing and coal are dominated by state firms, a legacy of the country’s socialist past. They tend to trade at deep discounts to private sector rivals, but propelled by hopes for reform and an improving economy, the index of state companies is up 37 percent since the start of March, outperforming the 14.2 percent gain in the BSE Sensex. (link.reuters.com/wyg49v)