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Scandal, gaffes hurt former UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s presidential ambitions in South Korea


It has been an inauspicious return to crisis-plagued South Korea for former UN chief Ban Ki-moon, once the odds-on favourite to be the next president, who has been ensnared in a family corruption scandal and struggled with a sceptical press.

S. Korean sports committee asks Japan to take measures on history-distorting books in hotels


​South Korea's sports committee has asked its Japanese counterpart to take measures on books placed in guestrooms of a right-wing Japanese hotel chain that denies Japan's wartime crimes.

Japan launches X-band defense communications satellite


Japan launched an X-band defense communication satellite on Tuesday for the Japanese Ministry of Defense.

Yen Retreats, Emerging-Market Stocks Gain on Trump: Markets Wrap


The yen retreated after the biggest jump since July and emerging-market stocks rose as investors assessed the impact from Donald Trump’s efforts to rework U.S. trade pacts and comments from U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin on the dollar’s strength.

South Korea ruling party tries to distance itself from impeached president with a name change


South Korea’s ruling party is to change its name for the second time in five years, it said on Monday, as it seeks to dissociate itself from the corruption scandal surrounding impeached President Park Geun-hye.

South Korea: no delay for THAAD missile deployment


Acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn said on Monday the deployment of a US anti-missile defence system can not be delayed in the face of a growing DPRK's nuclear missile threat and despite Beijing’s hostility to the move.

DPRK's newspaper saves a special place for report of Trump's inauguration


Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party, on Sunday reported on Donald Trump officially becoming the president of the United States .

Japan panel ponders law for emperor to retire


A panel of experts is expected to indicate today a preference for a special law to allow Emperor Akihito to retire, most probably by the end of next year.

Fire at oil plant in western Japan forces 3,000 people to evacuate


​A fire broke out at an oil refinery in western Japan on Sunday, forcing nearly 3,000 local residents to evacuate, local media reported.

S. Koreans condemn right-wing Japanese hotel distorting wartime history


​South Korean people condemn a right-wing Japanese hotel chain, which caused uproar by placing books distorting the Imperial Japan's wartime history in guestrooms of its 400-plus hotels.