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Reports: North Korea leader sentenced 15 officials to death in 2015
April 30, 2015
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the execution of 15 officials this year, the South Korean National Intelligence Service told a closed parliamentary meeting on Wednesday. These officials were allegedly executed by firing squad for spying. Four members of the Unhaso Orchestra are believed....... [more]

South Korea court strikes down adultery ban
February 26, 2015
The Supreme Court of South Korea on Thursday decriminalized extramarital affairs. The 7-2 decision held as unconstitutional a 1953 law that made marital infidelity punishable by jail. South Korea was one of only three Asian countries to criminally ban adultery, and the law was presented to the court....... [more]

South Korea offers to resume talks with North Korea
December 29, 2014
South Korea on Monday offered to resume high-level talks with North Korea, after stalled communication between the two countries resulted from the United States' placement of blame on North Korea for a recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. This event has lead to increased diplomatic te....... [more]

South Korea court jails captain of capsized ferry for 36 years
November 11, 2014
A South Korean court sentenced the captain of the ferry Sewol to 36 years in jail after being found guilty of negligence. He was acquitted of homicide for which prosecutors had sought the death penalty. The Sewol ferry capsized in April, killing 304 passengers, on a routine voyage to the island of....... [more]

UN rights expert urges South Korea to adopt anti-discrimination law
October 10, 2014
An independent UN human rights expert on Thursday urged South Korea to adopt an anti-discrimination law. UN Special Rapporteur on racism Mutuma Ruteere said an anti-discrimination law is particularly important because of increasing globalization, with many foreign workers coming to Korea for employ....... [more]

Apple, Samsung agree to forgo international patent lawsuits
August 8, 2014
Apple and Samsung on Wednesday agreed to drop all patent infringement lawsuits in courts outside of the US. The move will result in the abandonment of litigation in nine countries, including South Korea, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Great Britain. The two comp....... [more]

ICC prosecutor finds no grounds to investigate North Korea war crime allegations
June 25, 2014
Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced Tuesday that a preliminary investigation into North Korean attacks on South Korea did not satisfy the Rome Statute requirements necessary to initiate a full ICC investigation. The preliminary investigation was launched i....... [more]

South Korea court sentences opposition member of parliament to 12 years
February 17, 2014
The Suwon District Court in South Korea on Monday sentenced Lee Soek-ki to 12 years in jail for plotting a pro-North Korea rebellion. Lee, a member of the opposition United Progressive Party in South Korea's National Assembly, was arrested in September on charges that he discussed strikes on South....... [more]

South Korea court rules for Apple in Samsung patent dispute
December 12, 2013
A judge for South Korea's Seoul Central District Court on Thursday dismissed an attempt by Samsung to bans sales of certain Apple products in the country. Samsung claimed that Apple had infringed three patents with products such as the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPad2, seeking 100 million won (USD $95....... [more]

AI: North Korea continues expansion of political prison system
December 5, 2013
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday released new satellite images and an assessment of North Korea's political prison camps, which reveal new housing blocks, an expansion of production facilities and continued tight security. In a report titled "North Korea: Continued Investment in the Infrastruc....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds dismissal of lawsuit against Merrill Lynch
November 22, 2013
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by South Korea's Woori Bank against Bark of America's Merrill Lynch unit. The lawsuit, which concerned losses from USD $143 million of collateralized debt obligations, was dismissed in February by di....... [more]


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