Kim Si-yoon doesn’t keep the schedule of a typical 9-year-old. Up by 7:30 a.m. for school, followed by hours of voice training, piano lessons, dance lessons and a private English tutor session, she is on a strict path to K-pop stardom. And in South Korea, Kim is not alone. Continue reading
A South Korean district court Thursday sentenced the chief executive of Chonghaejin Marine Company — which operated the ferry involved in the April disaster that killed more than 300 people — to 10 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and embezzlement.
In our news wrap Tuesday, the captain of a South Korean ferry that sank in April, killing hundreds of high school students, was sentenced to prison for his gross negligence which led to one of that country’s worst ever maritime disasters. Also, Americans honored servicemen and women in Veterans Day celebrations around the country. Continue reading
SAT scores for college hopefuls that took the exam in October are out. That is, unless the test taker is a resident of China or South Korea. Concerns over cheating have the College Board and the Educational Testing Service, the nonprofit organizations that design and administer the SAT, withholding scores for students from those countries. Continue reading
South Korea on Monday proposed a second high-level meeting of the year with North Korea to discuss arranging another reunion for the separated elderly in the Koreas. Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, three bombs exploded at a stadium in Baghdad during a campaign rally, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens more. Reporter Jane Arraf talks to Judy Woodruff about the violence from the ground. Also, President Obama, during a visit to South Korea, issued a new warning to North Korea not to carry out a fourth nuclear test amid reports of new activity. Continue reading
SEOUL, South Korea — Voicing pessimism about a prompt restart to Mideast peace talks, President Barack Obama said Friday that neither Israelis nor Palestinians have shown the political will to make tough decisions to advance negotiations. Obama described a reconciliation … Continue reading
President Obama’s four-nation Asia tour marks a policy shift toward the continent, which has been overshadowed by international concerns in the Middle East, and now the Ukraine crisis. Gwen Ifill talks to former State Department Official Kurt Campbell and Michael Auslin of the American Enterprise Institute about the purpose behind the president’s trip. Continue reading