South Korean lawmakers to vote on cameras in operating rooms after surgery deaths

South Korean lawmakers will vote as early as Monday on whether to require hospitals to place surveillance cameras in operating rooms after a series of medical accidents involving unqualified staff who stood in for surgeons. If the bill is approved by parliament, South Korea will be the first developed country to require closed-circuit cameras to … Read more

South Korean journalists fear new laws will muzzle media

South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party is pushing ahead with controversial amendments to a law that critics charge are designed to muzzle the media and will give the government wide-ranging powers to restrict freedom of the press. Domestic media outlets have joined with international press organizations and legal experts to condemn the revisions. Opposition parties have … Read more

Vietnam war victims wanted justice. They were given ‘30 bags of rice.’

The South Korean marine unit had a reputation for leaving nothing breathing behind when they passed through hostile territory, not even a pig suckling its litter. After the unit swept through Phong Nhi and Phong Nhut, villages in central Vietnam, on Feb. 12, 1968, scores of bodies were found, all unarmed civilians, most of them … Read more

S.Korea extends social distancing, allows fully vaccinated some leeway

South Korea has extended its social distancing curbs for two weeks amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, while allowing vaccinated people some latitude, its prime minister said on Friday. The country’s fourth COVID-19 wave has shown few signs of abating six weeks after the toughest Level 4 distancing rules, which include a ban on gatherings … Read more

Samsung leader Jay Y. Lee released from prison on parole

Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee, convicted of bribery and embezzlement, was released on parole on Friday. Lee appeared outside the Seoul Detention Center, wearing a dark grey suit and looking thinner than when he was last detained in January. “I’ve caused much concern for the people. I deeply apologise,” Lee told reporters. “I am listening … Read more

North Korea warns of ‘security crisis’ if US, South Korea escalate tensions

North Korea on Wednesday said South Korea and the United States missed a chance to improve relations and are risking a “serious security crisis” by choosing to escalate tensions as they conduct joint military drills. Kim Yong Chol, a general and politician who played a leading role during historic summits between North Korean leader Kim … Read more

Koreas restore communication channels, agree to improve ties

The leaders of North and South Korea restored suspended communication channels between them and agreed to improve ties, both governments said Tuesday, amid a 2-year-stalemate in US-led diplomacy aimed at stripping North Korea of its nuclear weapons. While the move could certainly help ease animosities on the Korean Peninsula, it’s unclear whether Pyongyang would go … Read more