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Six-hour traffic jams, nine-hour lines, five-deep crowds at crap tables and a mad dash for slot machines. Gambling fever has hit South Korea in a big way with the arrival of the nation's first casino for locals. "This is phenomenal, unbelievable," said Lee In Sung, manager of the new Kangwon Land Casino Hotel, which opened Oct. 29 here in Kangwon province. "I'm just delighted. We're breaking every record in the book."
April 3, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
To hear Shanshan Feng tell it, the Chinese golfer had the good fortune to be paired with Amy Alcott in Thursday's opening round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Alcott, 58, is the LPGA Hall of Famer who won the Kraft Nabisco Championship, one of the LPGA's five major events, three times, in 1983, '88 and '91. So Feng said she asked Alcott on the first hole, "Can you tell me the secrets about winning here?" Feng declined to reveal Alcott's answers, but whatever she said helped Feng earn the tournament's first-round lead with a six-under-par 66 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.
April 10, 2010
World Cup 2010: SOUTH KOREA FIFA ranking: 49 Overall World Cup record: 4-13-7 Coach: Huh Jung-Moo Best performance: Fourth place, 2002 Overview: No Asian team has been to the World Cup more often than South Korea, which is making its eighth appearance this summer. But the South Koreans have made it out of the first round only once, in 2002. Coach Huh Jung-Moo, a former national team star who is retiring after this World Cup, will be counting heavily on Manchester United striker Park Ji-Sung and playmaker Park Chu-Young.
March 26, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
SEOUL - - North Korea test-launched two medium-range ballistic missiles early Wednesday in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, officials said. The South Korean military said the missiles were launched just after 2:30 a.m. and flew for a little more than 400 miles. The U.S. State Department said the two missiles flew "over North Korea's land mass and impacted in the Sea of Japan. " It appeared that North Korea did not issue maritime warnings about the launches, the department said.
May 2, 1994
Samsung, Nissan Plan Partnership: Samsung Co., South Korea's largest conglomerate, has chosen Japan's Nissan Motor Co. as its partner in a move into South Korea's fast-growing auto making industry. Samsung's link with Nissan, which is subject to government approval, comes amid heated debate over whether South Korea needs another big car company.
March 21, 2014 | By David Wharton
A hometown crowd filled Iceberg Skating Palace with cheers when Russia's Adelina Sotnikova won a surprise gold medal in women's figure skating at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. But more than a few neutral observers questioned whether Sotnikova had truly outskated defending champion Yuna Kim and now officials from her native South Korea are asking the international skating federation to take another look. “Together with the Korea Skating Union, we have decided to file an official complaint [to the ISU]
March 19, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SYDNEY, Australia - Hyun-Jin Ryu has traveled not only to the other side of the world, but also back in time. On the Australian All-Star team the Dodgers will face Thursday night is 44-year-old Dae-Sung Koo, a fellow left-hander from whom Ryu learned his best pitch, the changeup. Here to pitch the second game of the Dodgers' two-game, season-opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Ryu saw Koo at the Sydney Cricket Ground earlier this week. When Ryu did, he made it a point to call Koo "sunbae," a Korean term used to show deference to a senior.
March 6, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
Hong Kong filmmakers have tried - and largely failed - to duplicate the success of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," so more appear to be looking to thriving film industries in Japan and South Korea for inspiration. The Donnie Yen vehicle "Special ID" supplies the proof. Director Clarence Fok Yiu-leung has here co-opted South Korea's messy fight choreography as seen in the noted 2003 thriller "Oldboy" as well as the cartoonish, multi-culti lowlifes that populate the bulk of Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike's canon.
March 6, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Construction is set to start this year on a $2-billion Universal Studios theme park in Beijing, according to published reports. A park in Beijing has been under discussion for years, but details have remained murky. A spokesperson for Universal Studios Theme Parks, a division of NBC Universal, declined to comment on the latest report. The park will be the sixth for Universal, including four already in operation and one that is set to open in South Korea in 2016. Construction will begin in Beijing this year, with completion scheduled for 2018, according to the website
February 25, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
North Korea appears to be missing in an image taken from space. NASA says of the nighttime image, taken from the International Space Station: "North Korea is almost completely dark compared to neighboring South Korea and China. The darkened land appears as if it were a patch of water joining the Yellow Sea to the Sea of Japan. " Capital city Pyongyang has a population of more than 3 million, yet is a tiny island of light. The dictator-ruled nation is in the dark in more ways than one. Electricity is sporadic and unreliable, with those who have it often receiving power only a few hours a day, according to U.S. News & World Report.
February 21, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard, This post has been updated with the latest developments.
A petition demanding an investigation into the Olympic gold medal win of Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova is breaking records at Fans of Sochi silver medal winner Yuna Kim of South Korea have caused the petition to catch fire. It was gaining 100,000 new signatures every 15 minutes in the wee hours of Friday morning, Pacific time, with 90% of signatures coming from inside Korea. "No other petition has gotten to 1 million signatures in eight hours before," spokesman Mark Anthony told the L.A. Times on Friday morning.
February 15, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
YANJI, China - She was a North Korean success story. For more than two decades, the woman, now 50, dabbled in various businesses at the border between China and North Korea. She sold rice. She traded foreign currency. She opened a massage parlor in China. She traveled between the two countries with relative ease and was making sufficient money to live comfortably, so much so that she rebuffed invitations to join her sister, who had defected to South Korea. But the woman, who didn't want her name used out of fear for her safety, has changed her thinking about the future since the December execution of Jang Song Taek, the uncle by marriage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Jang, 67, was long viewed as a champion of free enterprise within the nominally communist state, and his purge has rattled many North Koreans.
February 14, 2014 | By Paul Richter
BEIJING -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Friday appealed to China to rein in its North Korean ally and to ease its provocative territorial claims, but after a day of talks Beijing's response was unclear. In meetings with President Xi Jinping and other top Chinese officials, Kerry urged them to use their special leverage to restrain Pyongyang, which experts fear is close to another test of a nuclear weapon or missile. He also pressed the leaders to give up controversial claims to territory based on historical maps that U.S. officials contend aren't legal under international law. “It's important to resolve these differences in a peaceful, nonconfrontational way,” Kerry said of the claims, which have driven up tensions between China and neighbors such as Japan, South Korea and the Philippines.
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