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Taxi driver sets himself on fire in protest over carpool app

SEOUL: A South Korean taxi driver set himself on fire and died on Monday to protest a carpooling service proposed by a company that operates the country’s most popular chat app. The 57-year-old driver doused himself in a flammable liquid and then lit his clothing while sitting in a taxi near parliament, police and the fire department said. Unionised tax-drivers have held rallies in the capital, Seoul, to protest the carpooling app proposed by Kakao Mobility, which they say threatens their jobs. Kakao Mobility, the…

‘Trump wants Kim to know he likes him and will fulfill his wishes’

SEOUL: Donald Trump wants North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to know that he likes him and will fulfill his wishes, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday, a day after meeting the U.S. president at an economic summit in Argentina. Moon, who is hoping to host Kim soon on the first ever trip to Seoul by a North Korean leader as agreed earlier this year, said Trump had asked him to pass on a message. “The message is that President Trump has very favorable views toward Chairman Kim and he likes him,” Moon told…

Mega cage fishing projects on the cards, says minister

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Korea in Pakistan Kwak Sung-Kyu along with the Korean Economic Counselor called on Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan here in Islamabad today. The meeting basically focused on agro-cooperation between the two friendly nations, according to a statement. The minister was apprised that in the first week of December 2018 a delegation of Korean agricultural experts is visiting Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) and National…

South Korea successfully tests space rocket engine

SEOUL: South Korea on Wednesday (Nov 28) successfully conducted a rocket engine test launch, officials said, paving the way for the development of its own space launch vehicle. Video footage showed the single-stage rocket, propelled by a liquid fuel engine, lift off from the Naro Space Centre on the southern coast and surge into the sky, trailing yellow and blue flames. “The test vehicle was successfully launched,” Vice Science Minister Lee Jin-gyu told journalists, adding collected flight data showed the engine was…

South Korea closes biggest dog slaughterhouse complex

South Korean officials on Thursday began to dismantle the country´s largest canine slaughterhouse complex, as animal rights activists push to end the custom of eating dog meat. About one million dogs are eaten a year in South Korea, often as a summertime delicacy with the greasy red meat — invariably boiled for tenderness — believed to increase energy. But the tradition has earned criticism abroad and has declined as the nation increasingly embraces the idea of dogs as pets instead of livestock, with eating them now…

South Korea offers cooperation in up-gradation of railway lines

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of South Korea to Pakistan Kwak Sung Kyu called on Federal Minister for Pakistan Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmad on Monday. The ambassador showed interest in up-gradation of the main railway lines, including ML-II and ML-III. A high-power South Korean delegation will come to Pakistan to visit different departments of the Pakistan Railways on December 3, this year, according to a statement. In his remarks, the federal minister said that his department is ready for mutual cooperation with South…

Pakistan, South Korea agree to deepen economic ties    

SEOUL: Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Cho Hyun, 1st Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Korea, on Wednesday agreed to enhance economic ties during the 10th Round of Pakistan-Republic of Korea Bilateral policy consultations in Seoul. According to a statement released by the ministry, Tehmina Janjua also met with Foreign Minister of South Korea Kang Kyung-Wha and exchanged views on the need for closer cooperation between the two friendly countries. During the discussions between the foreign secretaries of the two…

You’re not singing any more: North’s anthem played for South Korea

SEOUL: South Korean footballers were left dumbfounded at an international tournament in Indonesia when organisers played the North's anthem instead. Ahead of an AFC under-19 Championship qualifier against Jordan at the Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium on the outskirts of Jakarta, the South's team lined up with their hands on their hearts. But instead of Seoul's hymn-like anthem "Aegukga", North Korea's national tune blared out, leaving them stony-faced and silent. The South's coaching staff told officials of the mistake,…

Five South Korean climbers among group of nine missing in Nepal Himalayas: officials

KATHMANDU: A group of five South Korean climbers and four Nepali climbers and porters has been reported missing after a storm hit a camp on a Himalayan peak in west Nepal, officials said on Saturday. Tourism Ministry official Rameshwar Niraula said the storm struck the group at the base camp of Mount Gurja, a mountain of 7,913 meters (25,961 feet), on Saturday. The official said the camp had been destroyed. Wangchu Sherpa, head of the Trekking Camp Nepal agency that provided local support to the South Korean team, said…

North Korea joins South Korean protest over Japan’s ‘Rising Sun’ flag

SEOUL: Japan should refrain from flying the “Rising Sun” flag on a warship in a fleet review planned in South Korea next week, a North Korean propaganda website said on Friday, joining South Koreans in the latest spat over the countries’ colonial history. Relations between the neighbors and Japan have long been strained by lingering resentment over Japanese colonization, territorial disputes and the issue of girls and women forced to work in Japan’s wartime brothels. Many people in both Koreas see the red-and-white…