Park appoints ambassador to U.S.

SEOUL, March 31 (UPI) -- South Korean President Park Guen-hye announced she has chosen Ahn Ho-young, a former vice foreign minister, as ambassador to the United States.

S. Korea holds 5 Somali pirates

SEOUL, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Five Somali pirates captured when South Korean commandos retook a cargo vessel are being held aboard a naval vessel, officials say.

Koreans say hijacked sailors are safe

SEOUL, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Crew members on a South Korean freighter hijacked by Somali pirates are all safe, a Foreign Ministry official said Sunday.

Vote prep OK in Ivory Coast, U.N. says

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Early preparations for a long-delayed presidential vote in the Ivory Coast went off without a hitch, a U.N. special envoy said from the coastal city of Abidjan.

Woman plans 772nd driver's test

JEONJU, South Korea, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A South Korean woman who has failed her driver's exam 771 times said she has signed up for another attempt in the hope that number 772 will be the charm.

Tuna around S. Korea getting bigger

SEOUL, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Fishermen in South Korea have been hauling in unusual numbers of large blue-fin tuna, a phenomenon that may be linked to global warming.

S. Korean intelligence tapping increases

SEOUL, March 21 (UPI) -- The number of wiretaps done by the South Korean National Intelligence Service went up last year while those carried out by other government agencies dropped.

S.Korea warns China over history row

SEOUL, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- South Korea warned China Wednesday against "distorting" the history of an ancient Korean kingdom, saying it would damage diplomatic relations.

SKorea vows to send troops despite kidnap

SEOUL, June 21 (UPI) -- South Korea said Monday it would go ahead with plans to send troops to Iraq despite the abduction of a South Korean man by an insurgent group.

Analysis: KT Corp battling for survival

SEOUL, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The surprising step by KT Corp, South Korea' top fixed-line and internet broadband operator, to slash 5,500 jobs has won positive responses from the market and economists with surging stock price and forecast of growing operating profits.
JONG-HEON LEE, UPI Business Correspondent

Analysis: Credit bubble in S.Korea

SEOUL, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- In early 2001, Yoon Hee-sook, a 45-year-old housewife, borrowed 60 million won ($49,500) on credit card loans to acquire a small grocery shop, in hopes of keeping her household on behalf of her laid-off husband.
JONG-HEON LEE, UPI Business Correspondent
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