North Korea opens its first ski resort

North Korea opens its first ski resort

Jan. 15 (UPI) -- North Korea unveiled its first ski resort, with photos emerging in December and January of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un riding a ski lift and smiling at the top of a ski slope.
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Ex-U.N. Ambassador Richardson: Rodman's conduct 'reprehensible'

Ex-U.N. Ambassador Richardson: Rodman's conduct 'reprehensible'

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Former United Nations Ambassador Bill Richardson called retired basketball player Dennis Rodman's conduct in North Korea "reprehensible."

Swedish firm denies selling snow making machines to North Korea

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A Swedish manufacturer of snow-making equipment says he has no idea how his products ended up at a North Korean ski resort despite an international ban.
Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea

Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea

Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Thursday for a January basketball exhibition between North Korean players and twelve former NBA players; his arrival marks his third trip to the country ruled by repressive leader Kim Jung-un.
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NBA star Rodman asks N. Korea's Kim Jong Un to release jailed American

NBA star Rodman asks N. Korea's Kim Jong Un to release jailed American

PYONGYANG, North Korea, May 8 (UPI) -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman called on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un via Twitter to release a U.S. citizen sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

Iran plays North Korean card in nuclear poker game

HERNDON, Va., April 16 (UPI) -- With the beat of war drums becoming a daily ritual in North Korea and as analysts struggle to assess what makes the natives restless, three points are worth considering.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

Shocking and awing the Boy Leader

WASHINGTON, April 10 (UPI) -- Given the antics of Kim Jung Un, it is hard to know how serious or desperate the current situation on the Korean Peninsula is.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

McCain: Avoid accidental Korean war

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- Sen. John McCain said the United States finds itself at risk of ending up entangled in a war on the Korean peninsula "by accident."

The Pyongyang Persian Pickle

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- In English slang, "pickle" means a bad situation or a state of disorder. And pickle well applies to the nuclear ambitions of North Korea, Iran and U.S. policy.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator
Elections, Olympics and economic concerns top stories of 2012

Elections, Olympics and economic concerns top stories of 2012

U.S. politics, the London Olympics, economic developments in the United States and Europe and the unrest in the Arab world topped the news in 2012.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

SK Group chairman indicted

SEOUL, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Authorities in South Korea said SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won has been indicted for embezzling about $86.8 million in part to cover stock market losses.

S. Korea closes humanitarian aid bureau

SEOUL, May 12 (UPI) -- South Korea, amid strained relations with North Korea, Tuesday closed its unification ministry's bureau of humanitarian aid to its communist neighbor.

American boxer reaches quarterfinals

BEIJING, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Demetrius Andrade became the first American boxer to reach the Olympic quarterfinals Thursday with a victory in the welterweight division.

S. Korean regulator charged with bribes

SEOUL, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- One of the top officials in South Korea's financial watchdog agency has been charged with taking kickbacks from a businessman involved in a bank takeover.

Bush: 'I don't know what Kim wants'

CHICAGO, July 7 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush said he wonders whether the world can trust anything said by North Korean leader Kim Jung-il.

Japanese pay $115 million for Gravity

SEOL, South Korea, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Japan's SoftBank company paid $115 million for control of South Korean electronic game company Gravity.

'Team America' gets R rating

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Paramount Pictures' satire "Team America: World Police" has received an R rating, The Hollywood Reporter said Wednesday.

'Team America's' ratings board problem

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A scene showing simulated sex with puppets is causing a ratings controversy for the movie "Team America: World Police," the Los Angeles Times said Tuesday.

Analysis:S.Korea's battle with bank

SEOUL, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- South Korea's government has successfully ousted a maverick banker from the key post as the head of the country's top lender, in an apparent retaliation for his
JONG-HEON LEE, UPI Business Correspondent

South Korea bank fined

SEOUL, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- South Korea's securities commission Wednesday fined the Kookmin Bank, the nation's largest, about $1.7 million for breaking accounting rules last year.

S.Korean banks brace for Citigroup's entry

SEOUL, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- South Korean financial institutions are set to suffer a major upheaval as a U.S. financial services giant, Citigroup Inc. is poised to take over KorAm Bank, the
JONG-HEON LEE, UPI Business Correspondent

Paleolithic man footprints found in Korea

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Footprints of a Paleolithic man, the first to be found in Asia, dating back 50,000 years, were discovered on a South Korean island, authorities announced.

Culture Vulture: The Axis of Error

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- If you live outside the ego-inflated Washington Beltway, chances are you may have never heard of David Frum. Until now. Frum was a speechwriter for President Ge

Commentary: Despotic dictators club

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The start of a new year traditionally comes with a certain amount of optimism, giving hope that many things will improve in the 12 months to come. Unfortunately, there is little to be optimistic about as the year 2003 begins to unfold amid rumblings of im

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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