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  • Top Secret Spy Satellite Info on N Korea Nuclear Assets Found in Hillary's email Server

    09/02/2015 4:38:05 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 09/01/15 | Kristinn Taylor
    Solomon reports part of concern about the information being unsecured on Clinton’s home server is that it could have been hacked by the North Koreans–who would then know more about U.S. spying capabilities. Solomon reports the information was likely summarized from a secure site and sent in unclassified systems up the chain to Clinton. “One of the most serious potential breaches of national security identified so far by the intelligence community inside Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private emails involves the relaying of classified information concerning the movement of North Korean nuclear assets, which was obtained from spy satellites. “Multiple intelligence sources...
  • ...REPORT: Top Secret Spy Satellite Info on N Korea Nuclear Assets Found in Hillary...Server Email

    09/01/2015 8:21:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 149 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/1/15 | Jim Hoft
    Solomon reports part of concern about the information being unsecured on Clinton’s home server is that it could have been hacked by the North Koreans–who would then know more about U.S. spying capabilities. Solomon reports the information was likely summarized from a secure site and sent in unclassified systems up the chain to Clinton. “One of the most serious potential breaches of national security identified so far by the intelligence community inside Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private emails involves the relaying of classified information concerning the movement of North Korean nuclear assets, which was obtained from spy satellites. “Multiple intelligence sources...
  • To Jar North, South Korea Used a Pop-Music Barrage

    08/31/2015 11:57:41 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    NYT ^ | AUG. 30, 2015 | CHOE SANG-HUN
    To Jar North, South Korea Used a Pop-Music Barrage By CHOE SANG-HUN AUG. 30, 2015 SEOUL, South Korea — Chirpy bubble-gum harmonies bop across the desolate Demilitarized Zone. “Look at me, I’m your genie, your dream, your genie,” the K-pop band Girls’ Generation beckons as grim-faced soldiers patrol the border. In what might be called the Hello Kitty offensive, the relentlessly upbeat girl group, a sugary confection better known for its hot-pants choreography than political statements, has become the latest weapon in the Korean cold war. The group’s hit “Genie” was among the barrage of pop songs and polemics South...
  • North Korean Escapees Report Solid Support for Dictator Kim

    08/26/2015 12:21:09 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/26/2015 | Jeyup S. Kwaak
    SEOUL—North Koreans who fled the country last year said in a new survey that public support for dictator Kim Jong Un appears solid despite citizens’ frustrations about the poor state of the economy. The survey suggests grass roots capitalism continues to spread in North Korea to substitute for the failed state distribution system and is likely to continue its uncomfortable coexistence with the nation’s repressive regime. The Seoul National University Institute for Peace and Unification Studies each year surveys more than 100 North Koreans who defected in the previous calendar year. It provides firsthand insight into developments in the isolated...
  • Deployed N. Korean submarines returning to bases after deal

    08/24/2015 8:08:21 PM PDT · by Cvengr · 16 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | 2015-08-25 09:43 | Staff
    About 50 North Korean submarines that had been moved to the frontline amid heightened military tension are now returning to their home bases, a military source said after the two Koreas reached a deal. More than 50 out of North Korea's around 70 submarines had previously been detected away from their bases for operations after the country threatened an "all-out war" against South Korea and ratcheted up its combat readiness posture. "The 50-something submarines that had been away from their bases since Aug. 21 have shown signs of returning back to their home bases," the military official said, adding that...
  • [Breaking] North Korea expresses regret over landmine attack

    08/24/2015 11:33:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    North Korea has expressed regret over two South Korean border guards injured by a landmine blast and promised to make efforts to prevent a similar incident from happening again, according to South Korea's National Security Office Chief Kim Kwan-jin. The North also decided to withdraw its declaration of "quasi-state of war" against Seoul, he said. In return, South Korea will turn off its frontline loudspeakers blaring anti-North messages from Tuesday noon on the condition that the North will not make any "abnormal" behavior. The two Koreas also agreed to host the reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War...
  • North Korea 'prepares submarine attack' on South Korea as crisis talks enter third day: live

    08/24/2015 7:30:36 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 06/24/15
    Seoul refuses to back down and demands apology from Kim Jong-un for landmine blast it claims maimed two soldiers - North Korea's state media - Korean Central News Agency - has just issued another Shakespearean tirade against the South, accusing it of "false propaganda." Quote They [South Korea] claimed the DPRK "promulgated a decree on establishing a donation system" and "the society in the north has turned into the one where loyalty can be bought and sold." They asserted this was a "reliable source" from North Hamgyong Province. They even took issue with the newly built Pyongyang Home for the...
  • If N Korea supposedly wants S Korea, China wants Spratly, Russia wants Crimea...

    08/23/2015 10:59:36 PM PDT · by whiterhino · 25 replies
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    Just wondering... would three countries (or maybe include a fourth muslim country also) coordinate their efforts to distract the USA, let's say in Korea with a "military action", then China or Russia would make their move on what is really attainable in their eyes... (Spratly? Taiwan? Crimea?) Your thoughts?
  • As marathon talks continue, Koreas ready their militaries for conflict

    08/23/2015 6:13:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/23/15 | Anna Fifield
    Representatives from North and South Korea held a second day of marathon talks Sunday — stretching more than 16 hours — as they tried to find a way to resolve escalating tensions that had both sides threatening military action. But even as the talks continued, the South reported that more than 50 submarines from the North appeared to have left their bases and that troop numbers had been doubled on the northern side of the demilitarized zone that separates the estranged neighbors. Meanwhile, South Korea brought six fighter jets home early from drills in Alaska. Still, the fact that the...
  • Military Sources, "About 50 N. Korean Submarines Left Their Bases...Can't be Located"

    08/23/2015 12:08:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 216 replies
    Military Sources, "About 50 N. Korean Submarines Left Their Bases...Can't be Located" 2015.08.23 15:23 /begin my translation Dozens of N. Korean submarines left their bases at both Eastern and Western coast, and can't be located. Military are increasing their surveillance capability to track them, it is confirmed. That accounts for 70% of (N. Korea's) submarine fleet, which totals 70 ships. This is the largest rate of deployment since the Korean War. Military sources said, "This is 10 times more than their normal deployment level. Dozens of them left their bases at both coasts, and we are unable to track them."...
  • Koreas to resume high-level talks Sunday to work out differences

    08/22/2015 2:47:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    The talks, which were first proposed by North Korea on Friday, came an hour after the Pyongyang-set deadline for defusing the crisis passed. On Thursday, North Korea gave a 48-hour ultimatum for South Korea to end propaganda broadcasts along the heavily fortified border and dismantle all loudspeakers, saying it otherwise will launch "a strong military action." North Korea also warned Friday that it is prepared to engage in "all-out war." Propaganda broadcasts have become a bone of contention between the two Koreas after South Korea resumed them earlier this month for the first time in 11 years. South Korea took...
  • North and South Korea officials to meet within hours amid tensions

    08/21/2015 11:35:20 PM PDT · by JPX2011 · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 22, 2015 | Ju-min Park
    Top aides to the leaders of North and South Korea will meet at the Panmunjom truce village straddling their military border at 0900 GMT (5.00 a.m. EDT) on Saturday to discuss the situation on the Korean peninsula, the South's presidential office said.
  • US Troops Mobilized in South Korea After North Korea Threatens War

    08/21/2015 4:34:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Grasswire ^ | August 21, 2015
    The Facts US troops have been mobilized in South Korea after Kim Jong-un ordered his military generals to ready for a state of war. US troops' vehicles were mobilized in the South Korean town of Paju, bordering North Korea. North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un ordered military generals to ready for a state of war from 5:00 p.m. local time Friday. By 4:30 PM local time, the North Korean leader said preparations were complete, declaring a "quasi-state of war." South Korean news agency Yonhap says satellite imagery shows North Korea moving missiles in preparation for possible launch. South Korea's defense ministry...
  • North Korea approves ‘final attack’ on South Korea as tensions increase in region

    08/21/2015 6:28:43 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/21/15
    A North Korean military official says a meeting of senior party and defense officials led by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Thursday night and "reviewed and approved the final attack operation." He gave no details on what kind of military retaliation North Korea would see as appropriate punishment for South Korea's shelling of its territory on Thursday. Kim Yong Chol, director of the general reconnaissance bureau of the North Korean army, on Friday denied South Korean allegations that Pyongyang has been raising tensions on the peninsula. He denied the North fired anything across the Demilitarized Zone and says...
  • North Korea warns of war with South after artillery fire

    08/21/2015 5:35:42 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday declared his frontline troops in a "quasi-state of war" and ordered them to prepare for battle a day after the most serious confrontation between the rivals in years. South Korea's military on Thursday fired dozens of artillery rounds across the border in response to what Seoul said were North Korean artillery strikes meant to back up a threat to attack loudspeakers broadcasting anti-Pyongyang propaganda.
  • DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un orders frontline army to enter state of war from 5pm Friday

    08/20/2015 9:37:20 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 53 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 8-21-2015 | Xinhua
    The top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un has ordered the country's frontline combined forces to enter state of war from 5pm (0830 GMT) Friday, the official KCNA news agency reported early Friday. Kim made the order at an emergency enlarged meeting of the central military commission of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, said the report. He ordered the forces to be well armed to cope with any possible operations at any time. Kim also gave the order that the frontline area enter quasi state of war from 5 pm Friday
  • North Korea Orders Military To Be 'Ready For War'

    08/20/2015 3:35:03 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 53 replies
    Sky News ^ | 08-20-2015 | Sky
    North Korea's leader has ordered its military to be fully ready for war, South Korea's Yonhap news agency says.
  • Killer electric fans - Is falling asleep next to an electric fan a potentially fatal mistake?

    08/20/2015 4:58:19 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 82 replies
    Maclean's ^ | August 19, 2015 | Meagan Campbell
    Rose Kang describes that whenever a ceiling fan starts to spin, she vomits. After a few hours around any fan, she says, her cheeks start to swell and her head begins to pound. Yet, her experience is relatively minor. In South Korea, newspapers and a government agency report that the air blowing from an electric fan can cause death. “If you fall asleep with it going, you’ll die the next day,” says Kang, who moved from Seoul last year and now works at a hair salon in Toronto’s Koreatown. The daily newspaper in Ulsan, one of Korea’s largest cities, wrote...
  • (URGENT) N. Korea fires shells at S. Korean military along western border (headline only)

    08/20/2015 1:01:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/08/20
    (URGENT) N. Korea fires shells at S. Korean military along western border 2015/08/20 16:54
  • N. Korea threatens imminent strikes against South, warns US

    08/14/2015 7:37:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Seoul (AFP) - North Korea's military on Saturday warned of imminent strikes on South Korean border units and issued fresh nuclear weapons threats against the United States in response to what it called "grave" provocations from both. The warnings came amid escalating military tensions on the Korean peninsula following a landmine attack South Korea blamed on the North and ahead of a major South Korea-US joint military exercise condemned by Pyongyang. After the mine blasts which maimed two South Korean soldiers on border patrol, Seoul recently resumed high-decibel propaganda broadcasts across the heavily-militarised frontier, using batteries of loudspeakers that had...
  • President Park pardons business tycoon of embezzlement

    08/14/2015 4:53:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | August 13, 2015 | The Associated Press
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye on Thursday pardoned a tycoon convicted of embezzlement who heads the country’s third-largest business group. The justice ministry said in a statement that SK Group’s Chey Tae-won will be among some 6,500 people to be released from prison before the 70th anniversary Saturday of Korea’s liberation from Japan’s colonial occupation. It said the government decided on pardons for 14 business people including Chey based on their contributions to the national economy....
  • Liam Neeson In Talks To Play General MacArthur In Korea’s ‘Operation Chromite’

    08/12/2015 8:27:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | August 12, 2015 | Ali Jaafar
    Liam Neeson is in talks to star as U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur in South Korean war pic Operation Chromite from Taewon Entertainment. A Taewon rep confirmed the news Wednesday to Deadline. John H. Lee is on-board to direct the project, which looks at the Battle of Incheon, a major turning point in 1950 in the Korean War in which United Nations forces launched a surprise attack against communist North Korean forces. Operation Chromite was the codename for the operation. The Korean War was fought between 1950-1953 and ended in a stalemate that exists today, with simmering hostilities between the...
  • North Korea executes vice premier for discontent with leader: Yonhap

    08/12/2015 7:08:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 12, 2015 | Ju-min Park
    North Korea's vice premier was executed by firing squad this year after showing discontent with the policies of the country's leader Kim Jong Un, a South Korean media report said on Wednesday. Yonhap News Agency cited an unnamed source as saying that the 63-year-old Choe Yong Gon, a former delegate for North-South cooperation, was executed, marking another death of a senior official in a series of high-level purges since Kim Jong Un took charge in late 2011.
  • Happy 225th Birthday, Coast Guard!

    08/04/2015 11:21:10 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 4, 2015 | self
    Published on Aug 23, 2013 Freely downloadable at the Internet Archive, where I first uploaded it. "On overseas activities of the Coast Guard in World War II. Includes views of the amphibious invasions of Guadalcanal, North Africa, Anzio, Tarawa, Saipan, Luzon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Normandy, and South France. Cutters shoot down an airplane, patrol a Persian port, deliver supplies and men to Greenland, release depth charges, and sink a German boat. Coast Guardsmen place buoys in a port, load supplies on B-24 plane, load wounded Marines aboard transports off Tarawa, and rescue sailors of ships sunk by Japanese suicide planes...
  • 820 B-29’S DROP 6,632 TONS ON FOE; BATTLESHIP, PLANES STRIKE WAKE (8/2/45)

    08/02/2015 6:27:56 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 30 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 8/2/45 | W.H. Lawrence, George E. Jones, Raymond Daniell, Dana Adams Schmidt, Herbert L. Matthews, more
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  • North Korea’s economy grew faster than the Eurozone last year

    07/20/2015 9:51:32 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/17/2015 | David Scutt
    North Korea’s economy expanded by 1.0% to $29.85 billion (Ł19 billion) in 2014, according to Reuters citing analysis from South Korea’s central bank. That’s just better than the 0.9% growth recorded in the Eurozone last year. The Bank of Korea (BoK) report that “the increase in economic activity was attributed mainly to growth in services and building while farming, mining and manufacturing saw slower growth.”
  • Obama again praises S. Korea for ‘paying teachers the way they pay doctors’

    07/19/2015 1:16:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | July 17, 2015 | Brian Han
    During U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech on Wednesday regarding a new government initiative to bring high speed internet access to low-income groups, the topic of South Korea’s education system came up. “In South Korea they pay their teachers the way they pay their doctors,” he said in front of an audience at Durant High School in Durant, Okla. “They consider education to be at the highest wrung of the professions.” The reason it came up at all had to do with South Korea’s widespread high speed internet access especially in the city’s capital of Seoul. Obama voiced a similar statement...
  • GRACE [Charismatic Caucus]

    07/09/2015 7:54:10 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Jedediah, Holy Spirit
    I was torn to lament over situations recently so I asked The Lord to explain His Grace to me and I share it for your consideration . . . Grace is sufficient is more than a statement it is an enactment for many in My Creation ask "Why"? When I have given them the gift to (( ( "DECLARE" ) )) ((( "GRACE" ))) ! And so it is with this enlightenment they "IN FACT" carry the KEY to their own Blessings and Grace ! For I AM GRACE ETERNAL and it is in this manner you must speak and...
  • Seoul: North Korean leader has so far executed 70 officials

    07/09/2015 7:49:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    AP ^ | July 9, 2015 | Kim Tong-Hyung
    Young North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has executed 70 officials since taking power in late 2011 in a "reign of terror" that far exceeds the bloodshed of his dictator father's early rule, South Korean officials said Thursday. South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, at a forum in Seoul, compared Kim Jong Un's 70 executions with those of his late father, Kim Jong Il, who he said executed about 10 officials during his first years in power.
  • Did Kim Jong-un have the architect behind North Korea's new airport executed because he did not [tr]

    06/29/2015 12:25:03 PM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 29, 2015 | Staff
    It has been claimed the chief architect of Pyongyang Airport was executed by North Korea's totalitarian leader Kim Jong-un because he disliked his designs. Ma Won-chun, who was North Korea's director of the Designing Department of the National Defence Commission, vanished last year and was allegedly executed in November. This coincided with a report the same month explaining how the fearsome ruler was dissatisfied with the construction of Terminal 2 at the country's capital city.
  • Thousands packed into North Korea stadium call for bloody revenge on US on Korean War anniversary

    06/25/2015 12:32:22 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 28 replies
    telegraph ^ | 25 Jun 2015 | Andrew Marszal
    North Korea marked the 65th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War on Thursday with a 100,000-strong rally in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Stadium, and a statement condemning the "fatty monster US imperialists". The "Pyongyang Mass Rally on the Day of the Struggle Against the US," was a carefully orchestrated display of angry speeches, fist-pumping and calls for blood revenge. The rally was just one event in what it officially known as "Struggle Against US Imperialism Month", during which North Koreans visit war museums and attend gatherings denouncing the evils of the United States. North Korea also issued a...
  • Kim Jong-un Claims to Have Cured Aids, Ebola, Sars and Mers With Single 'Miracle Drug'

    06/19/2015 11:55:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Mirror ^ | 19 JUNE 2015 | STEVE WHITE
    North Korean officials said scientists had developed Kumdang-2 from ginseng and other ingredients - which they chose not to revealKim Jong-un claims to have succeeded where the greatest minds in science have failed... by producing a single drug which can prevent and cure Aids, Ebola, Sars and Mers. North Korea is currently suffering from one of the worst droughts in its history while still pursuing a nuclear programme. The official Korean Central News Agency said the portly despot's scientists developed miracle drug Kumdang-2 from ginseng and other ingredients - without saying which. North Korea claimed the same drug cured deadly...
  • The New World Map

    06/18/2015 4:27:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Adolf Hitler started World War II by attacking Poland on September 1, 1939. Nazi Germany moved only after it had already remilitarized the Rhineland, absorbed Austria and dismantled Czechoslovakia. Before the outbreak of the war, Hitler's new Third Reich had created the largest German-speaking nation in European history. Well before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese government had redrawn the map of Asia and the Pacific. Japan had occupied or annexed Indochina, Korea, Manchuria and Taiwan, in addition to swaths of coastal China. Attacking Hawaii, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia was merely the logical 1941 follow-up...
  • InssTek Called to South Korea to Use Grand Teton 3D Printer to Repair Fighter Jets

    06/15/2015 2:34:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    3D Print ^ | June 15, 2015 | Bridget Butler Millsaps
    Strength. That’s the first word that comes to mind when most of us think about 3D printing in metal. And expense is usually the second–but when it comes to fixing up a nation’s fighter jet, thrift is most likely not an issue. And if you were up against a constant adversary like North Korea, you’d want the best, most secure repairs possible for the main fleet’s F-15K fighter jet–especially if you were the one flying it. When it came to the attention of the South Korean Air Force powers that they needed to modify and repair two high-powered turbine components...
  • Seoul a ghost town as South Korea grapples with Mers fear

    06/12/2015 1:47:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 8:12PM BST 12 Jun 2015 | Andrew Salmon in Seoul
    In a bar in Seoul’s upmarket Gangnam district this week, music was blasting from the speakers and Harry Potter played on a giant flat-screen television; but the electronic darts board and kung fu video game stands were bereft of customers, and all but one of the tables were empty. The barman had a simple answer for the unusual lack of business: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers). South Korea on Friday reported three more deaths from Mers, in what has become the largest outbreak of the virus outside Saudi Arabia, with more than a dozen deaths in the past few weeks...
  • China hospital ballot to decide who treats Mers patient

    06/01/2015 4:03:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin
    Nurses at a hospital in China have been reportedly drawing lots to determine who should treat a patient with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers). The hospital, in the southern city of Huizhou, said the ballot was arranged because there were too many volunteers to treat the South Korean man. But posts on social media suggest many were reluctant to take on the task. The virus has a death rate of 27%, according to the World Health Organization. The sick man was named as China's first Mers case last week, after travelling to the country from South Korea, via Hong Kong....
  • S.Korea fights to contain MERS outbreak, considers tough measures

    06/01/2015 6:47:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin
    reuters.com ^ | Jack Kim
    South Korea struggled to contain an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Monday as health authorities announced three more cases, bringing the number of infections to 18 in just over 10 days. Authorities are considering a ban on overseas travel for the nearly 700 people isolated for possible infection after a 44-year-old man broke a voluntary house quarantine last week and flew to Hong Kong and then travelled to mainland China. The man subsequently tested positive for MERS, China's first confirmed case, setting off alarm bells as health officials traced his footsteps and tested dozens of people who...
  • How the Cross Led a Starving North Korean to America

    06/09/2015 4:20:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aleteia ^ | June 9, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    In Korea, the only "god" he knew was the country's leader, Kim Il-Sung, and any perceived blasphemy against him could land a person in a prison camp. So when Joseph Kim finally crossed the Tumen river into China, he did what he was told—follow the cross—even though he didn't know what a cross or a Christian was. Kim tells his story in a new book, Under the Same Sky: From Starvation in North Korea to Salvation in America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and at a time when North Korea occasionally surfaces in the headlines for its continuing beligerence towards the...
  • South Koreans win DARPA robotics challenge

    06/07/2015 2:02:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | June 7, 2015 | Regan Morris
    The contest is a battle of robots on an obstacle course meant to simulate conditions similar to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. Team Kaist's DRC-Hubo humanoid robot defeated 22 others to win the top $2m prize from the US Department of Defense's Darpa research unit. The robots had an hour to complete a series of tasks, such as a driving a car and walking up steps. The challenge involved a series of tasks for the robots to complete, somewhat autonomously, with intermittent connectivity with their operators to simulate real disaster conditions. The challenge was the first where robots performed...
  • It may be the end of the road for Posco in Odisha (yet another reason why India is an also-ran)

    06/04/2015 8:32:33 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 12 replies
    First Post ^ | Apr 27, 2015 14:02 IST | Sandeep Sahu
    Bhubaneswar: South Korean steel giant Posco has waited patiently for its 12 million tonne per annum (MTPA) port-based steel plant near Paradip in Odisha to take off for nearly a decade. But with the Centre ruling out any out of turn allocation of iron ore mines to the company and the Odisha government giving the impression of washing its hands of the project, the steel major’s patience appears to be wearing thin. Nothing proves this exasperation better than the ugly war of words between Posco and Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation of Odisha (IDCO), the land acquisition arm of the state...
  • Two People Die in South Korea After Contracting MERS

    06/01/2015 6:30:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    wsj ^ | June 1, 2015 9:18 p.m. ET | Alastair Gale And
    Authorities also reported six new cases of infection from the virus, raising the total to 25 since the first case was confirmed in May. That infection was of a 68-year-old South Korean man who had visited Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. South Korea is considering an overseas travel ban for almost 700 people isolated for possible infection from the virus. However, authorities said on Tuesday there is insufficient evidence to declare an epidemic. Of the six new cases reported Tuesday, two are people who didn’t come into contact with the original carrier, authorities said. Instead, they contracted...
  • S. Korea, China formally sign free trade agreement

    06/01/2015 5:12:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Korea Herald ^ | June 1, 2015
    South Korea and China officially signed their bilateral free trade agreement Monday, taking a step closer to implementing what officials here call a mutually beneficial and significant trade pact. The agreement was signed by South Korean Trade Minister Yoon Sang-jick and his Chinese counterpart Gao Hucheng in Seoul, about six months after the two countries declared the conclusion of their negotiations that began in May 2012. The bilateral trade pact was initialed in Beijing on Feb. 25. The countries now only need approval from their respective legislatures before implementing the deal, which they plan to do before the end of...
  • You'll Never Guess Who's Building an Aircraft Carrier Now (Seriously... Try)

    05/31/2015 7:21:52 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 51 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | May 31, 2015 | Rich Smith
    All of a sudden, aircraft carriers are back in fashion. Over in Russia, they're drawing up plans to build the world's biggest aircraft carrier, a 100,000-ton beast that can carry 100 combat aircraft. China's building one, two, or maybe even four aircraft carriers. And here in the United States, we're busy building our second ­Ford-class supercarrier. Around the world and across the seas, aircraft carriers are popping up in the unlikeliest of places -- in Korea, in Thailand, in India, Japan, and maybe soon in Singapore, as well. But you'll never guess the latest country to announce plans to acquire...
  • Seoul Police ban upcoming Korean Pride Parade

    05/31/2015 1:41:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Beyond Hallyu ^ | May 30, 2015 | Lizzie
    The future of this year’s Pride in Seoul is looking uncertain after a notice banning the parade in the planned route was issued by Seoul Metropolitan police. The police issued the ban on the grounds that there were too many rallies planned for the same time, including opposing anti-LGBT demonstrations, and that it would cause too much disruption to traffic and pedestrians in the area. The organisers of the parade are contesting the prohibition saying it is unreasonable and unjustifiable. They also announced their plans to fight the prohibition by liaising with other activist groups. This comes after a controversial...
  • South Korean man arrested for slaughtering 600 cats

    05/30/2015 8:38:32 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 16 replies
    UPI ^ | May 21, 2015 | Elizabeth Shim
    BUSAN, South Korea, May 21 (UPI) -- A South Korean man was arrested for slaughtering 600 stray cats and selling the meat for medicinal soups. The man, identified only by the surname Jeong, was taken into custody in May for violating South Korea's animal protection laws, reported Yonhap on Thursday. Jeong, who is in his 50s, said he sold the meat to traditional Korean health care centers – claiming the meat could be used in soups to treat arthritis. South Korea's Chosun TV reported Jeong employed a brutal method of butchering the cats. After trapping the cat, he would throw...
  • Women activists cross DMZ to mixed reception on South Korean side

    05/26/2015 6:20:00 AM PDT · by Skooz · 12 replies
    MSN ^ | 5/24/2015 | James Pearson
    A group of international women activists crossed the heavily-fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea on Sunday in what they said was a symbolic act for peace. North and South Korea are still technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. Despite its name the DMZ is one of the most heavily militarized and fortified borders in the world. "We feel very celebratory and positive that we have created a voyage across the DMZ in peace and reconciliation," said U.S. activist and feminist Gloria Steinem, honorary co-chair of the WomanCrossDMZ...
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    03/24/2012 10:28:02 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies · 2+ views
    MSNBC ^ | March 24, 2012 | Shawna Thomas, Alicia Jennings and Kristen Welker
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