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  • Park Geun Hye and Shinzo Abe hold summit, urge for improved diplomatic relations

    June 22, 2015 @ 4:40 pm

    South Korean president Park Geun Hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended a summit celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Both Park and Abe spoke of the necessity of cooperation and improving the ties between their countries, an especially sensitive topic in the light of deteriorating Korea-Japan relations today. (Shinzo Abe and Park Geun Hye in 2006, shortly before Abe's second term an

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  • President Park Geun Hye promises to lift the Sewol Ferry + investigate further into the incident

    April 16, 2015 @ 3:41 pm

    President Park Geun Hye finally brought up the current state of the sunken Sewol Ferry on April 16, a full year after it sank and took with it over three hundred lives of those on board, many of whom were young students from Danwon High School.  There are still nine missing bodies, resulting in the call from parents of the victims to raise the Sewol Ferry, a project which was revealed to likely cost over over $100 million USD. Despite the en

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  • President Park to dispatch health personnel for Ebola crisis + South Korea pledges $5.6 million USD

    October 17, 2014 @ 3:25 pm

    President Park Geun Hye has recently announced that she will be dispatching health personnel to West Africa in response to the Ebola crisis.During the opening of the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) which took place in Milan, Italy, President Park stated, "It's been decided that in order to respond to the Ebola virus that is spreading to several countries, Korea will be offering humanitarian assistance by dispatching health personnel." President Park h

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  • Police inspect female college student's Kakao messages for her involvement in Sewol Ferry protests

    October 14, 2014 @ 3:32 pm

    A female college student named Yong Hae In has revealed to the public that her KakaoTalk messages were recently inspected by the police due to her participation in the Sewol Ferry protests.Back in May, Sewol Ferry protesters held a silent march near the Gwanghwamun Gate. As Yong had suggested to have this march, she, among 100 other citizens, were taken to the police station. The police secured a search warrant against Yong and inspecte

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  • KakaoTalk apologizes and promises to introduce new privacy mode

    October 9, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

    On October 8, KakaoTalk apologized to users amid concerns about the lack of privacy and cooperation with the government. The company announced a new privacy mode for users who are now skeptical of the phone app.Back in September, President Park Geun Hye claimed that there were many groundless online accusations made against her, particularly among Sewol Ferry activists. Prosecutors stated that they would step up real-time monitoring of SNS conver

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  • Some Koreans moving away from KakaoTalk for fear of government monitoring and lack of privacy

    October 3, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

    When President Park Geun Hye recently claimed that there were many groundless online accusations against her being made online, particularly among Sewol Ferry activists, prosecutors announced it would step up real-time monitoring of people's messages on SNS in order to get rid of baseless rumors. There are rumors that prosecutors and police are particularly monitoring KakaoTalk messages, checking activists' private information such as bank a

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  • Clip of Canadian policeman defending Korean Sewol protesters gains attention

    September 25, 2014 @ 3:14 pm

    A short clip titled, "20140922 Ottowa in front of the Prime Minister's Residence, 'Don't touch them!'" has been gaining interest lately as it features a Canadian policeman defending a group of Korean Sewol Protestors.In the 37-second clip around the 0:08 mark, a Canadian policeman can be seen speaking to a suited man amidst a crowd of protestors. The suited man is one of President Park Geun Hye's bodyguards. As the South Korean president recently

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  • South Korean President Park Geun Hye makes her debut at the United Nations

    September 23, 2014 @ 2:54 pm

    After having spent three days in Canada, during which South Korean President Park Geun Hye had a summit conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper establishing a Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreement (FTA), President Park made another stop in the United States to speak to the United Nations (U.N.) in New York. Accepting U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon's invitation, President Park made her debut on the U.N. stage and spoke to the C

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  • Former South Korean Spy Chief convicted of using Twitter to campaign against liberals

    September 15, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

    Former South Korean spy chief Won Sei Hoon has been convicted of posting online criticism against liberal candidates during the 2012 presidential election. He was sentenced to jail for 2 and a half years, until the judge recently suspended the decision.Won Sei Hoon violated the National Intelligence Service (NIS) Act that disallows spy agents to get involved in politics. In 2012, he directed a team of agents to post more than 1.2 millio

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  • Pope Francis arrives in South Korea

    August 14, 2014 @ 1:31 pm

    Pope Francis's arrival in South Korea on Thursday marks the first papal visit to Asia since 1999. He expressed hope for reconciliation of the divided Korean Peninsula and offered consolation to the families who lost their children in the Sewol ferry disaster in April. President Park Geun-hye greeted him Thursday morning at a military airport south of Seoul. Making more explicit the tensions on the peninsula, North Korea fired three

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