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why young south koreans are turning away from religion | arts & culture


seoul, south korea -on a warm spring sunday morning, the rows of pews inside seoul cathedral anglican church were nearly full with congregants singing a traditional hymn accompanied by a blaring organ.among the attendees was park hyun-jung, a simply dressed woman in her early 30s, currently taking time away from her career to raise her children, aged two and six.park comes from a devout anglican family and attended church regularly while growing up in seoul. as she entered adulthood and the challenges of completing university, finding a job and marrying came to dominate her schedule, she started going to church less often. she now only goes two or three times a year."i'm so busy trying to raise kids and manage our household. i can't find time to do everything," park said.her trajectory of






‘alarmingly high’ number of south koreans missing


days after the united states and south korea agreed to hold joint military exercises next month in a bid to deter north korea’s nuclear program, a united nations’ working group said friday the list of south koreans that may have been abducted by pyongyang has been increasing in size, local media reported. the u.n.’s working group…






south koreans begin voting for new president after one of most stunning politica


share storyby the associated pressthe associated pressseoul, south korea (ap) — south koreans begin voting for new president after one of most stunning political upheavals in nation’s modern history.the associated presscustom-curated news highlights, delivered weekday mornings.thanks for signing up!






ship carrying 16 filipinos, 8 s.koreans missing near uruguay


seoul, south korea — south korea's government says a cargo ship being used by a south korean shipping company has gone missing in seas near uruguay with 24 crew members.a foreign ministry official says the ship went out of contact late friday, south korea time, shortly after one of the crew members sent a text message to the shipping company saying the ship was taking on water.the official said saturday that the uruguayan maritime police and a commercial vessel that had been in neighboring waters were searching for the stella daisy.the official, who didn't want to be named, citing office rules, said eight south koreans and 16 filipinos were on the ship.he said the ship was registered in the marshall islands.






deposed president heightens south korea instability as china maneuvers


south korea’s first female president, park geun-hye, was ousted by south korea’s constitutional court on march 10. she was impeached over a bribery scandal that rocked the south korean business and political world. this is a good news for south korea’s young democracy, but the timing couldn’t be worse. it took place less than one week after north korea conducted its second missile test in 2017 and barely two weeks after the assassination of kim jong nam (the half-brother of dictator kim jung un).compared to the rest of the world, south koreans have the most to worry about. north korea conducted it latest missile test while the united states and south korea were conducting joint military exercises. once again, pyongyang demonstrated its determination to push forward its intercontinental mis






ship carrying 16 filipinos, 8 s.koreans missing near uruguay


seoul, south korea — south korea's government said saturday that a cargo ship being used by a south korean shipping company has gone missing in seas near uruguay with 24 crew members.the ship went out of contact late friday, south korea time, shortly after one of the crew members sent a text message to the shipping company saying the ship was taking on water, according to an official from seoul's foreign ministry.the official said the uruguayan maritime police and a commercial vessel that had been in neighboring waters were searching for the stella daisy, which had departed from a port in brazil on march 26.the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules, said 16 filipinos and eight south koreans were on the ship. he said it wasn't clear whether the ship sank or if t






south koreans begin early voting to replace ousted park


seoul, south korea — south koreans have begun early voting in the election to replace ousted president park geun-hye.early voters can cast ballots thursday and friday before the election next tuesday.pre-election surveys show liberal candidate moon jae-in comfortably leading his two main rivals — a centrist and a conservative.the winner of the election will be sworn in as the new president immediately, forgoing the traditional two-month transition. park's impeachment and removal from office changed south korea's election schedule, so the new president will serve a full five-year term.the national election commission says about 3 million people already voted about eight hours after the two-day early voting began on thursday.






liberal moon jae-in set to win south korean presidency | south korea news


liberal politician moon jae-in is on course to win south korea's presidential election on tuesday, according to exit polls, in a landslide victory that will end nearly a decade of conservative rule. south koreans seek reform in presidential electionmoon, 64, is expected to beat conservative challenger, former prosecutor hong joon-pyo, by 41.4 percent to 23.3 percent of the votes, a joint survey by three network television stations showed.shortly after projections were reported, moon spoke at his party's headquarters saying the victory was expected, but adding south koreans must "calmly wait" for official results. "if we win indeed, i think today's triumph is the triumph of yearning," moon said."first of all it was the yearning of the public, calling for the change of government. second of






liberal moon jae-in set to win south korean presidency | south korea news


liberal politician moon jae-in claimed victory in south korea's presidential election on tuesday, after exit polls projected a landslide victory that will end nearly a decade of conservative rule. "i will be president for all south koreans," moon told cheering supporters on gwanghwamun square in the capital seoul. "this is a great victory of great people who stayed with me to create a country of justice ... where rules and common sense prevail," he said.a joint survey by three network television stations showed moon, 64, beating conservative challenger, former prosecutor hong joon-pyo, by 41.4 percent to 23.3 percent of the votes. read more: who is moon jae-in, south korea's likely new president? hong and centrist challenger ahn cheol-soo, conceded defeat shortly after projections were rep






liberal moon jae-in set to win south korean presidency | south korea news


liberal politician moon jae-in claimed victory in south korea's presidential election on tuesday, after exit polls projected a landslide victory that will end nearly a decade of conservative rule. "i will be president for all south koreans," moon told cheering supporters on gwanghwamun square in the capital seoul. "this is a great victory of great people who stayed with me to create a country of justice ... where rules and common sense prevail," he said.a joint survey by three network television stations showed moon, 64, beating conservative challenger, former prosecutor hong joon-pyo, by 41.4 percent to 23.3 percent of the votes. read more: who is moon jae-in, south korea's likely new president? hong and centrist challenger ahn cheol-soo, conceded defeat shortly after projections were rep






north korean defector describes the shock of adjusting to a society with advance


the “internet room” at pyongyang’s international airport in 2015, which at the time reportedly didn’t have access to the internet (ap photo/dita alangkara)the wall street journal has a fascinating new video about the struggles that many north koreans go through when they defect to the south. many of the hurdles are technological. as just one example, when north koreans first encounter atms they sometimes believe that there’s a person inside the machine because the atm “talks.”advertisementthe video from the wall street journal:the video really demonstrates how shocking it can be to go from a country where so much money is currently being poured into the machines of war to a country like south korea where technologies like talking atms and tablet computers are abundant.advertisementsome of






south korea election: polls open to choose new president


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption south koreans are choosing among 13 candidates south koreans are voting in a presidential election, called early after a huge corruption scandal brought down their former leader. liberal moon jae-in is the clear front-runner with centrist ahn cheol-soo his nearest challenger.the election is being closely watched at a time of economic uncertainty and heightened tensions with north korea. mr moon wants to increase contact with the north in contrast to ex-leader park geun-hye who cut almost all ties. observers are expecting a high turnout at the ballot boxes, with numbers boosted by younger voters, as south koreans choose from 13 candidates.polls close at 20:00 local time (11:00 gmt), with the winner expected to be announced soon after. money and jobsa






south korea election: polls open to choose new president


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption south koreans are choosing among 13 candidates south koreans are voting in a presidential election, called early after a huge corruption scandal brought down their former leader. left-leaning moon jae-in is the clear front-runner with centrist ahn cheol-soo his nearest challenger.the election is being closely watched at a time of economic uncertainty and heightened tensions with north korea. mr moon wants to increase contact with the north in contrast to ex-leader park geun-hye who cut almost all ties. observers are expecting a high turnout at the ballot boxes, with numbers boosted by younger voters, as south koreans choose from 13 candidates.polls close at 20:00 local time (11:00 gmt), with the winner expected to be announced soon after. money and






south korea election: polls open to choose new president


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption south koreans are choosing among 13 candidates south koreans are voting in a presidential election, called early after a huge corruption scandal brought down their former leader. left-leaning moon jae-in is the clear front-runner with centrist ahn cheol-soo his nearest challenger.the election is being closely watched at a time of economic uncertainty and heightened tensions with north korea. mr moon wants to increase contact with the north in contrast to ex-leader park geun-hye who cut almost all ties. observers are expecting a high turnout at the ballot boxes, with numbers boosted by younger voters, as south koreans choose from 13 candidates.polls close at 20:00 local time (11:00 gmt), with the winner expected to be announced soon after. money and






south korea election: polls open to choose new president


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption south koreans are choosing among 13 candidates south koreans are voting in a presidential election, called early after a huge corruption scandal brought down their former leader. liberal moon jae-in is the clear front-runner with centrist ahn cheol-soo his nearest challenger.the election is being closely watched at a time of economic uncertainty and heightened tensions with north korea. mr moon wants to increase contact with the north in contrast to ex-leader park geun-hye who cut almost all ties. observers are expecting a high turnout at the ballot boxes, with numbers boosted by younger voters, as south koreans choose from 13 candidates.polls close at 2000 local time (1100 gmt), with the winner expected to be announced soon after. money and jobsall






ship carrying 16 filipinos, 8 s.koreans missing near uruguay


seoul, south korea — a cargo ship being used by a south korean shipping company went missing in seas near uruguay with 24 crew members and authorities said saturday that two people had been rescued.the ship went out of contact late friday, south korea time, shortly after one of the crew members sent a text message to the shipping company saying the ship was taking on water, according to an official from seoul's foreign ministry.the official said the uruguayan maritime police and a commercial vessel that had been in neighboring waters were searching for the stella daisy, which had departed from a port in brazil on march 26.the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules, said 16 filipinos and eight south koreans were on the ship. he said it wasn't clear whether the sh






philippines arrests 25 koreans over alleged fraud, gambling


manila, philippines — twenty-five south koreans have been arrested in metropolitan manila on suspicion of internet fraud or illegal online gambling, philippine authorities said friday.twelve of the suspects are wanted back home for allegedly duping their compatriots into investing money in bogus real estate projects in the philippines, bureau of immigration commissioner jaime morente said.their arrests wednesday in a posh condominium followed the bureau's apprehension on monday of four other south koreans for alleged fraud and voice phishing. they're accused of duping hundreds of their compatriots who lost money after revealing private information to callers impersonating legitimate companies.the national bureau of investigation also presented to the media on friday five south korean natio






malaysia says only 315 north koreans left in the country


kuala lumpur, malaysia — malaysia's deputy prime minister says 315 north koreans are in the country and barred from leaving amid a dispute over the killing of north korean leader kim jong un's half brother.the figure is lower than an estimate previously given by a government official, who had told the associated press that some 1,000 north koreans were believed to be in malaysia.malaysia says kim jong nam died after two women smeared his face with a banned nerve agent feb. 13 at kuala lumpur's airport, but north korea rejects the findings. on tuesday, the two countries barred each other's citizens from leaving.deputy prime minister ahmad zahid hamidi said sunday that 2,453 north koreans came to malaysia from 2014 to 2017, but that the latest record showed only 315 remained.






trump is ‘trying to out-north korean the north koreans’ — and that makes people


appearing on abc, the former ambassador to south korea who helmed bush-era negotiations to get rid of north korea’s nuclear weapons program said that president donald trump is playing brinkmanship with north korean president kim jong un and that “makes people nervous.”speaking with this week host martha raddatz, ambassador christopher hill, who served in both the bush and the clinton administrations, explained what he believes trump’s strategy is — if the president has one.“i think he’s trying to out-north korean the north koreans, so let’s see if that works,” suggested hill.“certainly it makes people nervous when they’re not quite sure what he means by it,” hill continued. “and, you know, great powers can’t really bluff. so when you talk in those terms, you’ve got to be prepared to back i






more of what north koreans think of americans


we’ve already shown you part one of this video series about what north koreans think of americans. if your mind wasn’t sufficiently blown from that, then take a look this part two:full story at youtube.more about politics. posted by josh urich






south koreans begin early voting to replace ousted park


seoul, south korea — south koreans began early voting thursday in the election to replace ousted president park geun-hye.early voters can cast ballots thursday and friday at about 3,510 polling stations across the country before the election next tuesday, the national election commission said in a statement.it's south korea's first presidential election with early voting after introducing it for parliamentary and mayoral elections in recent years, the statement said.pre-election surveys show liberal candidate moon jae-in comfortably leading his two main rivals — a centrist and a conservative.the winner will be sworn in as the new president immediately, forgoing the usual two-month transition. park's impeachment and removal from office changed south korea's election schedule, so the new pre






trump is ‘trying to out-north korean the north koreans’ — and that makes people


appearing on abc, the former ambassador to south korea who helmed bush-era negotiations to get rid of north korea’s nuclear weapons program said that president donald trump is playing brinkmanship with north korean president kim jong un and that “makes people nervous.”speaking with this week host martha raddatz, ambassador christopher hill, who served in both the bush and the clinton administrations, explained what he believes trump’s strategy is — if the president has one.“i think he’s trying to out-north korean the north koreans, so let’s see if that works,” suggested hill.“certainly it makes people nervous when they’re not quite sure what he means by it,” hill continued. “and, you know, great powers can’t really bluff. so when you talk in those terms, you’ve got to be prepared to back i






malaysia now says only 315 north koreans left in the country


kuala lumpur, malaysia (ap) — malaysia has lowered its estimate of how many north koreans are in the country and barred from leaving amid a dispute over the killing of north korean leader kim jong un’s half brother, saying 315 remain.malaysia says kim jong nam died after two women smeared his face with the banned vx nerve agent on feb. 13 at kuala lumpur’s airport, but north korea — widely suspected to be behind the attack — rejects the findings. on tuesday, the two countries barred each other’s citizens from leaving.a malaysian government official earlier estimated 1,000 north koreans were in the country.deputy prime minister ahmad zahid hamidi told local media sunday that 2,453 north koreans came to malaysia between 2014 and 2017, but that the latest record showed only 315 remained.most






ex-north koreans describe what they thought about americans


in this video, some former north koreans sit down to share what they were taught to think about america. it may not surprise you to learn how well they were trained to hate americans, but the vehemence may surprise you.full story at youtube.more great vids. posted by josh urich






south koreans vote for new president


human rights lawyer moon jae-in, 64, leads polls by a large margin over his nearest competitor, conservative hong joon-pyo.        






south koreans begin early voting to replace ousted park


seoul, south korea (ap) — south koreans began early voting thursday in the election to replace ousted president park geun-hye.early voters can cast ballots thursday and friday at about 3,510 polling stations across the country before the election next tuesday, the national election commission said in a statement.it’s south korea’s first presidential election with early voting after introducing it for parliamentary and mayoral elections in recent years, the statement said.pre-election surveys show liberal candidate moon jae-in comfortably leading his two main rivals — a centrist and a conservative.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the winner will be sworn in as the new president immediately, forgoing the usual two-month transition. park’s impeachment and removal from






liberal moon jae-in set to win south korean presidency | south korea news


liberal politician moon jae-in is on course to win south korea's presidential election on tuesday, according to exit polls, in a landslide victory that will end nearly a decade of conservative rule.moon, 64, is expected to beat conservative challenger, former prosecutor hong joon-pyo, by 41.4 percent to 23.3 percent of the votes, a joint survey by three network television stations showed.shortly after projections were reported, moon spoke at his party's headquarters saying the victory was expected, but adding south koreans must "calmly wait" for official results. "if we win indeed, i think today's triumph is the triumph of yearning," moon said."first of all it was the yearning of the public, calling for the change of government. second of all it is our yearning to realise that yearning of






the latest: us is taking no position on upcoming election


seoul, south korea — the latest on south korean president park geun-hye's removal from office friday by the constitutional court (all times local):5:32 a.m.the united states is taking no position on the outcome of south korea's upcoming presidential election, saying it's a domestic issue to be decided by south koreans and their democratic institutions.spokesman sean spicer says the white house is monitoring developments after south korea's constitutional court removed impeached president park geun-hye from office friday over a corruption scandal.spicer says the u.s. will remain a "steadfast ally, friend and partner" to the republic of korea, regardless of the outcome of the election.south korea must hold a presidential election within two months to choose park's successor.___8: 30 p.m.nort






other mysterious deaths of north korea's perceived enemies


seoul, south korea — an outcast from north korea's ruling family was killed with a weapon believed to belong to north korea's chemical arsenal and several north koreans are wanted for questioning. but with malaysia deporting the only north korean it detained in the airport assassination of kim jong nam, many in south korea see the secretive, dictatorial regime in pyongyang escaping punishment for another mysterious killing.the government in seoul and human rights groups say pyongyang has for decades acted to silence its perceived enemies, sending assassins after south korean government officials, north korean defectors and anti-pyongyang activists.and yet north korea often takes out the targets without leaving evidence that would indisputably prove its involvement, south koreans say.when s






other mysterious deaths of north korea’s perceived enemies


seoul, south korea (ap) — an outcast from north korea’s ruling family was killed with a weapon believed to belong to north korea’s chemical arsenal and several north koreans are wanted for questioning. but with malaysia deporting the only north korean it detained in the airport assassination of kim jong nam, many in south korea see the secretive, dictatorial regime in pyongyang escaping punishment for another mysterious killing.the government in seoul and human rights groups say pyongyang has for decades acted to silence its perceived enemies, sending assassins after south korean government officials, north korean defectors and anti-pyongyang activists.and yet north korea often takes out the targets without leaving evidence that would indisputably prove its involvement, south koreans say.w






north korea has a hard time getting one up


a man watches a tv news program from south korea showing an image of a high-thrust rocket engine in north korea on march 19, 2017 (ap photo/ahn young-joon)north korea was pretty proud of itself earlier this month when it was able to perform four times in a single day. but much of that enthusiasm has waned overnight as north korea has found it hard to get one up.advertisement“u.s. pacific command detected what we assess was a failed north korean missile launch attempt the morning of march 22 in korea (12:49 pm hawaii-time,) in the vicinity of kalma,” commander david benham, a spokesman for us pacific command, told abc news in a statement. “a missile appears to have exploded within seconds of launch,” benham continued. “we are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessme






landslide win for moon jae-in in south korea vote | south korea news


liberal politician moon jae-in has been declared the winner in south korea's presidential election, ending nearly a decade of conservative rule. "i will be president for all south koreans," moon, 64, told cheering supporters in the capital, seoul, on tuesday after his rivals conceded defeat. "this is a great victory of great people who stayed with me to create a country of justice ... where rules and common sense prevail," the former human rights lawyer said.the election body said moon gathered 41 percent of the votes, comfortably edging conservative hong joon-pyo and centrist ahn cheol-soo, who gathered 24 percent and 21 percent of the votes, respectively.moon will immediately begin his single five-year term.   read more: who is moon jae-in, south korea's likely new president? according t






landslide win for moon jae-in in south korea vote | south korea news


liberal politician moon jae-in has been declared the winner in south korea's presidential election, ending nearly a decade of conservative rule. "i will be president for all south koreans," moon, 64, told cheering supporters in the capital, seoul, on tuesday after his rivals conceded defeat. "this is a great victory of great people who stayed with me to create a country of justice ... where rules and common sense prevail," the former human rights lawyer said.the election body said moon gathered 41 percent of the votes, comfortably edging conservative hong joon-pyo and centrist ahn cheol-soo, who gathered 24 percent and 21 percent of the votes, respectively.moon will immediately begin his single five-year term.   read more: who is moon jae-in, south korea's likely new president? according t






the latest: malaysia interviewed n. koreans before they left


kuala lumpur, malaysia — the latest on the killing of kim jong nam, the north korean leader's half brother (all times local):4:30 p.m.:malaysia's police chief says three north koreans who had been sought in the killing of the north korean leader's half brother were allowed to leave the country after investigators obtained their statements.national police chief khalid abu bakar told reporters friday that "we have obtained whatever we wanted from them" and are "satisfied" with the north koreans' statements. the three were believed to have been holed up in the north korean embassy.khalid says police are still seeking four other north koreans who left malaysia feb. 13, the day kim jong nam died after being poisoned in a kuala lumpur airport terminal. two women accused of smearing kim's face wi






south korea's president is removed from office as court upholds her impeachment


after months of political wrangling, legal drama and historic protests, a court has removed south korean president park geun-hye from office.the constitutional court that weighed her fate announced friday its confirmation of the embattled leader’s impeachment in december by the national assembly — a ruling that could lead to her criminal prosecution.south koreans anxiously awaited the decision, which was broadcast live on televisions across the nation. lee jungmi, the acting chief judge, said the panel unanimously agreed that park “violated the duty to safeguard the nation.”“the respondent, president park geun-hye, is expelled,” she said. “we all agree that this is a matter of safeguarding the constitution. therefore there is no other choice than to decide the verdict.”in recent weeks, nat






new south korean leader casts doubt on ‘comfort women’ deal with japan


seoul—new south korean president moon jae-in told japanese prime minister shinzo abe that a 2015 deal to resolve a dispute over korean women forced into sexual service for japanese soldiers during world war ii was “unacceptable” to most south koreans.mr. moon’s remarks thursday, a day after his inauguration, is likely to rekindle an emotionally-charged issue between the two close u.s. allies as washington seeks to coordinate global...






protest at jfk airport over trump's refugee ban


protests have broken out at the john f kennedy (jfk) international airport in new york city as immigrants, including us green card holders, are detained following right-wing president donald trump's executive order placing harsh restrictions on travellers from several muslim-majority countries. hundreds of demonstrators chanted "no ban, no wall, sanctuary for all!" and "no hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here!" while gathering outside the airport's terminal four arrivals section.  other protests were held at airports in chicago, san francisco, washington, dc, among other us cities.  the protests e in response to p port holders from arab countries being blocked on urday from p ing through customs at us airports, while others were prevented from boarding us-bound planes.on friday, trum