South Korea

North Korea’s new airport opens to much fanfare… and controversy

By Wed, Jul 01, 2015 3:07PM UTC

North Korea opened its new airport in Pyongyang Wednesday as leader Kim Jong-un and his wife posed for photos in fancy duty free shops and next to a chocolate fondue fountain.

In the wrong skin: Thailand needs to come to terms with ‘white power’

By Fri, Jun 26, 2015 10:22AM UTC

The whitening phenomenon in Thailand, i.e. the use of cosmetic products to whiten the skin – and now we can include beauty apps that might obviate the use of whitening products, for the online face at least – often seems to beguile the visitor from the West, or at least cause them to smirk at outlandish items such as underarm whitening deodorant. But before we smirk, we might look at our own seemingly strange habits.

South Korea reports 2 new MERS deaths, cuts growth forecast

By Thu, Jun 25, 2015 11:26AM UTC

South Korean officials confirmed that two more people have died from the MERS virus Thursday, bringing the total death toll 29. It also reported an addition case that put the total number of infections at 180.

ADB: Climate change is making the poor poorer in Asia

By Wed, Jun 24, 2015 6:40PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Asian Development Bank says climate change has been making the poor in the Asia-Pacific region even poorer and is also setting back efforts to haul them out of poverty.

France releases South Korean ferry tycoon’s daughter

By Wed, Jun 24, 2015 9:44AM UTC

PARIS (AP) — A French appeals court has ordered the release of the daughter of a South Korean businessman believed to be linked to a deadly ferry disaster, pending a decision on whether to extradite her.