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2006-03-22 22:23:24

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has allowed nearly 100 visiting South Koreans to return home after delaying their departure over objections to news reports that it had abducted people, officials said on Thursday. The South Koreans, several of them in their 80s and 90s, met long-lost relatives from the communist North at a mountain resort in a reunion that started on Monday. They were supposed to leave on Wednesday afternoon, but North Korea delayed their departure for about 10 hours,...

2006-02-27 04:05:09

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Yoo Chang-sik gazes into a monitor in the North Korean capital but fails to recognize his sister on a video link from the South's capital, just 220 km (137 miles) away but separated by a fortified border for more than 50 years. Yoo, 78, and his sister, Hyang-sik, 65, were one of 80 families picked to be reunited via a video link over two days starting on Monday. The families were split in the turmoil when the two countries sealed their borders at the...

2006-02-24 13:26:53

By Carol Giacomo WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush heads to India with grand visions of partnership with the world's biggest democracy, but some experts say such high expectations could lead to disappointment or even a backlash. In a preview of next week's visit, Bush reaffirmed his vision of a "strategic partnership" that includes abetting India's rise as a global power through cooperation on economic, energy, political, cultural and health issues. But Dan Blumenthal,...

2006-02-20 21:35:17

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean Red Cross and government officials traveled to North Korea on Tuesday for talks on the fate of South Korean prisoners of war and civilian abductees believed to be alive and held in the North. Separately, generals from the South and North will meet on March 2 and 3 in the border truce village of Panmunjom to resume talks on preventing armed clashes and easing tension, the government said. Those talks had been suspended since June 2004. While Seoul...

2006-02-19 20:34:52

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - Most South Koreans had never heard of Hines Ward before he won the Super Bowl's most valuable player award but the half-Korean's sudden fame has turned the spotlight on mixed-race children in his country of birth. Ward was born in Seoul to an African-American father who was a U.S. serviceman and a South Korean mother. After the Super Bowl he was called a great Korean athlete and became an instant sports hero in South Korea -- a country that usually...

2006-02-14 08:40:05

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - A heartbreaking love story set in the Communist east just before the Berlin Wall was built brought to life Germany's painfully divided past at the Berlin Film Festival on Tuesday like no other drama before it. "The Red Cockatoo" by Berlinale veteran director Dominik Graf offers a riveting glimpse of a vibrant, carefree spirit in East Germany that darkened only in the run-up to the Wall's construction in 1961, which turned the east into a vast...

2006-02-03 06:50:00

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL -- U.S. and South Korean forces could defeat North Korea's army, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Friday, but figuring out the secretive state's military policy is a difficult challenge. The United States has about 30,000 troops in South Korea working with about 690,000 South Korean troops. North Korea has most of its million-strong military positioned near the fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) that divides the peninsula. "We are fully capable...

2006-02-03 01:27:48

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. and South Korean forces could defeat North Korea's army, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Friday, but figuring out the secretive state's military policy is a difficult challenge. The United States has about 30,000 troops in South Korea working with about 690,000 South Korean troops. North Korea has most of its million-strong military positioned near the fortified Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula. "We are...

2006-02-02 23:42:02

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. and South Korean forces can defeat North Korea's army, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Friday, but figuring out the secretive state's military policy is a difficult challenge. The United States has about 30,000 troops in South Korea working with about 690,000 South Korean troops. North Korea has most of its million-strong military positioned near the fortified Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula. "We are fully capable today of...

2006-01-26 06:09:38

SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States is ready to move as fast as the South Korean government sees possible in order to allow Seoul to take command of its troops from the U.S. military in the event of war, a senior U.S. general said on Thursday. South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun said on Wednesday South Korea would work with Washington to complete this year a measure allowing Seoul to take over war-time command of its troops from the U.S. military. It was apparently the first time...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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