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2008-09-29 09:00:49

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [By Yoo Cheong-mo] Moscow, Sept. 29 (Yonhap) - South Korean President Lee Myung-bak [Yi Myo'ng-pak] and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, agreed at a Kremlin summit Monday to accelerate two-way cooperation in energy, resources and industrial technologies, upgrading their bilateral relations from a comprehensive partnership to a strategic partnership, Lee's aides said. In the first tangible and unprecedented...

2008-09-28 06:00:17

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [Yonhap headline: "(News Focus) Korea-Russia Summit Focuses on Economic Cooperation, Regional Security" by Yoo Cheong-mo] Seoul, Sept. 28 (Yonhap) - Embarking on his first trip to Russia as head of South Korea on Sunday, President Lee Myung-bak [Yi Myo'ng- pak] has three broad goals in mind - the upgrade of bilateral relations, energy and resource diplomacy and a constructive Russian role towards North Korean denuclearization,...

2008-09-27 15:15:00

Excerpt from report by privately-owned Somali Shabeelle Media Network website on 27 September Somali pirates have released two of the ships they had abducted after they received ransom. The Somali pirates who abduct ships along the Somali coastline have released two ships, which were among the 10 they had seized. The pirates were holding the ships in the Puntland region [northern Somalia]. The two ships from Japan and Egypt were released last night after the pirates received a ransom of...

2008-09-20 12:00:37

Text of report by Somali independent Radio Gaalkacyo on 20 SeptemberPuntland has banned the airlines which obeyed Al-Shabab's order banning flights to Adan Adde International Airport in Mogadishu. Puntland has received a directive from the aviation department of the Transitional Federal Government and from the president of Somalia, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmad, to ban the airlines that obeyed the order of Al-Shabab. A Puntland official has told Radio Gaalkacyo that the administration has decided...

2008-09-19 09:00:07

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap Seoul, 19 September: A South Korean charity group said Friday it will send a large delegation to North Korea this weekend amid sensitive inter-Korean ties and the serious illness of the North's leader. The Korean Sharing Movement said the 136-member delegation, which plans to visit for four days, will be the largest South Korean group to visit the North since early July. Seoul has been discouraging large delegations from...

2008-09-18 12:00:35

Text of report in English by South Korean newspaper The Korea Herald website on 17 September [Lee Joo-hee: "Seoul Considers Additional Energy Shipment to N.K."] South Korea is planning to deliver the remainder of its portion of energy incentives to North Korea as part of the denuclearization agreement, despite Pyongyang's latest refusal to comply with the process, sources said yesterday [16 September]. It will ship around 1,500 [metric] tons of steel pipes around Sept. 25 and additional...

2008-09-18 12:00:26

Text of report in English entitled "After Al-Shabab threat, secret talks to reopen Mogadishu airport are under way" published by Somali pro-Puntland government Garoweonline website on 17 September Somalia's Islamist Al-Shabab insurgent group issued a public threat earlier this week warning that Mogadishu's Adan Adde International Airport would not work after 16 September. No planes have landed at the airport since Monday [15 September], according to airport employees talking to Garowe...

2008-09-16 06:00:26

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [By Shim Sun-ah] Seoul, 16 September: South Korea will deliver a portion of the energy assistance promised to North Korea under a six-nation nuclear disarmament deal by next month, despite the communist country's recent move backtracking on a pledge to abandon its nuclear ambitions, a government source said Tuesday. The government plans to ship 1,500 tons of round steel bars by Thursday next week, with an additional 1,500 tons...

2008-09-10 09:00:05

By Choe Sang-Hun North Korea marked its 60th birthday Tuesday by boasting of its "war-deterrent" nuclear capabilities, as international concerns deepened about its commitment to denuclearize and about the health of its leader, Kim Jong Il. Analysts in the region kept a close eye on whether North Korea would stage a massive military parade, as it has several times over the past decade to celebrate important anniversaries, and whether Kim would attend it. But as of Tuesday evening, the...

2008-09-09 12:00:11

NORTH Korea marked the 60th anniversary of its founding today amid international doubts over its commitment to de-nuclearisation, speculation about the health of its leader and a worsening food crisis. The centrepiece of the celebration was to be a massive military parade through Pyongyang's central Kim Il Sung Square - named after the communist country's founding figure - expected to take place later. But attention was focused on whether Kim Jong Il, the country's current leader and son of...


Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'