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2006-05-31 05:41:36

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's opposition was headed for a crushing victory over President Roh Moo-hyun's ruling party in local elections across the country on Wednesday, according to television exit polls. The opposition Grand National Party (GNP) was leading in 11 of the races to pick mayors and provincial governors of 16 major cities and provinces. The ruling Uri Party was leading in just one, KBS and MBC TV exit polls showed. "It appears we have failed to read the...

2006-04-21 06:03:39

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean civilian, believed to be a young schoolboy, was killed on Friday when a U.S. military armored vehicle being transported by train struck a high-voltage power line, officials said. The issue of the U.S. military presence in South Korea is highly sensitive. Months of countrywide protests erupted after an American armored vehicle crushed two schoolgirls in 2002. After that accident, which analysts say played a big part in liberal Roh Moo-hyun's...

2006-04-18 20:35:16

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's president called a meeting of his ministers on Wednesday to ratchet up pressure on Japan and counter Tokyo's plans to conduct a maritime survey over a set of islands at the center of a long-running dispute. Japan's Coast Guard has said it plans to conduct a survey of the waters near the islands called Tokto in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan. The desolate islands are about same distance from the mainlands of both countries, and are controlled by...

2006-04-04 01:52:46

SEOUL (Reuters) - China's defense minister arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday for unspecified talks at a time when North Korea is facing strong pressure to return to negotiations aimed at ending its nuclear weapons programs. Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan was greeted by North Korean Vice Minister of the People's Armed Forces Kim Jong-gak, the North's official KCNA news agency said in a brief dispatch. It did not provide further details. China, North Korea's main benefactor, has been...

2006-03-24 03:18:54

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea was set for its first woman prime minister on Friday after President Roh Moo-hyun named lawmaker and former jailed democracy activist to succeed a veteran legislator who quit over a golfing gaffe. If approved by parliament, Han Myeong-sook is expected to use her moderate image to patch up a stormy relationship between the government and opposition parties ahead of local elections. "President Roh expects the nominee, Han, will carry out...

2006-03-15 05:06:04

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan officially left office on Wednesday for playing golf while a railway strike was causing transport chaos, ending a run as one of the country's most powerful premiers. President Roh Moo-hyun accepted his resignation on Tuesday amid calls for Lee's dismissal for failing to attend to the rail strike that began on March 1. He played golf instead on that day, a national holiday, with a group of businessmen, including one who had...

2006-03-14 05:18:58

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun on Tuesday accepted the resignation of his prime minister, who faced calls to step down for playing golf with businessmen while a railway strike was causing transport chaos. Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan had offered to step down earlier in the day, the presidential Blue House said in a statement. The incident comes as Roh is battling the lowest support ratings for his administration since it took power in 2003. In...

2006-03-14 04:26:38

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun on Tuesday accepted the resignation of his prime minister, who faced calls to step down for playing golf with businessmen while a railway strike was causing transport chaos. Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan had offered to step down earlier in the day, the presidential Blue House said in a statement. The incident comes as Roh is battling the lowest support ratings for his administration since it took power in 2003. In...

2006-03-13 22:58:46

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan offered on Tuesday to resign for playing golf with business executives while a national railway strike was causing transport chaos, media reports said. Several newspapers and politicians have called on Lee to resign for failing to attend to the strike and instead play golf with a group that included a businessman who had been convicted of financial crimes and another under investigation for price fixing. Lee, a five-term...

2006-03-08 02:46:35

TOKYO (Reuters) - The leader of South Korea's main opposition party on Wednesday urged Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi before he leaves office later this year to resolve historical and territorial issues that have strained bilateral ties, media said. Ties with South Korea have been chilled over Koizumi's repeated visits to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, seen by Seoul as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, and South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun last week urged Japan to stop all...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'