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Today in Korean history

April 20 1906 -- The Korean Empire, as the country was called in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, starts construction of its first paved road, called "sinjangno" (newly built road), over the 30 kilometers between Jeonju and Gunsan, South Jeolla Province. The new road replaced twisting rural byways.

Today in Korean history

April 20 1906 -- The Korean Empire, as the country was called in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, starts construction of its first paved road, called "sinjangno" (newly built road), over the 30 kilometers between Jeonju and Gunsan, South Jeolla Province. The new road replaced twisting rural byways.

Today in Korean history

April 19 1960 -- A pro-democracy civil uprising breaks out. The movement, spearheaded by students protesting widespread vote rigging in presidential elections by then President Syngman Rhee, later led to the downfall of the Rhee government, which had ruled the country for 12 years. 1983 -- Notorious burglar Jo Se-hyeong is arrested again while hiding in a house in Seoul five days after he fled during his trial. 1991 -- Then President Roh Tae-woo holds a summit on the southern island of Jeju with then Soviet President Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev.

N. Korea protests to UK over Kim Jong-Un hair poster

North Korea has written an official letter of complaint to Britain over a London hair salon's advert implying leader Kim Jong-Un has a bad hairstyle, the Foreign Office confirmed Thursday. The Stalinist state has failed to see the funny side of a discount haircuts advert featuring Kim at the M&M Hair Academy in Ealing, west London. The poster featured a large picture of Kim with his distinctive short-back-and-sides hairdo and the slogan: "Bad hair day? 15 percent off all gent cuts through the month of April."

N. Korea protests to UK over Kim Jong-Un hair poster

North Korea has written an official letter of complaint to Britain over a London hair salon's advert implying leader Kim Jong-Un has a bad hairstyle, the Foreign Office confirmed Thursday. The Stalinist state has failed to see the funny side of a discount haircuts advert featuring Kim at the M&M Hair Academy in Ealing, west London. The poster featured a large picture of Kim with his distinctive short-back-and-sides hairdo and the slogan: "Bad hair day? 15 percent off all gent cuts through the month of April."

Japan PM offers sympathy to S. Korea ferry victims

Japan's prime minister offered "heartfelt sympathy" on Thursday to those hit by South Korea's ferry disaster and his government offered help with the search, a rare moment of detente between the feuding neighbours. Divers were looking for nearly 300 people still missing a day after the vessel capsized off the southwestern coast of South Korea, with hopes of finding any survivors fading. Nine people have been confirmed dead.

N. Korea slams S. Korea, U.S. over air exercise

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- North Korea lashed out at South Korea and the United States on Thursday over their largest-ever air exercise, calling it a grave provocation against Pyongyang. The North has frequently denounced South Korea-U.S. joint military exercises as a rehearsal for invasion. Seoul and Washington say their annual exercises are defensive in nature.

Park visits site of sunken ferry

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye paid a visit to the site where a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast Thursday, as search efforts continued for hundreds of passengers still missing a day after the disaster. The surprise visit shows Park is deeply worried about the fate of those listed as unaccounted for amid fears they could be trapped inside the sunken vessel. Aides said that an anxious Park stayed awake all night before deciding in the morning to visit the site.

Japan PM offers sympathy to S. Korea ferry victims

Japan's prime minister offered "heartfelt sympathy" on Thursday to those affected by the ferry disaster in South Korea, in a rare moment of detente between the feuding neighbours. Divers were searching for nearly 300 people still missing 24 hours after the huge vessel capsized off the southwestern coast of South Korea, with hopes of finding any survivors fading. Six people have been confirmed dead.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 309 (April 17, 2014)

NEWS IN BRIEF N. Korean leader pays tribute to founder on birthday SEOUL (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un paid respects to his grandfather and founder of the communist country on April 15 marking his 102nd birthday, the North's state media said. Kim visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where the body of Kim Il-sung, along with his son and former leader Kim Jong-un, lies in state, according to the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The founding father died in 1994, and his birthday is one of the most important holidays in North Korea.
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