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S. Korea in grief-stricken limbo over ferry tragedy

Stunned by a ferry disaster involving hundreds of missing schoolchildren, South Korea has gone into shocked limbo with political campaigns suspended, TV shows and concerts cancelled and vigils held to register grief at the unfolding tragedy. The 6,825-tonne ferry carrying 475 people, mostly high school students on a school trip, sank off the country's southwest on Wednesday. Nearly 30 bodies have been recovered and more than 260 people are still missing with search efforts making little progress.

S. Korea, Japan to hold talks on wartime sex slavery this week

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and Japan will hold high-level talks in Seoul this week on the latter's wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women, with attention focused on Tokyo's stance on the emotive issue, officials said Tuesday. The director general-level meeting, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, will be the first venue reserved for addressing the wartime atrocity, which remains a cause of frayed bilateral ties.

Conglomerate Eland vows to build 'most popular' football team

SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korean conglomerate Eland will try to put together "the most popular football club" in the nation when it enters the second-tier league next year, its senior official said Monday. Park Sung-kyung, vice chairwoman of Eland, told a press conference in Seoul that she hopes the new club, to be owned and run by her group, can become "a pillar of development in South Korean football" by entertaining its fans.

S. Korea's home sales jump 34.2 pct in March

SEJONG, April 14 (Yonhap) -- Home sales in March surged more than 34 percent from a year earlier, a sign of recovery in the property market, the land ministry said Monday. The number of home transactions in the country came to 89,394 last month, up 34.2 percent from the same month in 2012, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. March marked the third consecutive month the country's home sales posted an on-year growth.

S. Korea's home sales jump 34.2 pct in March

SEJONG, April 14 (Yonhap) -- Home sales in March surged more than 34 percent from a year earlier, a sign of recovery in the property market, the land ministry said Monday. The number of home transactions in the country came to 89,394 last month, up 34.2 percent from the same month in 2012, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. March marked the third consecutive month the country's home sales posted an on-year growth.

5,000 students in Seoul quit school last year: gov't data

SEOUL, April 8 (Yonhap) -- Some 5,000 students in Seoul left school in the 2013 school year due to various reasons such as financial difficulties and maladjustment, data showed Tuesday. According to the tally compiled by the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, 5,454, or 0.5 percent of some 1.1 million students attending elementary, middle and high schools in the city, dropped out last year. The figure was slightly lower than the 6,391 for the 2012 school year.

'Avengers 2' filming to continue in Gangnam over weekend

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- Traffic in Seoul's Gangnam area will be restricted this weekend to accommodate the filming of the sequel to the Hollywood box office hit "The Avengers," police said Friday. Two roads leading to Cheongdam Grand Bridge over the Han River will be closed in both directions for the shooting of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" from 4:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, police said.

Seoul city to create massive forests along Han River

SEOUL, March 31 (Yonhap) -- The Seoul municipal government said Monday it will create massive forests along the Han River, which flows through the South Korean capital city, by 2030 as part of efforts to restore its ecological system and improve water quality. Under the comprehensive plan to create desirable environments on and surrounding the river, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will create a total of 13 forests on the banks along the river over the next 15 years.

New Seoul landmark stirs debate: Architectural accomplishment or landing of ugly spaceship?

SEOUL, South Korea - A curvy futuristic $450 million building meant to remake Seoul into a global design capital opened to the South Korean public Friday after years of debate about its impact on a historic city precinct. And not everyone is happy with the outcome. Designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the Dongdaemun Design Plaza is a stark contrast to its neighbourhood, which is better known in Seoul for its links to a royal dynasty that ruled for half a millennium and as home to one of the city's oldest markets.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza opens to public

SEOUL, March 21 (Yonhap) -- The Seoul municipal government unveiled a spaceship-shaped multipurpose cultural center in the city's shopping district of Dongdaemun on Friday, with hopes it will become the capital's most prominent landmark. Designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, a winner of the Pritzker Prize, the 500 billion won (US$463 million) Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) opened its doors to the public with a ceremony to mark the occasion.
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