The scandal linking South Korea's president and the daughter of a dead cult leader is an affront to national pride. An investigation into undue influence continues while President Park shakes up her government and pressure on her to resign mounts.
South Korea announced it would shut down an association for former "comfort women" and their families, which had been funded by Japan. The foundation is a key element of a deeply unpopular 2015 accord with Japan.
The peace gesture follows a joint survey into the North's railway system conducted by North and South Korea. But hopes of reconnecting the countries remain contingent upon progress in North Korea's denuclearization.
Amid a thaw in relations, the two Koreas have started discussions on reopening special economic zones that allow companies from the South to operate in the North. Julian Ryall reports.
The South Korean government is considering banning from the roads any BMW vehicle that has not been subject to a recall safety check after more than 30 incidents in which cars caught fire. Julian Ryall reports.
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