A Seoul court on Friday sentenced former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to 15 years in jail on corruption charges. Lee is the fourth former South Korean president sent to jail for corruption.
Japan has adopted a more nationalist stance in recent years. Now, a copy of an old German map could help Tokyo legitimize its claims in a dispute with South Korea over geography and terminology. Julian Ryall reports.
South Korea's pop industry has been shaken by a scandal involving sex videos and prostitution, tarnishing the reputations of some of the nation's top stars and questioning the way South Koreans see women.
Prosecutors have accused the former president of taking bribes from business groups and his own intelligence agency. In one instance, Samsung Group allegedly bought a presidential pardon for a business leader.
Ten days of military exercises with the US and Asian nations have started in Thailand. They come as US President Donald Trump asked South Korea to pay $500 million more for keeping US troops in South Korea.
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