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Korea to ban underage gaming at night

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Policies have been introduced in Korea that will prohibit online gaming for underage players at night. Underage gamers will be able to choose a 6-hour period between midnight and 8am in which they will not be able to log into servers for games that are dependent on virtual worlds.

Pretty crazy. I think its even crazier that this has to be executed on a government level. Why can’t parents be trusted to fix this issue? I understand that Korea is on a whole other level when it comes to cyber addictions, but at some point, people need to take responsibility for themselves.


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April 13, 2010 at 2:41 PM

South Korean warship catches up to oil tanker

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The South Korean warship that was sent to recover the oil tanker hijacked by Somali pirates on Sunday has finally arrived near the location of the tanker. The South Korean destroyer ship was only 930 miles aways when the tanker was hijacked.

The South Korean navy is going to keep its distance for now, as the pirates have yet to make demands. The Samho Dream is one of man ships hijacked by Somali pirates in recent years, as the pirates have been successful in receiving ransoms for their attacks.

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April 6, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Somali Pirates hijack Korean/Singaporean oil tanker

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Pirates off the Somali coast have hijacked an oil tanker carrying 24 crew members.

The Samho Dream was traveling through the Indian Ocean when it was attacked on Sunday while transporting crude oil from Iraq to the United States. The South Korean-operated, Singaporean-owner ship carried 5 South Koreans and 19 Filipinos at the time.South Korea has already sent  naval destroyer to counter the ship before it reaches shore.

In recent years, pirates off the Somali coast have made tens of millions of dollars in ransom by hijacking such ships. The Samho Dream’s cargo is estimated to be valued at around $170 million.

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April 5, 2010 at 6:42 AM

Torpedo is more likely to have sunk South Korean ship says Defense Minister

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South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-young has stated that a torpedo is more likely to have been the cause of the ship’s collapsed rather than a sea mine.  However, he had not made mention as to who may have shot the torpedo.  A definitive cause cannot be discovered until the ship is salvaged.

This announcement was made less than a day after President Lee Myung-Bak warned that an investigation must be made ‘without suspicion or negligence. Forty-six sailors are still missing and rescue workers have resumed the search after halting efforts for two days due to severe weather.

Pyongyang has refused to comment on the matter.

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April 2, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Search for missing sailors still going

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After rescuing 58 sailors of the 104 on board the South Korean Naval ship that sank last week, authorities have not found any signs of life near the site of the explosion. However, it may be possible that the missing sailors found a cave of some sort for refuge so authorities continuing to search.

Last week, an explosion brought down the ship near the island of Baengyeong. Since the island is so close to the North Korean shore, an attack was speculated, however South Korean authorities have since dismissed that theory. The radar had not shown an signs of torpedo before the blast.

Officials are now speculating that an old North Korean sea mine from the 50s might have been the culprit. While they were removed in 1953, it is not likely that 100% of them were removed due to the difficulty in retrieving the thousands that were placed. Previously mines have been found in 1959 and then another in 1984.

[via: CNN]

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March 29, 2010 at 12:36 PM

South Korea accepts Ethiopian as refugee citizen

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While South Korea had signed the U.N. Refugee Convention in 1994, it has accepted only 175 refugees since then. Last week, an Ethiopian became the first such refugee to gain South Korean citizenship.

While South Korea has accepted thousands of North Korean refugees, North Koreans are accepted differently as they are automatically given citizenship upon receiving refugee status.

[via: BBC]

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March 23, 2010 at 2:02 PM