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No peace for Koreas 60 years after war

By hnn

Stooped and frail within the ranks of veterans, Lee Duk-bin watches the memorial parades marking 60 years since the end of the Korean war.

He was 25 years old when the conflict began, an officer in the South Korean army, who believed passionately in the ideological fight against the communist North….

The irony is that Lee Duk-bin is originally North Korean. He came to the South to fight with the UN forces against his own communist government.

Sixty years after the fighting ended in a truce, he says it is still too soon for a permanent peace treaty.

“The very idea of a peace treaty is just North Korean trickery,” he said….

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US patent office rejects claims of Apple 'pinch to zoom' patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected claims of an Apple patent that figures prominently in a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics, according to documents filed by the South Korean company in a U.S. federal court.

The 21 claims of the patent were rejected by the USPTO in a “final office action,” as they were anticipated by previous patents or unpatentable. Known as the “pinch-to-zoom” patent, it covers the ability to distinguish between the scrolling movement of one finger and two-fingers gestures like pinch-to-zoom on a touch-screen to activate certain functions.

Apple has up to two months to respond to the USPTO decision. In a filing in April after USPTO rejected multiple claims of another patent in a similar final office action, Apple said it had further options, including appeal to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and seeking judicial review.

Claim eight of the patent was involved in Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung in the court, according to a filing Sunday by Samsung in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division. A jury last August awarded Apple US$1.05 billion in damages, but the court has ordered a partial retrial to review the damages to be paid to the iPhone maker.

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No progress from Korean talks on factory complex

North and South Korea have failed again to agree on how to reopen a shuttered inter-Korean factory park. They have decided to meet again next week.

Wednesday’s meeting at the North Korean border town of Kaesong was their fourth meeting this month. It was aimed at finding a way to restart the factory complex there.

The park was the rivals’ last major cooperation project before it closed in April amid high tension following Pyongyang’s third nuclear test in February.

Media pool reports say chief South Korean delegate Kim Kiwoong told reporters the two Koreas still have “big differences.” Seoul wants measures that would prevent any future unilateral shutdown of Kaesong.

North Korea has pressed South Korea to end military exercises with the U.S.

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South Korea officials say Asiana crash pilots hospitalized

Officials say four South Korean pilots of an Asiana plane that crash-landed in San Francisco this month are being treated for psychological trauma and injuries caused by the incident.

Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry officials said Wednesday that the pilots have been hospitalized in South Korea following medical checkups after returning home over the weekend.

The pilots underwent questioning by a U.S. and South Korean joint investigation team while in the U.S. South Korean officials plan to conduct a separate interview with them.

The ministry officials say the interview can start as early as Friday at doctors’ recommendation.

The officials gave no further details and spoke on condition of anonymity citing department rules.

The Asiana plane crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, killing three and injuring dozens.

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Asiana Grounds Plane With Engine Oil Leak, Passengers Wait 17 Hours

By The Huffington Post News Editors

SEOUL, July 17 (Reuters) – Asiana Airlines Inc on Wednesday said it grounded one of its Boeing 777 jets in Los Angeles when an engine started leaking oil, less than two weeks after one of the South Korean carrier’s 777s crash landed in San Francisco.
The leak was found on Monday as the plane prepared for takeoff from Los Angeles International Airport bound for South Korea’s Incheon airport, the airline said. The passenger jet underwent maintenance and passengers had to wait about 17 hours before they could fly on another plane.
The incident came nine days after a Boeing 777 operated by Asiana crash-landed on July 6 at San Francisco International Airport, resulting in the deaths of three teenage girls and injuring over 180 other passengers and crew.
U.S. and South Korean authorities are investigating the cause of the accident. Initial information from the investigation has indicated the plane was flying too slowly as it came in to land.
Another Asiana-operated Boeing 777 was delayed in San Francisco on June 2 due to an oil leak in one of its engines.
On July 8 a San Francisco-bound Boeing Co 777 operated by Japan Airlines Co turned back to Tokyo after its crew detected a leak in the hydraulic system that controls its flaps.

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India eases foreign investment rules in new reform push

A group of Indian cabinet ministers late on Tuesday cleared plans to remove the foreign investment cap in telecoms and relax overseas ownership rules in a host of sectors in a new economic reforms push.

The moves are aimed wooing investors and kickstarting the struggling economy before the scandal-tainted Congress government faces voters in general elections due by May 2014.

“We expect more foreign direct investment to flow in with these decisions,” commerce minister Anand Sharma told an evening news conference.

The government is seeking to rebuild confidence in the economy which grew at its slowest pace in a decade at five percent and boost the ailing rupee which has hit a string of lifetime lows in recent weeks.

Among the steps, the ministers at a meeting chaired by Congress Premier Manmohan Singh approved raising the ceiling on foreign direct investment (FDI) in telecommunications to 100 percent from 74 percent.

They also decided to abolish the need for government approval for certain levels of foreign investment in single-brand retail and petroleum refining. In insurance, it approved raising the FDI cap from 26 percent to 49 percent.

But in the contentious area of defence, the FDI cap will remain at 26 percent with proposals beyond that considered on a case-by-case basis.

The ministers’ decisions will still require the approval of the full cabinet — likely to come at a meeting next week — and the move to hike the insurance cap requires parliamentary clearance, Sharma said.

The announcement came after Finance Minister P. Chidambaram visited the United States for a second time in three months last week to reassure foreign companies that India remained a hospitable place to invest.

“We welcome the move and it indicates that reforms are underway,” said Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry president Naina Lal Kidwai.

FDI in India — seen as vital to improving its shabby infrastructure and boost manufacturing to employ its burgeoning youth population plunged to $22.4 billion last year from 36.5 the previous year, government figures show.

Underscoring foreign investor unhappiness with India, South Korean steel giant Posco scrapped a $5.3-billion deal to build a steel plant in the southern state of Karnataka due to land acquisition delays and local opposition.

Economists say India needs foreign investment to spur growth and also to close its wide current account deficit — the broadest measure of international trade — that has alarmed global credit ratings agencies.

To improve India’s investment attractiveness, economists say the government must reduce the country’s burdensome red tape, speed up slow project approvals and lessen widespread corruption.

The government has been dogged by a string of graft scandals during its second term in office, which has derailed many of its efforts to push through promised pro-market reforms.

Last year, the government opened up the supermarket, civil aviation and broadcasting sectors to wider foreign investment in a burst of reforms after being accused of policy paralysis.

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South Korea Blames North For Cyberattack On Government, Media Websites

By The Huffington Post News Editors

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean investigators on Tuesday blamed rival North Korea for a cyberattack last month on dozens of South Korean media and government websites, including those of the president and prime minister.

The biggest piece of evidence linking Pyongyang to the attacks on June 25, which marked the 63rd anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War, was a North Korean Internet protocol address found in some of the websites and malicious codes, South Korea’s Ministry of Science said.

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S.Korea blames North for recent cyber attack

South Korea on Tuesday blamed North Korea for a crippling cyber attack last month against a number of government and news media websites.

The South’s science ministry said hackers in the attack from June 25 to July 1 used at least one IP address that was used in earlier attacks blamed on North Korea.

“North Korea is believed to be behind the attack,” senior ministry official Park Jae-Moon told reporters.

North Korea was blamed for major intrusions in 2009 and 2011 that targeted South Korean financial institutions and government agencies.

Seoul also accused Pyongyang’s military intelligence agency of launching a major cyber attack in March, which shut down the networks of three TV broadcasters and crippled operations at three banks.

The malware used in last month’s attack was found to be a variation of the one used in the March 20 cyber attack, Park said.

Almost all websites and servers of 69 government offices and private organisations targeted in the attack were now operating normally, Park said.

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S.Korea enforces smartphone app to curb military leaks

South Korea’s defence ministry said on Monday it has ordered its staff to install a smartphone application that restricts key functions like the camera in an attempt to prevent military leaks.

The ministry said that, from Monday, its 1,500 staff are no longer allowed to bring smartphones into their offices without installing the app, called “Mobile Management Device”.

The order caused a long queue at the gates of the ministry on Monday because some 20 percent of the staff had failed to install the app, officials said.

The ministry declined to confirm a report by Yonhap news agency that some staff had refused to install the app due to concerns about privacy.

Ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told reporters that the app, which restricts the use of cameras and audio recording, prevents leaks through smartphones and stops outsiders from hacking into the devices of defence ministry officials.

“We’ve developed a system to restrict the core functions of smartphones because of concerns that our work could be leaked through them,” he said.

For now, the app only works in the ministry compound. Officials said all South Korean soldiers would be ordered to install it later.

The ministry promised to upgrade the app after an operational flaw emerged.

Users of Samsung’s Galaxy and other Android phones can receive and make calls and text messages, but iPhone users can only receive calls and text messages.

Yonhap quoted an unnamed air force lieutenant colonel as saying: “Even if I bring my iPhone 4 that passed the security review, I can only receive calls and text messages. What can I do with the dumb phone?”

About 70 percent of South Korea’s 50 million people have smartphones — the world’s highest penetration rate.

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Asiana Airlines to sue TV station over fake pilot names report

Asiana said Monday that it will sue a San Francisco TV station that damaged the airline’s reputation by using bogus and racially offensive names for four pilots on a plane that crashed earlier this month in San Francisco.

An anchor for KTVU-TV read the names on the air Friday and then apologized after a break. The report was accompanied by a graphic with the phony names listed alongside a photo of the burned-out plane that had crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, killing three and injuring dozens.

Video of the report has spread widely across the Internet since it was broadcast.

The National Transportation Safety Board has also apologized, saying a summer intern erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew.

Asiana has decided to sue KTVU-TV to “strongly respond to its racially discriminatory report” that disparaged Asians, Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyomin said. She said the airline will likely file suit in U.S. courts.

She said the report seriously damaged Asiana’s reputation. Asiana hasn’t determined whether to launch a similar suit against the NTSB, Lee said.

Neither the station nor the NTSB commented on where the names originated.

The four pilots, who underwent questioning by a U.S. and South Korean joint investigation team while in the U.S., returned to South Korea on Saturday. South Korean officials plan to conduct separate interviews with them, South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Sunday.

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Koreas meet again for talk on restarting factories

Officials from North and South Korea are meeting for the third time this month to discuss how to restart a stalled inter-Korean factory park which was a key symbol of cooperation between the countries.

Seoul’s Unification Ministry says Wednesday’s talks are taking place at the North Korean border town of Kaesong where the factory complex is located.

In their previous talks, the countries agreed on a desire to revive the complex but couldn’t agree on how to do so.

Operations at the Kaesong complex were suspended in April when tension ran high in the wake of North Korea’s February nuclear test.

The park opened in 2004 during a period of rapprochement between the Koreas. It blends South Korean capital and management skills with cheap North Korean labor.

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All SKorean nationals to leave from NKorea factory

South Korea is preparing to pull out its last remaining nationals from a shuttered factory park in North Korea and empty out the complex for the first time since its 2004 opening.

The withdrawal of the 50 South Koreans would also raise a serious question about the future of the Kaesong complex, the last symbol of inter-Korean rapprochement.

Operation at Kaesong have been suspended since early April when North Korea barred South Korean factory managers and supply trucks from entering the park and withdrew all its 53,000 workers amid tension with Seoul and Washington.

Seoul on Saturday began pulling out its nationals from Kaesong after Pyongyang rejected its dialogue offer.

Seoul’s Unification Ministry says it’s waiting for North Korea‘s approval for the remaining South Koreans to leave Kaesong on Monday.

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ETC: These are the overloaded cars of South Korean workers fleeing North Korea

By Zach Bowman

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Around 175 South Korean workers have been forced to pack up their belongings and leave a group of jointly operated factories in North Korea after tensions continued to escalate between the two countries. The workers piled tools and finished products high onto the roofs of regular passenger cars as they evacuated as quickly as possible.

North Korea says the ongoing talks with its southern neighbor geared toward keeping the factory complex operational were “deceptive” given that the US and South Korean armed forces continue to practice joint drills nearby. South Korea, meanwhile, was concerned that workers could be deprived of food or medicine if the situation continued to sour.

The evacuation has placed the future of factories operated jointly by the two countries into question and marks the most significant casualty of the continued degradation of relations between the neighbors. It is unclear when or if the facilities will reopen.

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