Policemen push a stretcher with a body believed to be that of Yoo Byung-un, who headed the family that owned the operator of a ferry that capsized in April, killing more than 300 people. Photograph: Park Cheol-hong/Yonhap/Reuters

A body found more than a month ago in a South Korean plum orchard has been identified by authorities as that of a businessman who headed the family th(...)

South Korean students prepare to take an exam. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

The sight of secondary school students in blue uniforms traipsing through downtown Seoul at 11pm is jarring, but it’s common in the highly competiti(...)

The Sewol ferry disaster in which 304 people died: the tragedy affected the economy. Photograph: AP/Ahn Young-joon

The Sewol ferry disaster on April 16th, in which 304 people, mostly teenagers, died, has contributed to a slowdown in economic growth. Consumer spendi(...)

The entrance to the Shinyang Electronics factory in Dongguan which now works exclusively for Samsung to produce plastic components for mobile phones. Photograph: New York Times

After work, the three young women giggle and pull at one another’s hair. But when questioned, they admit their common secret: they use false papers to(...)

Algeria  coach Vahid Halilhodzic has resigned his position. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic has resigned following the Fennec Foxes’ successful World Cup campaign. The Bosnian saw Algeria into the knockout stag(...)

Belgium’s  Vincent Kompany should be fit to play against Argentina. Photograph:   Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Belgium captain Vincent Kompany has shrugged off a groin injury and will be ready to face Argentina in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final, coach Marc(...)

Choco-Pie: to South Koreans, Choco-Pies are like Kimberley biscuits or Club Milks are in Ireland but to North Koreans, they are a form of currency, a symbol of South Korean prosperity and a marshmallow-filled delight that is hugely popular underground in the communist enclave

It’s strange to think of seaweed farmed off the coast of Cork becoming an ingredient in one of the great geopolitical stories of the age.To South Kore(...)

Heavily indebted  households in South Korea are keeping a lid on growth.  Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

The backdrop to the trade mission to Korea was an uncertain political backdrop, with the government still trying to appoint some key ministerial posit(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: keen to learn about South Korea’s expertise in  e-government. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin overlapped with his cabinet colleague Richard Bruton in South Korea. Mr Howlin was attending(...)

 Belgian national soccer team captain Vincent Kompany during a training session. Photograph: Diego Azubel/Epa

Vincent Kompany, Belgium’s captain, jumped to head a corner kick during a World Cup qualifying match against Serbia last June. He hoped to land with a(...)