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  • One of the top executives at South Korea's Lotte Group was found dead, a suspected suicide, hours before he was to be questioned by prosecutors.

  • *Lotte Group Vice Chairman Lee In-won has died. SEOUL, Aug 26- One of the top executives at South Korea's Lotte Group was found dead on Friday, a suspected suicide, hours before he was to be questioned by prosecutors conducting a criminal probe into the country's fifth-largest conglomerate. Lotte Group confirmed the death of Vice Chairman Lee In-won, which comes...

  • *Lotte Group Vice Chairman Lee In-won has died- Lotte Group. SEOUL, Aug 26- One of the seniormost executives at South Korea's Lotte Group was found dead on Friday, a suspected suicide, hours before he was to be questioned by prosecutors conducting a criminal probe into the family-run conglomerate. Lotte Group, in a text message to reporters, said it confirmed the...

  • *Lotte Group Vice Chairman Lee In-won has died- Lotte Group. SEOUL, Aug 26- A senior executive at South Korea's Lotte Group was found dead on Friday, a suspected suicide, hours before he was to be questioned by prosecutors conducting a criminal probe into the family-run conglomerate, news reports said. Lotte Group, in a text message to reporters, said it confirmed the...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Lotte Group said Friday its vice chairman has been found dead as authorities widen a probe into corruption at South Korea's fifth-largest business group. "It is difficult to believe," Lotte Group said in a text message to reporters. South Korean prosecutors are investigating allegations of embezzlement, slush funds and tax evasions at Lotte...

  • *Lotte Group Vice Chairman Lee In-won has died- Lotte Group. SEOUL, Aug 26- A senior executive of South Korea's Lotte Group has died, the country's fifth-largest family-run conglomerate said on Friday, amid a sweeping criminal probe into the business. Lotte Group, in a text message to reporters, said it confirmed the death of Vice Chairman Lee In-won through police...

  • SEOUL, Aug 26- A senior executive of South Korea's Lotte Group has died, an official at the country's fifth-largest family-run conglomerate told Reuters on Friday, amid a sweeping criminal probe into the business. The official, who declined to be named as he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said a police investigation into the death of Lee In-won,...

  • Seoul, August 24, 2016: People watch a TV news program about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) ballistic missile launch. DPRK on Wednesday test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine off its east coast into the sea at a time of heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula following the start of annual South Korea-U.S. war games, Seoul's military said.

    What can be done to stop North Korea's hostile missile technology? The answer is, very little, unless the world's superpowers cooperate.

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

    Kim Jong Un supervised a missile launch that he said put North Korea in the "front rank" of nuclear powers.

  • SEOUL, Aug 24- South Korea said on Wednesday it will extend a review of a request by Google Inc in June for permission to take government mapping data out of the country for use in servers worldwide, with a decision due by Nov. 23. Seoul had previously said it would decide on the request by Wednesday. Google, whose corporate parent is Alphabet Inc, has said it needs to put...

  • In Japan, shares rose on speculation the Bank of Japan may make a surprise move to help shore up growth. KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 edged 0.1 percent lower to 6,864.60 and Germany's DAX also fell 0.1 percent, to 10,583.67. TENSIONS IN KOREA: Rattling nerves in northeast Asia, North Korea fired a ballistic missile from a submarine early Wednesday.

  • Samsung's S Pen stylus comes with the Note 7 and can be used to carry out a range of functions from writing to translating text.

    Samsung said stronger-than-expected demand for its new Galaxy Note 7 meant it had to push back the release date in some markets.

  • Markets were steady following the submarine launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.6 percent to 16,590.00 on rising hopes for more stimulus from the Bank of Japan and government stimulus, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.2 percent to 5,564.40. But South Korea's Kospi fell 0.2 percent to 2,045.77 and Hong...

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks at a rocket warhead tip after a simulated test of atmospheric re-entry of a ballistic missile, at an unidentified location in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on March 15, 2016.

    North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its east coast, the latest in a string of missile launches by the isolated country.

  • The 20-year master franchise agreement is estimated to be worth up to $3-billion.

  • *Plan could be launched as early as next year. SEOUL/ SINGAPORE, Aug 22- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to launch a program to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones as early as next year, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The world's top smartphone maker will refurbish high-end phones returned to the company by users...

  • *Plan could be launched as early as next year. SEOUL/ SINGAPORE, Aug 22- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to launch a programme to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones as early as next year, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The world's top smartphone maker will refurbish high-end phones returned to the company by users...

  • London's FTSE 100 was up 1.3 points at 6,860.31. Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 gained 0.4 percent to 5,497.40 and benchmarks in Thailand, New Zealand and the Philippines also rose. India's Sensex lost 0.1 percent to 28,036.76 and Taiwan also declined.

  • The U.S. Thaad missile is also controversial in South Korea where protests have been held against its deployment on Korean soil. Among concerns are safety fears about the system's powerful radar.

    Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are ratcheting up, which is just what North Korea wants, as it pits China and the U.S. against one another.

  • ROK Drills

    The military drills signal U.S.' and South Korea's commitment to deter any provocations from North Korea, says The Korea Society's Thomas Byrne.