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  • SEOUL, March 31- A South Korean court on Friday approved a warrant to arrest ousted president Park Geun-hye, the country's first democratically elected leader to be thrown out of office, on accusations of bribery and abuse of power. A judge at the Seoul Central District Court said in a statement that "the cause and the need for the warrant are recognized as the main...

  • SEOUL, March 31- A South Korean court on Friday approved a warrant to arrest ousted president Park Geun-hye, the country's first democratically elected leader to be thrown out of office, on accusations of bribery and abuse of power. A judge at the Seoul Central District Court said in a statement that "the cause and the need for the warrant are recognized as the main...

  • Stock markets everywhere have rallied so far in 2017, with Wall Street hitting record highs on hopes that the U.S. administration will usher in financial deregulation and sweeping tax cuts. Many are now arguing that markets have become too reluctant to consider several key risks, including potentially-disruptive elections in Europe and no guarantees that...

  • *S8 to go on sale on April 21. SEOUL/ NEW YORK- March 30- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone as it battles to regain the market leadership it lost to Apple Inc after the embarrassing withdrawal of the fire-prone Note 7 s. They will go on sale on April 21 in three markets- Canada, South Korea and the United States- and roll out to other...

  • GOYANG, South Korea— South Korea's largest auto show provides a look at the future of Asian premium cars and electric vehicles, as well as efforts by Asian auto and tech companies to catch up in the field of autonomous driving. Two are making their world premieres: Hyundai Motor's Grandeur hybrid electric vehicle and Ssangyong Motor's G4 Rexton sports utility...

  • *Hyundai exec cautious about EV market. Industry executives also say tough fuel-economy and emissions regulations in the United States, Europe and China are compelling automakers to push fuel-efficient cars even though low oil prices have undercut demand. "The electric-vehicle platform will require high up-front investments but we are doing this to...

  • *Hyundai exec cautious about EV market. *Hyundai previously focused on fuel-cell technology. Industry executives also say tough fuel-economy and emissions regulations in the United States, Europe and China are compelling automakers to push fuel-efficient cars even though low oil prices have undercut demand.

  • *Until now Hyundai has focused on fuel cell technology. YONGIN, South Korea, March 30- South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co is developing its first dedicated architecture for electric vehicles, an executive told Reuters, preparing a major push into the growing segment by offering multiple models with longer driving ranges. The subcompact or compact models would have...

  • An employee assembles a Hyundai Motor vehicle on the production line at the company’s factory in Asan, South Korea.

    South Korea's Hyundai Motor is developing its first dedicated architecture for pure electric vehicles.

  • YONGIN, South Korea, March 30- South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co is developing its first dedicated architecture for pure electric vehicles, an executive told Reuters, preparing a major push into the growing segment by offering multiple models with longer driving ranges. While the platform will not be completed at least until next year, Hyundai Motor and affiliate...

  • *S8 to go on sale on April 21. SEOUL/ NEW YORK- March 29- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone as it battles to regain the market leadership it lost to Apple Inc after the embarrassing withdrawal of the fire-prone Note 7 s. They will go on sale on April 21.

  • A woman wearing a face mask walks in an area overlooking the city skyline in Seoul, South Korea.

    Much of the country’s pollutants come from vehicle emissions and construction or industrial sites, Financial Times reports.

  • *S8 to go on sale on April 21. Two versions of the Galaxy S8, code-named Dream internally, were launched at a media event in New York on Wednesday, with 6.2- inch and 5.8- inch curved screens- the largest to date for Samsung's premium smartphones. The phones, which will go on sale on April 21, are slightly longer but comparable in width to their predecessors as Samsung has...

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping

    When the Chinese president visits Trump, the politicians should make an announcement on North Korea. But they probably won't.

  • PARIS— The mayors of Paris, London and Seoul are creating a system to grade vehicles based on their emissions in real-life conditions, after growing uncertainty about automakers' efforts to skirt rules intended to limit pollutants. Meeting Wednesday in Paris, they said the idea is to provide transparency so consumers know how much a car pollutes and push for...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, March 29- Malaysia briefly prevented a North Korean ship carrying coal from entering its port in Penang because of a suspected breach of United Nations sanctions, a port worker and Malaysian maritime officials told Reuters on Wednesday. Relations between North Korea and Malaysia, which have been friendly for decades, have soured following the...

  • *Samsung to unveil Galaxy S8 smartphone in New York on Weds. SEOUL, March 28- After the damaging recall of its fire-prone Note 7 smartphone, you could be forgiven for thinking Samsung Electronics Co Ltd would make a song and dance about battery safety in its new flagship phones, due to be launched in the United States on Wednesday. "If you talk about safety, it...

  • Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stock indexes sharply higher Tuesday, snapping an eight-day losing streak for the Dow Jones industrial average. The rally was broad, with materials and industrial companies among the biggest gainers. Investor optimism that Congress and the White House are pivoting to tax cuts and other business-friendly policy...

  • *To consult regulators, carriers on refurbished Note 7 s. SEOUL, March 28- Tech giant Samsung Electronics plans to sell refurbished versions of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, the company said late on Monday, signaling the return of the model pulled from markets last year because of fire-prone batteries. Samsung's announcement that revamped Note 7 s will go back on...

  • NEW YORK, March 28- Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will not be offering any refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphones for sale or rent in the United States, the company told Reuters. Samsung said on Monday it would sell refurbished versions of the Note 7, which were permanently pulled from markets globally last year roughly two months after their launch due to...