World Media

Progressive Moon Jae-in elected president in South Korea

Progressive Moon Jae-in elected president in South Korea

New South Korean leaders are used to governing from the shambles of their predecessors' failed presidencies, given the country's long history of disgraced ex-leaders.

The White House on Tuesday congratulated South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in on his election victory, saying the US looks forward to working with him to continue to strengthen the alliance between the two countries. Critics say Moon was looking to woo conservative voters.

Moon's victory, which would return liberals to power after a almost decade-long hiatus, comes at a critical time on the Korean peninsula. She has been indicted on bribery, extortion and other corruption charges, which could send her to jail for life if she is convicted. Many of those legacies dated to the dictatorship of Park's father, Park Chung-hee, whose 18-year rule was marked by both rapid economic rise and severe civil rights abuse.

Her disgraceful exit does not eliminate the chasm between conservatives and liberals here.

More recently US President Donald Trump has softened his message, saying he would be "honoured" to meet the North's leader, Kim Jong-Un. It may have grown further during the scramble by wounded conservatives to salvage some sort of political direction after her fall.

France's BPCE chief exec says Macron's win good news for economy
But that's not the shocker, yet: Laurence Auzière, Brigitte's daughter, happened to be Emmanuel's classmate then. The picture above shows Macron's first "kiss" with Trogneux at the end of a theatre production.

US scholars have warned a liberal government could spell trouble for the US-South Korea alliance, and that Mr Moon may be too soft on the nuclear-armed North. Pyongyang, though, will welcome a more conciliatory approach.

The election sets up the country's first liberal rule in a decade. But many liken his approach to the Sunshine Policy Of Engagement initiated in the early 2000s by late South Korean President Kim Dae-jung.

Many older people are wary of Moon's less confrontational stance on North Korea.

If Trump reiterates his demands that South Korea pay for THAAD, it could create a sore spot in relations.

"The tragic North and South Korean relationship had been brought on by the conservative groups, which have been in power for the past 10 years". THAAD has faced public opposition and protests as its installation neared completion in recent days; many South Koreans see the antimissile system as a risky move that might provoke, rather than deter, Pyongyang - and won't help relations with China, either. "It will depend on his presidential priorities and manpower to implement the reforms needed for the kind of "true" democracy desired by the people".

Mobile payment leader Alipay enters USA to target Chinese visitors
Ant Financial is an affiliate of New York-listed e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, which owns the South China Morning Post . That compares with US$112 billion (S$158 billion) in the US, Forrester Research said.

Ahead of the vote, Pyongyang issued a series of state media editorials calling for a boycott of conservative parties.

Despite the discord, Moon will be leading a country that can feel pride over its handling of the Park scandal. It has shown itself capable of peacefully and democratically driving a leader from office. "The South Korean people should know that the USA remains firmly committed to a strong alliance between our countries", they said.

In an election day editorial, the JoongAng daily said South Korea had been left "adrift" by the "acute division and lack of national leadership" stemming from the corruption scandal and Park's impeachment. "We want to be in the driver's seat", Moon has said. He has also called for a review of the Pentagon's deployment of an anti-missile defence system in South Korea that the Chinese government has denounced.

The official said it was premature to speculate on the possibility that Moon's government would ask for the removal of THAAD and noted that campaign positions were often moderated once could be moderated once a new administration conducts a "full appraisal of their security situation". "This is a very hard time to govern South Korea".

Foster Klug, AP's bureau chief in Seoul, has covered the Koreas since 2005.

Teacher accused of kidnapping teen in court in Tennessee
That lawyer was not available for comment and did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press. He arrived at the federal courthouse on Tuesday morning after being held in Henderson County, KY, overnight.


  • Satyendar Jain To File Defamation Case Against Kapil Mishra

    Mishra, the former water minister of Delhi, also claimed that Kejriwal was trying to remove him from the Delhi Assembly. However, neither the CM nor his health minister has given any clarification or responded to Mishra's claims.
    Police departments offer to check meth for 'deadly gluten'

    Police departments offer to check meth for 'deadly gluten'

    Early Monday morning, the Tecumseh Police department took to Facebook to announce that it would be conducting free testing for "gluten laced meth".
    Spurs, Rockets try to wake up NBA's sleepy second round

    Spurs, Rockets try to wake up NBA's sleepy second round

    The Rockets led by 15 entering the fourth quarter and immediately padded the lead when Gordon made a 3-pointer to open the period. But there was no need for alarm, as he shook off the injury and returned after the timeout to make a 3-pointer seconds later.
  • Statement on Muslim ban removed from Trump's website after press briefing

    King. "He changed it from religion to nationality ... and (New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani) advised him to do it that way". The new version made it clear the 90-day ban covering those six countries doesn't apply to those who already have valid visas.
    Trump pushes Senate Republicans to act on health care bill

    Trump pushes Senate Republicans to act on health care bill

    Cassidy said on Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures" that he hopes a bill could be sent to Trump by the fall. The House voted 217 to 213 for the repeal legislation, Trump's first major legislative victory of his presidency.
    How the Washington Capitals can even the series

    How the Washington Capitals can even the series

    Pittsburgh RW Patric Hornqvist left the game in the first period after blocking a shot by John Carlson and did not return. In the game's waning seconds, Guentzel's empty netter was the game's final goal. "Absolutely not", Trotz said.
  • Advanced voter turnout spikes in 2017 BC Election

    Advanced voter turnout spikes in 2017 BC Election

    The total turnout for six days of advance polls this year was about 614,000 out of a total of about 3,150,000 registered voters. When will voter turnout figures be available? That's a 70 per cent increase from advance voting in the past election, in 2013.
    MLB Predictions: Can the Blue Jays upset the Indians at home? 5/9/17

    MLB Predictions: Can the Blue Jays upset the Indians at home? 5/9/17

    Joe Smith battled through long at bats to strike out both Encarnacion and Ramirez, both of whom represented the tying run. Over the course of 27.2 innings of work in all , he compiled a 1-4 record alongside 25 strikeouts and nine walks.
    Exchange of fire on Afghanistan-Pakistan border kills civilians

    Exchange of fire on Afghanistan-Pakistan border kills civilians

    Violence ceased later in the day and officials from both sides were due to meet at the frontier, the Pakistani military said. It accused Afghan border police of "creating hurdles" for the census.
  • Zendaya & Tom Holland to Debut 'Spider-Man

    Zendaya & Tom Holland to Debut 'Spider-Man

    Later on Tom showed off his gymnastic skills again, doing a front flip in front of Zendaya during the MTV Movie and TV Awards. Ned: "Are you an Avenger?! We can't say anything yet, but believe me, we're not shying away from it".
    Auto  bomb in Thailand's Muslim-dominated south wounds dozens

    Auto bomb in Thailand's Muslim-dominated south wounds dozens

    Firefighters try to extinguish the fire after a bomb hidden in a vehicle exploded in southern Thailand. Police said that the second explosion was set off by a auto bomb.
    Immortal Regiment march being held in Kyiv

    Immortal Regiment march being held in Kyiv

    The tradition of bringing portraits of dead and missing soldiers to Victory Day celebrations began soon after the end of the war. The streets of Moscow saw over 800,000 participants, which has become an absolute record for the event.