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North Korea 'not ruled out' of nuclear plant hack

South Korea has not ruled out the involvement of North Korea in a cyber-attack on the country's nuclear power plant operator and has requested the United States to help in investigations, an official involved in the proceedings said.

According to Reuters, the official at the joint investigation department of the Seoul prosecutors' office said the hacking bore some similarities to previous cyber-attacks in which North Korea has been involved.

We cannot rule out or confirm North Korea's involvement now, given the similiarity of malignant codes patterns, and its verification will take some time.

We don't (rule out North Korea's involvement). However, we cannot confirm it either.

– North Korean official

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Former airline boss facing prosecution over nuts row

A former vice president of Korean Air Lines is facing formal prosecution after she forced a plane to stop taxiing and return to the gate because she was unhappy about how she was served her nuts.

Heather Cho is the daughter of the airline's chairman Cho Yang Ho Credit: Reuters

South Korea's transport ministry confirmed it was reporting the incident to prosecutors for possible legal charges, saying an investigation had confirmed Heather Cho - the daughter of the airline's chairman Cho Yang Ho - was engaged in "abusive behaviour" towards flight attendants.

She delayed the plane and kicked off a steward at the John F. Kennedy airport in New York, which officials say may have broken aviation law. Cho resigned last week over the allegations.

South Korea prosecutors to appeal ferry crew decision

A South Korean prosecutor said his team would appeal against court rulings on the 15 crew of a capsized ferry who were given prison terms ranging from five to 36 years.

The captain of the ferry, which sank killing about 300 people, mostly children, was acquitted of homicide but was found guilty of negligence by family members of the victims, many of whom were teenage children on a school trip. He was sentenced to 36 years in jail.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for the captain for homicide.

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36 years in jail for South Korea ferry captain

A South Korean court has found the captain of a ferry that capsized in April guilty of negligence and sentenced him to 36 years in jail.

Sewol ferry captain Lee Joon-seok was sentenced to 36 years in jail. Credit: Reuters

Prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty.

The court also convicted the ship's chief engineer of homicide for not aiding two injured fellow crew members and sentenced him to 30 years in prison.

South Korea to end search for missing ferry passengers

South Korea has announced it will end underwater searches for the remaining missing people from the ferry that capsized in April.

The announcement came with a South Korean court set to issue verdicts on crew members charged with negligence and abandonment of passengers in the disaster.

The Sewol ferry sank in April - so far 295 bodies have been found. Credit: REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

So far 295 bodies have been found, but nine people are still missing. Most of the dead were teenage students on a school trip.

Prosecutors have demanded the death penalty for the ship's captain and life sentences for three other crew members.

Billionaire South Korea ferry owner's family guilty of corruption

Three relatives of the owner of a ferry that sank in South Korea have been convicted of corruption, just months after the tycoon was found dead while on the run.

The ship sank off the coast of South Korea. Credit: Reuters

The body of fugitive billionaire Yoo Byung-eun was discovered in rural South Korea in July after a massive manhunt.

The ferry capsized in April, killing more than 300 people.

Yoo's eldest son, Yoo Dae-gyun, was sentenced to three years in prison over embezzlement and breach of trust. Two brothers of Yoo Byung-eun were also convicted of similar corruption charges. One brother got a two-year prison term and the other a suspended prison term. The Yoo family controlled the ferry operator through holding companies.

Victim's body found on sunken South Korea ferry

The first body found in three months is being recovered from South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry, according to the Associated Press.

The Sewol ferry sank in April. Credit: Reuters

The badly decayed corpse was found around a women's toilet on Tuesday, a statement from the government task force said, bringing the official death toll to 295.

DNA tests are planned to identify the body which is the first recovered since July. Nine passengers remain unaccounted for after the boat sank in April.

Most of the ferry victims were teenage students who were on a school trip to a resort island.

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