North Korea has said a knife attack on US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was "deserved punishment" for conducting military drills.
The US ambassador to South Korea has said he is "doing well and in great spirits" after being slashed in the face during an event in Seoul.
Mark Lippert was pictured bleeding heavily following the attack by 'pro-North Korea' activist Kim Ki-Jong, who was arrested immediately afterwards.
But Lippert later tweeted:
Doing well&in great spirits! Robyn, Sejun, Grigsby & I - deeply moved by the support! Will be back ASAP to advance US-ROK alliance! ?? ???!
The US ambassador to South Korea was left bleeding heavily after being slashed in the face by an attacker during an event in the country's capital.
Mark Lippert, 42, was seen walking out of the Seoul breakfast forum as he was taken to hospital, where he was later reported to be in a stable condition and not suffering life threatening injuries.
The suspect, identified as Kim Ki-jong, 55, had been seen wearing traditional Korean clothing and shouting that North and South Korea should be reunited, police said.
He was also said to have shouted that he opposed war exercises, in what appears to be a reference to yearly joint US-South Korean military exercises that began this week.
The White House said it strongly condemned the attack, and said President Barack Obama had called Lippert to tell him that he and his wife were "in his thoughts and prayers, and to wish him a speedy recovery".
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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.
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.
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.
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South Korea will host a Grand Prix in 2015 after the FIA added the nation to its race calendar once more.
Mexico has also been added to the list of events hosts, meaning there will be 21 rather than 19 races next year.
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.
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.
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.