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Korean Air heiress questioned over 'nut rage' SEOUL: Korean prosecutors questioned Korean Air heiress and former senior executive Cho Hyun-Ah on Wednesday over her fit of "nut rage" aboard a plane this month, which sparked a national uproar.The 40-year-old daughter of the airline's chief executive forced the chief cabin crew member off a New York-Seoul flight and compelled the taxiing plane to return to the gate after she took exception to being served macadamia nuts she had not asked for -- and in a bag, not a bowl."I'm sorry," Cho said feebly as she was mobbed by journalists and photographers when she appeared at the Seoul Western Prosecutors' Office, keeping her head low and her face covered with shoulder-length hair. A transportation ministry investigation found that Cho breached aviation safety laws when she screamed and hurled abuse at a flight attendant and the chief purser, Park Chang-Jin, during the "nut rage" incident on December 5.Prosecutors will focus ...

North Korea threatens 'toughest' action over rights offensive SEOUL: North Korea has accused the US of trying to topple the hermit state by targeting it with allegations of human rights abuses, and threatened to hit back with the "toughest-ever counteraction". The comments in state media Monday came as the UN Security Council is due to meet next week to discuss North Korea's rights record, amid calls for Pyongyang to be referred to the international court for crimes against humanity.But after CIA torture revelations ...
Japan orders chicken cull after bird flu outbreak TOKYO: Japan on Tuesday ordered the slaughter of some 4,000 chickens after officials confirmed bird flu at a poultry farm in the southwest of the country.DNA tests confirmed the H5 strain of the virus at a farm in Miyazaki after its owner reported more than 20 sudden deaths among his poultry on Sunday and Monday, the agriculture ministry said."We confirmed at least three of the chickens tested positive for the virus," a ministry official said. ...
China official admits millions in jade bribes: report BEIJING: A former senior Chinese provincial official told a court he took around 13 million yuan ($2.1 million) in bribes consisting largely of precious stones, state-run media reported Tuesday.Ni Fake, a former deputy governor of the eastern province of Anhui, had a "craving for jade", the state-run Shanghai Daily said.His trial on Monday was the latest case in a corruption crackdown under President Xi Jinping, who has said the scourge threatens the ruling Communist party.Ni ...
Unseated Japan opposition leader to step down: reports TOKYO: The leader of Japan's largest opposition party will resign after losing his seat in a weekend election drubbing, reports and officials said Monday.Banri Kaieda who led the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) to its third consecutive thrashing at the polls, was among the casualties on a dreary night for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's main opponents.Abe's ruling coalition waltzed home with 326 seats -- a two-thirds majority -- while the DPJ managed 73, just 11 ...
South Korean MP to visit North Korea for Kim death anniversary SEOUL: A senior South Korean politician will visit North Korea for the third anniversary of late leader Kim Jong-Il's death, the government said Monday, stressing that the trip was to give condolences and was not political. Park Ji-Won, a member of the opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy, will lead a seven-member delegation to the city of Kaesong Tuesday to deliver a floral wreath, the unification ministry said.Kim, father of current North Korean leader Kim ...
Japan PM Abe: to ask companies to raise wages next year TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he will ask business leaders to raise wages next year at a meeting on Tuesday. Abe, in a televised news conference a day after his ruling coalition won a massive election victory, said he wants to compile economic stimulus measures by year's end and take steps to ease concerns about rising import prices. Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, the Komeito party, won 326 ...

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