A man uses an umbrella to take shelter from the snow near the Gwanghwamun, the main gate of the 14th-century Gyeongbok Palace, one of South Korea's well-known landmarks, in Seoul on Friday, Jan. 20.
A South Korean court on Thursday refused to authorize the arrest of the heir to the Samsung business empire, in a setback to prosecutors probing a corruption scandal engulfing President Park Geun-hye.
In a departure from the leniency typically given South Korean big businesses, prosecutors on Monday requested the arrest of the de facto head of Samsung Electronics, the country's most valuable company, in an influence-peddling scandal that has toppled the country's president.
A request by South Korean prosecutors to arrest Lee Jae-yong, the 48-year-old vice chairman and de facto leader of Samsung Electronics, has added to the troubles for the country's most valuable company after a spate of recalls last year.
Prosecutors requested the arrest Monday of the Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong as a bribery suspect in the influence-peddling scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korea's president.
South Korean prosecutors investigating a major influence-peddling scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye said they would decide Monday whether to arrest the heir to the giant Samsung group over alleged bribery.
A taxi driver was detained Sunday for allegedly sexually assaulting a South Korean tourist in Taipei, an incident that could conceivably undermine Taiwan's efforts to attract more visitors from South Korea.
A boy catches a trout while ice fishing on a frozen river during a fishing contest in Hwacheon, South Korea on Saturday, Jan. 14. The contest is part of an annual ice festival which draws over 1,000,000 visitors every year.
Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center, waves upon his arrival at the Seoul Railway Station on Thursday, Jan. 12. Ban said Thursday he would soon announce whether he will run for South Korea's top job, as he returned home and strongly hinted at his political ambitions before hundreds of cheering supporters.
North Korea has been getting some pretty high praise lately from the stoner world.