The sinking of a naval ship in March called into question the longtime 'Sunshine Policy.' But could dire health care problems and new UN talks help ease North Korea's isolated stance in time for six-party-talks?
South Korean whistleblower Kim Yong-chul, who has written a book about his efforts to expose alleged corruption and greed at Samsung, faces censure and isolation.
South Korean investigators cited an 'external explosion' in the sinking of the Cheonan three weeks ago. The government is moving cautiously toward blaming North Korea, though it appears keen to avoid an escalating crisis.
The one-time democracy advocate and then president of South Korea, he focused on trying to improve relations with the North.
Conservatives want to revise high-school texts that they say are dominated by a leftist outlook.
The cabinet offered to resign June 10 amid weeks of protest against a US beef trade deal.