South Korea’s Internet Cafes Getting a Makeover
South Korean internet cafes, known as PC Bangs, have long been dark, smoky hideouts for young male gamers. But with a smoking ban starting this year, some owners are focusing on brighter interiors and food menus to attract new customers.
Samsung Seeks Smart Watch Trademarks in US and South Korea
Samsung Electronics Co. has applied for U.S. and South Korean trademarks for a watch that connects to the Internet. Samsung described "Samsung Galaxy Gear" as a wearable digital electronic device in the form of a wristwatch and will be able to make and receive phone calls, as well as send messages and emails.
Russia's Smoking Ban Is All About Cost
4 in every 10 adults in Russia smoke regularly - it has one of the highest smoking rates in the world. And the government wants to do something about it. From June smoking will be banned in public places followed gradually by restrictions in offices, stations and restaurants. The law will also restrict cigarette sales and prevent tobacco companies sponsoring events.
World Denounces North Korea Nuclear Test
The world is condemning North Korea's third nuclear test in defiance of a United Nations resolution banning the activity. In South Korea, protesters turned out in the capital Wednesday to denounce the test and call for greater sanctions on the already impoverished North.
'Sweepstakes Cafes' Crackdown
States are cracking down on so-called sweepstakes cafes, which critics say are simply thinly disguised casinos dressed up as sweepstakes contests. Steve Eder has details on The News Hub.
Soggy Summer Spoils Paris Cafe Culture
Rain in July - not the perfect accompaniment to French lifestyle and its cafe culture. After the wettest June in half a century, the unseasonably poor weather is hitting Paris' famous outdoor cafes.
Hungary Bans Slot Machines
Slot machines in Hungary have been banned in an effort by the government to tackle gambling addiction. Casinos aren't restricted but machines in pubs and cafes will be removed. The new law's angered
Iconic Spanish Cafe Under Threat
Ninety-five year old artist and writer Antonio Granados Valdez has been coming to Madrid's famous Cafe Gijon since he was student. He visits everyday, and sits at the same table. But he might soon be forced to end his routine. The lease of the restaurant's popular terrace has expired and Madrid City Hall has put it on offer to the highest bidder. Cafe Gijon has been home to Spain's intellectuals and artists for 124 years, but staff fear without the terrace the cafe could close.
In South Korea, a Luncheon Meat Goes Luxury
Spam, but maybe not quite the way you know it. In South Korea the famous canned meat has been cleverly positioned as an ideal accompaniment for the local staple rice. Today, South Korea consumes more Spam than any country outside the United States. Over the past five years, sales here have jumped more than 40 percent, according to CJ CheilJedang, the local manufacturer.
South Korea to Give $6 Million Aid to Impoverished North
South Korea announces a $6.3 million U.S. dollar humanitarian aid package to its impoverished northern neighbour. A Unification Ministry spokesman on Monday said the money would go to the World Health Organization to help provide other essential health care for North Korean citizens. The South's government also plans to approve another $2.14 million U.S dollars of humanitarian aid from South Korean civic groups.