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EU fines cartel for fixing prices on LCD panels

The European Union’s competition watchdog says it is fining five Taiwanese and South Korean electronics companies $856 million for fixing prices on LCD panels between 2001 and 2006. Get the full story »

U.S.-South Korea trade pact nears with tariff deal

South Korea has agreed to give the United States five years to phase out a 2.5 percent tariff on Korean-built cars, rather than cut the tariff immediately, clearing the way for a deal on a stalled U.S.-South Korea trade pact, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

U.S., South Korea trade chiefs to meet on deal

Top U.S. and South Korean trade officials will meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Columbia, Maryland to try again to resolve differences blocking U.S. approval of a free trade agreement, U.S. officials said. Get the full story »

Pessimism pervades as G20 leaders show split

A strong sense of pessimism shrouded the start of an economic summit of rich and emerging economies Thursday, with President Barack Obama and fellow world leaders arriving in Seoul sharply divided over currency and trade policies.

EU forges first Asian trade pact with S. Korea

The European Union and South Korea signed a free-trade deal Wednesday that could double trade between them and trigger more calls among Asian states for such pacts with the 27-nation bloc.

The accord, Europe’s first with an Asian nation, is set to take effect July 1 once ratified by the European Parliament. Get the full story »

Kia recalling Soul, Sorento autos for wiring fix

Kia Motors is recalling about 35,000 Soul and Sorento vehicles to fix wiring in the interior lighting panels that could lead to fires. Get the full story »

Daley, business leaders going to China, South Korea

Mayor Richard Daley will travel to China and South Korea next month to promote Chicago as a destination for businesses and tourists.

The Sept. 18-24 trip will be sponsored by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and World Business Chicago. The mayor will make stops in Shanghai, China, and in the cities of Busan and Seoul in South Korea.

Korea to bankroll ’smart’ Chicago skyscrapers

By dimming lights or lowering water temperature on a massive scale, the owners of some of Chicago’s signature skyscrapers are banking on new technology that would dramatically cut the city’s energy usage and save millions of dollars.

The technology is being bankrolled by an unusual source: The Republic of Korea, which, under a complex agreement to be signed today, has agreed to install energy-saving equipment in up to 14 Chicago buildings during the next few months. Korean officials have pledged to pay millions to Illinois colleges for research and development efforts related to “smart grid” technology. Get the full story »

S. Korea, U.S. cyberattacks do no damage

Hundreds of computers that helped cause a wave of outages on U.S. and South Korean government websites last July launched new attacks on the same sites, but no major interference was reported, police said Thursday.

The computers were programmed to attack every July 7, according to police, so this year’s assault appeared to be a continuation of last year’s, which began over the July 4 holiday weekend in the U.S. but reached South Korea on July 7. Get the full story »