For decades, adultery has been a crime in Korea punishable by up to two years in jail but South Korea’s highest court has just struck down the law, a statute that critics said is anachronistic and infringes on personal freedom, sending shares of the country's biggest condom maker surging.

The law banning adultery had been enacted in 1953 to protect wives who were financially dependent on their husbands and had little recourse against cheating husbands in a male-dominated society where divorce was rare. More recently, supporters of the law have argued that it preserves conservative family values amid a surge of modernisation. But divorce rates and women’s economic and legal standing have soared in the decades since, leaving many to argue that the law outlived its usefulness.

"The law is unconstitutional as it infringes people's right to make their own decisions on sex and secrecy and freedom of their private life, violating the principle banning excessive enforcement under the constitution," said Seo Ki-seok, a constitutional court justice, reading an opinion representing five justices.

The presiding justice, Park Han-chul, said: “Public conceptions of individuals’ rights in their sexual lives have undergone changes.”

One dissenter, justice Ahn Chang-ho, said the vote would “spark a surge in debauchery”.

Seven members of the nine-judge panel deemed the law to be unconstitutional.

Shares in Unidus Corp, which produces lines of condoms called Long-Love, Fantasia and Real Touch, as well as “sensual lubricants” and latex medical products such as surgical gloves, soared to the 15 per cent daily limit gain on the country’s Kosdaq market after the ruling legalizing adultery.


Each year several thousand spouses file criminal adultery complaints in South Korea but it is rare for someone to be jailed partly because courts have demanded stronger proof that sexual intercourse occurred.  According to prosecutors, no one was put behind bars last year although 892 were indicted on adultery charges. Charges are frequently dropped, as divorcing couples increasingly turn to civil courts and financial settlements to resolve their differences.

Judicial authorities have revisited the law five times since 1990, most recently in 2008, when the actress Ok So-ri admitted to having an affair with a singer, sparking a high-profile scandal; her husband, a radio announcer, demanded that she receive the full sentence. Ok petitioned the constitutional court, and five judges voted in her favour — one fewer than the threshold to have the law overturned. She was handed a suspended sentence, and did not spend time in jail.


Under the law, cases could be brought against people only by their spouses, and if a spouse chose to drop the complaint, the prosecutors could not continue.


North Korean soldiers have invaded South Korea and have taken 150,000 American citizens hostage!

After heavily bombarding South Korea with rockets and bombs, North Korean soldiers carrying North Korean flags streamed triumphantly into South Korea.

Don’t be alarmed. This is just a North Korean propaganda film depicting the North Korean military dictatorship’s dream of supremacy over the US.

The four-minute video, entitled A Short, Three-Day War, has been put up on a website used by the totalitarian state to show its aggressive stance towards USA and the West after UN tightened its sanctions on North Korea.

A male voiceover narrates how paratroopers land in Seoul, taking the city with accomplished street-fighting, while thousands of tanks roll across snow-covered landscapes. Meanwhile US Navy ships in the region are destroyed, and 150,000 American troops and expats are taken hostage.

The narrator goes to describe how the rogue state gains supremacy in a three-day battle after destroying American military bases on the Pacific island of Guam and Japan.

The clip ends with an image of the Korean People's Army (KPA) troops holding their rifles aloft in triumph as the sun goes down on their successful military onslaught.

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Drew Garrett and Lauren Willy, two 17-year-old allegedly “hot” girls from Los Angeles, have become an Internet sensation, but for all the wrong reasons. Like other young girls such as Rebecca Black who try to be famous, Drew and Lauren have been subjected to a rage of vicious comments and death threats.

The two girls, calling themselves Double Take, recorded a video of their song entitled “Hot Problems” about all the troubles attractive people face. The video features the two moderately attractive teenage girls singing (and that’s putting it very politely) about the everyday problems they encounter as a result of their attractiveness and how perfect they are.

Double Take "Hot Problems"

These “hot” girls’ problems are now everyone’s problems as the video has gone viral, garnering almost 8 million views and 400,000 dislikes since it was uploaded on YouTube on April 15.

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Fucking welcomes you. Don’t get worked up thinking that I am being vulgar.

Fucking (German pronunciation: “fooking”) is an Austrian village in the municipality of Tarsdorf, in the Innviertel region of western Upper Austria. The village is 33 kilometres north of Salzburg, 4 kilometres east of the German border.

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Despite having a population of only 104, the charming village has become famous for its name in the English-speaking world. Its most popular tourist attractions are the four traffic signs with its Fucking name on them, beside which tourists stop to have their photograph taken.

One version of the sign features the village name with an additional sign beneath it, with the words “Bitte – nicht so schnell!” (“Please — not so fast!”). The lower sign — which features an illustration of two children — is meant to advise drivers to watch their speed, but tourists see this as hilarious when coupled with the village name.

Fucking....Please - Not So Fast!

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It was supposed to be a pep rally prank to bring laughter and cheers at Rosemount High School in Minnesota but it has instead stirred up a lot of controversy after parents of some senior student athletes took the practical joke too far. Some detractors even went as far as saying that some of the very inappropriate antics smack of incest.

The prank featured a comedy skit which took advantage of unknowing captains of the various winter varsity squads. After the team captains walked into the gym blindfolded, they were told that they were going to be kissed by a special someone, and then were asked to guess who it was that kissed them.

Rosemount High School pep rally kissing game

It turns out that the person who kissed the athletes — in every circumstance — was their own opposite sex parent. A lot of criticism has been leveled not at the student athletes, but at some of the parents for what they did in executing the practical joke.

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Meet 7-year-old Huang Doudou, a girl from Urumqi, Mongolia.

Doudous tragic life recently stirred up much controversy in Chinese media after her shocking story became viral.

At the tender age of just seven she has to perform three times a night, four nights a week as a restaurant dancer for 800 yuan (about $130) a month to help pay for her dancing tuition and support her disabled parents.

Huang Doudou strutting her dance routine at the restaurant

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For all the wrong reasons, a teenage girl who goes by the web moniker Adelyn Hosehbo is currently trending right at the top of Google Search in Singapore.

Adelyn Hosehbo

Adelyn , the Gen Z Ah Lian, hit the limelight on Tuesday after boasting on Facebook about slapping her mother for nagging at her, prompting an outpouring of condemnation on sites like Twitter and Facebook. Many irate Singaporean tweeters have been calling on the girl to apologise to her mother.

Adelyn epitomizes the worst of the Gen Z, the generation born into a world where the Internet already existed.

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Today is truly a sad day. The flame of life was extinguished for two young girls – one in China and the other in Singapore.

Wang Yue, the Chinese girl left bleeding on the road after being run over by two different vehicles and then ignored by 18 passersby, has finally died.

Yue Yue has succumbed to the horrific brain injuries sustained in the accident

The case of two-year-old Wang , also known as Yue Yue, triggered a furore worldewide. It is truly appalling that such callousness could occur and many incensed netizens blasted China, condemning it for becoming an ‘immoral modern society’. Her story was featured by all the major news media worldwide. The video footage sparked a global outcry about the state of morality in China’s fast-changing society.

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In Singapore, six-year-old Charmaine Lim lost her battle against neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer. Over the past two and half years, Charmaine fought a courageous battle against the cancer. Singaporeans rallied to help raise funds for her to go to the US for treatment. Despite her sufferings, she took things in her stride, earning her the nickname Feisty Princess Charmaine.

Charmaine Lim - The Feisty Princess

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19-year-old Amy Willerton, who holds the titles Miss Bristol and Miss Bath, claims she fled the Miss Asia Pacific World Contest in South Korea after three shambolic days during which she was groped by officials and offered winning votes in exchange for sex.

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After arriving home Amy was disgusted to learn that the eventual winner of the 12,700 first prize was none other than the local entrant, Miss South Korea Park Sae Byul.

She said: “It was absolutely horrendous. I had two of the organisers sexually assault me – one tried to pull my top down. When we posed with sponsors they also tried to stick a hand somewhere inappropriate.

“Girls were pulled aside and told they knew what they had to do if they wanted to win – we all knew they meant sex.

“When we complained, we were told that we would have no chance of winning if we carried on.

“We called the police but I then saw one of the competition chairmen pull out his wallet straight away when they arrived.

“I was petrified but more than anything I thought I had to get control of the situation and just get out of there.”

Amy, who also appears in the Sky Living show ‘Signed By Katie Price’ in which the glamour model searches for new talent, was contacted by organisers of Miss Asia Pacific online and signed a contract assuring all expenses would be paid.

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The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) drew to a close on Friday after nine days packed with screenings that left audiences enthused over the future of the regions movie industry. One Korean actress stole the limelight from bigger names like Chinese starlet Fan Bingbing and French actress Isabelle Huppert at both the opening and closing ceremonies with her sexy dresses.

Oh In-Hye in her revealing dress that leaves little to the imagination

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