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Americans detained in North Korea call for U.S. help

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and -- watched by officials as they spoke -- called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their ...

Updated : 2014.09.01 21:51

Hospital workers on strike to resume work

Hundreds of unionized workers at a major university hospital in Seoul reached an agreement with management on Monday to end a six-day strike aimed at protesting what they call a government move to privatize medical services.In a joint statement, the Seoul National University Hospital and t...

Updated : 2014.09.01 21:50

(Photo News) Minister-Mayor talks

Strategy and Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan (left) meets Seoul City Mayor Park Won-soon to discuss solutions for diverse economic issues at the Korea Press Center in Seoul on Monday. (Park Hyun-koo/...

Updated : 2014.09.01 21:05

Sewol cripples Assembly

The 100-day regular parliamentary session kicked off Monday as the ruling and main opposition parties remained in firm deadlock over the so-called special Sewol bill.The ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy held a plenary session following the op...

Updated : 2014.09.01 21:04

Korea, U.S. to discuss missile defense

The transfer of wartime operational control and missile defense cooperation may top the agenda should the national security chiefs of South Korea and the U.S. meet for their first official bilateral m...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:59

[Newsmaker] Textbook row erupts over Ryu Gwan-sun

The contentious omission of a renowned female independence activist in high school textbooks has sparked further altercations within education circles, which are already divided on the possible reviva...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:55

Korea eases online game rules

Children aged 16 or under will be allowed to play online games after midnight if they have their parents’ approval starting next year, the Culture and Gender Equality ministries jointly announced Mon...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:52

Park urges labor compromise

President Park Geun-hye requested representatives of labor and management on Monday to compromise on contentious labor issues through dialogue, stressing that a stable relationship between the two was crucial for the nation’s economic growth.“As the stage for dialogue has been reset afte...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:51

Seoul firm on North Korea sanctions

The Park Geun-hye administration is not yet considering lifting a set of tough sanctions on North Korea, an official said Monday, dismissing media reports of a possible shift in Seoul’s policy.“There is no change in the government’s basic position with regard to the May 24th Measures,”...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:51

N.K. fires short-range missile into East Sea

North Korea fired one short-range missile into the East Sea on Monday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.The projectile was fired at around 10:30 a.m. from a site in its northwestern province of Chagang bordering with China. It was presumed to have landed in the East Sea after flyi...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:51

Hacker gets one year in prison

A Seoul court on Monday sentenced a habitual hacker in his 40s to a one-year jail term for stealing and illicitly trading the personal information of more than 100,000 people.The culprit, surnamed Shin, was found to have hacked the private information of about 29,000 customers of the Inter...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:50

(Photo News) Together but divided

Lawmakers pledge allegiance to the national flag at the opening ceremony for the 100-day regular parliamentary session at the National Assembly on Monday. The ruling and opposition parties remain at o...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:50

Defector disses North Korea with rap

In July, an unlikely contestant entered a popular South Korean music competition for rappers.Surprisingly, he was none other than a defector from Stalinist North Korea where Western-influenced pop music, especially rap, is strictly banned.Kang Chun-hyuk, now 28, was only 12 when he crossed...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:50

U.N. rights chief calls on Japan to come clean on sex slavery

GENEVA (Yonhap) ― Wrapping up her six years of work as U.N. human rights chief, Navi Pillay spared no words in demanding that Japan come clean on its wartime sexual enslavement of Korean and other Asian women.She urged Tokyo to take “immediate and effective legislative and administrative...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:50

Probe finds 3 more bags intended for Yoo

The prosecution said Monday that it had obtained three more bags of the late Yoo Byung-eun, which are believed to have been brought to a hideout of the Sewol ferry owner after the April 16 sinking disaster.According to investigators, the three bags were found at the residence of a devotee ...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:49