[Newsmaker] Prosecutors widen corruption probe into ex-Lee aide

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[Newsmaker] Prosecutors widen corruption probe into ex-Lee aide

A former presidential secretary during the Lee Myung-bak administration has been placed under a widening investigation for irregularities, with fresh allegations suggesting he meddled in the designati...

Updated : 2015.03.30 19:12

KAI picked for fighter jet project

Korea Aerospace Industries, the country’s sole aircraft maker, was selected as the preferred bidder for an 8.6 trillion won ($7.8 billion) project to develop an indigenous fighter jet by 2025, Seoul’...

Updated : 2015.03.30 19:08

Shelters for foreigners accused of violating privacy, human rights

Centers for holding foreign nationals in Korea were found to have breached individuals’ privacy and human rights, a report by the national human rights watchdog said Monday. According to the National Human Rights Commission, all foreign nationals at the centers -- which include refugee ap...

Updated : 2015.03.30 18:58

‘Single Korean women avoid gynecologists’

The majority of Korean single women choose not to seek medical help even if they experience symptoms of gynecological disorders including STDs, as they fear social prejudice against unmarried women who are sexually active, a study showed on Monday.Of 1,314 unmarried women surveyed by the K...

Updated : 2015.03.30 18:56

Ex-opposition leader to run in by-election

Former opposition party leader Chung Dong-young announced Monday he would run in one of the by-elections on April 29, complicating to the race for the Gwanak constituency seat in Seoul.Chung, 61, who ...

Updated : 2015.03.30 18:55

[Reporter's Column] Korea-Japan relations hang by a hair

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is walking a tightrope as he continues to play down the country’s historical abuses ahead of his address at U.S. Congress and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, stymying Seoul’s efforts to defrost bilateral ties. He has been under growing ...

Updated : 2015.03.30 18:53

Intercultural understanding key to resolving conflicts

With the fall of the iron curtain followed by technological development, the world has become a more connected place than ever before.But as the world strode through the process of “globalization,” ...

Updated : 2015.03.30 18:51

Ex-con undergoes plastic surgery to steal: police

An ex-convict who allegedly underwent surgery to change his appearance in order to continue carrying out burglaries has been arrested, authorities said Monday.Police in Incheon, west of Seoul, said the 35-year-old man stole 530 million won ($480,000) worth of valuables from April to Decemb...

Updated : 2015.03.30 15:27

Chung Dong-young to run in April by-elections

Former Unification Minister and presidential candidate Chung Dong-young announced Monday that he will contest Seoul’s Gwanak-B constituency in the April 29 by-elections.  Former Unification Minister...

Updated : 2015.03.30 12:08

KAI picked as preferred bidder for S. Korean fighter jet project

South Korea's sole aircraft manufacturer, Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) Ltd., was picked as the preferred bidder for the country's indigenous fighter jet development program Monday, the arms procur...

Updated : 2015.03.30 12:04

S. Korea not in dilemma over rivalry between U.S., China: FM

It could be a blessing rather than a dilemma for South Korea being in the middle of the U.S. and China's growing rivalry in the Asia Pacific region, the foreign ministry said Monday.The remarks by Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se came amid growing jitters over the country's position as the tw...

Updated : 2015.03.30 11:53

Koreas trade accusations amid no signs of dialogue

South Korea hit back at North Korea on Monday over its direct criticism of President Park Geun-hye with the two sides locked in a war of words.In a statement, the unification ministry said it's "very regrettable" that the North's National Defense Commission denounced Park by name over the ...

Updated : 2015.03.30 11:52

Chinese firms propose non-tariff trade of cheap goods with N.Korea

Chinese firms have proposed establishing a non-tariff trade market with North Korea where cheap goods can be traded without tariffs between the two nations, according to the Chinese border city of Dandong on Monday. The proposal was made by representatives of Chinese firms in Dandong on Th...

Updated : 2015.03.30 11:36

N. Korea denounces S. Korea for AIIB, THAAD

North Korea on Monday played down South Korea's decision to join a China-led regional bank as a trade-off for the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system on its soil.On its propaganda website, Uriminzokkiri, the North claimed the U.S. will take a full-fledged step to send a T...

Updated : 2015.03.30 10:37

S. Korea to host New Zealand in veteran defender's int'l swan song

Veteran South Korean football defender Cha Du-ri will bid adieu to international play on Tuesday, when his team hosts New Zealand in the nation's capital.The friendly match between the 56th-ranked South Korea and the 134th-ranked New Zealand will kick off at 8 p.m. at Seoul World Cup Stadi...

Updated : 2015.03.30 10:35