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Budget bickering continues with 5 days to deadline

The two main parties partially resumed the budget review Thursday, but remained far off on key issues including the funding for state-run child care program. The ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy’s deputy floor leaders met and enabled the Sec...

Updated : 2014.11.27 21:35

Korean court sides with Congolese asylum-seeker

A Seoul court on Thursday granted refugee status to a Congolese man fleeing political persecution in his home country, where he served as a mid-level opposition party official.The man was tortured by pro-government authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo for his political leanings...

Updated : 2014.11.27 21:32

Sankei’s ex-Seoul head denies charges of defaming Park

Sankei Shimbun’s former Seoul bureau chief Tatsuya Kato on Thursday denied having had any intention of defaming President Park Geun-hye in his Aug. 3 report.In the 48-year-old defendant’s first tria...

Updated : 2014.11.27 21:32

[Design Forum] Artist adorns city with ‘love and peace’ messages

Chris Riggs, an American artist who is carving out a presence around the world with his works full of peace messages, came to Korea this week to speak at the Herald Design Forum 2014 at Dongdaemun Des...

Updated : 2014.11.27 21:28

School violence on decline in S. Korea: survey

About one out of every 100 students attending primary, middle and high school have recently experienced school violence, a poll showed Thursday, a decline from earlier this year amid the government's efforts to eradicate the problem.   The survey conducted by the Ministry of Education j...

Updated : 2014.11.27 17:58

Families, residents call for sunken ferry's salvage

Families of those still missing in April's ferry disaster and residents of this southwestern island called Thursday for the early salvage of the sunken ship to help assuage the grief of the families and revive the regional economy.   The 6,825-ton ferry Sewol sank on April 16 in waters ...

Updated : 2014.11.27 17:34

Ex-vice minister tapped to head Kaesong complex committee

South Korea has picked a former vice unification minister to lead a civilian committee to support the operation of an inter-Korean industrial complex in North Korea, the ministry said Thursday.   Kim Nam-sik, who quit his job at the ministry earlier this month, will serve as chairman of...

Updated : 2014.11.27 17:26

Parties agree to discuss tobacco taxes amid budget row

Rival political parties agreed Thursday to immediately begin discussions on a government proposal to raise cigarette prices amid a parliamentary impasse over free child care services for young children.   The agreement came during a lunch meeting between the senior deputy floor leaders ...

Updated : 2014.11.27 17:26

Japanese reporter denies defaming President Park

Sankei Shimbun’s former Seoul bureau chief Tatsuya Kato on Thursday denied the charges that his Aug. 3 report on President Park Geun-hye was aimed at intentionally defaming her.In the first trial hea...

Updated : 2014.11.27 16:51

S. Korean court sides with Congolese asylum-seeker

A Seoul court on Thursday granted refugee status to a Congolese man fleeing political persecution in his home country, where he served as a mid-level opposition party official.The man was tortured by pro-government authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo for his political leanings,...

Updated : 2014.11.27 16:49

Budget row continues with 5 days to deadline

The budget standoff continued to halt proceedings in the parliament although some progress was made on Thursday.The ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy’s deputy floor leaders met and enabled the Security and Public Administration Committee to r...

Updated : 2014.11.27 16:46

[Newsmaker] N.K. leader’s sister granted official post

North Korea revealed the job title of Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of its leader Kim Jong-un, on Thursday, calling her a deputy director of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party, a po...

Updated : 2014.11.27 16:42

Classmates main school violence perpetrators: survey

Classmates are the main culprits behind school violence in South Korea, a survey showed Thursday. According to the report by the Education Ministry, 72.1 percent of the perpetrators were classmates, indicating that most school violence was inflicted by those who are closest. Nearly half ―...

Updated : 2014.11.27 16:38

Park goes overboard in use of ‘scary’ metaphors

South Korean President Park Geun-hye used to say that a leader should deliver messages in a classy manner. But when she talks about her regulatory reform drive, her choice of words surprises many, eve...

Updated : 2014.11.27 16:36

Seoul's nuke envoy to visit Russia for talks on N.K. issues

South Korea's chief nuclear envoy plans to visit Russia next month to discuss the security situation on the Korean Peninsula and North Korea's nuclear program, Seoul's foreign ministry said Thursday.   Hwang Joon-kook, Seoul's top negotiator on the stalled six-party talks to denucleariz...

Updated : 2014.11.27 15:50