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White House cites Korea's carbon emission cut pledge as sign of growing international momentum

The White House on Monday cited South Korea's commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions as an example that shows international momentum is building on the cause, as President Barack Obama announced a deeper carbon emissions reduction pledge."We also saw significant commitment in just the ...

Updated : 2015.08.04 09:07

U.S. says intelligence activities are for national security needs amid spying allegations against Japan

The United States said Monday its intelligence activities are aimed at meeting its national security needs as well as those of its allies and partners after allegations surfaced that it spied on Japanese officials and firms.The whistleblower Wikileaks on Friday disclosed what it claimed wa...

Updated : 2015.08.04 08:57

Only 20 percent of Korean kindergartens offer early morning programs

Only about 20 percent of Korea’s kindergartens offer early morning programs, leaving working parents with limited income the sole option of sending their children to day care centers instead, a stud...

Updated : 2015.08.03 18:50

Korea tops ratio of underpaid workers in major economies

About 1 in 7 workers in South Korea is paid the legal minimum wage or less, the highest rate among OECD member countries, a recent study showed.  According to the annual employment outlook by the Org...

Updated : 2015.08.03 18:36

‘Give education back to schools’

GEOCHANG ― Last month, the Education Ministry rolled out an ordinance on promotion of “character building education,” in an apparent attempt to reform the nation’s education that has been stigmati...

Updated : 2015.08.03 18:34

Saenuri lawmaker defects over rape claim

A ruling party lawmaker embroiled in an alleged sexual assault case said Monday that he would leave the party for causing concerns.“Regardless of what the reason may have been, I will leave the Saenuri Party not to put the burden on the party,” said Rep. Sim Hag-bong in a statement. “I ...

Updated : 2015.08.03 18:15

Saenuri Party leader stirs the pot in U. S.

Ruling Saenuri Party chief Rep. Kim Moo-sung, appeared to be having a heyday in his stay in the U.S. over the past week, making comments that would have immediately caused backlash back home, but that...

Updated : 2015.08.03 18:09

English-language patent court to be launched

Patent lawsuits will be allowed in English in Korea as part of the top court’s efforts to better support the legal accessibility of foreigners, sources said Monday. According to the Supreme Court, the authorities agreed to establish an “international justice department” under the Patent...

Updated : 2015.08.03 17:07

Japanese opposition leader vows efforts for better Seoul-Tokyo ties

A Japanese opposition leader vowed Monday to make efforts to develop the Seoul-Tokyo relationship into a future-oriented one in a landmark year, despite many challenges such as tension over their shared history.Katsuya Okada, leader of Japan's opposition Democratic Party, made the remarks ...

Updated : 2015.08.03 17:07

Average height of male Seoulites grew 10 cm in half century

The average height of male Seoul citizens grew by more than 10 centimeters over the past five decades, a study showed Monday. The average height for men living in Seoul reached 173.9 centimeters in 2013, up 10.2 cm from 163.7 cm in 1965, according to data released by the Seoul Institute. T...

Updated : 2015.08.03 17:03

S. Korea, U.S. well equipped to detect N. Korean missile despite cover

South Korea and the U.S. are well equipped to detect any signs of a North Korean missile launch despite the reported cover being installed over the North Korean launching pad, the Defense Ministry said Monday.Japan's Kyodo News reported earlier in the day that the North is installing a cov...

Updated : 2015.08.03 17:02

Ruling party lawmaker to quit party over alleged sexual assault

A ruling party lawmaker said Monday that he will step down from the Saenuri Party over a sexual assault allegation.Sim Hag-bong said that he made the decision not to place any further burden on the party, noting he is very sorry for causing any public concern.He also said he will cooperate...

Updated : 2015.08.03 15:36

Regional powers to meet in Malaysia as N. Korea defends nukes

All the members to the six-party talks aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program are set to meet in Malaysia this week, drawing attention to whether any progress will be made in the nuclear standoff and other tensions among the neighboring states. The six countries -- the ...

Updated : 2015.08.03 15:34

Former police chief summoned over alleged bribery

A former police chief was summoned by the prosecution on Monday for questioning over allegedly accepting bribes.Cho Hyun-oh, the ex-commissioner of the National Police Agency, is suspected of receiving 50 million won ($43,000) from an owner of a local construction firm, only identified by ...

Updated : 2015.08.03 13:33

S. Korea not to ask ex-first lady to deliver gov't message to N. Korea

The Unification Ministry said Monday it is not considering asking a former first lady to deliver a government message on inter-Korean relations to North Korea when she visits there this week.Lee Hee-ho, the widow of former President Kim Dae-jung, plans to visit North Korea from Wednesday t...

Updated : 2015.08.03 12:02