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Opposition floor leader resigns over ferry bill

Rep. Park Young-sun, the floor leader of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy, stepped down Thursday following controversy over a bill aimed at determining the truth behind April's ...

Updated : 2014.10.02 09:50

North Korea conducts new engine test for KN-08 ICBM: think tank

North Korea is believed to have carried out yet another engine test of its new intercontinental ballistic missile, the KN-08, a U.S. think tank said Wednesday, citing recent satellite imagery.   The test of the missile's first-stage engine took place in mid-August at the Sohae launch sit...

Updated : 2014.10.02 09:13

SNU slides, KAIST rises in world university ranking

South Korean universities’ fortunes were mixed as its top university saw its ranking drop in the Times Higher Education’s 2014 world university ranking, but the second-ranked university in the country climbed several steps.Seoul National University slid to 50th from its previous 44th spo...

Updated : 2014.10.02 07:37

‘Korea, U.S. in talks over THAAD’

A senior U.S. defense official confirmed Tuesday that Washington was considering deploying an advanced missile defense system to South Korea to better handle North Korean threats.Deputy Secretary of D...

Updated : 2014.10.01 21:56

Assembly back in business

The National Assembly began sailing forward Wednesday after the latest compromise between rival parties, but stormy weather could await according to analysts, as a slew of thorny issues have yet to be...

Updated : 2014.10.01 21:55

Woman gets suspended jail term for defaming Park

A woman accused of libeling President Park Geun-hye was sentenced to four months in prison with a one-year stay of execution, a Seoul district court said Wednesday, as Korean authorities clamped down on online badmouthing of the Korean leader.The woman, in her 40s and identified only by th...

Updated : 2014.10.01 21:43

Park urges N.K. to join trust-building efforts

President Park Geun-hye urged North Korea on Wednesday to join South Korea’s efforts to build trust and lay the groundwork for the potential unification of the divided Korean Peninsula.Park also pressed North Korea again to abandon its nuclear weapons program, calling it “the biggest stu...

Updated : 2014.10.01 21:43

Assembly truce may be short-lived: experts

An agreement reached by the two rival parties on the Sewol probe puts an end to months of bipartisan fighting, but it remains unclear how long this interparty truce will last as it is expected to face fierce opposition from the victims’ families.“On Tuesday, the two sides may have create...

Updated : 2014.10.01 21:42

Prospects dim for multilateral security cooperation in Asia

European peace through dialogue, confidence-building and multilateral institutions has long been a source of envy for East Asia, which suffers from territorial and historical feuds that have escalated...

Updated : 2014.10.01 21:41

Korea, Japan resume strategic talks

South Korea and Japan held a strategic dialogue in Tokyo on Wednesday for the first time in nearly two years to discuss an array of bilateral issues and North Korea's nuclear program, Seoul's foreign ministry said.Seoul's First Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yong met with his Japanese count...

Updated : 2014.10.01 21:40

[Herald Interview] WWF calls for ‘greener’ Korean economy

With its persistent overconsumption and energy-intensive industry, Korea should step up efforts to curb its ecological footprint by “greening” its economy and adopting environmentally sustainable pr...

Updated : 2014.10.01 21:39

‘Go to school late’ policy good for students’ mental health: experts

The monthold policy by Gyeonggi Province to shift the time students go to school from 8:30 to 9 a.m. could contribute to the mental well-being of students, experts said. Psychiatrists say that allowing students to sleep more during weekdays could combat sleep deprivation, which can lead to...

Updated : 2014.10.01 21:37

Green tech creates smart tables, toy kits

The following is the second in a series of articles on the creative green economy, which focuses on generating new growth engines and was initiated by the Park Geun-hye administration and the Ministry...

Updated : 2014.10.01 21:32

Civic group opposes prosecution's plan for online censorship

 A civic group on Wednesday demanded the prosecution drop its plan to monitor Internet postings for defamatory remarks and false rumors. The Seoul-based People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy made the demand in a letter sent to Prosecutor General Kim Jin-tae. The prosecution ha...

Updated : 2014.10.01 16:10

Half of S. Koreans oppose spread of anti-NK leaflets: poll

Nearly half of South Koreans believe their government should block the scattering of anti-North Korea leaflets into the communist neighbor, a poll showed Wednesday. According to the survey of 1,200 adults nationwide by the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies at Seoul National Univ...

Updated : 2014.10.01 16:08