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China says Xi to hold talks with Park next month

Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold a summit with his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-hye next month on the sidelines of a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders in Beijing, a former Chinese official said Tuesday.Former Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan made the comment in a meeting with ...

Updated : 2014.10.21 17:37

Parties to launch task force on public safety

Rival political parties agreed Tuesday to launch a task force to tackle public safety issues in the wake of last week's deadly accident at a pop concert that left more than two dozen people killed or injured.Sixteen people were confirmed dead and 11 others seriously injured after a ventila...

Updated : 2014.10.21 17:32

Restart of high-level talks key to inter-Korean ties: minister

South Korea's point man on North Korea emphasized the importance of another round of high-level contact between the two sides on Tuesday, saying it could put inter-Korean relations into a fresh phase."If the South and the North hold talks, almost all issues can be resolved," Unification Mi...

Updated : 2014.10.21 16:55

Parliamentary speaker to visit Japan

South Korea's parliamentary speaker will visit Japan next week for talks with top Japanese politicians, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on ways to deepen the two countries' ties, his office said Tuesday.Chung Ui-hwa's three-day visit from Sunday comes at the invitation of Bunmei Ibuki...

Updated : 2014.10.21 16:54

Rubber duck artist shrugs off disputed Lotte tie

Florentijn Hofman, creator of the bigger-than-life rubber duck that has endeared thousands of South Koreans, shrugged off allegations that the art installation was set up to quell public fear over a controversial development by South Korean conglomerate Lotte."Each project rubber duck in t...

Updated : 2014.10.21 15:44

S. Korea to deploy low-altitude radar system amid N. Korean drone threat

South Korea will deploy a low-altitude radar system late this year to guard the country against low-elevation military penetrations such as North Korean drones, defense officials said Tuesday.Starting at the end of this year, the military will deploy three-dimension low-altitude radars, de...

Updated : 2014.10.21 15:19

S. Korean entrepreneurs to visit Kaesong this week

A group of 37 South Korean business leaders working abroad will visit the Kaesong Industrial Complex this week to sound out the feasibility of potential businesses there, the unification ministry said Tuesday.They belong to the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation, which campa...

Updated : 2014.10.21 15:03

Families mourn victims of concert tragedy

Grieving families mourned Tuesday at the funerals of nine of the 16 people who plunged to their deaths while standing on a ventilation grill to get a better view of a pop concert.The tragic accident took place at Pangyo Techno Valley, a multipurpose complex, in Seongnam, a city just south ...

Updated : 2014.10.21 14:05

N. Korea's ceremonial head of state in Beijing ahead of foreign trips

North Korea's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam, arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, en route to rare foreign trips to some nations in Africa and the Middle East in the latest sign of active diplomacy by the ed North.The 86-year-old Kim, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's A...

Updated : 2014.10.21 14:03

S. Korean aid workers in West Africa exposed to Ebola: lawmaker

South Korean aid workers in West Africa have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus due to a lack of protective wear and medical equipment, a lawmaker claimed Tuesday.A total of 102 South Korean aid workers have been living in West African countries, including Senegal and Cameroon, without...

Updated : 2014.10.21 14:02

Seoul to host regional security forum next week

South Korea plans to hold a regional security forum next week that will be attended by China for the first time, the defense ministry here said Tuesday.The 3rd Seoul Defense Dialogue (SDD) will be held for a three-day run from Oct. 29 at a hotel in Seoul, bringing together vice defense min...

Updated : 2014.10.21 14:00

S. Korea extradites two fugitive Chinese suspects

South Korean police said Tuesday that they have deported two Chinese suspects in separate criminal cases back to China in the latest case of cooperation between the two nations' law enforcement authorities.South Korea's National Police Agency (NPA) said one of the suspects, a 42-year-old w...

Updated : 2014.10.21 13:52

S. Korean foreign, defense chiefs to leave for U.S. for security talks

South Korea's foreign and defense ministers plan to leave for the United States this week to attend a security meeting with their counterparts from Washington slated for later this week, officials said Tuesday.Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Defense Minister Han Min-koo will fly to the U...

Updated : 2014.10.21 13:51

N. Korea urges U.S. to end 'hostile' policy

North Korea called on the United States Tuesday to terminate its "hostile policy" toward the communist country, saying it is the root cause of the failed talks on ending Pyongyang's controversial nuclear weapons program.Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of the 1994 signing of a landmark b...

Updated : 2014.10.21 12:13

S. Korea builds Cameroon's first mechanized farming district

South Korea has completed building Cameroon's first mechanized rice farming district that is expected to help modernize the African state's overall agriculture industry and improve the country's food production, the South Korean government said Tuesday.The 2.3-billion-won (US$2.18 million)...

Updated : 2014.10.21 11:05