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Sewol owner hid inside closet during vacation home raid

The fugitive shipping tycoon wanted over April‘s ferry sinking was hiding inside a secret closet of his vacation home in southern South Korea during a raid in May, prosecutors said Wednesday.Yoo Byung-eun, a 73-year-old billionaire who owned Sewol operator Chonghaejin Marine Co., had been...

Updated : 2014.07.23 20:56

After surviving reshuffle, Yun faces heavier diplomatic agenda

After weathering recent cabinet shake-ups, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se is coming under pressure to improve testy relations with South Korea’s neighbors by untangling a matrix of diplomatic and geop...

Updated : 2014.07.23 20:32

[Ferry Disaster] 100 days on, Sewol haunts Koreans

On April 16 a ferry named the Sewol sank off South Korea’s southwestern coast, leaving 294 dead and 10 still missing as of Wednesday. More than 240 of the dead and missing victims were students and t...

Updated : 2014.07.23 20:20

Two opposition candidates to unite in Dongjak race

Opposition party contenders for Seoul’s Dongjak-B constituency Ki Dong-min and Roh Hoe-chan are to merge their campaigns to go up against the favorite Na Kyung-won of the ruling Saenuri Party. On Wed...

Updated : 2014.07.23 20:14

U.S. to spend $5.8b on missile defense for five years

WASHINGTON (Yonhap) ― The United States plans to spend about $5.8 billion over the next five years on a missile defense program designed to intercept incoming warheads from countries like North Korea, according to the Congressional Budget Office.In a report made public Tuesday, the budget...

Updated : 2014.07.23 20:14

Laws block citizens from reporting wrongdoings

After Internet traffic has far surpassed telephone usage, censorship has emerged as a key issue at home and abroad.However, apart from the global issue of whether to prevent faudulent materials or groundless information from spreading on the Internet, the Korean government and state agenci...

Updated : 2014.07.23 20:10

Public protests revised bill on for-profit hospital units

The Health Ministry is facing fierce resistance from the public and unions in the medical sector over its revised bill that allows hospitals to set up for-profit subsidiaries.Some 1.2 million citizens signed a petition against the government’s plan as of Wednesday, demanding the Health Mi...

Updated : 2014.07.23 20:08

Hanwha supports Iraqi girl’s medical expenses

An Iraqi girl whose right leg was at risk of amputation due to severe osteomyelitis recovered from the illness through support from Hanwha Engineering & Construction Co., Korea’s major construction f...

Updated : 2014.07.23 20:06

Navy sacks officer for sexual abuse of female comrade

The Navy has decided to dismiss a captain for sexually molesting a female colleague on a patrol ship, a Navy source said Wednesday.The captain, whose identity was withheld, is accused of groping the shoulder of the female officer and breaking into her room on the patrol ship in March. Last...

Updated : 2014.07.23 19:57

SNU medical school ups humanities education

Seoul National University said Wednesday it is planning to allow its medical students to take more humanities classes, in a bid to make them more empathetic and attentive and ultimately better doctors.“The primary purpose of our education (program) is to foster doctors who can meet the ne...

Updated : 2014.07.23 19:57

Court backs dismissal of professor over sex assault

A Seoul court on Wednesday ruled in favor of a university’s decision to fire a professor who sexually assaulted his student.The Seoul Administrative Court struck down the lawsuit filed by the former professor at a Seoul-based university. He had sued a state-run appeals commission for sidi...

Updated : 2014.07.23 19:57

North Korea to hold anti-money laundering talks

North Korea will soon hold a meeting with an international organization to discuss measures against money laundering, a news report said Wednesday.Last week, Pyongyang joined the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering aimed at combating financing for the development of nuclear weapons and ...

Updated : 2014.07.23 19:54

Gaeseong pushes to win ISO certifications

An inter-Korean factory park is seeking to obtain global certifications for its infrastructure as part of efforts to guarantee stable service and lure more foreign investors, the unification ministry said Tuesday.The management committee of the Gaeseong industrial complex is pushing to win...

Updated : 2014.07.23 19:53

Hopes rise for improved inter-Korean ties

Cautious optimism is growing for enhanced inter-Korean ties as both sides hope for a breakthrough in the relations that have long been deadlocked due to Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions and relentless s...

Updated : 2014.07.23 19:53

N.K. slams condemnation of its missile launches

North Korea criticized the United States on Tuesday for leading the international condemnation of its missile launches, saying it would never be daunted by such denunciation.Last week, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement denouncing the communist nation’s launch of short...

Updated : 2014.07.23 19:53