Ice bucket challenge catches on in S. Korea, trend so far bucked

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Ice bucket challenge catches on in S. Korea, trend so far bucked

A wave of South Korean celebrities and politicians are joining the ice bucket challenge, an online charity movement that recently started in the United States to raise public awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease.Still, President Park Geun-hye has not yet indicated her interest in participati...

Updated : 2014.08.23 10:52

Ex-Japanese leader lashes Abe on history

A former Japanese prime minister, who offered a landmark apology for the country’s wartime atrocities, lashed out at incumbent Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday for his ongoing attempts to chip awa...

Updated : 2014.08.22 21:08

[Weekender] Governor pledges to boost culture, agromarine industry

JINDO, South Jeolla Province ― Jindo County Governor Lee Dong-jin pledged to promote the region’s cultural assets and modernize the agriculture and fisheries sectors to get the local economy back on...

Updated : 2014.08.22 21:01

[Weekender] Island looks for hope after ferry disaster

JINDO, South Jeolla Province ― As a successful businessman who owns a wedding hall and a photo studio, Cho Jae-yong, 37, is a motivated and a respected Jindo resident, who has built a thriving busine...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:57

[Weekender] Nation revs up Jindo recovery

The government is gearing up to support the local economy of the Jindo area in South Jeolla Province, stricken by the tragic sinking of the Sewol ferry in April. From openly calling attention to the l...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:55

After 40 days of hunger strike, ferry victim’s father hospitalized

The father of a student killed in the April 16 ferry disaster was hospitalized on Friday, after conducting a 40-day hunger strike to raise public awareness about the so-called “special Sewol bill.”K...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:49

Former Jeju prosecutor admits lewd public acts

The former top prosecutor on South Korea’s southern island of Jeju admitted Friday to committing lewd behavior in public last week.Kim Soo-chang, the 52-year-old former chief of Jeju District Prosecutors’ Office, is accused of masturbating in public near his residence on the resort islan...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:48

Seoul to build separated families’ genetic database

South Korea will launch a project to build a database of genetic information for senior citizens whose loved ones are in North Korea after being separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, the unification ministry said Friday.“Of the separated family members who filed for a gene test, the minist...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:48

New N. Korean launch site near completion: think tank

North Korea will be able to test longer-range rockets at its new launch site before the end of this year, a U.S. think tank has said.A major construction program has been under way at the North’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station since mid-2013, focused on upgrading facilities to handle l...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:47

Lawmakers’ arrests spark political bickering

The New Politics Alliance for Democracy on Friday called on senior prosecutors to apologize for having sought to suppress the main opposition party through their “irregular investigation” into some lawmakers.Its statement came a day after the Seoul Central District Court turned down the ...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:47

Park vows support for Busan financial hub plan

President Park Geun-hye pledged Friday to help turn South Korea’s No. 2 city Busan into a global financial hub, building on its strong industrial base and central position in international logistics.Park, on her third visit to the southeastern port city since taking office in February 201...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:44

Tolerance, dialogue key to healing fractured Korea

Chung Kwan-yong likes to call himself a “gray man.” In a country long plagued by ideological extremism and political hostility, the label often connotes cowardice, irresoluteness and disloyalty. But...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:38

Defense ministry finds hacking attempts against its reporters

Unidentified hackers, suspected to be based in China, have been caught trying to steal data from media reporters covering South Korea's Ministry of National Defense, ministry officials said Friday."We've confirmed that a handful of reporters covering the ministry have received an e-mail wh...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:01

N. Korea to send downsized delegation to Asian Games

North Korea has scaled down the size of its delegation to the Asian Games to be held in South Korea next month, a ministry official said Friday, as it called for the resumption of talks meant to work out the details of its participation.The North notified the South that it will send a 273-...

Updated : 2014.08.22 15:53

Christian sect to hold funeral of late ferry owner next week

A Christian cult co-founded by Yoo Byung-eun, the late shipping tycoon blamed for April's ferry disaster, said Friday it is planning to hold his funeral next week following the anti-climactic discovery of his body two months ago.In June, the body of Yoo, a 73-year-old billionaire who pract...

Updated : 2014.08.22 12:18