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N. Korea's ceremonial head of state travels to Indonesia

North Korea's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam, arrived in Beijing on Saturday, en route to Indonesia to attend a regional conference where he could hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, a diplomatic source said. Kim, the head of North Korea's rubber-stamp parl...

Updated : 2015.04.18 14:52

S. Korea's finance minister highlights role of GCF to G-20

Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan urged the Group of 20 major economies to lend support to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), an organization that helps developing countries tackle climate change-related problems, in Washington on Saturday. In a meeting held immediately after the G-20 financia...

Updated : 2015.04.18 14:30

Park holds talks with Santos on boosting ties

South Korean President Park Geun-hye called Friday for quick ratification of a free trade agreement (FTA) with Colombia to further boost bilateral trade in the second day of her visit to the South American country. The sides clinched an FTA in February 2013, but opposition mainly from the...

Updated : 2015.04.18 10:19

China hints at Kim Jong-un invitation to war memorial parade

China hinted Friday that it has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to a Chinese military parade in September marking the 70th World War II victory anniversary. China has invited world leaders to the planned parade, set for Sept. 3, but the Chinese foreign ministry has not explicitly c...

Updated : 2015.04.17 21:01

More names dragged into graft scandal

The prosecution has secured a fresh list of politicians who allegedly received illegal funds in a widening probe into a graft scandal. The list includes officials from the ruling and main opposition p...

Updated : 2015.04.17 19:26

[Weekender] A rebellion against perfection

In recent years, Korea, one of the most digitalized countries in the world, has seen an increasing number of people pursue “analog” ways of life, such as keeping a handwritten diary or reading a pri...

Updated : 2015.04.17 19:22

[Weekender] Enduring appeal of analog toys

South Korea is flooded with digital entertainment, ranging from mobile gaming apps to live streaming of personal lives.Oddly enough, the digital onslaught has not killed the old appetite for what scho...

Updated : 2015.04.17 19:18

[Weekender] Old calculators gaining popularity

Jupan, a time-honored form of calculator also known as the abacus, is reemerging in South Korea as an analog tool to sharpen mental acumen in the era of digital distraction. The abacus was first prese...

Updated : 2015.04.17 19:17

Korea, Japan vow joint efforts for cooperation

South Korea and Japan on Thursday reaffirmed their efforts to promote practical cooperation in the area of mutual interest and improve their fraught relationship, amid U.S. moves to foster reconciliat...

Updated : 2015.04.17 19:15

Ban denies ties with deceased businessman

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday denied having close relations with deceased businessman Sung Woan-jong, who has claimed he gave large sums of money to prominent Korean politicians.Sung, formerly head of Keangnam Enterprises and a lawmaker for the ruling Saenuri Party, was fo...

Updated : 2015.04.17 19:13

Activist warns against N.K. cyberattacks

The chief of a North Korean research and activist group has sent a letter to several international organizations handling cyber-related issues, calling for joint efforts to deter and curb Pyongyang’s cybercrimes.Kim Heung-kwang, chief of the Seoul-based North Korea Intellectual Solidarity...

Updated : 2015.04.17 19:13

China hints possible Xi, Kim Yong-nam meeting

China hinted Friday at a possible meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korea's ceremonial leader Kim Yong-nam on the margins of a forum in Jakarta next week. Asked about a possible bilateral meeting between Xi and Kim on the sidelines of the conference in Indonesia, Chine...

Updated : 2015.04.17 17:06

Prosecutors ask 4 years in prison for ferry owner's son

Prosecutors demanded Friday a four-year jail term for the son of the Sewol ferry owner, accusing him of embezzling company funds.Yoo Dae-gyun, whose father owned the ferry Sewol that capsized off the southwest coast last year, was convicted at a lower court last November of the misappropri...

Updated : 2015.04.17 17:05

S. Korea to increase humanitarian aid to N. Korea

South Korea will provide more humanitarian aid to North Korea to help ease rising inter-Korean tensions, Seoul's point man on Pyongyang said Friday.Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo said he will make efforts to encourage more private organizations to increase exchanges at a time when the ...

Updated : 2015.04.17 15:34

Park's approval rating sinks amid bribery scandal

President Park Geun-hye's approval rating has dropped this week from a week earlier amid a bribery scandal involving some of her key aides, a poll showed Friday.The poll conducted this week by research agency Gallup Korea put her approval rating at 34 percent, down 5 percentage points from...

Updated : 2015.04.17 14:43