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Nation on alert over spread of MERS

A doctor who treated South Korea’s first MERS patient was confirmed to have been infected with the disease Wednesday, sparking fears that it is more contagious than previously thought. The 50-year-ol...

Updated : 2015.05.27 21:17

N. Korea unveils footage of "SLBM launch"

North Korea on Wednesday unveiled video footage that includes the scene of what it claimed to be a successful test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile.North Korea's propaganda website Uriminzokkiri made public the two minutes of footage where a projectile that appears to be a ...

Updated : 2015.05.27 21:16

Seoul, Washington, Tokyo agree to ratchet up pressure on N.K.

The chief nuclear negotiators of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan agreed Wednesday to strengthen pressure and sanctions against North Korea to bring it to the dialogue table and keep it from further es...

Updated : 2015.05.27 21:16

[Newsmaker] New NPAD key man vows ‘zero-tolerance’

The new chairman of the main opposition party’s reform panel vowed on Wednesday to overhaul the beleaguered party, urging its members to abandon their factional interest and rebuild the party for the...

Updated : 2015.05.27 21:15

[News Focus] Park, Obama set to tackle alliance, N. Korea tension

South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s planned visit to the United States next month is expected to reassure the bilateral alliance amid growing tension on the Korean Peninsula over Pyongyang’s intensified nuclear threats and increasingly closer relationship between Tokyo and Washington....

Updated : 2015.05.27 21:13

U.S. urges N.K. to refrain from raising tension

The U.S. urged North Korea to cease escalating tension on Wednesday after the communist country was found to have been setting up military bunkers on a border island in the scuffle-prone West Sea. The facilities on Galdo Island, some 2.5 kilometers north of the Northern Limit Line, the de-...

Updated : 2015.05.27 21:13

Pension reform talks down to wire

The main political parties agreed Wednesday on the details of a reform bill lowering pension allowances to retired public officials, a day before lawmakers were expected to put the draft law to a final vote in the legislature.But the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy’s p...

Updated : 2015.05.27 21:12

Humanities graduates envious of science majors: survey

Rhee Sol-bi, a 24-year-old job seeker based in Seoul, sometimes thinks that she should have studied engineering at university as she struggles to find a job amid tough competition. “I think it is tougher for me to get a job because I studied humanities at school,” said Rhee, who studied ...

Updated : 2015.05.27 21:12

Park named world’s 11th most powerful woman

South Korean President Park Geun-hye was named the 11th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine on Tuesday, one notch below U.S. first lady Michelle Obama.German Chancellor Angela Merkel t...

Updated : 2015.05.27 21:12

More older couples divorce than newlyweds in Seoul

The divorce rate of old couples surpassed that of newlyweds in Seoul, demonstrating a fast-changing public perception toward marriage, data showed Wednesday. According to a survey conducted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, couples splitting up after living together for over two decade...

Updated : 2015.05.27 21:12

Safety problems plague reserve force system

Reservist Lee Soo-yul, 28, was subject to reserve forces training on May 18, five days after the deadly shooting that killed three reservists.“I was nervous,” said Lee. “But I was able to get throu...

Updated : 2015.05.27 21:11

Regional powers agree to enhance pressure on N. Korea

South Korea, the United States and Japan agreed Wednesday to ratchet up pressure and sanctions on North Korea, while continuing efforts to bring the communist nation back to talks.Top nuclear envoys of the regional powers, in a Seoul meeting, concurred that advancement in the North's nucle...

Updated : 2015.05.27 19:28

Victims of humidifier disinfectant to file suit with British court

Families of victims who died of lung disease allegedly after using a humidifier disinfectant from Reckitt Benckiser vowed to take legal action against the British consumer goods maker on Wednesday. The victims’ families and activists from Asian Citizen’s Center for Environment and Health...

Updated : 2015.05.27 19:25

S. Korea set to streamline public corporations

South Korea will streamline public corporations in infrastructure building, agrofisheries and cultural areas through consolidation and transfer some operations to the private sector, the government said Wednesday.The move, part of the government's three-year economic innovation plan, will ...

Updated : 2015.05.27 18:43

Health minister vows aggressive, flexible measures to fight MERS

South Korea's health minister vowed to take aggressive and flexible steps to help prevent the spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Wednesday, as the spread of the viral disease can be considered a threat to national security."From now on, (the government) will take strong measure...

Updated : 2015.05.27 15:33