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Only one-third of U.S. soldiers to remain at Yongsan Garrison: official

The number of American soldiers at the main U.S. military base in central Seoul is expected to be reduced by two-thirds to around 200 despite a postponement in the transfer of a major military authority, a South Korean defense ministry official said Sunday.South Korea and the United States...

Updated : 2014.10.26 16:24

Japan rejects help in searching for remains of conscripted

The Japanese government has rejected a request by South Koreans to participate in searching for the remains of their family members who were forced to work for the Japanese military during the Pacific War, a Seoul civic group said Sunday.Earlier, the Association for Requesting Compensation...

Updated : 2014.10.26 14:34

Gov't to revise regulations on hiring temporary workers

The South Korean government is to revise regulations for hiring non-regular workers to prod the public and private sectors to recruit employees on a permanent basis, officials at the finance and labor ministries said Sunday.Revisions due within the year will limit public sector employment ...

Updated : 2014.10.26 13:19

N. Korea's labor productivity 30 years behind S. Korea: think tank

North Korea lags more than 30 years behind South Korea in terms of labor productivity due mainly to the reclusive country's decades of stunted economic growth, a private think tank said Sunday.According to a report by the Hyundai Research Institute (HRI), the average North Korean worker wa...

Updated : 2014.10.26 11:32

S. Korea global leader in manufacturing, lags in quality of life: data

South Korea ranks among global leaders in such areas as manufacturing, research and development (R&D) and financial wealth, but is middle of the pack in terms of quality of life and labor conditions, a report by an international traders association showed Sunday.The findings based on stati...

Updated : 2014.10.26 11:28

Activists release leaflets to N. Korea despite opposition

Anti-Pyongyang activists in South Korea flew tens of thousands of propaganda leaflets to North Korea across the border late Saturday despite the North's warning that it could scuttle an expected high-level inter-Korean meeting next week.Earlier in the day, the North's main newspaper, Rodon...

Updated : 2014.10.26 09:44

S.Korea police, residents block leaflet launch into North

Police intervened in a tense confrontation between residents of a South Korean border town and activists attempting to send propaganda leaflets into the North Saturday, preventing the launch which had prompted threats of retaliation from Pyongyang.The dispute began near a park in the borde...

Updated : 2014.10.25 15:34

N. Korea urges Seoul to block leaflet spread

North Korea on Saturday reiterated its call for Seoul to stop a planned cross-border launch of propaganda leaflets by South Korean activists, citing a possible breakdown in inter-Korean ties.The Rodong Sinmun, the North's main newspaper, said the scattering of leaflets that deride the comm...

Updated : 2014.10.25 14:36

Abe calls for summit with Park to improve ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a summit with South Korean President Park Geun-hye to improve relations soured by historical disputes between the two neighbors, Park's office said Friday.Abe conveyed his offer to Park through Fukushiro Nukaga, a lawmaker who led a Japanese pa...

Updated : 2014.10.25 11:05

Hong Kong protesters to hold street vote

Hong Kong's democracy activists are planning a street vote to gauge protesters' views on conciliatory offers from the government, as the city's former leader on Friday called on them to clear the streets.The leaders of the mass demonstrations that have paralysed parts of the city for nearl...

Updated : 2014.10.25 10:48

Gunman in Canada attack complained about mosque

The gunman who shot and killed a soldier in plain daylight then stormed Canada's Parliament once complained that a Vancouver mosque he attended was too liberal and inclusive, and was kicked out after he repeatedly spent the night there even though officials told him to stop, Muslim leaders...

Updated : 2014.10.25 10:46

Kerry: 'Entirely premature' to talk about U.S. troop reduction in S. Korea

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday it is "entirely premature" to talk about any reduction in American troop levels in South Korea as a possible benefit of North Korea's abandonment of its nuclear program.Kerry made his most recent remarks at a joint news conference with his Sou...

Updated : 2014.10.25 10:39

[Weekender] Into the mountains

For many Koreans, there’s one popular, easy way to get out of the country’s nonstop, hypercompetitive society ― hiking. Mountains are everywhere, covering more than two-thirds of Korea. Most are op...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:32

[Weekender] Activist warns against excessive development

Autumn is the best season for hiking and mountain climbing in Korea with the crisp and mild weather, and colorful leaves. But for environmental activists, it is the season that worries them the most.M...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:18

Top prosecutor reignites surveillance spat

The controversy over the tapping of personal communications by the authorities has taken a new twist following Prosecutor General Kim Jin-tae’s comments at the parliamentary audit.During the audit on...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:16