South Koreans arrested over stolen Buddha in Japan

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South Koreans arrested over stolen Buddha in Japan

TOKYO (AP) – Five South Korean men have been arrested in southern Japan on suspicion of stealing an ancient Buddha statue, police said Tuesday.Four suspects were found Monday evening in possession of a copper Buddha statue that went missing from the Bairinji temple in Tsushima city, said ...

Updated : 2014.11.25 22:08

UPP, Justice Ministry fire last salvos at Constitutional Court

The constitutional case surrounding the left-wing Unified Progressive Party wrapped up Tuesday, fanning speculation that the Constitutional Court will pass a ruling within the year. On Nov. 5, 2013, t...

Updated : 2014.11.25 21:49

Bipartisan deal over education subsidies in sight

Rival political parties on Tuesday brokered a partial compromise over how to subsidize the nation’s preschools, an issue that has been hampering efforts to finish parliamentary reviews of next year’s proposed government budget by early next month.The governing Saenuri Party and the main ...

Updated : 2014.11.25 21:47

USFK chief concerned by N.K. asymmetric threats

U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti on Tuesday expressed concern over North Korea’s development of asymmetric military capabilities, noting that Pyongyang was making “progress.”“Ki...

Updated : 2014.11.25 21:45

Park calls for exam overhaul

President Park Geun-hye urged officials on Tuesday to devise ways to overhaul the nation’s college entrance exam, which came under fire after errors were found on the annual test, throwing test-taker...

Updated : 2014.11.25 21:29

Ex-Assembly speaker indicted for sexual abuse

The prosecution on Tuesday indicted former National Assembly speaker Park Hee-tae without detention for sexually harassing a female gold caddie in Wonju, Gangwon Province, earlier this year.The 76-year-old political heavyweight ― as a standing adviser to the ruling Saenuri Party ― was em...

Updated : 2014.11.25 21:29

[Herald Interview] OECD calls for regional nuclear safety approach

Despite persistent territorial and historical tension, Northeast Asia needs to formulate a joint scheme to promote nuclear safety which will help preclude future disasters and boost practical cooperat...

Updated : 2014.11.25 21:28

Apartment complex layoffs raise ire

An apartment complex in Gangnam district, southern Seoul, is moving to dismiss all of its security guards and contract cleaners.Dubbed New Hyundai Apartment, the wealthy Apgujeong-dong residential complex attracted public scrutiny after a security guard in his 50s attempted to burn himself...

Updated : 2014.11.25 21:27

Bipartisan team discusses draft bill for Sewol victims

A trilateral task force is likely to be nearing a deal over a bill that will provide financial aid to the victims of a deadly ferry accident in April that killed 304, officials said Tuesday.Disagreements among members of the governing Saenuri Party, the main opposition New Politics Allianc...

Updated : 2014.11.25 21:26

Seoul to introduce ‘Pororo’ taxis

Children pose for a photo in front of a Pororo-themed taxi, which features the popular Korean cartoon character Pororo, in Seoul on Monday. (SMG)Seoul Metropolitan Government on Tuesday introduced 20 ...

Updated : 2014.11.25 21:26

Study offers clues about ‘childhood Alzheimer’s’

Korean researchers managed to identify the cause behind an early childhood disease that degrades the nervous system, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said Tuesday.According to the ministry, researchers from Kyungpook National University discovered the mechanism behind Niema...

Updated : 2014.11.25 21:26

‘Domestic violence victims suffer from weak legal measures’

Despite the newly enforced special law on domestic violence this year, many victims still suffer from a lack of legal protection from the court, a civic group said Tuesday.Under the special law on domestic violence implemented in October, the court can legally and physically separate a per...

Updated : 2014.11.25 21:26

Blue House hopeful blasts Sankei indictment

Rep. Moon Jae-in, an opposition lawmaker and a likely presidential contender in 2017, criticized on Tuesday the South Korean prosecutors’ earlier decision to indict a Japanese journalist based in Seoul on a charge of defaming President Park Geun-hye with a report citing rumors about her w...

Updated : 2014.11.25 21:24

N. Korea holds rally against UN rights resolution

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) – North Korea held a mass rally Tuesday in its capital to protest a United Nations resolution condemning its human rights record.Thousands of protesters in Kim Il Sung Square carried banners praising their leaders and condemning the United States. Such mass ral...

Updated : 2014.11.25 20:00

Four S. Koreans nabbed for stealing Buddha statue in Japan

Four South Korean men have been arrested in Japan's southern region on charges of stealing a historic Buddha statue, police said Tuesday, an incident that could further stoke anti-South Korean sentiment in Japan.   The four Koreans, including a 70-year-old man identified only by his sur...

Updated : 2014.11.25 17:57