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Ex-rear admiral in alleged graft case jumps off bridge

A former Navy rear admiral under investigation over his alleged involvement in a defense industry graft case jumped off a bridge in a Seoul suburb on Wednesday, police said.The Gyeonggi Goyang Police Station said an unidentified person called at 8:10 a.m. to say the 61-year-old man, identi...

Updated : 2015.01.28 22:39

U.S. undersecretary of state arrives for talks on N.K.

U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman arrived in South Korea for a two-day visit on Wednesday to discuss mutual security concerns including North Korea, officials in Seoul said.Her trip to Seoul is part of her three-nation tour. Before Seoul, Sherman visited Beij...

Updated : 2015.01.28 22:39

Welfare minister blasted for child abuse response

The parliamentary welfare committee on Wednesday grilled Welfare Minister Moon Hyung-pyo over Korea’s national child care system.South Korea’s child care system has faced intense criticism since reports surfaced that a day care worker had beaten a 4-year-old at a center in Incheon on Jan...

Updated : 2015.01.28 22:38

Seoul to support N.K. doctors’ training in Germany

South Korea said Wednesday it will resume a program to support North Korean medical doctors’ training in Germany.The move, the first of its kind in seven years, is in line with the Park Geun-hye administration’s push for expanding humanitarian aid for the impoverished neighbor.The unific...

Updated : 2015.01.28 22:38

Two-way race heats up for Saenuri Party floor leader

The two top candidates for the governing Saenuri Party’s floor leader primary announced their respective running mates on Wednesday, making it clearer that the coming election would pit those support...

Updated : 2015.01.28 22:36

Korea to expand unification education

Policymakers have launched discussions to augment the unification-related lessons taught at elementary, middle and high schools to increase students’ interest in the subjects, officials said Wednesday.The Unification Ministry recently conferred with the Education Ministry recommending at ...

Updated : 2015.01.28 22:36

Korea, China and Japan to engage more with ASEAN

The heads of ASEAN centers in Korea, China and Japan held a meeting in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Sunday to increase cooperation across the agencies to better accommodate the Southeast Asian nations.The m...

Updated : 2015.01.28 22:35

Three-strike rule put in place for picky taxi drivers

Taxi drivers caught refusing passengers on three occasions will be stripped of their taxi permits, officials said Wednesday, as a part of a government plan to crack down on illegal business practices in the industry.The so-called “three strike rule” will take effect Thursday, according t...

Updated : 2015.01.28 22:35

N. Korean leader to attend World War II event: Kremlin

The Russian presidential office said Wednesday that North Korea’s leader will attend a war anniversary event in Moscow in May.The heads of state from about 20 nations confirmed their plans to join the ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory in World War...

Updated : 2015.01.28 22:34

[Graphic News] S. Korea sees illegal migrants increase

The number of illegal foreign residents in the nation again exceeded the 200,000 mark in 2014, the highest level in seven years.According to the Ministry of Justice, there were 208,778 illegal immigra...

Updated : 2015.01.28 22:20

U.S., Japan back inter-Korean talks

Washington and Tokyo expressed “active support” for inter-Korean efforts to enhance cross-border ties including dialogue, South Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator said after his meeting with U.S. and...

Updated : 2015.01.28 22:03

Birth mothers living in silence

In 1976, a 17-year-old Korean girl gave birth to her first child. A few months before the delivery, she had been forced to marry the man who raped and impregnated her.“That was the norm at the time,”...

Updated : 2015.01.28 21:59

North Korea evaluated as world’s least democratic state

A set of recently released global democracy indices have highlighted North Korea’s dictatorial state governance again, putting the political and economic backwater at the bottom of their annual ranki...

Updated : 2015.01.28 21:55

Newspaper editor gets fines for defaming President Park

A Seoul court on Wednesday imposed fines on the chief editor of an Internet-based newspaper for reporting unfounded rumors about President Park Geun-hye and her brother ahead of the 2012 presidential election.Baek Eun-jong, the chief editor of The Voice of Seoul, was found guilty of violat...

Updated : 2015.01.28 16:46

Seoul, Beijing to hold talks on demarcating maritime border

South Korea and China will hold preparatory consultation this week for the start of talks on demarcating their maritime border to resolve issues stemming from overlapping economic exclusive zones (EEZs), officials said Wednesday.Officials from the two countries' foreign ministries will get...

Updated : 2015.01.28 15:30