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

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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

Korean Ebola team to be treated overseas in case of infection

The proposed group of South Korean heath-care workers to be sent to West Africa to care for Ebola patients next month will be taken to medical facilities in the U.S. or in Europe should they get infected by the deadly virus, the South Korean government announced Friday.The decision was ann...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:15

‘1 in 10 foreign female workers sexually harassed’

One in 10 of female migrant workers were sexually harassed while working in South Korea last year, according to Rep. Lee Jasmine’s office.According to Lee, who is the first non-ethnic Korean and naturalized citizen to become a lawmaker in South Korea, 10.7 percent of the female workers fr...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:14

Mobile phones can play role in longevity: study

The use of mobile phones could play a role in increasing the longevity of the elderly, a study said Friday.Professor Kim Jong-in of Wonkwang University led a study aiming to identify the socioeconomic factors at work when a 70-year-old in 1980 gets to live 30 years more, and concluded that...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:14