N. Korea redoubles anti-Ebola efforts, to ban foreign tourists

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N. Korea redoubles anti-Ebola efforts, to ban foreign tourists

North Korea will ban foreign tourists from entering the communist country later this week, two China-based tour operators said Thursday, a move in line with the North's stepped-up efforts to prevent an outbreak of Ebola in the nation.   Young Pioneer Tours, the Xian-based travel agency s...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:41

[Graphic News] Unhealthy teen habits getting worse

Roughly 1 in 7 male students in middle and high school smoke, a recent report by the state-run Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed.The study on 80,000 students across Korea showed ...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:15

Top prosecutor reiterates SNS libel crackdown

Prosecutor General Kim Jin-tae clarified Thursday that the investigative authority would not scrap its position to take stern punitive measures against defamation by the Internet and mobile users.Kim, however, admitted that the prosecution had caused unnecessary controversy involving the a...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:13

Deranged man suspected of killing parents

Police said Thursday they are investigating a 39-year-old man who allegedly confessed to killing his parents after showing symptoms of mental illness.The man, identified only by his surname Lee, is suspected of stabbing his parents to death in their home in eastern Daejeon, 164 kilometers ...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:12

Supreme council member’s exit bodes ill for Saenuri leader

Rep. Kim Tae-ho on Thursday resigned from the ruling Saenuri Party’s supreme council, adding fuel to speculations over internal friction and chairman Rep. Kim Moo-sung’s grip on the party. On Thursd...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:12

Seoul to check safety of vents

Seoul kicked off a two-week safety inspection on ventilation facilities in the city, officials said Thursday.The inspection is in response to last week’s accident at a concert in Pangyo Techno Valley...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:12

Shorter working hours planned for parents with young kids

South Korean parents with children aged 8 and younger will soon be able to work shorter hours at their normal pay for up to two years, if they choose not to use their parental leave, the government announced Thursday.Currently, parents who opt not to take their one-year parental leave are ...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:10

Jeju panel screens mayoral candidates

Jejudo is set to select a new mayor for Jeju City in the coming weeks, with whoever lands the position expected to tackle a slew of high-stakes issues that will reshape the role of the fast-developing...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:10

Overseas fugitives on the rise: lawmaker

More than 3,000 Korean criminals have fled overseas over the past four years, with hundreds still on the loose and only a few dozen returned to South Korea, a lawmaker said Thursday.Citing data from the Justice Ministry, Rep. Seo Young-kyo of the main opposition party said the number of ov...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:10

Chun’s son gets suspended jail term

A Seoul appeals court on Thursday sentenced a son of disgraced former President Chun Doo-hwan to three years in prison with a four-year stay of execution for tax evasion in a 2006 land deal, upholding a lower court ruling.The Seoul High Court handed down the sentence to Chun Jae-yong, the ...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:03

[Herald Interview] Breast cancer expert espouses gender-specific approach

Even for Dr. Moon Byung-in, one of the most respected breast cancer specialists in South Korea, talking to his patients about their condition was not easy at first. “Sometimes I wouldn’t know what t...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:58

NK experts: US must apologize to free detainees

The United States government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release this week of Jeffrey Fowle, North Korean legal experts said Thursday.    Although North Korea released Fowle, getting Matthew Miller and ...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:39

China voices opposition to sending N. Korea to int'l crime court

China on Thursday expressed its opposition to referring North Korea to the International Crime Court over the North's human rights record, undermining the prospects for Pyongyang to face more international pressure over its allegedly dismal human rights situation.   China's foreign minis...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:19

S. Korea holds send-off ceremony for U.N. mission to South Sudan

The South Korean Army on Thursday held a send-off ceremony for another batch of the contingent to be deployed to South Sudan to help the newly independent African nation's rebuilding efforts, officials said.The 270-member Korean contingent, consisting mostly of engineers and medics, will b...

Updated : 2014.10.23 16:47

S. Korean official says FTA with China may need more time

A senior South Korean official said Thursday that the country's ongoing negotiations with China for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) may require more time, adding the country is more concerned about what the FTA will look like than when it is signed."Our basic stance is that when the...

Updated : 2014.10.23 16:44