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N.K. student defects to S. Korean diplomatic mission in Hong Kong

A North Korean student has taken refuge in South Korea’s consulate in Hong Kong after breaking away from a team taking part in an international math contest, local news reports said Friday.The 18-yea...

Updated : 2016.07.29 21:32

Government plans to combat domestic abuse

The South Korean government announced Friday additional measures to combat domestic violence and child abuse, in response to recent high-profile cases that caused public outrage.“People are growing i...

Updated : 2016.07.29 21:30

[EYE] Author writes on her ‘right not to date’

Throughout her 20s, Lee Jin-song has received unwanted advice on how to “improve” herself so she can enjoy dating. The advice came from friends, both male and female, as well as acquaintances of dif...

Updated : 2016.07.29 18:37

Ministry releases SK No. 2 on parole

The Justice Ministry on Friday released exemplary prisoners on parole, including the top executive member of a local conglomerate, according to officials.“I will provide whatever support I can to rev...

Updated : 2016.07.29 18:35

Ruling party set to begin full-fledged leadership race

South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party kicked off the race to pick its new chairman with five candidates gunning for the top post.While the number of candidates originally stood at six, Reps. Lee Ju-young and Choung Byoung-gug, both five-term lawmakers, agreed to join forces. In the last minut...

Updated : 2016.07.29 16:59

Korea confirms 9th Zika infection

South Korea has confirmed a woman who returned from a trip to Vietnam has been infected with the Zika virus, the country's ninth such case, health authorities here said Friday.The 40-year-old woman, whose identity has been withheld, tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus after travel...

Updated : 2016.07.29 16:51

Eight out of 10 households have air conditioners in Korea

About 80 percent of the country's total households own air conditioners as the country's summers are getting hotter amid global warming, a survey showed Friday. The percentage, which came out via a Gallup Korea poll of 1,004 adults conducted from July 26-28, is a sharp increase from 6 perc...

Updated : 2016.07.29 16:48

Jeju airport resumes operations after plane's tire bursts

South Korea's Jeju International Airport said it has normalized flight operations Friday after it temporarily closed its main runway due to a passenger jet blowing a tire while it was landing earlier in the day.A Korean Air B737-900 with 147 passengers onboard reported a problem with its n...

Updated : 2016.07.29 16:42

Two N. Korean armed deserters arrested after shootout with Chinese security forces: source

Two North Korean deserters who robbed villages in China's Jilin Province have been arrested after a shootout with Chinese security forces, a source with direct knowledge of the incident said Friday. The source who lives near the Sino-China border region told Yonhap News Agency that the two...

Updated : 2016.07.29 16:41

Senior prosecutor, Nexon founder indicted over alleged bribery

The prosecution on Friday indicted a senior prosecutor and the co-founder of South Korea’s biggest online gaming company Nexon over alleged bribery and shady stock transactions, ending a monthlong pr...

Updated : 2016.07.29 16:09

Korea, Japan to meet for follow-up measures on comfort women foundation

South Korea and Japan will hold a meeting next month to discuss follow-up measures related to a foundation launched to help Korean women sexually abused by Japan during its colonial rule of the peninsula in the first half of the 20th century, government sources said Friday.The meeting is l...

Updated : 2016.07.29 13:58

Senior prosecutor, Nexon founder indicted over stock purchase scandal

State investigators on Friday indicted a high ranking prosecutor and the founder of South Korea's leading online game maker Nexon Co. for their suspicious stock transactions and bribery allegations.Jin Kyung-joon is suspected of receiving over 900 million won ($800,600) worth of bribes fro...

Updated : 2016.07.29 13:47

South Korea to strengthen monitoring against North Korean jamming

South Korea will beef up its system to counter North Korea's attempts in recent years to jam GPS signals in the South, the science ministry said Friday.Under a set of comprehensive measures approved at a Cabinet meeting, the Seoul government will redouble efforts to develop technology that...

Updated : 2016.07.29 13:45

Pyongyang publicly executed 6 officials responsible for April

North Korea publicly executed six officials in charge of supervision of its workers overseas in May following the defection of 13 workers at a North Korean-run restaurant in China a month earlier, a local Pyongyang watcher said Friday. "North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered six officials...

Updated : 2016.07.29 13:43

U.S. urges end to destabilizing rhetoric after N.K. diplomat warned U.S. crossed 'red line'

The United States called on North Korea to refrain from destabilizing actions after a senior Pyongyang diplomat said the U.S. has "crossed the red line" and declared war on the communist nation.Han Song-ryol, director-general of the U.S. affairs department at the North's Foreign Ministry, ...

Updated : 2016.07.29 09:56