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[Newsmaker] Cable car approval touches off dispute

The government’s decision to allow the construction of a second cable car route on Mount Seoraksan last week drew mixed reactions over the weekend, with civic groups blasting authorities for ignoring...

Updated : 2015.08.30 17:49

South Korea still has top OECD suicide rate

By Yoon Min-sikSouth Korea’s suicide rate remained highest among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, while its health status was among the lowest, a recent OECD data...

Updated : 2015.08.30 17:36

Cross-border tensions fade

Cross-border tensions further abated over the weekend as North Korea accepted the South’s offer to hold bilateral Red Cross talks on Sept. 7 to arrange the reunions of separated families, with each m...

Updated : 2015.08.30 17:31

Police nab 100 illegal marriage brokers

By Ock Hyun-ju More than 100 international marriage brokers have been caught illegally offering matchmaking services, the police said Sunday. Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency booked 111 brokers belong...

Updated : 2015.08.30 17:31

Assembly's regular session to kick off Tuesday

The National Assembly’s 100-day regular session is set to begin Tuesday with the two major parties seeking to gain an advantage ahead of next year’s elections.The ruling and main opposition parties are expected to clash over bills being pushed by the Park Geun-hye administration to refor...

Updated : 2015.08.30 17:28

The irony of plagiarized ‘self-introductions’

“I’m a talented individual who is very diligent.”“From a very young age, I was very interested in cars. I wish to become a car engineer.”Bluntly praising one’s qualities and telling life experie...

Updated : 2015.08.30 17:02

Both Koreas' militaries return to peacetime mode

Militaries on both sides of the Korean border have relaxed their defense postures to peacetime levels following a landmark deal that defused tensions between the sides, military officials said Sunday.  South and North Korea raised their militaries' alert levels after tension flared up ov...

Updated : 2015.08.30 14:41

S. Korea urges Japan to take action over sex slave issue

South Korea urged Japan on Sunday to take concrete steps to resolve the issue of Korean women who were forced into sexual slavery for Japanese soldiers during World War II.  Foreign Ministry spokesman Noh Kwang-il made the call in a statement marking four years since the Constitutional C...

Updated : 2015.08.30 13:36

Korean photographer captures captivating Singapore

A veteran Korean photographer has organized an exhibition that puts Singapore’s attractions in the limelight and exposes hidden layers of its ethnically diverse culture. “Five Days in Singapore” at...

Updated : 2015.08.30 12:00

N. Korea's Kim marks death anniversary of Unification Church founder

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sent a message of condolence to the family members of Unification Church founder Moon Sun-myung on the third anniversary of his death, state media reported Sunday.  "On the occasion of the third anniversary of (the) death of Mr. Moon Sun Myung, former ...

Updated : 2015.08.30 11:59

Afghan visitors seek advice, investment on Korea trip

By Joel Lee Afghan opinion leaders visited Korea last week to take inspiration from its development experience and elicit investment back home. Nine people ― including a parliamentarian, a presidenti...

Updated : 2015.08.30 11:59

Canadian literature showcased at Seoul Metropolitan Library

By Joel LeeThe Canadian Embassy in Seoul is hosting a book exhibition at the Seoul Metropolitan Library in partnership with the city government, introducing renowned Canadian literature to the public....

Updated : 2015.08.30 11:56

Regular parliamentary session to open this week

The National Assembly is set to kick off its regular session this week as the rival parties push to achieve their political agenda ahead of next year's general elections.  The 100-day session will begin Tuesday, just a few days into the second half of President Park Geun-hye's single, fi...

Updated : 2015.08.30 10:21

S. Korea's suicide rate ranks first among OECD members

South Korea has the highest suicide rate among the members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and its people were less confident about their health, a report showed Sunday.   An average of 29.1 people per 100,000 in South Korea took their own lives in 2012, far ...

Updated : 2015.08.30 10:20

N. Korea agrees to hold Red Cross talks on Sept. 7

North Korea has accepted the South Korean Red Cross' offer to hold working-level talks on Sept. 7 to discuss the issues of reunions for families separated by the Korean War, the Unification Ministry h...

Updated : 2015.08.30 09:54