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S. Korea evokes national image of cutting-edge technology: survey

Foreigners consider South Korea as a country with cutting-edge technology, but only a small portion of them are aware of Korean pop culture, known as hallyu, a survey showed Friday.According to the survey, the respondents most frequently come up with technology after being asked to present...

Updated : 2014.07.25 15:58

Japan, China held talks to discuss summit: report

Senior officials from China and Japan met early this month in Beijing to explore the possibility of a summit on the margins of an economic conference later this year, a news report said Thursday.The Japanese delegates from the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian affairs bureau held talk...

Updated : 2014.07.25 15:20

Visitors to Chinese part of Mt. Paektu soar 20% in H1

The number of tourists visiting the Chinese side of Mt. Paektu jumped nearly 20 percent in the first half of this year from a year earlier, a U.S. radio report said Friday.A total of 328,000 tourists traveled to the mountain in China in the January-June period, up 19.3 percent from a year ...

Updated : 2014.07.25 10:47

Cause of Yoo Byung-eun’s death unclear: forensic agency

The National Forensic Service said Friday that a three-day autopsy has not determined the cause of death of fugitive Yoo Byung-eun, the owner of the sunken ferry Sewol.The state forensic agency said t...

Updated : 2014.07.25 10:47

Early voting for by-elections begins

Early voting for the July 30 parliamentary by-elections kicked off Friday for a two-day run amid expectations the vote will serve as a referendum on President Park Geun-hye's conservative administration.The polls carry extra weight this year because a total of 15 parliamentary seats are up...

Updated : 2014.07.25 10:45

U.S. dismisses Russian concern about THAAD system in S. Korea

The United States said Thursday an advanced missile defense battery it plans to deploy to South Korea is not aimed at Russia, after Moscow expressed concern that the system would negatively affect the regional situation and provoke an arms race.The U.S. military plans to bring a Terminal H...

Updated : 2014.07.25 10:44

NPAD candidate won’t run in Dongjak

The main opposition candidate for Seoul’s Dongjak-B constituency in the July by-elections pulled out of the running Thursday, uniting the opposition’s top two candidates in the strategically importa...

Updated : 2014.07.24 21:49

Justice chief pressured to quit

The justice minister and chiefs of the two major law enforcement agencies have been pressured to step down from their posts for failing to capture the runaway Yoo Byung-eun, owner of the sunken ferry ...

Updated : 2014.07.24 21:48

First foot-and-mouth case since 2011 confirmed

The quarantine authorities began slaughtering some 600 pigs in North Gyeongsang Province on Thursday in the first foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Korea since April 2011. The Ministry of Agriculture...

Updated : 2014.07.24 21:28

[Graphic News] Korean firms less eager to spend on shareholders

South Korean listed firms’ rewards for shareholders are extremely low compared to rivals in the United States, Canada and Japan, according to data compiled by Samsung Securities released on Thursday....

Updated : 2014.07.24 21:28

[Reporter's Column] Summertime blues for Park

In recent weeks, not only officials but also journalists at Cheong Wa Dae have all been asking the same question: When will President Park Geun-hye leave for summer vacation?It may seem like an easy q...

Updated : 2014.07.24 21:26

Basic pension payouts start amid disputes

South Korean seniors will finally receive their first payout under the new basic pension program on Friday after a series of disputes over eligibility and destitute recipients. The revised program is to benefit the poorest 70 percent of Koreans aged 65 and older by giving them a monthly al...

Updated : 2014.07.24 21:26

President to meet visiting Tokyo governor Friday

South Korean President Park Geun-hye will meet this week with visiting Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe, her office announced Thursday, an event that may help warm frosty ties between the neighboring nations.The president plans to receive a courtesy call from the governor Friday morning at his re...

Updated : 2014.07.24 21:25

Seoul to unveil evaluation results on elite schools next week

The Seoul education office will reveal the results of an evaluation on autonomous private high schools next Tuesday, an official said Thursday, a move expected to spark further feuds with members of the schools and the government.“We will announce the results on the 14 autonomous private ...

Updated : 2014.07.24 21:24

(Photo News) Plead for Sewol bill

The bereaved families of the victims of the April 16 ferry disaster and citizens stage a street rally to call for the prompt passage of a “special Sewol bill” to craft follow-up measures including a...

Updated : 2014.07.24 21:24