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Presidential office denies reported probe into former Park aide

The presidential office on Monday denied a newspaper report that the office conducted an inspection into allegations a former aide to President Park Geun-hye took bribes in exchange for favors in high-level government appointments.   The report by the daily Segye Times reported that the...

Updated : 2014.11.24 18:15

Park calls for development of carbon industry

President Park Geun-hye called Monday for the development of the carbon industry as a source of new jobs and businesses, saying the material has emerged as a substitute for steel.  Park made the remarks at the opening ceremony of an "innovation center" in Jeonju, 243 kilometers south of ...

Updated : 2014.11.24 16:01

Parliament begins formal discussions on N.K. human rights bills

South Korea's National Assembly on Monday began formal discussions on a set of long-pending bills on North Korea's human rights situation, apparently prodded by last week's U.N. resolution accusing the North's top leaders of gross human rights abuses.   The bills -- one proposed by the ...

Updated : 2014.11.24 13:44

Seoul to double contribution to cooperative fund with Pacific Islands

South Korea plans to double its contribution to a cooperation fund with Pacific Island countries (PICs) from next year in a bid to cope with climate change, Seoul's foreign ministry said Monday.   Seoul has provided US$500,000 to the Korea-Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Cooperation Fund th...

Updated : 2014.11.24 11:18

Gov't pushing to elevate cyber warfare into military operations

The government has been pushing to categorize cyberspace operations as de facto military ones under the control of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) commander as part of efforts to boost capabilities to counter growing security threats online, defense ministry officials said Monday.   Cur...

Updated : 2014.11.24 11:14

Seoul, L.A. to boost cooperation in disaster prevention, tourism

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon and his Los Angeles counterpart Eric Garcetti signed an agreement Monday to expand cooperation in disaster prevention and tourism, the Seoul metropolitan government said.   The agreement also calls for the two cities to cooperate further in urban security, cult...

Updated : 2014.11.24 11:13

Budget bill battle to reach full fury

The ongoing battle over next year’s budget bill between rival parties is expected to reach a climax this week as the deadline set by law approaches, forcing the two sides to finish their reviews.According to the Constitution, legislators must complete their reviews by Dec. 2. Seldom have ...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:42

(Photo News) Strong quake strikes central Japan

People view the damage on Sunday after a strong earthquake hit Hakuba, Nagano prefecture, central Japan, the night before, destroying more than half a dozen homes in the ski resort town and injuring a...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:42

Seoul vows stern response on anniversary of deadly shelling

Citizens salute the photos of two marines killed in North Korea’s artillery attack in 2010 on Yeonpyeongdo Island during a ceremony marking the fourth anniversary of the provocation at the War Memori...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:23

S. Korea, China, Japan to adopt joint statement on Ebola fight

BEIJING -- The health ministers of South Korea, China and Japan were poised to sign a joint statement this weekend on trilateral cooperation to help fight the deadly Ebola virus, a Seoul diplomat said Saturday.  The joint statement will be announced after a three-way meeting of the minist...

Updated : 2014.11.22 13:59

Accusations fly as child care budget row deepens

The row over the Nuri Curriculum budget expanded further Friday with the ruling and opposition parties hurling accusations of underhanded manipulations and being the administration’s puppet. Nuri Curriculum is a free child care program for children aged 3 to 5. The program became the bigg...

Updated : 2014.11.21 21:32

Ex-first lady Lee to make overland trip to N. Korea

North Korea agreed Friday to former South Korean first lady Lee Hee-ho’s plan to make an overland trip to the communist country, one of her aides said.The North also promised to allow the wife of late former President Kim Dae-jung to stay at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse in Pyongyang, a...

Updated : 2014.11.21 21:32

Hungarian leader to visit S. Korea next week

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban plans to visit Seoul next week for talks with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on boosting bilateral ties, Park's office said Friday.Orban is set to meet with Park on Friday, a day after he makes a three-day trip to the Asian country, the office sa...

Updated : 2014.11.21 15:40

Ruling-party lawmaker acquitted of graft in retrial

Rep. Chung Doo-un of the ruling Saenuri Party was acquitted in a retrial Friday of charges that he received bribes from a savings bank.Chung was indicted on charges of receiving 140 million won (US$137,600) in bribes from former Solomon Savings Bank chairman Lim Suk in return for using his...

Updated : 2014.11.21 14:56

Ruling party chief bashes N. Korea for human rights

The head of South Korea's ruling party criticized North Korea on Friday for its widely condemned human rights record and vowed efforts to persuade the North to give up its nuclear ambitions.Kim Moo-sung, chairman of the Saenuri Party, made the remarks in a keynote speech at the 2014 Party ...

Updated : 2014.11.21 13:38