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Former aide to President Roh picked as NPAD interim chief

A former chief of staff to the late President Roh Moo-hyun was picked to serve as the main opposition party New Politics Alliance for Democracy’s next interim chief on Thursday, as the party tries to...

Updated : 2014.09.18 21:43

Opposition party picks five-term lawmaker as new interim leader

South Korea's main opposition party, engulfed in an internal feud over its policy toward President Park Geun-hye's handling of the aftermath of April's deadly ferry disaster, selected a five-term lawmaker as its new interim leader.Moon Hee-sang, 68, is set to be formally appointed as the i...

Updated : 2014.09.18 20:00

President Park to meet former Japanese leader

South Korean President Park Geun-hye plans to meet with a former Japanese prime minister later this week, an official said Thursday, amid a recent thaw in relations between the two neighbors.Park is set to meet with former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori on Friday, presidential spokes...

Updated : 2014.09.18 15:57

Apologetic NPAD chief returns

Main opposition party chief Rep. Park Young-sun said on Wednesday she would not leave the party, but would step down as interim chief.Park will also stay on as the New Politics Alliance for Democracy’...

Updated : 2014.09.17 21:15

Sewol bill to prolong Assembly impasse

Talks over the special Sewol bill are expected to continue for weeks, sources said Wednesday, after President Park Geun-hye called the demands regarding the bill made by the opposition and the bereaved families difficult to accept.Park on Tuesday said the most recent bipartisan agreement o...

Updated : 2014.09.17 21:05

‘No clear framework of military contributions to anti-IS fight’

WASHINGTON (Yonhap) ― South Korea’s presidential national security adviser said Tuesday there hasn’t been any clear picture yet of military contributions the United States wants from a coalition of countries in the fight against the Islamic State militants.Kim Kwan-jin made the remark t...

Updated : 2014.09.17 21:05

To document, remember and educate

The following is the ninth in a series of articles on Japan’s wartime sexual enslavement of Asian women on the occasion of the 61st anniversary of the foundation of The Korea Herald on Aug.15. ― Ed....

Updated : 2014.09.17 21:01

Gov't sets rice import tariffs at 513%

South Korea plans to set its tariffs on rice imports at 513 percent, a ruling party official said Wednesday, as the country is scheduled to liberalize its rice market through tariffication starting ne...

Updated : 2014.09.17 20:23

Key opposition lawmaker drops plan to leave party

A key opposition lawmaker at the center of a political firestorm on Wednesday dropped her plan to leave the party as she vowed to make efforts to strike a deal on a controversial bill regarding the investigation of April's ferry disaster.Park Young-sun, floor leader of the main opposition ...

Updated : 2014.09.17 15:37

Park slams NPAD over stalemate

President Park Geun-hye clarified Tuesday that her administration would not accept calls from opposition lawmakers to take the initiative in providing the ferry victims’ families with the authority t...

Updated : 2014.09.16 21:40

Has Park crossed the Rubicon?

Officials of the main opposition party on Tuesday frantically attempted to dissuade the party’s interim chairwoman Rep. Park Young-sun from leaving the party, amid its worst political crisis since it...

Updated : 2014.09.16 21:34

NPAD plight might not be in Saenuri’s favor

South Korea’s ruling party continued to urge the opposition to end its parliamentary boycott Tuesday, as public criticism intensified over legislators’ failure to carry out their basic duties.The criticism is mostly being directed against the opposition. But this could be both a blessing...

Updated : 2014.09.16 21:34

Park calls for swift passage of bill on ferry disaster

President Park Geun-hye ruled out concessions on Tuesday as she urged the parliament to quickly pass a contentious bill meant to uncover the truth behind April's ferry disaster.She has been under pressure to allow a proposed ad hoc committee for an independent probe into the ferry sinking ...

Updated : 2014.09.16 11:48

Embattled chief of NPAD mulls leaving party

Rep. Park Young-sun, the interim leader of South Korea’s main opposition party, may leave the party, sources said Monday, as inner conflict threatened to paralyze the party’s decision-making in the ...

Updated : 2014.09.15 21:09

NEC eyes curbs on lawmakers’ book launches

South Korea’s electoral watchdog said on Monday it was considering limiting the amount of funds lawmakers receive at book launches ― social gatherings often used as means of exchanging large amounts of money for political favors.The National Election Commission’s move comes amid increas...

Updated : 2014.09.15 20:59