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Rival parties make compromise on controversial ferry bill

Ending months of bitter political confrontation, South Korea's rival parties on Tuesday reached a compromise on a controversial bill aimed at parsing the truth behind April's deadly ferry sinking.Sout...

Updated : 2014.09.30 19:43

Park calls for efforts to improve lives of N. Koreans

President Park Geun-hye called on officials Tuesday to make aggressive efforts to help improve the lives of North Koreans as she made clear that North Korea's human rights issue is a top priority in dealing with the communist country.The issue of the North's human rights had long been plac...

Updated : 2014.09.30 12:07

Sewol families face arrest for driver assault

Police on Monday asked the court to issue arrest warrants for three relatives of those killed in the April 16 Sewol ferry accident on charges of physically assaulting several passersby and a driver ne...

Updated : 2014.09.29 21:26

President says constitutional justice key to social integration

President Park Geun-hye on Monday urged for constitutional justice to play a leading role in promoting social integration, narrowing the gap between the haves and have-nots and resolving escalating social conflicts over racial, cultural and political differences.“Social conflicts are esca...

Updated : 2014.09.29 21:11

[Newsmaker] Faltering opposition pins hopes on Moon

Interim opposition leader Rep. Moon Hee-sang proposed high-level talks with the ruling Saenuri Party on Sunday, to end the ongoing political deadlock over the special Sewol bill.The ruling party refus...

Updated : 2014.09.28 21:29

S. Korea-Japan summit possible if Tokyo shows sincerity: senior official

South Korea and Japan could hold a summit if Tokyo shows sincerity about resolving the issue of the country's sexual enslavement of Korean women for its troops during World War II, a senior official said Friday.Relations between Seoul and Tokyo have been strained seriously in recent years ...

Updated : 2014.09.27 15:58

Main opposition lawmaker sues 7 netizens for alleged defamation

A leading opposition lawmaker has filed a complaint with the prosecution against seven unidentified netizens for allegedly spreading false rumors about him, judicial sources said Friday.The seven are accused of posting an article on the Internet earlier this month that Rep. Moon Jae-in of ...

Updated : 2014.09.26 21:54

Full parliamentary session postponed amid bipartisan row over ferry bill

A plenary session of the National Assembly closed nine minutes after opening Friday as rival political parties failed to resolve the ongoing dispute over a controversial bill aimed at determining the truth behind April's deadly ferry sinking.The session, convened by National Assembly Speak...

Updated : 2014.09.26 18:27

Park returns home after visit to Canada, U.N.

President Park Geun-hye returned home Friday from a high-profile visit to Canada and New York that was culminated in her address to the U.N. General Assembly.Park first made a state visit to Canada and held a summit with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on how to further boost their relations...

Updated : 2014.09.26 10:25

Park presents vision of unified Koreas at U.N.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye returns from her seven-day trip to North America on Friday after making her debut speech at the United Nations and signing a long-awaited free trade deal with Cana...

Updated : 2014.09.25 21:45

Resolution aims to curb inter-Korean slander

A South Korean opposition lawmaker filed a resolution Thursday calling for the implementation of past inter-Korean agreements to stop slander between the two sides.The resolution, submitted by Rep. Sim Jae-kwon of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy, calls on the two Ko...

Updated : 2014.09.25 21:25

Assembly session hangs in the balance

Friday’s plenary session will be held as planned unless the nation’s two main parties agree to delay the full parliamentary meeting by Friday morning, the National Assembly said Thursday, amid growing criticism against legislators for failing to carry out their basic duties.Public opinio...

Updated : 2014.09.25 21:23

At U.N., Park calls for peace on peninsula

 President urges N.K. to abandon nuke programs, condemns wartime sex slaverySouth Korean President Park Geun-hye urged North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons at an annual meeting of the United Na...

Updated : 2014.09.25 08:52

Debate rekindled over Park’s personnel choices

Controversy is likely to deepen over Cheong Wa Dae’s personnel screening process, as the nation’s top office admitted that it had not known that a senior aide was being investigated for alleged misc...

Updated : 2014.09.24 20:35

Public servants fight pension reform

In response to the ruling Saenuri Party’s recent controversial proposal to cut the monthly pension for public servants by 34 percent, unionized public workers nationwide are raising funds to fight against the reform.The Confederation of Korean Government Employees’ Unions, the representa...

Updated : 2014.09.24 20:16