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NPAD reform panel struggles to set sail

The main opposition party on Friday officially proposed a former top Gyeonggi Province educator to head the new panel tasked to end factional feuds within the party, after failed attempts to initiate the party reform.Kim Sang-kon, former chief of Gyeonggi Provincial Education Office, said ...

Updated : 2015.05.22 18:45

Ex-PM expresses regret over his indictment

Former Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo expressed regret Friday over the prosecution's decision to indict him on bribery charges.On Thursday, prosecutors said they have decided to indict Lee on charges of taking 30 million won ($27,000) from Sung Wan-jong, the former chairman of a construction f...

Updated : 2015.05.22 13:29

Japan takes S. Korea to WTO over ban on fishery products

South Korea expressed regret on Thursday over Tokyo's move to turn to the World Trade Organization to address Seoul's import ban on Japanese fishery goods.South Korea has banned imports of all fishery products near the site of a nuclear accident in Fukushima since September 2013. The 2011 ...

Updated : 2015.05.21 20:50

Justice chief named new P.M.

President Park Geun-hye on Thursday nominated Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as the new prime minister, calling him “the right man” to achieve political reforms proposed in the wake of a high-profil...

Updated : 2015.05.21 19:22

THAAD dispute grips Assembly

South Korea’s political parties remain split over the U.S.’ push to possibly deploy an advanced missile defense system in Korea, according to statements by lawmakers here on Thursday, complicating Seoul’s domestic debate.The conservative ruling Saenuri Party was seen to generally suppor...

Updated : 2015.05.21 19:17

Asian youths to campaign for healthy online culture

Youths from Korea, Japan and China will gather in downtown Seoul on Saturday to participate in a music festival and ceremonial events to counter widespread cyberbullying and hateful Internet comments.Sunfull Movement, launched in 2007, said Thursday that it would hold a concert and ceremon...

Updated : 2015.05.21 19:15

Ex-PM, governor to be indicted on bribery charges

Prosecutors said Thursday they have decided to take to court former Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo and incumbent provincial governor Hong Joon-pyo for alleged bribery.  They, however, failed to clarify when they will indict the two politicians.  Lee is suspected of taking 30 million won ($...

Updated : 2015.05.21 16:42

Park names Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as new P.M.

President Park Geun-hye Thursday named Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as the new prime minister, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.  The decision comes after former Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo stepped down in late April amid allegations he took 30 million won ($27,400) from a bus...

Updated : 2015.05.21 10:47

Justice minister tapped as new P.M.

President Park Geun-hye on Thursday nominated Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn to fill the prime minister’s post.Born in 1957, Hwang spent more than 30 years serving as a public prosecutor. He has held...

Updated : 2015.05.21 10:27

Parties inch toward pension reforms

Representatives of the main parties agreed Wednesday to pass reforms before June involving the civil service pension, aiming to reduce pension payments to retired government officials.Reps. Cho Won-ji...

Updated : 2015.05.20 19:08

P.M. vacancy raises concern

With the post of South Korea’s prime minister lying vacant for about a month calls are mounting for a new premier to be chosen to end the hiatus in governance as key policies remain deadlocked.President Park Geun-hye is likely to make her nomination within this week, news reports said, af...

Updated : 2015.05.20 19:08

Botched meeting with Modi sparks Saenuri debate

A botched meeting between South Korea’s ruling party chair and visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sparked controversy here as to who was at fault for the poor diplomatic protocol.After waiting for Modi to complete his schedule for half an hour, Saenuri Party chair Rep...

Updated : 2015.05.20 19:04

U.N. chief calls for bipartisan S. Korean support

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Wednesday for South Korean parliamentary support of the international body's push for climate change, sustainable development and other humanitarian efforts.   "Parliamentary guide is absolutely crucial for me to work as the U.N. secretary-genera...

Updated : 2015.05.20 16:04

[Newsmaker] Cho's resignation worsens pension tension

A top presidential aide’s resignation worsened tensions on Tuesday between the main political parties over a draft law reforming the civil service pension bill, as Korea’s top lawmakers struggled to...

Updated : 2015.05.19 19:22

U.N. chief to visit Gaeseong Industrial Complex in N. Korea

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday he will visit the inter-Korean industrial complex in North Korea's border city of Gaeseong this week to help ease inter-Korean tensions.  "I reiterate my willingness to do whatever it takes to contribute to improving inter-Korean relations ...

Updated : 2015.05.19 17:28