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[Newsmaker] Ban’s regional trip kindles his presidential scenario

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s six-day trip in South Korea would have been just a routine visit by the world’s top diplomat to his home state -- if not for the growing anticipation on his pote...

Updated : 2016.05.29 16:33

S. Korea's 19th National Assembly ends its term today

The 19th National Assembly of Korea finished its four-year term Sunday, pulling the curtain down on what critics say is one of the worst-performing parliaments of all time.    It got off to a rough start due to a brewing controversy over surveillance by the state on ordinary people and a...

Updated : 2016.05.29 15:34

U.N. chief calls for stepped-up cooperation to eradicate polio

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday thanked a global nongovernmental voluntary service organization for fighting polio but urged more cooperation down the road to completely eradicate the debilitating disease from the Earth.    He made the call in a speech at the Rotary Internat...

Updated : 2016.05.29 13:53

U.N. chief visits folk village amid presidential speculation

U.N.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in a small folk village in southeastern South Korea on Sunday, a trip widely seen as the start of a presidential campaign ahead of next year's election.   Ban, who is on a six-day visit to his native South Korea, made headlines last week after he...

Updated : 2016.05.29 13:52

Electricity went off in Park's hotel in Ethiopia

There was a short power blackout at the hotel in Ethiopia where South Korean President Park Geun-hye was staying during her state visit, hotel and South Korean officials said.   The electricity went out around 8:55 p.m. on Thursday and lasted for about 30 seconds to one minute at the She...

Updated : 2016.05.29 11:59

U.N. chief Ban back in S. Korea after short trip to Japan

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon came back in South Korea on Friday after making a short trip to Japan to attend a G7 summit.Ban, a native South Korean, landed at Gimpo International Airport, just west of Seoul, earlier in the day. After staying here for two days, he left on Thursday for...

Updated : 2016.05.27 21:14

Park vetoes hearing bill

President Park Geun-hye vetoed the controversial parliamentary hearing bill on Friday, generating a torrent of criticism from the opposition parties who vowed to re-endorse it at the next parliament. ...

Updated : 2016.05.27 16:36

President Park vetoes parliamentary hearings bill

South Korea's Cabinet on Friday asked the National Assembly to review the controversial hearings bill that allows the parliament to open hearings more often, marking a rare veto by President Park Geun-hye.The decision was made at the meeting presided over by Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn. P...

Updated : 2016.05.27 09:50

Gov't to convene Cabinet to review parliamentary hearings bill

The government will hold a Cabinet meeting to discuss a controversial new bill that allows the National Assembly to open hearings more often, amid the rising possibility that President Park Geun-hye will exercise a veto.The bill, passed last week, has caused a rift between the opposition p...

Updated : 2016.05.27 09:46

Talk of Chungcheong region taking center stage in politics emerges

Talk of South Korea's central Chungcheong Province taking center stage in the country's politics is surfacing as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a native of the region, is emerging as a potential presidential contender, observers said Thursday.The relatively politically neutral region ...

Updated : 2016.05.26 16:56

Constitutional Court rejects Saenuri challenge to Assembly Quorom

The Constitutional Court on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by ruling party lawmakers arguing the constitutionality of a revised parliamentary act that reinforced the quorum required to pass conte...

Updated : 2016.05.26 16:35

Parties obsess over Ban's plans

After visiting U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated potentially joining next year’s presidential race, frenzied debate was sparked in political circles on its implications for the current pol...

Updated : 2016.05.26 16:32

Court rejects defunct party's appeal to overturn disbandment ruling

South Korea's Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected a now-defunct minor opposition party's appeal to overturn an earlier ruling that ordered its disbandment.In the first ruling of its kind, the Constitutional Court ordered the dissolution of the Unified Progressive Party in 2014, sayin...

Updated : 2016.05.26 15:27

Parties at odds over Ban's potential bid for presidency

South Korea's ruling and opposition parties were at odds over U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's potential bid for the presidency on Thursday, as his possible run in next year's election is raising fresh uncertainties in the fluid political landscape here.The ruling Saenuri Party apparen...

Updated : 2016.05.26 13:19

Park vows to cement cooperative partnership with Ethiopia

President Park Geun-hye on Thursday vowed to further cement a cooperative partnership with Ethiopia, emphasizing that South Korea will remain a "reliable partner" for the African state's growth and development.In her contribution to the state-run Ethiopian Herald daily newspaper, Park also...

Updated : 2016.05.26 09:27