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Top prosecutor reignites surveillance spat

The controversy over the tapping of personal communications by the authorities has taken a new twist following Prosecutor General Kim Jin-tae’s comments at the parliamentary audit.During the audit on...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:16

Public sector pension row escalates

The controversy over the civil servants’ pension system reform plans continued to grow Friday with ruling and opposition parties clashing on the proposal.In the parliamentary audit of the Government Employees Pension Service, ruling Saenuri Party lawmakers threw their weight behind the go...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:13

Senior ruling party official presses leadership over economic bills

A senior official of the ruling Saenuri Party called on the party leadership Friday to pass a set of economic bills pending in parliament or be prepared to resign.Rep. Kim Tae-ho, a member of the ruling party's Supreme Council, made the remarks a day after he offered to step down over his ...

Updated : 2014.10.24 16:45

Opposition lawmaker's ex-aide nabbed over alleged illegal fundraising

A former aide to an opposition lawmaker was arrested Friday to face questioning over allegations that he had been involved in the legislator's creation of illegal political funds, prosecutors said.Rep. Shin Hak-yong of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) is under...

Updated : 2014.10.24 16:24

Parties mixed over delay in transfer of wartime troop control

South Korea's rival political parties showed mixed reactions Friday after Seoul and Washington agreed to delay the transfer of wartime troop control to Seoul with no new date set.On Thursday, the allies agreed to postpone the transfer of wartime operational control (OPCON) until Seoul impr...

Updated : 2014.10.24 12:05

Police to intervene in leaflet scattering in case of clash

Police said Friday they will stop activists from sending propaganda leaflets to North Korea only if they become physically violent with their opponents.The announcement by the National Police Agency (NPA) comes a day before the scheduled launch of some 40,000-50,000 leaflets by conservativ...

Updated : 2014.10.24 12:03

Opposition lawmaker probed over alleged illegal political funds

Prosecutors raided residents of former and incumbent aides to an opposition lawmaker Friday as part of their widening investigation into allegations that the legislator created illegal political funds.Rep. Shin Hak-yong of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) is u...

Updated : 2014.10.24 11:59

Supreme council member’s exit bodes ill for Saenuri leader

Rep. Kim Tae-ho on Thursday resigned from the ruling Saenuri Party’s supreme council, adding fuel to speculations over internal friction and chairman Rep. Kim Moo-sung’s grip on the party. On Thursd...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:12

Jeju panel screens mayoral candidates

Jejudo is set to select a new mayor for Jeju City in the coming weeks, with whoever lands the position expected to tackle a slew of high-stakes issues that will reshape the role of the fast-developing...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:10

Chun’s son gets suspended jail term

A Seoul appeals court on Thursday sentenced a son of disgraced former President Chun Doo-hwan to three years in prison with a four-year stay of execution for tax evasion in a 2006 land deal, upholding a lower court ruling.The Seoul High Court handed down the sentence to Chun Jae-yong, the ...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:03

S. Korean official says FTA with China may need more time

A senior South Korean official said Thursday that the country's ongoing negotiations with China for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) may require more time, adding the country is more concerned about what the FTA will look like than when it is signed."Our basic stance is that when the...

Updated : 2014.10.23 16:44

Park calls on businesses to make bold investments

President Park Geun-hye on Thursday called on businesses, especially conglomerates, to make bold investments to help bolster the slowing economy amid growing difficulties at home and abroad.Park made the appeal during the groundbreaking ceremony of a large science park dedicated to researc...

Updated : 2014.10.23 16:36

Ruling party mulls 'no-work, no-pay' system

The ruling Saenuri Party will consider applying the "no-work, no-pay" principle to legislators in a bid to meet public demands for political reform, a party lawmaker said Thursday.The measure calls for cutting off the salaries of legislators when they are unable to work, such as when they ...

Updated : 2014.10.23 10:28

[Newsmaker] Park, Saenuri at odds over constitutional revision

Conflict between President Park Geun-hye and her party has escalated, with Cheong Wa Dae publicly firing back at the party chief, after he attempted to open a discussion on constitutional revision.On ...

Updated : 2014.10.22 20:10

Cheong Wa Dae pushes for public sector pension reform

Reforming the civil servants’ pension system has become a latest hot topic in Korean politics, with Cheong Wa Dae showing unusual fervor in pushing the issue. The issue took the center stage, seemingly out of the blue last week, when the National Assembly was swamped in the rushed parliam...

Updated : 2014.10.22 20:06