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N. Korea slams Park's Cheonan speech

North Korea blasted South Korean President Park Geun-hye Sunday over her recent speech made at a ceremony to mark Pyongyang's torpedoing of a South Korean corvette in 2010 that killed 46 sailors.Speaking on the fifth anniversary of the tragedy Wednesday, Park said she "hopes North Korea ab...

Updated : 2015.03.29 22:22

Park encounters Abe in Singapore

SINGAPORE -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the funeral ceremony of Lee Kuan Yew, founder of Singapore, a sign of thaw in bilateral relations soured by territorial and other history-related issues.Park proposed that Sout...

Updated : 2015.03.29 22:18

Singapore bids farewell to LKY

Singaporeans bade one last farewell to their founding leader, Lee Kuan Yew, who transformed the former British colony into one of the wealthiest states in the world, in an elaborate state funeral Sund...

Updated : 2015.03.29 18:43

Park calls for agro-fisheries 'Silk Road'

President Park Geun-hye urged farmers and fishermen Friday to explore new markets and lay a new "Silk Road" for agricultural and fisheries exports.Park made the remarks in a meeting with leaders of the agriculture, livestock and fisheries sectors, business representatives and top officials...

Updated : 2015.03.27 16:37

Gov't pushes to fire public officials, soldiers fined for sex offenses

The government is pushing to toughen laws governing the status of public officials and soldiers to remove them from their posts when they are fined or receive heavy criminal punishments for sex crimes, the gender equality ministry said Friday.The plan, approved during a meeting of social a...

Updated : 2015.03.27 11:56

Preliminary probe finds price dumping of Indonesian ethyl in S. Korea

A preliminary investigation has found price dumping of ethyl acetate imports from Indonesia may be causing damage to local manufacturers, South Korea's trade commission said Friday, adding it will continue its investigation for a final decision in the near future."The trade commission has ...

Updated : 2015.03.27 10:02

Senior officials report huge wealth gains

A state-run watchdog said Thursday that close to 70 percent of high-ranking government officials and lawmakers saw their wealth grow by an average of about 200 million won ($181,000) last year.The rep...

Updated : 2015.03.26 20:40

[Reporter's Column] Park’s plan for youth jobs sparks controversy

On her way back to Seoul from Qatar on March 8, Park told reporters on board Air Force One that she would seek job opportunities in foreign markets for young Koreans, citing a growing need for skilled workers in the fields of law, health care and culture in the Middle Eastern countries.See...

Updated : 2015.03.26 20:33

Audit agency opens probe into energy projects under Lee

The state audit agency said Thursday it has opened a three-month inspection into overseas resources development projects carried out under the former Lee Myung-bak administration.The move by the Board of Audit and Inspection of Korea (BAI) comes amid a widening prosecution investigation in...

Updated : 2015.03.26 18:01

S. Korean economic policymakers say they are facing immediate 'deadlines' for reforms

South Korea faces key self-imposed deadlines in the coming weeks in untangling the labor market, government workers' pension plan as well as laws waiting to be passed at the parliament, and policymakers stress that the outcome will determine the future course of the national economy.The go...

Updated : 2015.03.26 16:08

S. Korean to run for next IPCC chair

A South Korean energy and environmental expert will run for the chairman of a leading international body for the assessment of climate change, the weather office said Thursday.Lee Hoe-sung, a vice chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change , will compete with candidates from...

Updated : 2015.03.26 11:28

Moon strives to head off ‘pro-N.K.’ attacks

The main opposition party leader Rep. Moon Jae-in visited a military unit near the border with North Korea on Wednesday, in an apparent bid to erase public perceptions of his party as being Pyongyang ...

Updated : 2015.03.25 19:16

Assembly to grill top court judge nominee next month

Parliament is set to hold a confirmation hearing for a former prosecutor nominated for the nation’s top court on April 7, after more than two months of political wrangling over the candidate’s alleged ethical misdeeds. Park Sang-ok, who served as a public prosecutor, was nominated as a S...

Updated : 2015.03.25 19:16

Lee Myung-bak aide probed for alleged abuse of power, bribery

Prosecutors are investigating a senior secretary to former President Lee Myung-bak over allegations that the official exerted excessive influence on government offices, according to local reports Wednesday.The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office is reportedly reviewing intelligence...

Updated : 2015.03.25 19:13

Park warns of bleak future without good jobs for young people

President Park Geun-hye warned Wednesday that South Korea's future would be bleak unless good jobs are created for the country's young people.The unemployment rate for young people is nearly three times as high as the overall jobless rate in South Korea as the country entered a period of s...

Updated : 2015.03.25 17:13