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Regular parliamentary session kicks off amid political deadlock

The National Assembly's regular parliamentary session kicked off Monday amid a political deadlock over April's deadly ferry sinking that claimed the lives of more than 300 people, mostly high school students.The dispute between the nation's rival political parties -- the ruling Saenuri Par...

Updated : 2014.09.01 17:59

Park urges labor-management compromise amid looming strike

President Park Geun-hye called Monday for a compromise between labor and management to try to find a way that benefits the two sides amid a looming strike that could disrupt South Korea's financial sector.She warned that all South Koreans will stand to lose unless strife between labor and ...

Updated : 2014.09.01 17:36

South Sudanese mayor thanks Park for humanitarian aid

A South Sudanese city mayor has sent a thank-you note to South Korean President Park Geun-hye for Korean troops' reconstruction efforts in the war-torn African region, the defense ministry here said Monday.Nhial Majak, mayor of the Bor Municipal Council in South Sudan, said he was "writing...

Updated : 2014.09.01 17:33

Korea, China, Japan open 5th round of three-way free trade talks

Negotiators from South Korea, China and Japan met in Beijing on Monday for a fifth round of talks on a trilateral free-trade agreement, a Seoul delegate said, setting aside diplomatic tensions between Japan and the two Asian neighbors over their shared history. South Korea's chief negotiat...

Updated : 2014.09.01 17:32

Assembly session to begin amid standoff over Sewol

The National Assembly is set to begin its 100-day regular session on Sept. 1 to deliberate the passage of bills that have been piling up for months and to strengthen monitoring of the government. But ...

Updated : 2014.08.31 21:32

Saenuri to renegotiate with Sewol victims’ families

The ruling party and families of those killed in the April 16 Sewol ferry tragedy are to hold a new set of negotiations on Sept. 1 over a bill aiming to set up investigations into the government for its botched rescue efforts on the day of the sinking.The negotiations come after talks over...

Updated : 2014.08.31 21:25

Premier makes appeal amid party standoff over Sewol

As the deadlock over the special Sewol bill continued Friday, the prime minister made a public address calling for the swift legislation of outstanding bills in an attempt to put more pressure on the ...

Updated : 2014.08.29 21:17

Prominent opposition lawmaker to stand trial for defamation

A prominent opposition lawmaker has been indicted on charges of defaming a younger brother and a former close aide of President Park Geun-hye by raising allegations that they had intervened in presidential affairs, prosecutors said Friday. Rep. Park Jie-won of the No. 1 opposition New Poli...

Updated : 2014.08.29 10:44

Sewol bill controversy to throw Assembly session into disarray

The two main parties remained deadlocked over the “special Sewol bill” Thursday, with no plans laid out for the National Assembly’s regular session that begins Sept. 1.The main opposition New Polit...

Updated : 2014.08.28 20:55

Park mulls declaring flood areas special disaster zones

President Park Geun-hye said Thursday that she would consider declaring South Korea’s southeastern areas hit hard by recent torrential rains special disaster zones.The designation, if made, would make the affected areas eligible for additional government support, including up to 80 percen...

Updated : 2014.08.28 20:51

Moderate lawmakers call for restraint amid Sewol deadlock

Moderate lawmakers criticized hardline party leaders on Thursday for escalating the deadlock over the special Sewol bill, stressing the need to attend to other urgent affairs in the National Assembly.Monthslong partisan divisions over the special bill has indefinitely postponed annual parl...

Updated : 2014.08.28 20:43

No end in sight for Sewol bill dispute

The ruling and main opposition parties continued their standoff over the special Sewol bill Wednesday as their leaders engaged in talks with the victims’ families.The main opposition New Politics All...

Updated : 2014.08.27 21:08

Saenuri chief edges opposition rival in poll

Kim Moo-sung, chairman of the ruling Saenuri Party, took the lead for the first time in the latest poll conducted to measure approval ratings of nine potential presidential candidates this week. The S...

Updated : 2014.08.27 21:07

Main opposition steps up pressure over Sewol bill

The National Assembly ground to a halt Tuesday with the main opposition party taking “extraordinary actions” over the disputed “special Sewol bill.”Following a marathon general meeting of lawmaker...

Updated : 2014.08.26 21:26

Chief’s shaky footing pushes NPAD into hardline stance

The main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy’s action regarding the so-called special Sewol bill is raising speculation that factionalism is once again rearing its head. In this round of a...

Updated : 2014.08.26 21:14