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A fishing boat presumed to be from China was found capsized off South Korea's west coast, the Coast Guard said Sunday.The Incheon Coast Guard said the boat was found near Baengnyeong Island, just south of the western sea border, at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday. Its crewmen were not immediately found.The Coast Guard and the Navy sent six vessels, two aircraft and a private rescue boat to the scene. The rescue squad is currently facing difficulties in entering the capsized boat due to the bad weather.
Five people were killed and four hospitalized Saturday in an alleged arson attack at a motel in downtown Seoul.The fire broke out around 3 a.m. at a two-story motel in the Jongno district, according to fire officials. Five people at the motel died, and four were taken to a nearby hospital. Among the injured, two were reportedly in severe condition.Investigators search around the motel in Jongno District in central Seoul on Saturday. (Yonhap)The fire was first reported to the police by a 53-year-
A Seoul court on Friday turned down the prosecution's warrant request to arrest a former chief of a local bank over the unfair hiring of employees. The Seoul Northern District Court rejected the writ filed against Lee Kwang-koo, former president and CEO of Woori Bank, saying that the charges laid against him are disputable and that there is no apparent personal benefit to him from the case. "Based on these grounds, it's difficult to recognize the need to arrest him at this moment," it said.
Daegu City organized a common booth together with promising local companies and startups at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018, resulting in exchanges with about 1,000 buyers. CES 2018, the world’s biggest IT exhibition, was held in Las Vegas, US, from Jan. 9-12. Companies at the common booth of the Daegu Techno Park Mobile Convergence Center interacted with 1,000 buyers over the four days, which led to signed contracts worth $3.51 million. Daegu’s common booth at CES 2018 in Las VegasThe compa
A car crashed into a traffic sign in Gijang, Busan, after the driver’s slipper allegedly stuck on the accelerator pedal, local police reported. The autmobile involved in the accident(Youtube)The BMW sedan hit a traffic sign at high speed near Busan Premium Outlets at around 7:50 p.m. Thursday. The driver’s right arm was broken and he suffered internal organ damage during the accident. He was sent to a hospital immediately for treatment.The police agency is still investigating to confirm the caus
Rival parties traded barbs on Friday over an ongoing investigation involving two former aides to ex-President Lee Myung-bak, in what appears to be a political proxy battle between the current and former governments.The ruling Democratic Party berated the main opposition Liberty Korea Party for calling the probe a political reprisal, and accused it of attempting to "dilute" the allegations that Lee's former aides took illicit money from the spy agency during his presidency, which lasted from 2008
Clear skies are expected Friday, but parts of the country will continue to see unhealthy levels of find dust, the weather agency said. The average temperature for this time of the year is forecast for the day, with daytime highs of 3 to 11 degrees Celsius. (Yonhap)Morning temperatures recorded minus 4 C in Seoul, minus 7 C in Chuncheon, 2 C in Busan, minus 2 C in Gwangju, and 4 C in Jeju.The northern part of Gyeonggi Province and Gangwon, North Chungcheong and Gyeongsang provinces will suffer fr
A 24-year-old man in North Gyeongsang Province has admitted to the murder of his younger sister, according to police Friday. Mungyeong Police Station said Friday that it had filed an arrest warrant for the suspect on charges of first-degree murder of a family member. (Yonhap)The suspect reportedly admitted to stabbing his sister, who was a college student, in the “heat of the moment” at 8 a.m. Wednesday after he felt “ignored for being a college drop-out without a steady job.” The man reportedl
Olympic short track speed skating champion Shim Suk-hee has been reportedly assaulted by her own coach, leading to the instructor's suspension with the PyeongChang Winter Games less than a month away, sources said Thursday."Shim went AWOL from the Jincheon National Training Center on Tuesday after a disturbing incident with a coach on the national team," said a source inside the skating community who knows Shim well. Shim Suk-heec, captain of South Korea`s women`s short track speed skating team.
A Seoul court on Thursday turned down the claim by the eldest son of the founder of South Korean retail giant Lotte Group that he was unfairly removed from the boards of two Lotte hotel units. Shin Dong-joo, former vice chairman of Japan-based Lotte Holdings and eldest son of Lotte founder Shin Kyuk-ho, filed litigation against Hotel Lotte and Busan Lotte Hotel last year seeking 879 million won (US$820,730) in damages because he was wrongfully dismissed and it tainted Lotte's brand image. In Sep
Jan 18, 2018Social affairs
A suspect who took 110 million won ($102,000) from a Community Credit Cooperative branch in Dong-gu, Ulsan, was arrested on Geoje Island, South Gyeongsang Province, seven hours after the alleged crime Thursday. Robbed Community Credit Cooperative branch office(Yonhap)Around 8 a.m. Thursday, the suspect reportedly broke in and took 110 million won from the CCC branch office. He went into the office and threatened an employee. He then tied up the employee with duct tape and stole the money from a
Rank-and-file soldiers will receive increased monthly wages starting this month.The wage hike comes as part of President Moon Jae-in’s campaign pledge to raise the salaries of conscripts to half the minimum wage by 2022.According to revised rules on compensation for public servants, the monthly salary for sergeants has been raised to 405,700 won ($380) per month this year, up from 216,000 won last year.Corporals, privates first class and privates will be paid 366,200 won, 331,300 won and 306,100
Authorities’ move to adopt a mandatory “alternate no-driving day” policy on days when air quality is bad -- a measure aimed at reducing air pollutants -- is drawing mixed reviews. Under the scheme, half of all affected vehicles would be banned from roads depending on the last digit of the car‘s license plate, according to a Seoul metropolitan government official interviewed by The Korea Herald. Seoul’s Mapo Bridge can barely be seen early Thursday morning due to air pollution. Yonhap“Last year,
Thursday’s weather will be warmer than the average temperature for this time of the year, with daytime temperatures expected to make their way up from 4 to 12 degrees Celsius. However, fine dust levels remain high across the country, with Seoul activating its free public transportation program again Thursday, following Monday and Wednesday. Seoul’s Mapo Bridge can barely be seen early in the morning Thursday due to air pollution. YonhapAs of 9 a.m., the real-time air quality index site (www.aqic
Graduate students have established the first labor union in South Korea, to fight unfair treatment they may receive as school assistants, the labor union said Wednesday. Students from six graduate schools in Seoul gathered to create the National Graduate Student Labor Union last month. Statement released by the National Graduate STudent Labor Union (National Graduate STudent Labor Union-Yonhap)“While graduate students contribute to the academia and school’s administrative processes as assistant
Jan 18, 2018Social affairs