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PAJU, Gyeonggi Province – Hundreds of anti-North Korea protesters took to the streets just a few kilometers away from the site of the inter-Korean summit, calling for a hard-line stance on the North. Around 300 conservative protesters congregated near Imjingak in Paju, about 50 kilometers northwest from Seoul, to protest against President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s summit meeting. The protesters demand that Moon “stop the talk that only represents a false hope,” as he atte
A historic inter-Korean summit set social media on fire Friday morning, as trending bars on Twitter and search engines were plastered with the related keywords.Following is a list of the trending keywords that dominated social media and Korean online communities Friday morning: (Yonhap) #Pyongyang Naengmyeon Who would expect a bowl of cold noodles would become the top trending keyword for the inter-Korean summit? North Korean leader Kim Jong-un recommended the country’s traditional cold noodle,
Prosecutors on Thursday demanded five- to seven-year prison terms for former President Park Geun-hye's three spy chiefs for illegally providing her with money from state coffers while in office.Prosecutors from the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office asked the court to sentence Nam Jae-joon and Lee Byong-ho to seven years each and Lee Byung-kee to five years in jail.The former National Intelligence Service chiefs were indicted late last year on charges of bribery and loss of state funds f
The number of people who moved from Seoul to other regions was 421,887 last month, which is more than 22,367 who moved to Seoul (398,720), according to the data compiled by Statistics Korea. Last year, the figure was the lowest in 43 years due largely to a rise in housing prices and rapid aging. Housing prices in Seoul rose sharply last year despite a series of measures to rein in surging prices, including tightened home mortgages.
An explosion at an iron mine in a northeastern provincial town has killed three workers and injured three others, causing chaos in the search for victims buried under tons of rubble.The accident happened at around 3:55 p.m., when blasting work was under way in a commercial mine run by a local iron ore producer in Jeongseon, Gangwon Province, about 150 kilometers east of Seoul. (Yonhap)Authorities earlier announced that 14 workers were buried under rock presumed to weigh at least 20-30 tons, but
A woman believed to be in her 30s jumped in front of an incoming train at Oryu-dong Station at approximately 12:41 p.m. Thursday, in an apparent suicide. An engineer on the Seoul Metro Line No. 1 train involved in the accident reported to have hit the emergency brakes after seeing “someone jump into the subway tracks,” but could not avoid the fatal accident due to the short distance. Oryu-dong Station (Yonhap)Korail authorities said the accident caused approximately 20-minute delays to subway se
The government and ruling Democratic Party on Thursday discussed a proposal to designate the bid by the southern port city of Busan to host the 2030 World Expo as a state project, party officials said.Busan, the country's second largest city, 450 kilometers south of Seoul, has been pushing for the designation to boost its bid to host the event overseen by the Bureau International des Exposition, an intergovernmental body headquartered in Paris.The 2030 edition will be a larger-scale "sanctioned"
A man in his 50s was arrested Wednesday after allegedly causing serious injury to a woman he had tried to sexually assault, Jeonju Police said.The 59-year-old man, surnamed Park, is accused of stabbing the dental hygienist in the chest at a dental clinic in Hyoja-dong in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, at 4:03 p.m. Saturday. (Yonhap)The woman said she was attacked while trying to fight off Park during an attempted rape and he fled the scene immediately after the knife attack. The victim reported
The prosecution rejected a police request for a warrant to access mobile phone and bank account records of a key ruling party lawmaker linked to an influential blogger accused of rigging Internet comments for political purposes, police officials said Thursday.Police filed the request for a warrant to trace phone call records and bank accounts of Rep. Kim Kyoung-soo of the ruling Democratic Party on Tuesday, but the prosecution turned down the request, saying such a warrant is not deemed necessar
A suspect in his 20s who assaulted three people while playing a card game of “penalty poker” has been arrested.Gwangju Dongbu Police Station said Thursday they had apprehended the 22-year-old man, surnamed Lee, on charges of assault.Lee is accused of assaulting three underclassmen, including a 19-year-old whom he hit with a broomstick and struck on the head with a weapon on April 3.The 19-year-old is expected to be hospitalized for six weeks. (123RF)The suspect appears to have been motivated by
SEJONG -- Suicide was the No. 1 cause of death among teens and young people in South Korea in 2016, with the suicide rate rising over the past decade, a report showed Thursday.According to the report by Statistics Korea, the suicide rate per 100,000 for those aged 9-24 stood at 7.8 in 2016, up from 7.4 in 2003 and 7.2 in 2015. The corresponding figure was 10.3 in 2009.In 2006, traffic accidents topped the list with a rate of 6.4 per 100,000, with suicide coming in second at 6.0, the report showe
South Korea has downgraded its bird flu alert status and lifted a movement ban on local poultry farms as no additional cases have been reported in over a month, the agriculture ministry said Thursday.The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said it lowered the avian influenza alert status from "serious" to "caution" and released a standstill order on farms in 20 regions.South Korea strengthened bird flu quarantine measures to prevent further spread of the animal disease since the firs
The Supreme Court on Thursday finalized an 18-month prison term for an aide to former President Park Geun-hye for leaking confidential presidential documents to Park’s friend at the center of a massive corruption scandal.It was the first Supreme Court verdict on a case implicating Park as an accomplice in the influence-peddling scandal that led to her impeachment and removal from office last year.Jeong Ho-seong was indicted last November for providing 47 classified documents, under Park’s instru
Police tried to raid broadcaster TV Chosun on Wednesday after one of its reporters was booked for stealing a tablet computer and a mobile phone from a publishing firm run by a blogger at the center of an opinion-rigging probe. The 48-year-old blogger, surnamed Kim but better known by his nickname "Druking", has been charged along with two other suspects for masterminding the massive illegal rigging of Internet comments. Police officials are blocked by reporters of TV Chosun at the broadcaster's
Apr 25, 2018Social affairs