Ikea threatens to cut investments in Russia after losing court battle

MOSCOW, (AFP) -- Swedish flatpack giant IKEA on Tuesday warned it could reduce its investment in Russia after a court ordered it to pay more than $7.8 million in damages in a long-running legal dispute.IKEA said it had plans to in...

UN health revises advice for 3 infections transmitted by sex

GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N health agency says three common infections transmitted by sex are increasingly resisting antibiotics, and is calling on doctors and patients to make sure the right drugs and doses are used.The World Health O...

Tensions mount as record numbers crowd French migrant camp

CALAIS, France (AP) -- Tempers are rising among migrants squeezed in record numbers into a shrinking slum camp in France's port city of Calais, where they spend hours in line waiting for food and showers.For the increasingly despe...

Millions at risk from rising water pollution: UN

PARIS, (AFP) -- Increasingly polluted rivers in Africa, Asia and Latin America pose a disease risk to more than 300 million people and threaten fisheries and farming in many countries, a UN report warned Tuesday.Already, some 3.4 ...

North Korea using THAAD to incite antagonism toward S. Korea: report

North Korea is using Seoul's decision to deploy an advanced antimissile system on its soil to intensify hostility toward South Korea, a media report citing sources in the reclusive country said Tuesday.A source in North Hamgyong P...

Korea's vice foreign minister pays respects to victims of Italian earthquake

South Korea's vice foreign minister visited the Italian Embassy in Seoul Tuesday to offer his condolences to the victims of the 6.2-magnitude quake that rocked the European country last week, the ministry said.The death toll from ...

Top court rules Samsung not liable for worker's leukemia death

South Korea's top court on Tuesday upheld a ruling by a lower court that South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. is not to blame for the leukemia death of one of its former employees at a chipmaking facility, citing a lack...

Former professor who fed employee feces gets 8 years in prison

The former university professor who forcibly fed human feces to his pupil-turned-employee was convicted with eight years in prison Tuesday. The Supreme Court found Jang, 53, guilty of abusing his 30-year-old pupil for two years si...

[HERALD INTERVIEW] Freshmen lawmaker accuses elites of advocating ‘faux security’

Freshman lawmakers are not typically respected as sources of expertise at the National Assembly. But Rep. Kim Jong-dae is an exception, especially on a topic that often dominates debate among prominent politicians or presidential ...

Cheong Wa Dae says aide Woo will stay in post

Cheong Wa Dae on Tuesday reconfirmed its stance that it will not dismiss the feud-ridden presidential aide Woo Byung-woo, refusing to elaborate further.“Nothing has changed,” presidential spokesperson Jung Youn-kuk told reporter...

Can S. Korea ‘legally’ have a nuclear-powered submarine?

As increasing numbers of pundits and politicians here call for a nuclear-powered submarine to negate North Korea’s ballistic missile threats, some are questioning whether or not international treaties would allow Seoul’s use of ...

Teen mothers neglected in prenatal care: study

South Korea’s pregnant teenagers do not receive enough medical attention and are three times more likely to have premature babies than mothers in other age groups, partly because of stigmatization against teenage pregnancies and ...

[Reporter’s Column] Seoul’s turn to console ‘comfort women’

On Monday afternoon, hundreds of people gathered at Namsan Park in central Seoul to mark the introduction of a memorial for the victims of Japan’s sexual enslavement during its 1910-45 colonial rule.  The establishment of the “...

Number of school students continues to fall

The overall number of students in South Korea decreased amid the continuing low birthrate, while the number of students from multicultural families hit a record high this year, government data showed Tuesday. According to statisti...

N. Korea using THAAD to incite antagonism toward S. Korea: report

North Korea is using Seoul's decision to deploy an advance antimissile system on its soil to intensify hostility toward South Korea, a media report citing sources in the reclusive country said Tuesday.A source in North Hamgyong Pr...