Protesters hold massive anti-gov't rally

A South Korean umbrella labor union and progressive civic groups held a massive rally Saturday to protest the government's policy on labor reform, police said.About 15,000 members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions gather...

N. Korea's nuclear envoy returns home after 6-day visit to Beijing

A North Korean nuclear envoy returned home on Saturday after a six-day visit to Beijing where she declared that the North has no intention of returning to the negotiating table on its nuclear weapons program. Choe Son-hui, deput...

PM says Pyongyang's dialogue offer 'deceiving'

Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on Saturday condemned North Korea's latest test of mid-range missiles, saying that the North's provocation proves its offer to hold inter-Korean dialogue is a fraudulent act."Although years have passed...

Gov't, ruling party say they would not consider revising growth outlook, extra budget due to Brexit

The government and ruling Saenuri Party said Friday that they will not consider revising an economic growth outlook downwards or expanding an extra budget because of Britain's exit from the European Union.They reached the agreemen...

‘Nuclear bombs for sale’ ad in Korean newspaper

An advertisement satirizing U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump will appear in this weekend’s The Korea Herald, a Seoul-based English-language newspaper. The half-page ad, which, according to the newspaper, was paid for by N...

[Weekender] What fine dust does to human body

The South Korean public is more sensitive to air quality these days, in light of increasing news reports on the negative impacts of fine dust and with a slew of released apps that send almost real-time updates on the concentration...

[Weekender] Criticism mounts over government’s fine dust countermeasure plan

Earlier this month, the South Korean government released a set of fine dust countermeasures amid growing public anxiety over the peninsula’s grey skies.Considering neighboring countries’ climate conditions and the upcoming monso...

[Weekender] Korea more vulnerable to air pollution

A latest report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has sent a solemn message to the world: If we do not effectively tackle air pollution, it could cause 6 to 9 million premature deaths and economic cons...

[Weekender] Threat of fine dust creeps up on Korea

Up until recently, China was considered the main enemy when South Koreans were warned to stay indoors away from the polluted air that was mainly considered to be due to yellow sand from the deserts of the neighboring state.With th...

[EYE] ‘It comes down to IT going green’

Gary Cook, a senior IT analyst at Greenpeace, said that he has noticed a particular trend among the younger generation in the United States -- they delay getting their driver’s license after they turn 20.“It’s interesting. Amer...

Seoul to review Brexit’s impact on FTA

In the wake of the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said Friday that he will examine its impact on free trade and other existing pacts and take steps to minimize any fallout. “Though some ex...

Park says N.K. cannot sustain itself without abandoning nukes

President Park Geun-hye on Friday vowed to make North Korea realize that it cannot sustain its regime without abandoning its nuclear program, saying the international community's will to denuclearize the communist state will never...

Chinese captain nabbed over alleged illegal fishing, drug use

The captain of a Chinese fishing boat was arrested on Friday over allegedly operating near the inter-Korean maritime border and using an illegal drug, the Korean Coast Guard said.Coast guard officers found methamphetamine inside t...

Rightist group denies link with Cheong Wa Dae

 A controversial ultraright civic group’s chief on Friday denied allegations that its pro-government demonstration over the past few years had been orchestrated by the presidential office. Korea Parent Federation Secretary-Gene...

[Weekender] Busting fine-dust myths: its origins and prevention

 Breathing in South Korea has become more risky. There have been a slew of reports from overseas that warned of worsening air pollution in Korea, with the latest being Yale University’s study released last Friday. It found that ...