Migrant fishermen vulnerable to abuse

Foreign and local experts, as well as government officials addressed Thursday human rights abuses faced by migrant workers in South Korea’s fishing industry and exchanged suggestions to improve the situation. Hosted by the Nation...

Parties agree to hold hearing on activist in coma

 Rival parties on Thursday agreed to hold a parliamentary hearing on the alleged excessive use of force by police during a massive protest last year that led to Baek Nam-Ki, a 69-year-old farmer, falling into a coma after being k...

50% of Koreans stressed by family holiday commitments

Half of Koreans have at least once thought about taking an alternative trip to avoid the “holiday stress” that comes with family holidays such as “Chuseok,” a survey by Expedia has revealed. According to the survey “holiday s...

Korea's urban population continues to rise in 2015

South Korea's urban population continued to increase last year with more than 90 percent of the total population living in less than 17 percent of the total land here, a government report showed Thursday.According to the report fr...

Sex slavery survivors each offered W100m

The fund for the victims of Japan’s sex slavery during World War II plans to offer each of its survivors some 100 million won ($89,500) and the families of the deceased victims 20 million won in cash benefits, Seoul officials sai...

Kim calls SLBM test ‘greatest success’

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hailed the latest test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile as the “success of all successes,” state media said Thursday, as the UN gears up to condemn the event that would likely beef up the...

Park meets WIPO chief

President Park Geun-hye on Thursday met with a UN intellectual property agency chief to discuss cooperation between South Korea and the international agency, her office Cheong Wa Dae said.During their talks, Park and Francis Gurry...

Stabbing in Anyang leaves one dead, another injured

One woman has died and another was left injured after a man stabbed them with a knife in Anyang, Gyeonggi Province on Thursday. A 33-year-old man, identified by his surname Lee, stabbed the two senior janitresses at around 8 a.m.B...

Parents study English to teach their children

A survey showed Thursday that a majority of Korean parents have tried teaching their children English, with many of them having studied the language themselves to enhance their teaching ability. According to the survey on 527 pare...

Korea prepares emergency measures to bolster birthrate

The South Korean government will mobilize short-term emergency measures to fight the country’s staggeringly low fertility rate such as by expanding state subsidies for couples’ seeking infertility treatment.The government will a...

South Korea confirms second cholera case

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that it has confirmed this country’s second case of cholera in Geoje, South Gyeongsang province.The confirmation comes two days after the discovery of South Korea...

[Reporter’s column] NK launch raises military intelligence doubts

As North Korea leader Kim Jong-un celebrated his country’s first “successful” firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile Thursday, South Korea was left wondering how soon and severely the missiles will threaten security o...

Ex-Saenuri publicist summoned over campaign videos

Prosecutors on Thursday summoned a former official who had led public relations for the ruling Saenuri Party over allegedly breaching the Political Fund Act by demanding free campaign videos, investigators said.Cho Dong-won, who l...

Parties tentatively agree to pass extra budget bill

The rival parties on Thursday tentatively agreed to pass the government’s extra budget plan, with the main opposition The Minjoo Party of Korea backing down from its earlier demand for a parliamentary hearing witness list.The dec...

50 Beijing high schoolers arrive at Seoul schools, aspire to study at Korean universities

As many as 50 students from a Beijing high school have transferred to four separate high schools in Seoul en masse as they aspire to study at South Korean universities, school officials said Thursday, amid Chinese parents'increasi...