Archive for October, 2014

Virgin Galactic Spaceship Crash Kills 1

Authorities in the western U.S. state of California say a space tourism rocket has crashed while on a test flight in the Mojave desert, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another.

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Seoul Cancels Designation of 6 Autonomous Private High Schools

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The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education has cancelled the designation of six schools as …

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Memorial Event Held to Mark 200th Day since Sewol Ferry Sinking

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An event has been held in the city of Ansan, Gyeonggi Province, to mark the 200th day since the Sewol ferry capsized in waters off the coast of Jindo Island, killing some 300 people.

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SNU Ranks 72nd Among 500 Global Universities

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Seoul National University (SNU) has ranked 72nd among 500 global universities. 

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China 'to Overtake Korea in Most Industries in 4 Years'

Most of Korea’s leading export products will be overtaken by Chinese rivals by 2018, according to a state-run research institute.

Suh Dong-hyuk of the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade on Monday said Chinese businesses are either catching up with or overtaking almost all … …read more

Messing with U.S. Garrison Plans Is a Costly Blunder

Korea and the U.S. have agreed to keep the Combined Forces Command in Seoul even after the U.S. Forces Korea headquarters moves to Pyeongtaek in 2016. The CFC compound accounts for between eight to nine percent of the total area of the U.S. garrison right in the middle of Seoul.

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Korean Air Sponsors Korean Language Service at Musee D’Orsay

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Korean Air, South Korea’s largest air carrier, will sponsor Korean language service in the Musee D’Orsay, a museum in Paris, France.

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WHO Advises Against Ebola Travel Ban

The emergency Ebola committee of the World Health Organization has again come out against bans on travel and trade with the countries where the virus is wreaking the greatest havoc. The committee of experts says this will not stop the spread of Ebola.

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Finance Minister: S. Korean Economy Needs More Time to Recover

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Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan said South Korea’s economy needs more time to recover, commenting on the country’s third quarter economic growth indicator released Friday.

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Park to Meet Delegation of Japan-Korea Parliamentarians' Union Friday

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President Park Geun-hye will grant an audience to a delegation of the Japan-Korea Parliamentarians’ Union at the presidential office on Friday.

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Ebola Help Requires Meticulous Preparation

Four nurses at the infectious diseases ward at the National Medical Center resigned recently after the government decided earlier this week to send a team of medical experts from the ministries of health and welfare, defense and foreign affairs to Ebola-hit West Africa early next month.

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N. Korea Urges S. Korea to Take Steps to Prevent Military Clashes

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North Korea has urged South Korea to take steps to prevent military clashes.

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Chinese Couples Fly to Korea for Wedding Photos

Chinese newlyweds are rushing to Korea to have their wedding photos taken. Seven thousand Chinese couples visited Korea last year for that purpose alone, and the number is expected to surpass 10,000 this year.

In the past, couples from China’s aspiring classes preferred the U.S., Europe o… …read more

Foreign Minister Yun Urges Swift Resolution to War Sex Slavery Issue

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Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se says a swift resolution is needed for the issue of Japan’s wartime sex slavery.

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'Roaring Currents' Heads to China

The film “Roaring Currents,” which drew 17.6 million viewers in Korea, will open in 3,000 theaters throughout China by the end of the year, the film’s distributor CJ E&M said on Monday.

China’s largest state-run distributor, China Film Group, is in charge of the film’s distribution in… …read more

Pantech Files for Bankruptcy Protection in U.S.

Pantech said Sunday it has applied for bankruptcy protection in the U.S., listing debts of US$1 billion and assets of $500 million in a filing in Atlanta.

The ailing phone maker went into court receivership here earlier this year.

Also known as Chapter 15, the filing protects forei… …read more

Education Ministry to Conduct Safety Drill on Disasters

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The Education Ministry will carry out a safety drill from Tuesday to Thursday on countering disasters.

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Chosun Sinbo: "S. Korea Must Show Intent For Improved Inter-Korean Relations"

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A pro North Korea newspaper has criticized President Park Geun-hye and her confidants for showing hostility to the North, saying the chance for reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula through inter-Korean talks could be squandered.

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Japan's Abe Sends Offering to War Shrine

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to a Shinto shrine that many of Japan’s neighbors see as a symbol of the country’s imperialist past.

On the first day of an autumn festival Friday, Abe sent a traditional potted plant to the Yasukuni Shrine, but did not visit th… …read more

Ventilation Grille Near Concert Venue Collapses in Seongnam, Killing 15 People

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A ventilation grille near an outdoor concert venue collapsed Friday in Seongnam city, Gyeonggi Province, killing at least 15 concert watchers and injuring 10 others.

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