Archive for July, 2015

WikiLeaks: U.S. Spied on Japan Since 2006

The media whistleblower WikiLeaks has published documents that it says show the United States spied on Japanese officials and companies.

WikiLeaks on Friday published a list of 35 companies, government ministries, and individuals it identified as targets of surveillance by the U.S. Nationa… …read more

S. Korea to Assist Rice Production in El Salvador

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South Korea has launched a four and a half million dollar irrigation project to improve El …

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Citizen Lab: NIS Asked for KakaoTalk Bugging Function

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New allegations have emerged that the South Korean state intelligence agency requested Italian …

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Import Beer Drinkers Prefer Bigger Cans

Beer cans are getting bigger with growing popularity of imported beer. Most canned beers sold here have been 330 ml or 355 ml, but people in their 30s and 40s who have developed a penchant for imported brews are plumbing for the half-liter and boosting the sales dramatically.

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FSS to Phase out Conventional Bankbooks Within 5 Years

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The Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) says it will phase out conventional bankbooks within five …

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Korea Needs Special Hospitals for Epidemics

Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on Tuesday declared the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome outbreak officially over and assured the public that it can now be free of fears. The announcement came 69 days after the outbreak began on May 20.

MERS took 36 lives, infected 186 people and led to 6,729 … …read more

Ex-U.S. Ambassador to Teach at Hankuk University

Kathleen Stephens, the former U.S. ambassador to Seoul, will start a new career in September as a professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

Stephens is going to lecture on diplomacy and trade, with a focus on Korean Peninsula and the international order.

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U.S. State Department Designates N. Korea Tier 3 Human Trafficking Country

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The U.S. State Department has assigned the lowest rung, Tier 3, to North Korea regarding human trafficking for a 13th consecutive year.

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Gov't to Announce Official End of MERS Outbreak

The last person quarantined with suspected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome was released early Monday morning, health authorities said. After an inter-agency meeting Tuesday Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn will assure the public that they no longer face an infection risk.

However, the announc… …read more

Traffic Fatalities Fall, Remain Above OECD Average

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The number of traffic-related deaths fell below ten per 100-thousand for the first time in 40 years last year.

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No New Case of MERS for 21st Day

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No new infection of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been reported for the 21st day.

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No New Case of MERS for 20th Day

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The Health Ministry’s MERS-response headquarters said Saturday that no new infection of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has been reported for the 20th day.

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Europe's Twin Crises Collide in Greece as Migrant Numbers Soar

The Turkish coastline is clearly visible from the beaches of Lesbos island in Greece. And it is from those shores that the migrant boats arrive day and night, with their human cargo packed tightly on board. Over half of them are Syrians escaping war — like Amro Hauydar, who fled his home in Idli… …read more

Gov't to Tell Public to 'Return to Normal Life' in MERS Meeting Next Week

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The government is expected to hold a government-wide meeting next week on the outbreak of Middle …

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Herbal Doctors Question Dog Day Food Traditions

Thursday was Jungbok, the second of the three dog days in traditional Korean calendar or the three hottest days of the year.

The first day is called Chobok and the third Malbok, and they are each 10 days apart and collectively called Sambok.

An association of group of herbal doctor… …read more

Redistricting Committee to Hold 1st Hearing Aug. 11

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A committee formed under the National Election Commission will hold its first public hearing next …

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Thunderstorms to Usher In the Weekend

Cloudy skies in the morning will turn to rain across the country on Thursday through Friday. Central regions are expected to see torrential downpours of more than 120 mm.

The Korea Meteorological Administration said Wednesday the seasonal rain front will affect Seoul and surrounding areas … …read more

N.Korea Imports Luxury Goods from China

Defying international sanctions, North Korea is importing luxury goods like French wine and perfume through the Chinese border city of Dandong.

In early July, three container trucks carrying French wine, high-end perfume, and liquor went to Pyongyang via the customs checkpoint in Dandong, … …read more

S. Korean Lawmakers Discuss Rajin-Khasan Project with Russian Railways Chief

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A group of South Korean lawmakers traveled to Russia to meet with the president of state-owned Russian Railways and discuss the future of the Rajin-Khasan logistics project.

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Bloomberg Survey Puts S. Korea Second Quarter Growth at 2.7%

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Global investment banks have estimated that South Korea’s growth rate was below three percent in the second quarter.

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