Archive for May, 2016

Switzerland to Open World's Longest, Deepest Rail Tunnel

The world’s longest and deepest rail tunnel, running under the Swiss Alps, will be inaugurated Wednesday.
The 57-kilometer-long Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) will connect northern and southern Europe and shorten travel time for many rail routes. It overtakes Japan’s Seikan tunnel, which measures 53.9 k… …read more

S. Korea, Kenya Agree on Economic Cooperation in Summit

[International] : President Park Geun-hye and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta have agreed on major economic …[more…] …read more

Parties Fail to Reach Agreement on Forming Assembly

[Politics] : The 20th National Assembly began its four-year term on Monday, but vice floor leaders of the three …[more…] …read more

Uganda to Stop Military Cooperation with N.Korea

President Park Geun-hye and her Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on Sunday agreed that Korean companies will take part in an oil refinery plant project worth US$1.5 billion in Uganda.
The two met in the Ugandan capital of Kampala.
They also agreed to join hands in imposing sanctions against Nort… …read more

Park Urges New Assembly to Work for Livelihood

[Politics] : President Park Geun-hye has congratulated the beginning of the 20th National Assembly during her current trip to Africa, expressing hope that the new parliament will devote itself to improving people’s livelihoods.[more…] …read more

Iran Orders Social Media Sites to Store Data Inside Country

Iran has given foreign social media sites one year to transfer data they hold on Iranian users inside the country.
“Foreign social media active in the country must transfer to Iran all the data they hold on Iranian citizens into the country in order to ensure their continued activity,” Iran’s Suprem… …read more

EU Expands Sanctions on N. Korea

[International] : The European Union has carried out an additional set of powerful and extensive sanctions on North …[more…] …read more

Parliament Receives Formal Request to Reconsider Revised Assembly Bill

[Politics] : The National Assembly said Friday that it received a formal request from President Park Geun-hye …[more…] …read more

US Senator Urges Funds for Deployment of THAAD to S. Korea

[International] : A leading U.S. Senator urged U.S. lawmakers to include a clause in a national security bill that …[more…] …read more

Ex-USFK Chief Flags Early Regime Collapse in N.Korea

A former U.S. Forces Korea chief has said that instability in North Korea will lead to its collapse “sooner than many of us think.”
Gen. Walter Sharp, who led the USFK from 2008 to 2011, was speaking at a forum in Hawaii, according to the Stars and Stripes army daily on Wednesday.
“There would be m… …read more

Ruling Party to Hold Meeting Soon on Party Reforms

[Politics] : Ruling Saenuri Party Floor Leader Chung Jin-suk says the party will hold a general meeting of …[more…] …read more

Provincial Populations Dwindle as Few Babies Are Born

Provincial populations are dwindling as deaths simply outnumber births, even as no one moves away to the big city.
According to Statistics Korea, South Jeolla Province’s population first shrank naturally in 2013, and Gangwon Province’s in 2014.
In North Jeolla Province, net population growth hover… …read more

'S. Korean Air Force Priority Targets Include N. Korean Leadership'

[Politics] : A key South Korean Air Force official says that the elimination of North Korea’s supreme …[more…] …read more

Images of Samsung's Latest Smartwatch Leaked

Images of Samsung’s new Gear Fit 2 smartwatch were leaked on Monday a week ahead of the official release.
The leaked images appeared on a twitter account of a mobile developers’ club, with the caption “Gear Fit 2 to be released in June.”
In the images, the new wearable seems to be available in thre… …read more

Gov't, Ruling Party to Discuss Measures for Possible Massive Layoffs

[Economy] : The government and the ruling Saenuri Party will hold a meeting on Tuesday to discuss measures …[more…] …read more

Seoul Swelters in Hottest May in History

Temperatures rose to over 30 degrees Celsius in Seoul for the fourth straight day on Sunday, making this the hottest May in 66 years, the Korea Meteorological Administration said.
The last time the mercury climbed over 30 degrees in May was in 1950 when it happened for four consecutive days between… …read more

Health Authorities Urge Caution Against Yellow Fever

[Domestic] : Health authorities called for caution among travelers to Angola due to an outbreak of yellow fever.
[more…] …read more

S. Korean, Uzbek PMs Discuss Economic Cooperation in Tashkent

[Politics] : Anchor: Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn held talks with his Uzbek counterpart in the Central Asian …[more…] …read more

EU Ministers Back Emergency System to Suspend Visa-Free Travel

European Union ministers meeting in Brussels have agreed on a mechanism aimed at suspending visa-free travel for foreign nationals abusing the privilege and approved funds to help Greece cope with Europe’s migrant crisis.
The action would essentially make it easier and faster for EU members to suspe… …read more

Foreign Minister: Seoul to Continue to Put Pressure on Pyongyang

[Politics] : Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said Friday that the government will continue to coordinate a …[more…] …read more