Archive for August, 2016

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Minjoo Affirms Stance Linking Budget Approval to Witness Selection

[Politics] : The main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea has reaffirmed its stance that it will not cooperate in …[more…] …read more

Table Tennis Star Ryu Seung-min Elected to IOC Athletes' Commission

[Sports] : Anchor: Retired star table tennis player Ryu Seung-min from South Korea has earned membership at …[more…] …read more

Kim Yun-jin Chooses Horror Movie for Big-Screen Return

After a two-year absence from the big screen, actress Kim Yun-jin is set to return in a new horror flick.
“Kim has decided to appear in a horror film,” her agent said on Thursday. The actress will return to Korea to film the movie in October.
Her last movie role was in 2014’s “Ode to My Father,” w… …read more

Seoul: N. Korean Plutonium Production in Violation of UN Resolutions

[Politics] : Anchor: North Korea says it has resumed processing weapons-grade plutonium, breaking nuclear …[more…] …read more

N.Korean Diplomat Defects in U.K.

A North Korean diplomat in the U.K. has defected to South Korea, the Unification Ministry said Wednesday. Thae Yong-ho was the second-ranked official at the diplomatic mission. He is the most senior North Korean diplomat to defect to the South since the ambassador to Egypt, Chang Sung-kil, sought as… …read more

US, Chinese Army Chiefs Discuss THAAD

[International] : Top military commanders of the U.S. and China have made their cases against one another over …[more…] …read more

13 Fugitive N.Korean Restaurant Staff Settle in South

Thirteen North Koreans who escaped from a restaurant in China’s Ningbo left a halfway house in South Korea last Thursday and began the process of settling into their new lives, it emerged on Tuesday.
The 12 waitresses and their manager made their way to South Korea by commercial flight on April 7 a… …read more

Air Conditioners, Fans Flying off Shelves in S. Korea due to Heat

[Economy] : Air conditioners and fans are flying off the shelves in South Korea due to the record breaking heat …[more…] …read more

French Court Upholds Cannes Burkini Ban

A French judge rejected on Saturday a demand by a French Muslim group to overturn a ban on burkinis — the full-body, head-covering swimwear worn by Muslim women in public.
The southern French city of Cannes specifically banned the full-body swim outfits from its beaches on Friday, citing concerns a… …read more

Yomiuri: China's Oil Supply to N. Korea Increasing

[International] : Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun daily says that China’s oil supply to North Korea appears to have increased.[more…] …read more

Scorching Heat Shows Signs of Abating from Tuesday

[Science] : Weather forecasters say the sweltering heat is expected to continue for the next few days before slightly edging down to average levels after Tuesday, which marks the last of the three “dog days of summer.”[more…] …read more

Thai Blasts Shake Tourism Industry

Thailand’s valuable tourism industry is reeling after a series of bombs and arson attacks Friday killed four people and injured at least 30 people, many of them foreign visitors.
The 12 attacks across southern Thailand’s beach resorts came as the country marked the 84th birthday of Queen Sirikit, a … …read more

'S. Korea, Japan Agree on Usage of Fund for Sex Slavery Victims'

[International] : Japan’s Kyodo News said Friday that South Korea and Japan have agreed on how to use the one billion …[more…] …read more

Korea Soars to 5th in Olympic Medal Table

Korea rose to fifth with five gold medals in the overall medals tally at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil as of Thursday.
The U.S. leads the way with 16 gold medals, followed by China with 11 and Japan with seven.
The U.S. hopes to hold its lead to rank top for the second Olympics in a row. Th… …read more

Gov't, Party Agree to Ease Progressive Electricity Billing System

[Domestic] : The government and the ruling Saenuri Party have agreed to adjust the progressive electricity …[more…] …read more

AOA's Seol-hyun Dating Boy Band Rapper

Seol-hyun of girl band AOA and Zico of boy band Block B have been in a romantic relationship for five months.
Seol-hyund’s agency on Wednesday said they two became close because they “counted on each other while going through tough times.”
Seol-hyun and fellow member Ji-min went through a rough pa… …read more

Chinese Media Reports S. Korean Lawmakers' China Trip

[International] : A Chinese daily has expressed strong discontent towards six South Korean opposition lawmakers who …[more…] …read more

Top 100 Firms See Sales Dwindle for 3rd Year

The sales of the nation’s top 100 companies have been dwindling even as the economy grew for three years running.
This has not happened since Korea began industrializing in the 1960s.
Lee Ji-pyeong of the LG Economic Research Institute said the sales of big businesses “are shrinking because they c… …read more

US Forward Deploys 3 B-2 Bombers to Guam Amid N. Korean Threats

[International] : The U.S. has forward deployed three B-2 stealth bombers to Guam amid increased nuclear and missile threats from North Korea.[more…] …read more