Archive for November, 2016

British Teen Wins Right to Be Cryogenically Preserved

A judge in Britain has granted the wish of a 14-year-old girl who suffered from terminal cancer but wanted to be cryogenically preserved, in what the judge called the first case of its kind in England and possibly the world.
The girl, who was not identified, told High Court Judge Peter Jackson she h… …read more

Low Income, Poor Education Dim Marriage Prospects for Men

Men in their 20s and 30s with low levels of education or non-regular jobs have trouble finding someone who will marry them, according to a study by the Korea Labor and Society Institute.
Only 6.9 percent of men in their 20s and 30s in the bottom 10 percent of the wage bracket are married, compared … …read more

Foreign Ministry Names New Ambassadors

[Politics] : South Korea has formally appointed a range of new ambassadors to countries around the world.

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US Director of Nat'l Intelligence Submits Resignation

[International] : U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who last month made a controversial proposal regarding the North Korea’s nuclear program, has expressed his intent to resign.
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Taiwanese Protest For, Against Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Thousands of Taiwanese have protested outside the legislature for and against a bill that could make it the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.
Organizers estimated that Thursday’s protests attracted more than 20,000 people who carried placards, flew flags and chanted slogans as lawma… …read more

Prosecutors Issue Ultimatum for Questioning Park

Prosecutors issued a virtual ultimatum for President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday by insisting that she must submit to questioning in a snowballing corruption scandal by no later than Friday.
Park’s lawyers and Cheong Wa Dae officials spent the week so far frantically trying to stall, demanding more … …read more

S. Korea, Central America Agree to Sign FTA

[Economy] : Anchor: South Korea has concluded negotiations for a free trade agreement with six Central American …[more…] …read more

UN Committee Passes Resolution for ICC Referral of N. Korean Human Rights Situation

[International] : A UN committee has passed a resolution that includes a call to punish North Korean leader Kim …[more…] …read more

Obama Reassures Europe on Final Overseas Trip

President Barack Obama says NATO is “absolutely vital” as he seeks to reassure Europe about the U.S. commitment to the alliance under the presidency of Donald Trump.
In Athens, Greece Tuesday on his last foreign trip as president, Obama said NATO “provides significant continuity even as we see a tra… …read more

US Welcomes Seoul-Japan Provisional Signing of Military Info Sharing

[International] : The U.S. Department of Defense has welcomed the provisional signing of a military intelligence sharing treaty between Seoul and Tokyo.[more…] …read more

Russia-Friendly Political Novice Elected Bulgaria's President

Bulgaria’s Socialist Party candidate has won the presidential election, leading to the resignation of the country’s prime minister.Former air force commander General Rumen Radev, a Russian-friendly political novice, won nearly 60 percent of the vote, according to nearly complete results released Mon… …read more

Presidential Office Prepares for Park’s Investigation

[Politics] : The presidential office said it will by Tuesday respond to the prosecution’s scheduled …[more…] …read more

Moment of Silence Begins Concert for Paris Attack Victims

The Bataclan concert hall in Paris reopened Saturday night, nearly a year after 130 people were killed and nearly 500 wounded in the city in a coordinated attack by Islamic State militants.
Rock star Sting headlined the Bataclan concert, which started with a minute of silence to remember the 90 peop… …read more

Chinese Spend Billions Online on Singles Day

In a bright spot for China’s cooling economy, online shoppers spent billions of dollars Friday on “Singles Day,” a quirky holiday that has grown into the world’s busiest day for e-commerce.
The country’s biggest e-commerce brand, Alibaba Group, said sales by the thousands of retailers on its platfor… …read more

Ahn Urges Park to Decide for Sake of Country, People

[Politics] : Former joint chairman of the minor opposition People’s Party Ahn Cheol-soo is out on the street in …[more…] …read more

Park Plows Ahead with Foreign Policy Business

President Park Geun-hye seems to have been emboldened by the election of tarnished outsider Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency to show she is still at the helm despite a massive corruption scandal.
Cheong Wa Dae officials and pro-Park lawmakers in the ruling Saenuri Party, who had been keeping a lo… …read more

Obama-Trump Transition Divides S. Korean Parties

[Politics] : Anchor: As discussions began at the While House between President Barack Obama and President-elect …[more…] …read more

Trump Pulls Off Upset Victory Over Clinton

Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. The billionaire businessman, who was widely underestimated and even mocked by the political and media class throughout his campaign, pulled off a stunning and decisive win Tuesday over his rival, ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“I … …read more

Opposition Parties Demand Halt to Military Intelligence Deal with Japan

[Politics] : South Korea’s three leading opposition parties have issued a resolution demanding the government …[more…] …read more

N. Korean Human Rights Forum Held in Spain

[International] : An international forum aimed at raising public awareness of the human rights abuses in North Korea was held in Spain on Tuesday.[more…] …read more