Archive for December, 2016

Obama Orders Review of U.S. Election Hacking

President Barack Obama has ordered the intelligence community to conduct a “full review” of “hacking-related activity aimed at disrupting the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”
The announcement comes as pressure is mounting from Democratic and Republican members of Congress who are calling for a thor… …read more

S. Korea, US, Japan to Hold Defense Talks in Seoul Next Week

[Politics] : South Korea, the United States and Japan are scheduled to hold high-level defense talks in Seoul …[more…] …read more

US Emphasize Strong Relations with S. Korea Regardless of Presidential Impeachment

[International] : Washington has emphasized that its alliance with Seoul will remain robust regardless of President …[more…] …read more

Office Workers Join Protests Ahead of Impeachment Vote

Protesters braved driving rain in front of the National Assembly in Yeouido on Thursday evening, a day before lawmakers vote on a bill to impeach President Park Geun-hye.
Many of the protesters were younger office workers from the nearby financial district who had come out after work in their suits… …read more

Citizens to Hold Rallies, Debate in Front of National Assembly to Press Impeachment

[Politics] : Organizers of weekend candlelight rallies are planning various events for Thursday and Friday in …[more…] …read more

Korea Must Disentangle Government from Chaebol

The chiefs of Korea’s nine biggest conglomerates appeared on Tuesday before a National Assembly hearing about the corruption scandal involving President Park Geun-hye and her shadowy confidante Choi Soon-sil.
The last time the heads of the powerful chaebol or family-owned conglomerates all had to e… …read more

Court Rejects Request to Legally Recognize Gay Marriage

[Domestic] : The Seoul Western District Court has rejected an appeal filed by a South Korean gay couple who …[more…] …read more

Chinese Shoppers Spend Huge Sums on Korean Online Stores

Chinese shoppers spent an average of W190,000 per purchase in Korean online stores, according to a poll by the Korea Consumer Agency published Monday (US$1=W1,172).
Some of them spent around W6 million on one purchase and they shopped a whopping 32 times a year on average. The most popular goods wer… …read more

'N. Korea May Misjudge, Stage Provocations'

[Inter-Korea] : South Korea’s military is warning North Korea may respond to renewed sanctions and political …[more…] …read more

Protester Numbers Set Fresh Record as Park Refuses to Budge

Another round of candle-light protests in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Saturday drew up to 1.7 million people who again peacefully braved freezing temperatures to call on President Park Geun-hye to quit over a massive crony scandal.
There were no arrests. Organizers said 2.32 million participated in… …read more

Foreign Media Cover S. Korea's Sixth Massive Rally

[International] : Foreign media outlets have reported that a record number of protesters held peaceful rallies on Saturday for the sixth consecutive weekend demanding President Park Geun-hye’s resignation.
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Record 2.3 Million People Take to Streets Demanding Park's Resignation

[Politics] : More than two million people took to the streets across the nation on Saturday in their sixth consecutive weekend rally demanding President Park Geun-hye to step down immediately over the Choi Soon-sil scandal.[more…] …read more

UN Chief Apologizes for 2010 Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized to the people of Haiti on Thursday, more than six years after UN peacekeepers were blamed for causing a deadly cholera epidemic on the island nation.
“On behalf of the United Nations, I want to say very clearly: We apologize to the Haitian people,” Ban tol… …read more

BTS, Twice Picked as Top K-Pop Singers This Year

[Culture] : The fans have spoken: Bangtan Boys and girl group Twice are the world’s most beloved K-pop groups …[more…] …read more

Today's Photo: December 2, 2016

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PM Orders Stronger Quarantine Against AI

[Domestic] : Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn is calling for stronger quarantine measures against a highly …[more…] …read more

Private Consumption Slows Ahead of Peak Season

Private spending is slowing down drastically amid a massive influence-peddling scandal involving the president and tougher curbs on propitiatory gifts for influential people. “In previous years, spending by wealthy customers was not impacted by slow economic conditions, but nobody is spending money … …read more

Independent Counsel Vows No-Holds-Barred Probe of Park

President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday selected lawyer Park Young-soo as an independent counsel to investigate a massive influence-peddling scandal involving her and a longtime confidante. Cheong Wa Dae said the president will “actively” cooperate with the independent probe. The president “is willing … …read more

White House: Resolution to Increase Pressure

[International] : The White House has welcomed a new set of sanctions the UN Security Council adopted on North Korea following its fifth nuclear test, saying it will apply substantial pressure on the North.
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