Archive for January, 2017

(LEAD) Park, independent counsel consider 2nd or 3rd week of Feb. for direct questioning

(ATTN: ADDS details of probe into blacklist in paras 7-9)
SEOUL, Jan. 31 (Yonhap) — President Park Geun-hye’s attorneys and the independent counsel team are considering holding face-to-face questioning of the impeached leader over her corruption all …read more

Today's Photo: January 31, 2017

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(2nd LD) Independent counsel to seek arrest warrant for Choi soon

(ATTN: ADDS details in 9th para)
SEOUL, Jan. 30 (Yonhap) — Special prosecutors said Monday that they plan to seek another arrest warrant for Choi Soon-sil, a confidante of President Park Geun-hye at the center of a high-profile corruption scandal, af …read more

S. Korea's Ramyeon Exports Post New High

[Economy] : South Korea’s ramyeon exports have posted a new high on the back of strong demand for the spicy instant noodles not only in Asia but also in the U.S., the Middle East and Europe.
[more…] …read more

S. Korea's expressways clogged for Seol holiday

SEOUL, Jan. 29 (Yonhap) — Major Seoul-bound expressways across South Korea were congested Sunday as people returned from the Lunar New Year’s holiday.
Rain or snow in many areas worsened traffic jams.
Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans spe …read more

Consumer Sentiment of S. Koreans in 50s Lowest Since April 2009

[Economy] : The consumer sentiment of South Koreans in their 50s dropped to its lowest level since April 2009.
[more…] …read more

Saturday's weather forecast

SEOUL, Jan. 28 (Yonhap) — The following is the weather
forecast for South Korea’s 12 major cities at 9:00 a.m. Saturday.
Temperature (C) Condition Possibility
High/Low of Rain …read more

British PM May: Trump Confirmed '100 Percent' Support for NATO

In his first meeting with a foreign leader, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke of the two nations’ “special relationship,” and British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed, mentioning common economic interests and shared values, but pointedly saying the new president had pledged he is “100 percent” behi… …read more

(EDITORIAL from Korea JoongAng Daily on Jan. 27)

Mixed economic signals
Thanks to President Donald Trump’s drive to rev up the U.S. economy, the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 20,000 points for the first time. In Wednesday’s trading on the New York Stock Exchange, the index shot up to 20,06 …read more

Today's Photo: January 27, 2017

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(2nd LD) Court orders stolen Buddhist statue to be returned to Seosan temple

(ATTN: CORRECTS spelling of dynasty’s name in 6th para; ADDS more photo)
DAEJEON/TOKYO, Jan. 26 (Yonhap) — A local court on Thursday ordered an ancient Buddhist statue, stolen from a Japanese temple in 2012, to be handed over to a temple in Seosan o …read more

Siberian Tigers Find New Home in Gyeongsang Arboretum

[Domestic] : Two endangered Siberian tigers have been relocated to the Baekdu Mountain Range National …[more…] …read more

Park calls her corruption allegations preposterous, colossal lies

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Yonhap) — Impeached President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday denied a slew of corruption allegations against her once again, calling them “preposterous, colossal” lies.
During an hour-long interview with Jeong Kyu-jae, the chief editor …read more

No. of Newborns Likely to Hit Record Low

[Domestic] : The number of newborns in South Korea is expected to hit a record low.

According to Statistics …[more…] …read more

(LEAD) Special counsel gets ready to search presidential office

(ATTN: UPDATES with info on interrogation of Park in para 8)
SEOUL, Jan. 24 (Yonhap) — Special prosecutors said Tuesday they have completed a legal review of carrying out a search on the presidential office as they accelerate their investigation into …read more

S. Korea Wins North American Cup in Women's Bobsled

[Sports] : South Korea’s women bobsled teams have swept the North American Cup.

The team of Kim Yoo-ran …[more…] …read more

(LEAD) Court issues another warrant for Choi Soon-sil

(ATTN: UPDATES with questioning of ex-minister, ex-presidential chief of staff in last para; Minor edits)
SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Yonhap) — A local court has issued another arrest warrant for President Park Geun-hye’s close friend at the center of an influe …read more

Victim of Japan's Sexual Slavery to Return Compensation Money

[Domestic] : The oldest surviving victim of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery has decided to return compensation …[more…] …read more

Trump reiterates pledge to renegotiate NAFTA

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (Yonhap) — U.S. President Donald Trump said Sunday he will soon hold bilateral meetings with the Canadian and Mexican leaders to talk about renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
“We’re meeting with the …read more

Russian Bill Would Make Domestic Violence Legal

In Russia, giving one’s spouse a slap is nothing extraordinary for many people. This week, the Russian parliament is expected to take a step closer toward decriminalizing it altogether.Battery is a criminal offense in Russia, but nearly 20 percent of Russians openly say they think it is sometimes OK… …read more