Archive for February, 2017

Acting president pledges to increase public rental housing

SEOUL, Feb. 24 (Yonhap) — Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on Friday pledged to build more public rental homes across the country to help young adults and senior citizens struggling with high housing costs. During a ceremony welco …

N.Korean Embassies Are No Better Than Terrorist Cells

Evidence suggests that the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur was the operational headquarters in the hit on Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Malaysian police on Wednesday said one suspect in the assassination, Hyon Kwang-song (44), is a second secretary… …

2016 saw lowest number of births ever recorded in South Korea

Last year, 406,300 babies were born in South Korea, the lowest number ever recorded. As part of the country’s low birth rate, the number of babies born first fell below 500,000 in 2002, and now it’s o.. …

Automated Clearance Without Prior Registration to Expand to More Airports

[Domestic] : The Korea Airports Corporation says it’s expanding and streamlining passenger access to automated …[more…] …

N. Korea condemns China over comment on missile test, suspension of coal imports

North Korea’s state media on Thursday made a rare criticism against China over Beijing’s condemnation of Pyongyang’s lau …

N. Korea moving solidly toward nuclear 'second strike capability'

By Chang Jae-soon WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (Yonhap) — North Korea’s latest missile test shows the communist nation is moving solidly toward perfecting capabilities to strike back with a nuclear weapon if it comes under a nuclear attack, a U.S. expert said …

Sharing with the world, part 7: Automated electoral systems

“Clean and fair elections have come true in my country. My wish has come true!” So said President Almazbek Atambayev of Kyrgyzstan on Oct. 5, 2015, a day after the parliamentary election. Presid …

BOK Keeps Rate Steady at 1.25% on Uncertainties, Household Debt

[Economy] : The Bank of Korea kept its key rate steady at one-point-25 percent for the eighth month in a row on …[more…] …

Former MBC News Presenter Announces Wedding Plans

Former MBC news presenter Oh Sang-jin unveiled pre-wedding photos ahead of marriage with his former colleague Kim So-young in late April.They posed for a photo shoot by a fashion magazine, trying on various attires such as a white tuxedo, off-the-shoulder gowns and cocktail dresses.Oh met her when h… …

Foreign ministry asks for local government's cooperation in resolving sex slavery statue dispute

South Korea’s foreign ministry has sent an official letter to local municipalities in the southeastern city of Busan, as …

Parties fail to agree on calling for vote to extend special counsel probe

SEOUL, Feb. 23 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s parliamentary chief and political parties on Thursday failed to agree on having the speaker exercise his authority to put to a vote the proposal to extend the term of the independent counsel investigating a corr …

Number of Newborns in Korea Hit Record Low Last Year

The number of births in Korea reached an all-time low last year, while the number of deaths grew at a record-breaking pace due to population aging. As the gap between the two figures widen, the nation’s population growth dipped to a record-low level. According to the National Statistics Office on February 22, the number of births in Korea stood at 406,300 last year, down 7.3 percent or 32,100 from 438,400 a year ago. This figure was the lowest since the data began to be compiled in 1970.&nb… …

Hyundai Pulls out of Business Lobby Over Crony Scandal

Hyundai on Tuesday pulled out of the Federation of Korean Industries on Tuesday over the business lobby’s entanglement in the Cheong Wa Dae extortion scandal. That means all the country’s top four conglomerates have now pulled out, the others being LG, Samsung and SK. These four put in half of the W… …

Humans triumph over machines in translation competition

Humans faced off against artificial intelligence programs again – this time in the area of translation. While the battle ended in a resounding win by the human beings, the victory may be less importa.. …

S. Korean Students Grow Taller, Obese Over Past Decade

[Domestic] : South Korean students have grown taller and more obese over the last decade. The Education …[more…] …

N. Korea's biotechnology institute behind Malaysia killing: source

A North Korean biotechnology institute is involved in last week’s killing of leader Kim Jong-un’s half brother Kim Jong- …

Ottogi Poses Strong Challenge to Nongshim in Ramen Market

In Korea’s ramen market which achieved record-high sales last year, the market leader Nongshim faced strong challenge from Ottogi. Ottogi increased its sales by about 30 percent, narrowing the gap with the front-runner Nongshim whose market share fell to around 50 percent. Last year’s ramen sales in Korea reached an all-time high at 2.09 trillion won, recovering the 2-trillion-won level first since 2013. Premium Chinese-styled ramen successfully took roots in the market, while new type… …

(3rd LD) Park's lawyers demand justice's removal from impeachment trial

(ATTN: UPDATES with final hearing’s postponement in last 6 paras) SEOUL, Feb. 22 (Yonhap) — President Park Geun-hye’s lawyers on Wednesday demanded the removal of a justice from her impeachment trial over allegations of partiality. Justice Kang I …

[Editorial] Despite mounting evidence in Kim Jong-nam’s killing, N. Korea still shameless

Despite the confirmation that a large number of North Koreans were involved in the killing of Kim Jong-nam, North Korea remains shameless. Rather than taking responsible actions, it continues to talk .. …

[Urgent] Court denies warrant for Woo Byung-woo

The Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday rejected the independent counsel’s proposal to issue an arrest warrant for …