Archive for March, 2018

More College Students Drink Heavily

College students drink less overall but more heavily when they do, a survey suggests.Some 41.4 percent of male college students drink more than 10 shots of liquor at a sitting, nearly double the proportion of male adults overall, which is 21.2 percent, according to the survey of 5,024 college studen… …

S. Korean Budget Airliners Plan to Suspend Flights to Boracay

[International] : A South Korean budget airliner is planning to suspend flights to Boracay as the Philippine government is deciding whether to shut down the famous resort island over its worsening environmental problems.  According to the local airline industry, Air Seoul informed its customers on Wednesday that flights …[more…] …

Court denies arrest warrant for ex-Gov. An on sex offense charges

SEOUL, March 28 (Yonhap) — A Seoul court on Wednesday refused to issue an arrest warrant for former South Chungcheong Province Gov. An Hee-jung on sexual offense charges. The Seoul Western District Court made the decision, saying that there is a …

New Smart Traffic System to Enhance Safety of Autonomous Cars

[Domestic] : The South Korean government plans to set up a smart traffic system to enhance the safety of autonomous vehicles on the country’s roads.  The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced on Tuesday it is conducting research on the plan as part of efforts to prevent accidents like the killing …[more…] …

Kim Jong-un pays surprise China visit, holds first summit with Xi Jinping

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un paid a recent surprise visit to China and held his first summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping. An investigation by the Hankyoreh confirmed that Kim was the unide.. …

In France, Calls Grow to Reinstate State of Emergency

Calls are growing to reinstate France’s state of emergency and crack down further against suspected Muslim extremists after last week’s terror attack that left four dead in southern France — and as the country prepares to bury the victims.President Emmanuel Macron will be presiding over a national … …

President Moon returns from trip to Vietnam, UAE

SEOUL, March 28 (Yonhap) — President Moon Jae-in returned home Wednesday following his trip to Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for talks on ways to improve South Korea’s bilateral relations with the countries. The two-nation tour began …

President Moon commemorates first Barakah nuclear plant

President Moon Jae-in poses for a commemorative photo in front of the Barakah Unit 1 nuclear energy plant in Abu Dhabi, along with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and other dign …

Most Americans Favor N.Korea Summit

An overwhelming number of Americans support a Washington-Pyongyang summit scheduled for May but do not believe North Korea will give up its nuclear arms, according to a Fox News poll published last Friday. The poll was conducted among 1,014 adults on March 18-21. Sixty-three percent of respondents a… …

UAE Intent on Signing $25 Bln Energy Projects with S. Korean Firms

[Politics] : Anchor: President Moon Jae-in, who is currently on an official state visit to the United Arab Emirates, has told his aides to prepare follow-up measures for closer cooperation on energy projects with the Middle Eastern country. Oh Sooyoung has the details. Report: The United Arab Emirates(UAE) has expressed …[more…] …

(2nd LD) S. Korea trying to verify reports of high-ranking N. Korean official's China visit

(ATTN: EXPANDS dateline; ADDS Chinese reaction in last 2 paras) SEOUL/BEIJING, March 27 (Yonhap) — The South Korean government is striving to verify news reports that a high-ranking North Korean official, possibly leader Kim Jong-un, is visiting Chin …

Korea, UAE agree to become special strategic partners

President Moon Jae-in (left) shakes hands with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, at the UAE Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi on March 25. By Sohn JiAe Photos = Che …

Ex-Governor Won't Appear at Arrest Warrant Hearing

Ex-South Chungcheong Province Governor An Hee-jung is not expected to appear in court for a hearing on Monday afternoon. “We were informed that An is not appearing at a hearing to review his arrest warrant, but he wants to submit a written statement instead to plead his case,” an official from Seoul… …

[Special Features Series: April 3 Jeju Uprising, Part II] The April 3 Exodus

Amid the Jeju Uprising in 1948, many islanders fled to Japan and mainland South Korea. Some left because they were tired of life on the island; others were whisked away from the “island of death” by t.. …

Capital Region to Continue Fine Dust Reduction Measures Tuesday

[Domestic] : Fine dust reduction measures will be issued for Seoul and its surrounding areas for a second consecutive day on Tuesday.  The Environment Ministry and the governments of Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi Province announced on Monday that the measures will be implemented the following day from 6 a.m. to 9 …[more…] …

(LEAD) EU reaffirms support for peaceful resolution of N.K. nuke issue

(ATTN: ADDS more details in last 3 paras) SEOUL, March 26 (Yonhap) — The European Union reaffirmed its active support for South Korea’s efforts to peacefully resolve the North Korea nuclear issue, a foreign ministry official said Monday. Helga Sc …

Mnuchin: US, S. Korea Reach Deal on FTA Revision, Steel Tariff

[International] : U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that South Korea and the U.S. have reached a “win-win” deal on issues over their free trade agreement(FTA) and steel tariffs. Appearing on Fox News on Sunday, Mnuchin said that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer reached “a very productive …[more…] …

Facebook's Zuckerberg Apologizes for 'Breach of Trust' in Disclosure of Users' Data

Facebook co-founder and chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg apologized Sunday in full-page ads in nine major British and U.S. newspapers for the massive “breach of trust” at the social media giant that revealed personal information of millions of Facebook users.Zuckerberg did not mention the Bri… …

Bolton: N. Korea wants to buy time to develop nukes

WASHINGTON, March 25 (Yonhap) — North Korea is offering negotiations with the United States in order to buy time to develop its nuclear weapons, the incoming U.S. national security adviser said Sunday. John Bolton, a former ambassador who was tapp …

[Special Feature Series #2] Debt troubles mount for South Korean youth

Choi So-won (28, not her real name), who graduated from a private university in Seoul in 2016, took out 19 million won (US$17,700) in student loans from the Korea Student Aid Foundation (KOSAF) while .. …