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S. Korea, China seek joint statement marking end of World War II

The parliaments of South Korea and China are pushing to issue a joint statement marking the end of World War II, a diplomatic source in Beijing said Friday.The move came as the two countries prepare to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. This year also marks the 70...

Updated : 2015.05.29 16:03

S. Korea pledges $600 mln to support growth in Africa

South Korea has pledged $600 million to support growth among African countries, the government said Friday.A related memorandum of understanding, signed Tuesday with the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast, calls for Seoul to provide soft loans t...

Updated : 2015.05.29 16:01

Ruling party official's house raided over bribery allegations

Prosecutors have raided the house of a ruling Saenuri Party official as part of their widening investigation into allegations that a deceased businessman provided illegal political funds during the 2012 presidential election, a prosecution official said Friday.Prosecutors obtained document...

Updated : 2015.05.29 14:47

S. Korea confirms 2 additional MERS cases

South Korea confirmed two additional cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome on Friday, raising the number of patients diagnosed with the virus to nine.The two were found to have been infected with the potentially fatal disease from a 68-year-old patient, the country's first confirme...

Updated : 2015.05.29 12:55

N. Korea 'exaggerating' sub missile, nuclear claims: ex-U.S. intelligence chief

North Korea is likely to be "exaggerating" claims that it successfully test-launched a ballistic missile from a submarine and miniaturized a nuclear warhead, a former U.S. intelligence chief said Friday. Dennis Blair, former director of national intelligence, also slammed North Korean lead...

Updated : 2015.05.29 11:09

N. Korean leader's sister re-appears after 50 days amid childbirth

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's younger sister, who was believed to be pregnant, made her first public appearance in about 50 days, the North's media reported Friday, cementing speculation that she might have given birth in May.Kim Yo-jong, 28, accompanied the young leader on his field g...

Updated : 2015.05.29 10:40

N. Korea adding more facilities to rocket launch site: 38 North

North Korea is adding more facilities to its recently expanded rocket launch site on the country's west coast, the website 38 North said Thursday, casting doubt over speculation Pyongyang may launch a long-range rocket in October.The North completed the upgrading of the Sohae Satellite Lau...

Updated : 2015.05.29 10:39

Rival parties pass pension reform bill

Rival parties approved Friday a bill to reform the deficit-ridden pension system for civil servants as the country scrambles to contain the costs of its fast-aging population.The bill passed through t...

Updated : 2015.05.29 10:34

Korea, Uzbekistan bolster energy, infrastructure ties

The leaders of South Korea and Uzbekistan on Thursday agreed to upgrade their partnership to bolster cooperation in fields including energy and infrastructure projects, as well as information technolo...

Updated : 2015.05.28 20:09

Japanese swimmer convicted of theft at Incheon Asiad

A South Korean court on Thursday found Japanese swimmer Naoya Tomita guilty of stealing a camera while at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.The district court in the western port city of Incheon ordered Tomita to pay a fine of 1 million won (US$890).Tomita was convicted of stealing a South Kore...

Updated : 2015.05.28 20:05

Teachers’ group loses status suit

The Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled that a labor law banning dismissed education workers from joining trade unions was constitutional, effectively nailing the coffin shut for a left-leaning tea...

Updated : 2015.05.28 20:04

Prosecution appeals ex-Korean Air executive's acquittal

Prosecutors said Thursday that they have submitted an appeal to reverse an appeals court decision that acquitted the eldest daughter of Korean Air Lines Co.'s chairmen of changing an aircraft's flight route. On May 22, the Seoul High Court sentenced Cho Hyun-ah to 10 months in prison, but ...

Updated : 2015.05.28 20:04

Seoul slams Pyongyang for slandering president

South Korea lashed out at North Korea Thursday for slandering its President Park Geun-hye, urging the communist state to stop resorting to vulgar invective and immediately come out for dialogue instead.In recent weeks, Pyongyang has hardened its rhetoric against Park as she criticized the ...

Updated : 2015.05.28 20:02

Ruling party pushes for Assembly act revision

The ruling Saenuri Party urged on Thursday a revision to the bill that was aimed at reforming the legislation process, blaming the rules for creating legislative gridlock. Senior members of the Saenuri Party criticized the so-called “National Assembly Advancement Act” for blocking the pa...

Updated : 2015.05.28 20:02

Another former sex slave dies

Another victim of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery died of old age on Wednesday, bringing down the number of total surviving victims to 52. Lee Hyo-sun, 91, died at a hospital in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province. She was one of the 238 women who had registered with the government, claimi...

Updated : 2015.05.28 20:01