Yoo probe restarts from square one

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Yoo probe restarts from square one

The police said it would reinvestigate the cause of runaway Yoo Byung-eun’s death from square one as fresh allegations have been raised, even after the state forensic agency’s autopsy on the 73-year...

Updated : 2014.07.29 21:08

Voters to cast ballots in largest-ever by-elections

Voters will take to polling stations in 15 constituencies across the country Wednesday for the largest-ever parliamentary by-elections, viewed by the parties as a pivotal opportunity to gain the upper...

Updated : 2014.07.29 21:05

U.S. House passes tougher sanctions bill on N. Korea

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill calling for strengthening financial sanctions on North Korea and holding officials of the totalitarian nation accountable for human rights abuses.The legislation -- H.R. 1771 or the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Ac...

Updated : 2014.07.29 21:05

[Newsmaker] Evidence hints Japan hid Joseon books

Circumstantial evidence has surfaced that Japan had concealed lists of crucial Korean cultural assets that it smuggled out of the peninsula during the 1910-45 colonial period, when the two countries w...

Updated : 2014.07.29 21:02

U.S. base to relocate as planned, minister says

South Korea and the United States will relocate the U.S. military headquarters in Seoul to south of the capital as planned because it is “a pledge to the people,” Seoul‘s defense chief said Tuesday. In 2004, the allies agreed to relocate the Yongsan Garrison, the sprawling U.S. military...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:56

Africa looks to take page from Saemaul movement

Nineteen officials from six African countries pledged to spur rural reform and boost their local economies by taking a page from Korea’s development book at a seminar hosted by the Korea Internationa...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:56

Migrant workers can receive severance pay only after departure

Migrant workers must now wait until they leave the country to receive severance pay. Migrant workers must leave the country when their visas expire, and according to law since 2011, South Korean employers have been obliged to pay their severance before their departure.The government introd...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:56

College admissions for Danwon students draw fire

A recently proposed bill that will grant special college admission to students at Danwon High School ― which saw over 200 of its students perish in the deadly ferry accident in April ― is sparking criticism in education circles.The bill, currently pending at the National Assembly, will a...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:56

(Photo News) Final preparations

An election official installs voting booths at a polling station in Dongjak-gu, Seoul, Tuesday. Voters in 15 constituencies across the country take to polling stations on Wednesday in the largest-ever...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:56

Five bigwigs attempt to make history

Five heavyweight contenders are hoping to make history in Wednesday’s by-elections, dubbed “miniature general elections.” The ruling and opposition parties are fielding some of the biggest names in...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:55

Korea to boost ties with Mekong nations

South Korea reached agreement with Thailand and four other Mekong region countries Tuesday to further their diplomatic and economic cooperation, Seoul‘s foreign ministry said.The foreign ministers of...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:53

Sewol investigation debate blocks 7,000 other bills

The partisan deadlock over legislation addressing the Sewol ferry disaster is stalling the passage of other bills, including those aiming to strengthen safety standards in the wake of multiple safety accidents this year.As of Tuesday, more than 7,000 bills awaited parliamentary review.But ...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:53

Disclosure of info of sex offenders ‘constitutional’

Revealing the personal information of a person convicted of sexual harassment does not violate his or her basic constitutional rights, Korea’s Constitutional Court said Tuesday.The court struck down a lawsuit filed by two people who claimed that a clause which states that providing person...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:52

Senior Coast Guard official arrested over Sewol ferry sinking

The captain of a Coast Guard patrol boat was arrested on Tuesday to face questioning over the maritime police's botched initial response to April's ferry sinking that claimed more than 300 lives, prosecutors said.The chief of the Mokpo Coast Guard's patrol boat, called the 123, has come un...

Updated : 2014.07.29 17:26

U.S. military base relocation to go ahead as planned: S. Korea

South Korea and the United States will relocate the U.S. military headquarters in Seoul to south of the capital as planned because it is "a pledge to the people," Seoul's defense chief said Tuesday. In 2004, the allies agreed to relocate the Yongsan Garrison, the sprawling U.S. military he...

Updated : 2014.07.29 15:45