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Parliament passes controversial anti-corruption bill

The National Assembly on Tuesday passed a controversial anti-corruption bill following months of wrangling over whether it violates an individual's constitutional rights, among other issues.The so-cal...

Updated : 2015.03.03 17:46

N. Korea says no more chances for inter-Korean dialogue

North Korea said Tuesday that South Korea has blown any chance for bilateral dialogue by pressing ahead with joint military drills with the United States.The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea warned that the South will face "miserable consequences." "Now that the puppet war...

Updated : 2015.03.03 16:41

Panel pushes to finish unification preparation in 3 yrs

The presidential committee tasked with preparing for a possible unification with North Korea plans to complete their mission in the next two to three years, its vice chief said Tuesday.The committee, headed by President Park Geun-hye, completed its preliminary examination of a three-step r...

Updated : 2015.03.03 16:19

Smokers challenge legality of smoking ban at restaurants

The largest network of smokers in South Korea asked the Constitutional Court Tuesday to review the constitutionality of the current ban on smoking in all restaurants, saying it infringes on people's right to happiness.A revised national health law took effect on Jan. 1, expanding the ban t...

Updated : 2015.03.03 15:08

N. Korea ready to fire medium-range Nodong missiles: military source

North Korea appears prepared to fire medium-range Nodong ballistic missiles amid heightened inter-Korean tensions over the ongoing South Korea-U.S. military exercises, a source here said Tuesday.On Monday, Pyongyang fired two short-range missiles into the East Sea in an apparent protest ag...

Updated : 2015.03.03 15:06

Ex-Navy chief charged with additional bribery

State investigators said Tuesday they have added another count of bribery against a former Navy chief already indicted for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks from a troubled defense firm while in office seven years ago.Retired Adm. Jung Ok-geun, who served as the Navy Chi...

Updated : 2015.03.03 13:42

Rock singer died from medical malpractice: police

 Popular rock singer Shin Hae-chul died as a result of medical malpractice since his doctor did not provide proper care after abdominal surgery, police said Tuesday.Last October, Shin, one of South K...

Updated : 2015.03.03 13:28

N. Korean leader inspects air force unit on tree-planting day

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspected a major air force unit credited with supporting the 2009 launch of a long-range rocket, according to Pyongyang's media Tuesday.A day earlier, Kim looked around a monument to honor "14 stalwart fighters, who displayed the suicidal-attack spirit" at ...

Updated : 2015.03.03 13:26

Seoul poised to remove ActiveX software from public websites

The government plans to start removing the troublesome ActiveX software from public websites later this month as it gears up to create a more friendly Internet environment, the home affairs ministry said Tuesday.The move comes amid growing complaints over the ActiveX technology, which Sout...

Updated : 2015.03.03 11:32

N. Korea ends Ebola travel restrictions

North Korea has lifted its strict travel restrictions on people entering the isolated country, which was a frantic measure to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from spreading into its territory, a company specializing in tours to the North said Tuesday. Although no cases of Ebola have been re...

Updated : 2015.03.03 11:29

S. Korea sends special troops to UAE

The South Korean Army held a send-off ceremony Tuesday for 128 elite troops set to leave for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to replace a military contingent tasked with training the Middle East country's special forces, officers said.The South Korean unit "Akh," meaning brother in Arabic, ...

Updated : 2015.03.03 11:27

U.S. seeks to calm S. Korea upset over Sherman's remarks

The United States sought to calm an upset South Korea on Monday after a top American diplomat made remarks seen as taking sides with Japan in a historical row, saying Tokyo's wartime sexual enslavemen...

Updated : 2015.03.03 10:39

N. Korea lost 14 airmen in 2009 rocket launch: Pyongyang media

North Korea was found Tuesday to have lost 14 airmen while launching a long-range rocket in 2009, as the country's leader, Kim Jong-un, inspected a related military unit a day earlier.Kim looked around a monument to honor the "stalwart fighters, who displayed the suicidal-attack spirit" at...

Updated : 2015.03.03 10:06

Korean-Canadian pastor missing after visit to N. Korea: reports

A Korean-Canadian pastor has lost contact after visiting North Korea, news reports said Monday, amid fears he could be detained in the communist nation.Rev. Lim Hyeon-soo, 60, entered the North via China on Jan. 31 and has since lost contact with friends and family, the Toronto Star report...

Updated : 2015.03.03 09:55

S. Korea to pledge more than $5M in aid to Syrian refugees

South Korea will pledge more than $5 million to help millions of Syrians who were displaced by the four-year-long civil war, a senior official said Monday.South Korea will make an official announcement at a donors conference in Kuwait later this month, Ju Chul-ki, senior presidential secre...

Updated : 2015.03.03 09:53