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Seoul to offer joint marine resources study with N.K.

South Korea’s Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry said Thursday it would propose a joint research with North Korea to develop marine resources and ocean tourism.“There needs to be an excavation of North Korea’s marine resources, and development of ecotourism content and infrastructu...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:25

N. Korea may be restarting nuke plant: U.S. institute

North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown, a U.S. research institute said Thursday.If true, the finding, which is based on recent commercial satellite imagery, will be an added worry for the United States and the North’s neighb...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:25

[Newsmaker] N.K. demanded cash for summit: Lee memoir

Former President Lee Myung-bak has revealed a series of sensitive foreign policy dealings, including the failed negotiations over an inter-Korean summit, during his term in his memoir obtained by the ...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:24

Disputes grow over inconsistent policy on health insurance fees

Controversy escalated on Thursday over the government’s inconsistent introduction of a new system to levy more health insurance fees on high earners.Health Minister Moon Hyung-pyo told lawmakers Wednesday that he would not push ahead with the plan aimed at changing the way the government ...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:23

U.S. prioritizes N. Korea denuclearization: envoy

The United States is making denuclearization the top priority on its North Korea policy, a ranking U.S. diplomat said Thursday, amid the long-stalled six-party talks on ending the communist country’s...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:20

Military plans to install more CCTV cameras to curb abuse

The Defense Ministry plans to install more surveillance cameras to curb human rights abuses, allow conscripts to acquire academic credit through their military activities and distribute mobile phones ...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:19

Top court upholds acquittal of former Seoul police chief

Upholding a lower court ruling, the top court on Thursday acquitted a former Seoul police chief of charges that he soft-pedaled a police probe into a high-profile election-meddling scandal.The scandal centers around allegations that the state intelligence agency spearheaded an online smear...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:16

Opposition split over Lee attacks ahead of P.M. confirmation hearing

Main opposition party officials on Thursday reiterated suspicion that Prime Minister nominee Rep. Lee Wan-koo had speculated on real estate, as part of efforts to scrutinize the nation’s next potenti...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:15

Australia-Korea ties strengthening

Following is contributed by the Australian Embassy in Seoul to mark Australia Day. ― EdCelebrated annually on Jan. 26, Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. It is a day to celebrat...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:11

Korea eyes mandatory microchips for pets

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said Thursday that it was pushing for a five-year animal welfare project, under which pets would have to receive microchip implants starting next year in a bid to reduce the number of abandoned animals. Information about the pets and thei...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:11

Vice defense minister to visit Colombia, Peru

South Korea’s vice defense minister plans to visit Colombia and Peru this week to explore ways to boost bilateral exchange and cooperation in the defense field, the defense ministry said Thursday.During his three-day stay in Colombia starting Friday, Vice Defense Minister Baek Seung-joo i...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:11

[Herald Interview] Wheaton College chief warns about state overreach

In 2012, Wheaton College filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government for requiring institutions to provide emergency contraceptive drugs to their employees. As the college waged its legal battle with ...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:09

Navigating through new career paths

When I finally received my acceptance letter from a business school, I was delighted that a new chapter in my life was about to begin. Despite my unconventional career background, I felt this was my l...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:07

S. Korea, U.S. hold security talks on N. Korea

South Korea and the United States held talks in Seoul Thursday on North Korea's growing threat online and arms control, Seoul's defense ministry said Thursday."The two sides discussed such issues as North Korea's hacking attack on Sony Pictures and possible measures to respond to Pyongyang...

Updated : 2015.01.29 16:52

Ex-Navy chief arrested over alleged graft

A former head of the Navy was arrested Thursday over allegations that he took bribes from a shipbuilding conglomerate when he was in office seven years ago.Retired Adm. Jung Ok-geun allegedly took bribes from STX Group, a now financially troubled shipping and shipbuilding conglomerate, in ...

Updated : 2015.01.29 15:38