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Seoul to fund N. Korean scholars' studies in Germany

 Seoul plans to provide funding for North Korean forestry specialists to study in Germany, a U.S. news report said Saturday, in its latest effort to restore deforested mountains in the North.  Under the plan, South Korea will help around 30 North Korean experts study in Germany by provi...

Updated : 2015.08.29 16:56

Number of foreign visitors returns to level before MERS

 The number of foreign visitors arriving in South Korea returned to the level before the outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), data showed Saturday, casting a brighter outlook for the local tourism industry. South Korea‘s justice ministry said the number of daily fore...

Updated : 2015.08.29 11:44

Reduced sentence for defendant in Cheong Wa Dae bomb threat

An appeals court on Friday reduced the sentence for the son of a former aide to the parliamentary speaker indicted over threatening to bomb Cheong Wa Dae.The Seoul High Court sentenced the 22-year-old, surnamed Kang, the son of a former aide to National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa, to si...

Updated : 2015.08.28 21:10

S. Korea, U.S. flaunt combined artillery power in

South Korea and the United States performed a joint war simulation on Friday involving live-fire bombings and flights of combat jets in the latest show of joint force against North Korea.The allies mobilized the biggest-ever number of troops, artillery pieces and military vehicles for this...

Updated : 2015.08.28 21:08

Environment ministry OKs controversial cable car on Mount Seorak

The Ministry of Environment on Friday gave its approval for a cable car to be set up on a popular mountain range near South Korea's eastern coast, a plan that has been criticized for its potential harm to the regional environment. The construction plan calls for a 3.5-kilometer long cable ...

Updated : 2015.08.28 20:57

Seoul proposes Sept. 7 talks for family reunions

South Korea’s Red Cross on Friday proposed to hold working-level talks with its North Korean counterpart on Sept. 7 to arrange a fresh round of reunions for families displaced by the Korean War follo...

Updated : 2015.08.28 18:46

President Park's approval rating reaches near 50%

President Park Geun-hye’s approval rating has skyrocketed to reach nearly 50 percent, hoisted by the dramatic inter-Korean agreement earlier in the week that tamed cross-border tensions, a poll showe...

Updated : 2015.08.28 18:23

NPAD may oust ex-vice spokesman for praising N.K. leader

The main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy’s floor leader Rep. Lee Jong-kul said Friday that he would consider ousting Huh Young-il, a former party vice spokesman who recently resigned over his Facebook post praising the North Korean leader.“I’m not sure how much Huh actual...

Updated : 2015.08.28 18:17

NPAD seeks to impeach home affairs minister

The main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy said Friday it has decided to seek for an impeachment of the home affairs minister for his controversial comment criticized for violating politi...

Updated : 2015.08.28 18:14

Sex trade businesses caught by police nearly triple in 2 years

 The number of sex trade businesses caught by police in the past two years has nearly tripled, a report showed Friday, as authorities have led a crackdown against prostitution despite ongoing debate ...

Updated : 2015.08.28 18:04

S. Korea opens first nuclear waste repository

South Korea dedicated part of its first nuclear waste repository in Gyeongju on Friday, which is expected to help the country better handle its spent radioactive materials.The first phase of the repository, which cost 1.54 trillion won ($1.31 billion), has six underground silos that can ho...

Updated : 2015.08.28 15:12

N. Korea-China ties changing 'in quality': S. Korean envoy

Relations between North Korea and China have changed markedly due to Pyongyang's refusal to denuclearize and repeated provocations, South Korea's top nuclear envoy said Friday.Hwang Joon-kook, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, cited China's attitude on...

Updated : 2015.08.28 15:11

Phone fraud offenders found guilty of creating crime syndicate

A group of criminals involved in telephone-based financial scams was found guilty for the first time of organizing and committing crimes as a crime syndicate. The Daegu District Court handed down a six-year jail term to a 28-year-old Lee, who held a managerial position in the group, convic...

Updated : 2015.08.28 15:06

Opposition party seeks to impeach home affairs minister

The home affairs minister offered an apology Friday over a recent toast he made on the upcoming elections as the main opposition party is pushing to impeach him for it.Minister of Security and Public Administration Chong Jong-sup is under fire over a toast he led during a dinner with lawma...

Updated : 2015.08.28 13:17

S. Korea's Red Cross proposes talks with North on Sept. 7 for family reunions

South Korea's Red Cross on Friday proposed holding working-level talks with its North Korean counterpart on Sept. 7 to discuss the issue of reunions for families separated by the Korean War, a government official said.The Korean Red Cross proposed the two sides meet at its "House of Peace"...

Updated : 2015.08.28 11:45