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U.S. envoy to visit Seoul next week for talks on NK nukes

The U.S. special envoy on North Korea policy will visit South Korea late next week to discuss Pyongyang's much-denounced nuclear weapons program following a high-ranking North Korean official's recent trip to Russia, diplomatic sources said Friday.Sung Kim's visit, scheduled for late next ...

Updated : 2014.11.28 12:34

S. Korean Navy receives new amphibious landing ship

The South Korean Navy took delivery Friday of the country's first indigenous next-generation amphibious landing ship expected to boost the military's landing and transportation capabilities, the state arms procurer said.  The 4,500-ton LTS-II ship Cheonwangbong, named after the country's...

Updated : 2014.11.28 12:32

U.S. film on NK leader to hit screens next month

A controversial American movie on an assassination plot targeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will hit the screens in 63 countries starting late next month, a U.S. news report said Friday.The comedy, titled "The Interview," will be released in the U.S. and Canada on Dec. 25 before hitt...

Updated : 2014.11.28 10:35

N. Korean leader extols female fighter jet pilots

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observed a flight drill of the country's first female pilots of pursuit planes, Pyongyang's state media reported Friday.Kim instructed the full-scale training of those highly skilled airwomen himself, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).The No...

Updated : 2014.11.28 10:34

Budget bickering continues with 5 days to deadline

The two main parties partially resumed the budget review Thursday, but remained far off on key issues including the funding for state-run child care program. The ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy’s deputy floor leaders met and enabled the Sec...

Updated : 2014.11.27 21:35

Korean court sides with Congolese asylum-seeker

A Seoul court on Thursday granted refugee status to a Congolese man fleeing political persecution in his home country, where he served as a mid-level opposition party official.The man was tortured by pro-government authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo for his political leanings...

Updated : 2014.11.27 21:32

Sankei’s ex-Seoul head denies charges of defaming Park

Sankei Shimbun’s former Seoul bureau chief Tatsuya Kato on Thursday denied having had any intention of defaming President Park Geun-hye in his Aug. 3 report.In the 48-year-old defendant’s first tria...

Updated : 2014.11.27 21:32

[Design Forum] Artist adorns cityscape with ‘love and peace’ messages

Chris Riggs, an American artist who is carving out a presence around the world with his works full of peace messages, came to Korea this week to speak at the Herald Design Forum 2014 at Dongdaemun Des...

Updated : 2014.11.27 21:28

School violence on decline in S. Korea: survey

About one out of every 100 students attending primary, middle and high school have recently experienced school violence, a poll showed Thursday, a decline from earlier this year amid the government's efforts to eradicate the problem.   The survey conducted by the Ministry of Education j...

Updated : 2014.11.27 17:58

Families, residents call for sunken ferry's salvage

Families of those still missing in April's ferry disaster and residents of this southwestern island called Thursday for the early salvage of the sunken ship to help assuage the grief of the families and revive the regional economy.   The 6,825-ton ferry Sewol sank on April 16 in waters ...

Updated : 2014.11.27 17:34

Ex-vice minister tapped to head Kaesong complex committee

South Korea has picked a former vice unification minister to lead a civilian committee to support the operation of an inter-Korean industrial complex in North Korea, the ministry said Thursday.   Kim Nam-sik, who quit his job at the ministry earlier this month, will serve as chairman of...

Updated : 2014.11.27 17:26

Parties agree to discuss tobacco taxes amid budget row

Rival political parties agreed Thursday to immediately begin discussions on a government proposal to raise cigarette prices amid a parliamentary impasse over free child care services for young children.   The agreement came during a lunch meeting between the senior deputy floor leaders ...

Updated : 2014.11.27 17:26

Japanese reporter denies defaming President Park

Sankei Shimbun’s former Seoul bureau chief Tatsuya Kato on Thursday denied the charges that his Aug. 3 report on President Park Geun-hye was aimed at intentionally defaming her.In the first trial hea...

Updated : 2014.11.27 16:51

S. Korean court sides with Congolese asylum-seeker

A Seoul court on Thursday granted refugee status to a Congolese man fleeing political persecution in his home country, where he served as a mid-level opposition party official.The man was tortured by pro-government authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo for his political leanings,...

Updated : 2014.11.27 16:49

Budget row continues with 5 days to deadline

The budget standoff continued to halt proceedings in the parliament although some progress was made on Thursday.The ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy’s deputy floor leaders met and enabled the Security and Public Administration Committee to r...

Updated : 2014.11.27 16:46