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[Weekender] Into the mountains

For many Koreans, there’s one popular, easy way to get out of the country’s nonstop, hypercompetitive society ― hiking. Mountains are everywhere, covering more than two-thirds of Korea. Most are op...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:32

[Weekender] Activist warns against excessive development

Autumn is the best season for hiking and mountain climbing in Korea with the crisp and mild weather, and colorful leaves. But for environmental activists, it is the season that worries them the most.M...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:18

Top prosecutor reignites surveillance spat

The controversy over the tapping of personal communications by the authorities has taken a new twist following Prosecutor General Kim Jin-tae’s comments at the parliamentary audit.During the audit on...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:16

Korean Ebola team to be treated overseas in case of infection

The proposed group of South Korean heath-care workers to be sent to West Africa to care for Ebola patients next month will be taken to medical facilities in the U.S. or in Europe should they get infected by the deadly virus, the South Korean government announced Friday.The decision was ann...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:15

‘1 in 10 foreign female workers sexually harassed’

One in 10 of female migrant workers were sexually harassed while working in South Korea last year, according to Rep. Lee Jasmine’s office.According to Lee, who is the first non-ethnic Korean and naturalized citizen to become a lawmaker in South Korea, 10.7 percent of the female workers fr...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:14

Mobile phones can play role in longevity: study

The use of mobile phones could play a role in increasing the longevity of the elderly, a study said Friday.Professor Kim Jong-in of Wonkwang University led a study aiming to identify the socioeconomic factors at work when a 70-year-old in 1980 gets to live 30 years more, and concluded that...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:14

Public sector pension row escalates

The controversy over the civil servants’ pension system reform plans continued to grow Friday with ruling and opposition parties clashing on the proposal.In the parliamentary audit of the Government Employees Pension Service, ruling Saenuri Party lawmakers threw their weight behind the go...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:13

S. Korea third among OECD members in work-related deaths

South Korea has recorded the third-highest number of workers killed in industrial accidents among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) over the past six years, a lawmaker said Friday.Eight per 100,000 workers died in industrial accidents during the 20...

Updated : 2014.10.24 16:57

Senior ruling party official presses leadership over economic bills

A senior official of the ruling Saenuri Party called on the party leadership Friday to pass a set of economic bills pending in parliament or be prepared to resign.Rep. Kim Tae-ho, a member of the ruling party's Supreme Council, made the remarks a day after he offered to step down over his ...

Updated : 2014.10.24 16:45

N. Korea slams Seoul's hosting of regional peace forum

North Korea lambasted South Korea Friday for hosting a forum on peace promotion in Northeast Asia, signaling it may not attend the forum despite Seoul's invitation.South Korea plans to hold the Northeast Asia Peace Cooperation Initiative forum next week to discuss ways to better facilitate...

Updated : 2014.10.24 16:44

Opposition lawmaker's ex-aide nabbed over alleged illegal fundraising

A former aide to an opposition lawmaker was arrested Friday to face questioning over allegations that he had been involved in the legislator's creation of illegal political funds, prosecutors said.Rep. Shin Hak-yong of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) is under...

Updated : 2014.10.24 16:24

Aide to late Sewol owner indicted for embezzlement

A key aide to the late South Korean shipping tycoon blamed for April's deadly ferry sinking was indicted Friday on charges of embezzlement, prosecutors said.Kim Hye-kyung has been investigated by prosecutors for her alleged role in a series of irregularities believed to have contributed to...

Updated : 2014.10.24 14:21

Parties mixed over delay in transfer of wartime troop control

South Korea's rival political parties showed mixed reactions Friday after Seoul and Washington agreed to delay the transfer of wartime troop control to Seoul with no new date set.On Thursday, the allies agreed to postpone the transfer of wartime operational control (OPCON) until Seoul impr...

Updated : 2014.10.24 12:05

Police to intervene in leaflet scattering in case of clash

Police said Friday they will stop activists from sending propaganda leaflets to North Korea only if they become physically violent with their opponents.The announcement by the National Police Agency (NPA) comes a day before the scheduled launch of some 40,000-50,000 leaflets by conservativ...

Updated : 2014.10.24 12:03

N. Korea calls leaflet spread 'declaration of war'

North Korea claimed Friday the scattering of anti-Pyongyang leaflets is tantamount to a "declaration of war," as South Korean conservative activists planned to send 100,000 leaflets across the border this weekend.It also represents a grave breach of international law, the North said in a w...

Updated : 2014.10.24 12:02