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Park replaces senior officials

President Park Geun-hye on Friday named Choo Kyung-ho, first vice finance minister, as policy coordination minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and replaced 12 vice ministers as part of efforts to strengthen her new Cabinet, Cheong Wa Dae said.Choo, 54, replaces Kim Dong-yeon, who offe...

Updated : 2014.07.25 21:45

Early voting for by-elections begins

Early voting for the July 30 parliamentary by-elections kicked off Friday for a two-day run amid expectations the vote will serve as a referendum on President Park Geun-hye's conservative administration.The polls carry extra weight this year because a total of 15 parliamentary seats are up...

Updated : 2014.07.25 10:45

NPAD candidate won’t run in Dongjak

The main opposition candidate for Seoul’s Dongjak-B constituency in the July by-elections pulled out of the running Thursday, uniting the opposition’s top two candidates in the strategically importa...

Updated : 2014.07.24 21:49

First foot-and-mouth case since 2011 confirmed

The quarantine authorities began slaughtering some 600 pigs in North Gyeongsang Province on Thursday in the first foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Korea since April 2011. The Ministry of Agriculture...

Updated : 2014.07.24 21:28

[Graphic News] Korean firms less eager to spend on shareholders

South Korean listed firms’ rewards for shareholders are extremely low compared to rivals in the United States, Canada and Japan, according to data compiled by Samsung Securities released on Thursday....

Updated : 2014.07.24 21:28

[Reporter's Column] Summertime blues for Park

In recent weeks, not only officials but also journalists at Cheong Wa Dae have all been asking the same question: When will President Park Geun-hye leave for summer vacation?It may seem like an easy q...

Updated : 2014.07.24 21:26

Prosecutor quits over failed manhunt

A senior prosecutor who led a massive investigation into the alleged corruption involving businessman Yoo Byung-eun offered to resign Thursday, taking responsibility for the failed manhunt for the de facto owner of the Sewol ferry.Choi Jae-kyung, chief of the Incheon District Prosecutors’...

Updated : 2014.07.24 21:18

Opposition candidates unite in Seoul and Suwon

Opposition candidates in two strategically important constituencies for the coming July by-elections on Thursday stepped down from their candidacy as part of efforts to prevent the ruling party from gaining more seats in the National Assembly. Ki Dong-min of the main opposition New Politi...

Updated : 2014.07.24 20:07

Justice minister apologizes over botched manhunt for ferry owner

The justice minister apologized Thursday for a botched national manhunt for the fugitive owner of the ferry Sewol that sank off the southwestern coast in April, leaving more than 300 people dead or missing.The body of Yoo Byung-eun, a 73-year-old billionaire who owned Sewol operator Chongh...

Updated : 2014.07.24 13:52

Two opposition candidates to unite in Dongjak race

Opposition party contenders for Seoul’s Dongjak-B constituency Ki Dong-min and Roh Hoe-chan are to merge their campaigns to go up against the favorite Na Kyung-won of the ruling Saenuri Party. On Wed...

Updated : 2014.07.23 20:14

Navy sacks officer for sexual abuse of female comrade

The Navy has decided to dismiss a captain for sexually molesting a female colleague on a patrol ship, a Navy source said Wednesday.The captain, whose identity was withheld, is accused of groping the shoulder of the female officer and breaking into her room on the patrol ship in March. Last...

Updated : 2014.07.23 19:57

Park to take summer vacation next week

President Park Geun-hye will take a five-day summer vacation next week at a location yet to be decided, officials said Wednesday.Park's main concern in choosing a location for the holiday starting Monday is the message it will send to the public following April's deadly ferry sinking, the ...

Updated : 2014.07.23 13:18

Row over opposition candidate Kwon grows

The row over would-be lawmaker Kwon Eun-hee expanded Tuesday over the National Election Commission’s ruling that a Saenuri Party tweet concerning Kwon should be removed. Kwon, a former police officer...

Updated : 2014.07.22 21:29

Parties at odds over panel’s inquiry powers

The ruling and opposition parties continued to butt heads over the “special Sewol bill” Tuesday with neither side backing down on key issues.Despite the resumption of negotiations, a quick resolution appears unlikely with the parties clashing over whether to give prosecutorial powers to ...

Updated : 2014.07.22 21:18

Policy coordination minister offers to resign

Kim Dong-yeon, minister of the Office for Government Policy Coordination at the Prime Minister’s Office, offered to resign on Tuesday afternoon, citing personal reasons.The announcement came as a surprise as he demonstrated operation of a portal site developed by the government to cut red...

Updated : 2014.07.22 21:18