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Park calls for safety of ferries ahead of Chuseok holiday

President Park Geun-hye called on officials Tuesday to ensure the safety of ferries, the latest in a series of calls to make South Korea a safer country following April's deadly ferry sinking."We should be extra careful in the safety management" of ferries, Park said in a Cabinet meeting a...

Updated : 2014.09.02 13:57

Civic group urges Park to push law on ferry disaster

South Korea will share the cost of North Korea's participation in the upcoming Incheon Asian Games in consideration of inter-Korean ties and previous cases, a government official said Tuesday.Pyongyang has said it will send a 273-member group of athletes, coaches, referees and other offici...

Updated : 2014.09.02 13:56

Gov't likely to set rice import tariffs at more than 500 pct: official

South Korea will likely set its tariffs on rice imports at more than 500 percent, a senior government official said Tuesday."The government plans to set the import tariff rate at the highest possible level to protect the country's rice industry," the official from the Ministry of Agricultu...

Updated : 2014.09.02 10:19

(Photo News) Minister-Mayor talks

Strategy and Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan (left) meets Seoul City Mayor Park Won-soon to discuss solutions for diverse economic issues at the Korea Press Center in Seoul on Monday. (Park Hyun-koo/...

Updated : 2014.09.01 21:05

Sewol cripples Assembly

The 100-day regular parliamentary session kicked off Monday as the ruling and main opposition parties remained in firm deadlock over the so-called special Sewol bill.The ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy held a plenary session following the op...

Updated : 2014.09.01 21:04

Park urges labor compromise

President Park Geun-hye requested representatives of labor and management on Monday to compromise on contentious labor issues through dialogue, stressing that a stable relationship between the two was crucial for the nation’s economic growth.“As the stage for dialogue has been reset afte...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:51

(Photo News) Together but divided

Lawmakers pledge allegiance to the national flag at the opening ceremony for the 100-day regular parliamentary session at the National Assembly on Monday. The ruling and opposition parties remain at o...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:50

Regular parliamentary session kicks off amid political deadlock

The National Assembly's regular parliamentary session kicked off Monday amid a political deadlock over April's deadly ferry sinking that claimed the lives of more than 300 people, mostly high school students.The dispute between the nation's rival political parties -- the ruling Saenuri Par...

Updated : 2014.09.01 17:59

Park urges labor-management compromise amid looming strike

President Park Geun-hye called Monday for a compromise between labor and management to try to find a way that benefits the two sides amid a looming strike that could disrupt South Korea's financial sector.She warned that all South Koreans will stand to lose unless strife between labor and ...

Updated : 2014.09.01 17:36

South Sudanese mayor thanks Park for humanitarian aid

A South Sudanese city mayor has sent a thank-you note to South Korean President Park Geun-hye for Korean troops' reconstruction efforts in the war-torn African region, the defense ministry here said Monday.Nhial Majak, mayor of the Bor Municipal Council in South Sudan, said he was "writing...

Updated : 2014.09.01 17:33

Korea, China, Japan open 5th round of three-way free trade talks

Negotiators from South Korea, China and Japan met in Beijing on Monday for a fifth round of talks on a trilateral free-trade agreement, a Seoul delegate said, setting aside diplomatic tensions between Japan and the two Asian neighbors over their shared history. South Korea's chief negotiat...

Updated : 2014.09.01 17:32

Assembly session to begin amid standoff over Sewol

The National Assembly is set to begin its 100-day regular session on Sept. 1 to deliberate the passage of bills that have been piling up for months and to strengthen monitoring of the government. But ...

Updated : 2014.08.31 21:32

Saenuri to renegotiate with Sewol victims’ families

The ruling party and families of those killed in the April 16 Sewol ferry tragedy are to hold a new set of negotiations on Sept. 1 over a bill aiming to set up investigations into the government for its botched rescue efforts on the day of the sinking.The negotiations come after talks over...

Updated : 2014.08.31 21:25

Premier makes appeal amid party standoff over Sewol

As the deadlock over the special Sewol bill continued Friday, the prime minister made a public address calling for the swift legislation of outstanding bills in an attempt to put more pressure on the ...

Updated : 2014.08.29 21:17

Prominent opposition lawmaker to stand trial for defamation

A prominent opposition lawmaker has been indicted on charges of defaming a younger brother and a former close aide of President Park Geun-hye by raising allegations that they had intervened in presidential affairs, prosecutors said Friday. Rep. Park Jie-won of the No. 1 opposition New Poli...

Updated : 2014.08.29 10:44