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S. Korea, China, Japan to adopt joint statement on Ebola fight

BEIJING -- The health ministers of South Korea, China and Japan were poised to sign a joint statement this weekend on trilateral cooperation to help fight the deadly Ebola virus, a Seoul diplomat said Saturday.  The joint statement will be announced after a three-way meeting of the minist...

Updated : 2014.11.22 13:59

Accusations fly as child care budget row deepens

The row over the Nuri Curriculum budget expanded further Friday with the ruling and opposition parties hurling accusations of underhanded manipulations and being the administration’s puppet. Nuri Curriculum is a free child care program for children aged 3 to 5. The program became the bigg...

Updated : 2014.11.21 21:32

Ex-first lady Lee to make overland trip to N. Korea

North Korea agreed Friday to former South Korean first lady Lee Hee-ho’s plan to make an overland trip to the communist country, one of her aides said.The North also promised to allow the wife of late former President Kim Dae-jung to stay at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse in Pyongyang, a...

Updated : 2014.11.21 21:32

Hungarian leader to visit S. Korea next week

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban plans to visit Seoul next week for talks with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on boosting bilateral ties, Park's office said Friday.Orban is set to meet with Park on Friday, a day after he makes a three-day trip to the Asian country, the office sa...

Updated : 2014.11.21 15:40

Ruling-party lawmaker acquitted of graft in retrial

Rep. Chung Doo-un of the ruling Saenuri Party was acquitted in a retrial Friday of charges that he received bribes from a savings bank.Chung was indicted on charges of receiving 140 million won (US$137,600) in bribes from former Solomon Savings Bank chairman Lim Suk in return for using his...

Updated : 2014.11.21 14:56

Ruling party chief bashes N. Korea for human rights

The head of South Korea's ruling party criticized North Korea on Friday for its widely condemned human rights record and vowed efforts to persuade the North to give up its nuclear ambitions.Kim Moo-sung, chairman of the Saenuri Party, made the remarks in a keynote speech at the 2014 Party ...

Updated : 2014.11.21 13:38

Gov't agrees with rural county on new nuclear power plant

The government struck an agreement with a southeastern coastal county Friday to build a new nuclear power plant there, the Prime Minister's Office said.Uljin County, some 330 kilometers southeast of Seoul, is currently home to an existing nuclear power plant with six reactors. The governme...

Updated : 2014.11.21 13:36

KITA chief makes case for S. Korea's participation in TPP

South Korea's participation in a U.S.-led free trade bloc for Asia-Pacific economies would be a boon for all members, especially the United States, the head of the Korea International Trade Association said Thursday.South Korea expressed its interest in participating in the Trans-Pacific P...

Updated : 2014.11.21 09:31

Assembly budget war intensifies

Rival parties on Thursday refused to budge over next year’s proposed budget as they continued to wrangle over contentious issues ranging from preschool subsidies and an investigation into the four-river refurbishment project implemented by the previous administration.Amid an intensifying ...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:42

[Graphic News] Record number of bills languishing

The current 19th National Assembly has written 11,942 draft bills since its induction in May 2012, according to parliamentary statistics.But the percentage of bills fully reviewed by lawmakers has fal...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:37

(Photo News) Korea-Finland talks

President Park Geun-hye offers a seat for Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb at a meeting held at Cheong Wa Dae on Thursday. (Yonhap)

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:36

Park seeks ideas for globalization of Korean food

President Park Geun-hye invited star chefs to Cheong Wa Dae on Thursday afternoon to seek ways to globalize Korean food and promote its history and delicacies overseas, officials said.Internationally renowned chefs including Pierre Gagnaire, Joan Roca and Rene Redzepi attended the luncheon...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:34

Park urges parliament to pass FTA, pension reform bills

President Park Geun-hye asked the parliament Thursday to endorse South Korea's free trade agreements with Australia and Canada as well as a bill meant to reduce the government's growing pension deficit."I need cooperation and assistance in the political community, including the parliament,...

Updated : 2014.11.20 17:43

PM set to visit Egypt, Morocco, Azerbaijan

Prime Minister Chung Hong-won will start a tour of Egypt, Morocco and Azerbaijan this weekend to discuss ways of boosting economic cooperation with the countries, his office said Thursday.The seven-day tour will start on Saturday with Egypt, where Chung plans to meet with his Egyptian coun...

Updated : 2014.11.20 16:47

PM vows tougher crackdown on illegal Chinese fishing

Prime Minister Chung Hong-won vowed Thursday to conduct a stronger crackdown on Chinese fishermen's illegal fishing in South Korean waters amid their growing violence against South Korean authorities.Hundreds of Chinese fishermen are arrested each year for illegally crossing into and fishi...

Updated : 2014.11.20 15:45