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Scandals bolster opposition push for graft probe body

A series of bribery scandals involving top presidential aides and prosecutors are expected to boost opposition parties’ push for an independent agency to probe high-profile corruption, which has been...

Updated : 2016.07.22 17:55

Opposition seeks to punish defamation of democracy movement

South Korea's opposition parties on Friday vowed to revise the existing law on honoring the symbolic May 18 movement, adding that any attempt to defame its spirit should be punished.The move, if made into law, would make it illegal to use newspapers, TV broadcasts or any other form of publ...

Updated : 2016.07.22 14:42

Park to take five-day summer vacation next week

President Park Geun-hye will take a five-day summer vacation next week at her official residence, her office Cheong Wa Dae said Friday, dismissing speculation that her vacation could be pushed back due to a series of ongoing issues, including the disturbing allegations surrounding her seni...

Updated : 2016.07.22 10:19

Saenuri leadership candidates lambaste alleged nomination meddling

Candidates running for the chairmanship of the ruling Saenuri Party on Thursday slammed the alleged nomination meddling by members with close association to President Park Geun-hye.Recent news reports...

Updated : 2016.07.21 16:37

President undeterred by THAAD opposition

President Park Geun-hye on Thursday reiterated the necessity of deploying a disputed antimissile system here, calling on her team to “stay firm” against backlash. “The government decided to deploy ...

Updated : 2016.07.21 16:35

U.N. chief's letter sparks new questions on political ambitions

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently sent a letter to a former prime minister, political sources said Thursday, a move seen by local political observers here as a sign of his intent to run for ...

Updated : 2016.07.21 13:15

Seoul-Washington alliance vital to tackle NK missiles: Saenuri

Korea's ruling Saenuri Party said Thursday that the alliance between Seoul and Washington is vital to stop Pyongyang's missile provocations, adding that the opposition parties should also support the ...

Updated : 2016.07.21 11:13

Scandals show Park's grip fading

The ongoing allegations involving several of President Park Geun-hye’s top aides have added to her growing lame duck symptoms, with 17 months of her term left. While Cheong Wa Dae cried foul and vowe...

Updated : 2016.07.20 16:38

Park's aide refuses to step down over allegations of ties to corrupt businessmen

A senior presidential secretary on Wednesday brushed aside calls for him to step down, repeating his denial of the allegations that linked him to two businessmen at the center of high-profile corrupti...

Updated : 2016.07.20 13:19

Neutral faction favorite not to join Saenuri leadership race

Rep. Na Kyung-won, who has been cited as a favorite-to-run lawmaker in the neutral faction of the Saenuri Party, said Wednesday she will not compete in the leadership race.Na's decision came a day aft...

Updated : 2016.07.20 13:02

Saenuri urges Hyundai workers to end strike

Korea's ruling Saenuri Party said Wednesday that the unionized workers at Hyundai Motor Co., the country's top automaker, should end the latest strike, adding such actions are hurting numerous subcont...

Updated : 2016.07.20 11:12

Park reaffirms her desire to foster agricultural sector

President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday said fostering agriculture as a new growth engine and export industry is a "task of our times," stressing the government's ongoing efforts to boost the farming sector.In a video message at a ceremony that the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation...

Updated : 2016.07.20 11:02

Saenuri faction leader in hot water over leaked tape

A taped telephone conversation between top lawmakers from the ruling party’s mainstream faction and a former lawmaker has sparked controversy over suspected influence-peddling during the party’s nom...

Updated : 2016.07.19 16:46

Presidential office denounces allegations involving Park's aide

The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae on Tuesday denounced allegations of murky connections between a senior presidential secretary, a prosecutor and two businessmen who have been involved in high-pro...

Updated : 2016.07.19 13:09

8-term Saenuri lawmaker not to join leadership race

Rep. Suh Chung-won, an eight-term lawmaker of the ruling Saenuri Party who has been supportive of President Park Geun-hye, said Tuesday he will not compete in the party's leadership race.Political pun...

Updated : 2016.07.19 11:19