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[Weekender] Readiness key to crisis management: expert

With disaster risks, social media and other mounting challenges, the government and businesses should strive for a systematic, across-the-board change to better forecast crisis and improve their readi...

Updated : 2016.02.12 18:06

[Weekender] Social media amplifies risks

123rfKang Min-woo’s social media accounts were once filled with snippets of his everyday life. He would post selfies, details of his daily activities and share about coffee shop and restaurants that ...

Updated : 2016.02.12 18:04

[Weekender] Ready or not? Korea fails in crisis management

In April 16, 2014, ferry Sewol plunged to the bottom of the sea, leaving 304 dead or missing. The nation’s spirit shattered and authorities were humiliated in their search for answers on why they wer...

Updated : 2016.02.12 17:59

[Weekender] Ferry, germs and nuts: Korea’s risky management of crisis

123rfThousands of stranded travelers sprawled languidly on the frosty floors of the snowbound Jejudo Island airport late last month, awaiting their flights and wrapped in thin blankets or even cardboa...

Updated : 2016.02.12 17:49

Ex-navy chief gets reduced four-year jail term for bribery

An appeals court on Friday handed down a four-year prison term to a former Navy chief for taking bribes from local firms in return for business favors while in office.The Seoul High Court convicted retired Adm. Jung Ok-geun for pocketing kickbacks from two former affiliates of STX Group in...

Updated : 2016.02.12 16:37

Average crime rate for foreigners lower than locals, murder and robbery rates higher: gov't report

The average crime rate for foreign residents in South Korea is lower than Korean citizens, but the rates for murder and robbery are higher, a public entity under the justice ministry said Friday.The IOM Migration Research and Training Center  recently released a report on its analysis of ...

Updated : 2016.02.12 16:20

Korea to push for expanding prescreening of passengers

South Korea said Friday it will push for expanding a system for prescreening passengers to keep potential terrorists from entering the country.The move is designed to analyze passenger information before airlines issue boarding passes to restrict potential terrorists and other dangerous pa...

Updated : 2016.02.12 16:18

Elderly Koreans weary of caring for grandchildren: study

Elderly South Koreans with adult working children are weary of caring for their young grandchildren, while 53 percent of all Korean households with working mothers are primarily relying on their own p...

Updated : 2016.02.12 15:49

Man back in jail for stalking his ex-girlfriend

A 42-year-old man was placed back into detainment on Feb. 6 in Seoul for continuing to stalk his ex-girlfriend after being jailed for harassing her last year.According to police, the man identified by his surname Moon continued to intimidate the woman by sending improper text messages and ...

Updated : 2016.02.11 16:33

Lawyers’ group questions Gaeseong shutdown

A civic group of lawyers Thursday demanded the presidential office and the Unification Ministry disclose the legal grounds on which the authorities decided to close the Gaeseong industrial park in N...

Updated : 2016.02.11 16:14

Seoul City pushes for ‘economic democratization’

Seoul City vowed to push for aggressive “economic democratization” as part of efforts to better promote the economic well-being of conglomerates and local small businesses in the city, officials sai...

Updated : 2016.02.11 16:11

Two Thais arrested on drug charges

Police said Thursday they have arrested two Thais in regions near Daegu on charges of selling and taking illegal drugs.The Gyeongbuk Provincial Police Agency said a 23-year-old suspect is under custody, accused of selling Yaba, a popular drug in some Southeast Asian regions, since February...

Updated : 2016.02.11 15:48

Korea to cooperate with WHO to monitor Zika outbreak

Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn said Thursday that the government should preemptively deal with the possible outbreak of the Zika virus by strengthening cooperation with international health authorities."The government should intensify cooperation with the World Health Organization and share ...

Updated : 2016.02.11 13:22

Man booked for selling Star Wars, Iron Man rip-offs

A man has been booked over suspicions of selling counterfeit merchandise of characters from popular movies like Star Wars and Iron Man, the culture ministry said Thursday.More than 18,000 character goods that infringe copyrights were discovered at a storage unit in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Provi...

Updated : 2016.02.11 10:33

Disabled most common victims of discrimination

More than half of the complaints about discrimination in South Korea were filed by disabled people, the nation’s human rights watchdog said Wednesday. According to the National Human Rights Commissi...

Updated : 2016.02.10 17:14