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Japanese swimmer convicted of theft at Incheon Asiad

A South Korean court on Thursday found Japanese swimmer Naoya Tomita guilty of stealing a camera while at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.The district court in the western port city of Incheon ordered Tomita to pay a fine of 1 million won (US$890).Tomita was convicted of stealing a South Kore...

Updated : 2015.05.28 20:05

Teachers’ group loses status suit

The Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled that a labor law banning dismissed education workers from joining trade unions was constitutional, effectively nailing the coffin shut for a left-leaning tea...

Updated : 2015.05.28 20:04

Prosecution appeals ex-Korean Air executive's acquittal

Prosecutors said Thursday that they have submitted an appeal to reverse an appeals court decision that acquitted the eldest daughter of Korean Air Lines Co.'s chairmen of changing an aircraft's flight route. On May 22, the Seoul High Court sentenced Cho Hyun-ah to 10 months in prison, but ...

Updated : 2015.05.28 20:04

Humidifier disinfectant victims fight on

Lee Ye-do, a 46-year-old office worker in Daejeon, lost his wife earlier this month. She suffered from a mystery lung-related disease for more than a decade. “When the symptoms first showed years ago...

Updated : 2015.05.28 20:00

Court says fired teachers cannot be part of union

The Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that a law banning fired teachers from joining a trade union is constitutional, dealing a blow to a progressive teachers' union.The Korean Teachers and Education Workers Union, which is currently in danger of being banned by the government, had de...

Updated : 2015.05.28 17:39

S. Korea introduces public reporting system for airline safety violations

The government will begin receiving reports of possible dangers and threats to airline safety from anyone, including airline passengers and workers, the transportation ministry said Thursday.The so-called airline safety whistle-blower system allows any person who witnesses any violation of...

Updated : 2015.05.28 14:24

21 soldiers injured in bridge collapse during training

A small wooden bridge collapsed in the border town of Hwacheon on Thursday, injuring 21 soldiers who were undergoing midnight training, military authorities said.The bridge on a mountain trail in Hwacheon, Gangwon Province, measured 15 meters in length and 2.5 m in width, caved in around 1...

Updated : 2015.05.28 10:39

S. Korea confirms two more cases of MERS

South Korea reported two more confirmed cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome on Thursday, raising the total number of people diagnosed with the potentially fatal disease to seven.The two new cases came from people placed in isolation at their own homes after coming in close contac...

Updated : 2015.05.28 10:37

Suspected S. Korean MERS case leaves for China

South Korea reported two more confirmed cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome on Thursday, raising the total number of people diagnosed with the potentially fatal disease to seven.The two new cases came from people placed in isolation at their own homes after coming in close contac...

Updated : 2015.05.28 10:27

Pentagon lab accidentally sends anthrax sample to Osan Air Base

A live anthrax sample had been accidentally sent from a Defense Department laboratory in the United States to an American military base in South Korea, but it has been safely destroyed, the Pentagon said Wednesday.The sample, which was sent to Osan Air Base, south of Seoul, was in addition...

Updated : 2015.05.28 10:26

Nation on alert over spread of MERS

A doctor who treated South Korea’s first MERS patient was confirmed to have been infected with the disease Wednesday, sparking fears that it is more contagious than previously thought. The 50-year-ol...

Updated : 2015.05.27 21:17

Humanities graduates envious of science majors: survey

Rhee Sol-bi, a 24-year-old job seeker based in Seoul, sometimes thinks that she should have studied engineering at university as she struggles to find a job amid tough competition. “I think it is tougher for me to get a job because I studied humanities at school,” said Rhee, who studied ...

Updated : 2015.05.27 21:12

More older couples divorce than newlyweds in Seoul

The divorce rate of old couples surpassed that of newlyweds in Seoul, demonstrating a fast-changing public perception toward marriage, data showed Wednesday. According to a survey conducted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, couples splitting up after living together for over two decade...

Updated : 2015.05.27 21:12

Victims of humidifier disinfectant to file suit with British court

Families of victims who died of lung disease allegedly after using a humidifier disinfectant from Reckitt Benckiser vowed to take legal action against the British consumer goods maker on Wednesday. The victims’ families and activists from Asian Citizen’s Center for Environment and Health...

Updated : 2015.05.27 19:25

S. Korea set to streamline public corporations

South Korea will streamline public corporations in infrastructure building, agrofisheries and cultural areas through consolidation and transfer some operations to the private sector, the government said Wednesday.The move, part of the government's three-year economic innovation plan, will ...

Updated : 2015.05.27 18:43