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Seoul poised to remove ActiveX software from public websites

The government plans to start removing the troublesome ActiveX software from public websites later this month as it gears up to create a more friendly Internet environment, the home affairs ministry said Tuesday.The move comes amid growing complaints over the ActiveX technology, which Sout...

Updated : 2015.03.03 11:32

Migrant workers earn W1.9m a month: survey

Foreign workers in Seoul earn less than 2 million won ($1,800) a month on average, a city survey showed Monday, According to Seoul Metropolitan Government, foreign workers earn 1.89 million won a month while working an average of 11 hours a day. The city conducted a one-month survey in Dec...

Updated : 2015.03.02 20:28

Police to track guns via GPS

The Seoul government and the ruling Saenuri Party agreed Monday to require all guns to be equipped with GPS tracking system devices in a bid to curb gun violence.The ruling party said it would pass th...

Updated : 2015.03.02 20:28

Foreigners to teach in schools for multicultural children

The Seoul education authorities said Monday that foreign teachers would be sent to local schools as part of the city’s efforts to better support students with multicultural backgrounds.The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education will dispatch 86 expat teachers who are fluent in both their ...

Updated : 2015.03.02 20:28

Seoul City to push probe into alleged U.S. base pollution

The Seoul Metropolitan Government is speeding up its investigation into alleged water contamination near the Yongsan Garrison, the U.S. military base in central Seoul.The city’s inspectors plan to request approval from the United States Forces Korea next month to obtain a sample of underg...

Updated : 2015.03.02 20:25

Philippines warns against Korean marriage brokers

South Korean nationals who run international marriage agencies in the Philippines may be subject to legal punishment including prison terms, the Philippines government recently told Seoul.According to South Korea’s Gender Equality Ministry, it is the first time the Southeast Asian country...

Updated : 2015.03.02 20:21

Teachers' union warns of strike against pension cut plan

A progressive teachers' union said Monday it may stage a walk-out next month to protest the government's plan to lower pensions for civil servants, including public school teachers.The Korean Teachers and Educational Workers' Union said its members will take a vote at the end of this month...

Updated : 2015.03.02 13:37

Over 60 pct of firms undecided on employment plan: survey

More than 60 percent of local companies have yet to decide their recruitment plan for this year, with only a small fraction of them saying they will increase employment, a survey showed Monday.According to the survey by the Federation of Korean Industries of the top 500 companies that empl...

Updated : 2015.03.02 11:02

Google most preferred foreign firm for job seekers

U.S. Internet giant Google Inc. was picked the most preferred foreign employer for the seventh straight year by South Korean job seekers, poll results showed Monday.According to the survey conducted on 1,424 job seekers in the country, 43 percent chose Google among foreign-based companies ...

Updated : 2015.03.02 10:17

Police set up anti-obscenity task force

Police said Saturday that they would set up an anti-obscenity task force to crack down on lewd behavior by men near schools.The decision is designed to ease concerns among students over those who expose themselves near schools, they said.In South Korea, an act of public indecency can be pu...

Updated : 2015.03.01 18:43

Korea nears end of traitors’ asset seizures

The public project to confiscate land assets from descendants of pro-Japanese traitors is nearing an end after years of legal battles, law officials said Sunday. According to the Justice Ministry, 94 out of 96 lawsuits have concluded in seizing property from descendants of Koreans who rece...

Updated : 2015.03.01 18:43

LGBT, Sewol issues omitted from Korea’s U.N. human rights report

South Korea’s government report to be submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council has excluded issues affecting sexual minorities and Sewol ferry victims, local NGOs and activists claimed Sunday.Human rights experts say the government omitted some of the most crucial issues to av...

Updated : 2015.03.01 18:42

More language support programs to be launched for multicultural families

More language support programs will be launched for multicultural families this year, according to the Gender Equality Ministry and municipal governments.The programs have been organized to encourage multicultural children to learn their parents’ mother tongues as well as the Korean langu...

Updated : 2015.03.01 18:40

[Weekender] The embattled state of satire

From Aristophanes of ancient Greece to the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo, satirists and their trade have been an influential part of society throughout history.The genre has existed even before lit...

Updated : 2015.02.27 21:14

[Weekender] Political satire under threat

Only a month ago, the terror attack in Paris against satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that claimed more than a dozen lives sent the world into shock. What was rather shocking for university professor ...

Updated : 2015.02.27 21:07