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Ex-Navy chief arrested over alleged graft

A former head of the Navy was arrested Thursday over allegations that he took bribes from a shipbuilding conglomerate when he was in office seven years ago.Retired Adm. Jung Ok-geun allegedly took bribes from STX Group, a now financially troubled shipping and shipbuilding conglomerate, in ...

Updated : 2015.01.29 15:38

S. Korea sees record number of asylum seekers last year

South Korea granted refugee status to a record 94 foreigners last year, the immigration office said Thursday.According to the Korea Immigration Service under the control of the Ministry of Justice, 2,896 foreigners sought asylum in the country in 2014 and 94 of them were accepted.The numbe...

Updated : 2015.01.29 11:28

Top court upholds acquittal of ex-Seoul police chief

Upholding a lower court ruling, the top court on Thursday acquitted a former Seoul police chief of charges that he soft-pedaled a police probe into a high-profile election-meddling scandal.The scandal centers around allegations that the state intelligence agency spearheaded an online smear...

Updated : 2015.01.29 10:51

S. Korea to review all rules for better safety aboard ships

South Korea will review some 300 rules governing maritime safety from scratch this year to make it safer for people to travel on ships, the government said Thursday.The policy goal set by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries comes after 295 people, mostly high school students, died in the ...

Updated : 2015.01.29 10:47

Army to establish rules on relationships between sexes

The Army plans to draw up a new code of conduct on relations between male and female service personnel in the wake of a series of sex crimes on military bases, officers said Thursday.The Army "decided to make a set of new regulations on how service members should deal with their colleagues...

Updated : 2015.01.29 09:26

S. Korea's political rights, civil liberties on downward trend: US Group

Political rights and civil liberties in South Korea are on a downward trend, a U.S. rights group said Wednesday, citing what it described as "crackdowns on public criticism" of the government following the Sewol ferry disaster.In its "Freedom in the World 2015" report, Freedom House classi...

Updated : 2015.01.29 09:22

Ex-rear admiral in alleged graft case jumps off bridge

A former Navy rear admiral under investigation over his alleged involvement in a defense industry graft case jumped off a bridge in a Seoul suburb on Wednesday, police said.The Gyeonggi Goyang Police Station said an unidentified person called at 8:10 a.m. to say the 61-year-old man, identi...

Updated : 2015.01.28 22:39

Three-strike rule put in place for picky taxi drivers

Taxi drivers caught refusing passengers on three occasions will be stripped of their taxi permits, officials said Wednesday, as a part of a government plan to crack down on illegal business practices in the industry.The so-called “three strike rule” will take effect Thursday, according t...

Updated : 2015.01.28 22:35

[Graphic News] S. Korea sees illegal migrants increase

The number of illegal foreign residents in the nation again exceeded the 200,000 mark in 2014, the highest level in seven years.According to the Ministry of Justice, there were 208,778 illegal immigra...

Updated : 2015.01.28 22:20

Birth mothers living in silence

In 1976, a 17-year-old Korean girl gave birth to her first child. A few months before the delivery, she had been forced to marry the man who raped and impregnated her.“That was the norm at the time,”...

Updated : 2015.01.28 21:59

Newspaper editor gets fines for defaming President Park

A Seoul court on Wednesday imposed fines on the chief editor of an Internet-based newspaper for reporting unfounded rumors about President Park Geun-hye and her brother ahead of the 2012 presidential election.Baek Eun-jong, the chief editor of The Voice of Seoul, was found guilty of violat...

Updated : 2015.01.28 16:46

Bomb threat suspect says he wanted to talk to high-level official

A 22-year-old man who called in threats to bomb the presidential house Cheong Wa Dae last weekend said Wednesday he did it because he wanted to talk to "a government official with power."The Gyeonggi Provincial Police Agency investigating the case, however, said the man did not explain why...

Updated : 2015.01.28 14:11

Doping hearing for S. Korean swimmer Park Tae-hwan due on Feb. 27

The international governing body of swimming has scheduled a hearing on South Korean star Park Tae-hwan's doping case for late next month, officials here said Wednesday.The Korea Swimming Federation (KSF) said FINA had informed it that it will hold the hearing in Lausanne, Switzerland, at ...

Updated : 2015.01.28 13:23

Ex-Navy chief may be summoned over alleged graft: investigators

The son of a former Navy chief was arrested Wednesday over allegations that he and his father took bribes from a shipbuilding conglomerate four years ago, investigators said.Retired Adm. Jung Ok-geun and his son allegedly took bribes from STX Group, a now financially troubled shipping and ...

Updated : 2015.01.28 11:54

UNDP Seoul office to hold anti-corruption forum this week

The South Korean office of the United Nations Development Program said Wednesday it plans to hold an international forum on anti-corruption in Seoul this week to find ways to fight the worldwide issue.The forum, slated for Thursday and Friday, will bring together officials from the governm...

Updated : 2015.01.28 11:53