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Health minister calls for big hike in cigarette prices

Health and Welfare Minister Moon Hyung-pyo said Tuesday he hopes to nearly double cigarette prices over the next six years to reduce the country’s smoking rate, which is way higher than the average o...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:33

High court favors sanction on professor over political activities

An appellate court has overturned a Seoul court’s earlier ruling in favor of a professor at a state-run graduate school, who had been reprimanded for his political activities.The Seoul Administrative Court ruled in July 2013 that the decision of Korea Development Institute School of Publi...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:30

Teenager cites school bullying in suicide note

A high-school student who recently killed herself included accusations of school violence and the attackers’ names in her suicide note, local police said Tuesday.The 17-year-old victim surnamed Kim, who was found dead Monday, said that several students at her school repeatedly abused her,...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:29

Prosecution targets opposition lawmakers over bribe charges

Prosecutors are intensifying their investigation into bribery allegations involving opposition politicians and a college, though a Seoul court has rejected the prosecution’s proposal that arrest warrants be issued for two incumbent lawmakers.The prosecution recently summoned Jeon Hyun-hee...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:29

Crew member of doomed ferry Sewol blames captain

A crew member of the sunken ferry Sewol blamed the captain Tuesday for abandoning passengers and escaping the ship that went down off the country's southwest coast in mid-April, claiming more than 300 lives.The first engineer surnamed Sohn, one of the four crew members charged with abandon...

Updated : 2014.09.02 16:16

Military to bring murder charges against suspects in soldier's death

The Army will bring murder charges against four soldiers in the gruesome death of their junior comrade, officers said Tuesday, reversing an earlier decision to charge them with involuntary manslaughter.  In April, the 23-year-old Army private first class, surnamed Yoon, died after alleged...

Updated : 2014.09.02 13:54

Hospital workers on strike to resume work

Hundreds of unionized workers at a major university hospital in Seoul reached an agreement with management on Monday to end a six-day strike aimed at protesting what they call a government move to privatize medical services.In a joint statement, the Seoul National University Hospital and t...

Updated : 2014.09.01 21:50

Korea eases online game rules

Children aged 16 or under will be allowed to play online games after midnight if they have their parents’ approval starting next year, the Culture and Gender Equality ministries jointly announced Mon...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:52

Hacker gets one year in prison

A Seoul court on Monday sentenced a habitual hacker in his 40s to a one-year jail term for stealing and illicitly trading the personal information of more than 100,000 people.The culprit, surnamed Shin, was found to have hacked the private information of about 29,000 customers of the Inter...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:50

Probe finds 3 more bags intended for Yoo

The prosecution said Monday that it had obtained three more bags of the late Yoo Byung-eun, which are believed to have been brought to a hideout of the Sewol ferry owner after the April 16 sinking disaster.According to investigators, the three bags were found at the residence of a devotee ...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:49

Ferry owner Yoo laid to rest

A funeral ceremony was held on Sunday for Yoo Byung-eun, the owner of the sunken ferry Sewol who was found dead in a southern port city on June 12, at a religious stronghold in Anseong, Gyeonggi Provi...

Updated : 2014.08.31 21:23

Thousands gather at late ferry owner's funeral

Thousands of people gathered at a heavily guarded religious compound Sunday to attend the private funeral of the late business shipping tycoon blamed for April's ferry disaster.More than 3,000 family members and followers of the Evangelical Baptist Church streamed in to the sprawling compo...

Updated : 2014.08.31 14:16

[Weekender] Elderly life has silver lining

Lee So-young, a 33-year-old office worker in Seoul, pictures herself spending her mornings 70 years from now listening to classical music and sipping on herbal tea. “I want to become a gracious grann...

Updated : 2014.08.29 21:18

[Weekender] Korea struggling with aging

South Korea’s population is rapidly aging, but the government appears to lack policies to deal with the demographic change.According to Moody’s, a global credit rating agency, a total of 13 countrie...

Updated : 2014.08.29 21:03

[Weekender] Societal aging poses challenge to health sector

Stepping inside Gangnam-gu Haengbok Convalescence Hospital, it is easy to mistake the property for some kind of leisure resort. There is a sauna, a beauty salon, as well as a cafe on top of its fully ...

Updated : 2014.08.29 20:57