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S. Korea reports first outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease

South Korea confirmed an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) Thursday for the first time in over three years.The confirmation came one day after a suspected case was reported at a pig farm in Uiseong, North Gyeongsang Province, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural ...

Updated : 2014.07.24 10:40

Senior prosecutor offers to quit over botched manhunt of Sewol owner

A senior prosecutor in charge of investigating April's ferry sinking offered to resign Thursday, holding himself accountable for failing to catch the fugitive shipping tycoon allegedly responsible for one of the country's worst peacetime disasters.    Choi Jae-kyung, 51, chief of the In...

Updated : 2014.07.24 09:48

Sewol owner hid inside closet during vacation home raid

The fugitive shipping tycoon wanted over April‘s ferry sinking was hiding inside a secret closet of his vacation home in southern South Korea during a raid in May, prosecutors said Wednesday.Yoo Byung-eun, a 73-year-old billionaire who owned Sewol operator Chonghaejin Marine Co., had been...

Updated : 2014.07.23 20:56

[Ferry Disaster] 100 days on, Sewol haunts Koreans

On April 16 a ferry named the Sewol sank off South Korea’s southwestern coast, leaving 294 dead and 10 still missing as of Wednesday. More than 240 of the dead and missing victims were students and t...

Updated : 2014.07.23 20:20

Laws block citizens from reporting wrongdoings

After Internet traffic has far surpassed telephone usage, censorship has emerged as a key issue at home and abroad.However, apart from the global issue of whether to prevent faudulent materials or groundless information from spreading on the Internet, the Korean government and state agenci...

Updated : 2014.07.23 20:10

Public protests revised bill on for-profit hospital units

The Health Ministry is facing fierce resistance from the public and unions in the medical sector over its revised bill that allows hospitals to set up for-profit subsidiaries.Some 1.2 million citizens signed a petition against the government’s plan as of Wednesday, demanding the Health Mi...

Updated : 2014.07.23 20:08

Hanwha supports Iraqi girl’s medical expenses

An Iraqi girl whose right leg was at risk of amputation due to severe osteomyelitis recovered from the illness through support from Hanwha Engineering & Construction Co., Korea’s major construction f...

Updated : 2014.07.23 20:06

Court backs dismissal of professor over sex assault

A Seoul court on Wednesday ruled in favor of a university’s decision to fire a professor who sexually assaulted his student.The Seoul Administrative Court struck down the lawsuit filed by the former professor at a Seoul-based university. He had sued a state-run appeals commission for sidi...

Updated : 2014.07.23 19:57

S. Korean activists file privacy suit against Google

Six South Korean activists have filed a lawsuit against Google Inc., demanding that the global tech giant disclose whether it shared their personal information with a third party, a civic group said Wednesday.Google is suspected of passing on private information of its users, including tho...

Updated : 2014.07.23 16:32

State forensic lab to reveal cause of ferry owner's death this week

The state forensic laboratory will likely release the results of a toxicology test on the ferry Sewol owner and the cause of his death later this week, police said Wednesday.The National Forensic Service is conducting the toxicology test to determine the exact cause of the death of Yoo Byu...

Updated : 2014.07.23 14:58

Justice minister wins libel suit against daily over graft report

A district court ordered a local daily Wednesday to compensate Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn for a defamatory report that said he took bribes from the nation's top conglomerate, Samsung Group, years ago.Siding partially with Hwang in a libel suit, the Seoul Central District Court ruled th...

Updated : 2014.07.23 13:17

Police confirm Sewol owner’s death

The police confirmed Tuesday that a dead body, found by a farmer in South Jeolla Province on June 12, is that of Yoo Byung-eun, owner of the capsized ferry Sewol.Investigators identified the body thro...

Updated : 2014.07.22 21:40

Prosecution criticized over handling of malfeasance

The prosecution recently accepted the resignation of a prosecutor under an internal corruption investigation without taking any disciplinary action against him, triggering criticism about its handling of a malfeasance case.According to the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office, its audit division b...

Updated : 2014.07.22 21:25

Mysteries linger over Yoo’s death

The nationwide manhunt for a fugitive tycoon, known to be the de facto owner of the Sewol, ended Tuesday, when the police confirmed that a body found last month was that of Yoo Byung-eun. The death of...

Updated : 2014.07.22 21:25

High-income earners less obligated to support parents

High-income earners with post-secondary education degrees in South Korea feel less obligated to support their parents, a study conducted by Yonsei University found.According to the study, which surveyed some 1,000 Koreans aged 20 or older nationwide, except on Jejudo Island, those who made...

Updated : 2014.07.22 21:18