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Women to outnumber men in South Korea in 2015, working age

Women will outnumber men in South Korea next year, while the country's working age population will reach its peak in 2016 before falling, a government forecast showed Sunday.The future population estimate by Statistics Korea predicted the number of women in the country will reach 25.31 mil...

Updated : 2014.11.23 10:16

County agrees to build new nuclear plant

The government struck an agreement with a southeastern coastal county Friday to build a new nuclear power plant there, the Prime Minister’s Office said.Uljin County, some 330 kilometers southeast of ...

Updated : 2014.11.21 21:48

180,000 Koreans in America are undocumented

About 180,000 Koreans are estimated to be living as undocumented immigrants in the United States, making them the eighth-largest ethnic group among the country’s 11.3 million illegal residents, according to U.S. think-tank Pew Research Center.Depending on their eligibility, some of the il...

Updated : 2014.11.21 21:32

15 Chinese boats seized for poaching in S. Korean waters

Fifteen Chinese boats were seized for fishing illegally in South Korean waters in an overnight crackdown conducted by a new Seoul ministry in charge of national safety and security, officials said Friday.The special crackdown was held simultaneously in four areas off the country's west and...

Updated : 2014.11.21 16:18

Former Lotte Shopping chief gets 2-yr prison term for graft

A former head of Lotte Shopping, the country's largest department store chain, was sentenced to two years in prison by a Seoul court on Friday for receiving kickback from suppliers. Shin, who headed television-based retailer Lotte Homeshopping Co. from 2008 to early 2012, resigned from th...

Updated : 2014.11.21 15:42

Stability is key to Koreas-Russia shipment project: official

As the two Koreas and Russia speed up a groundbreaking joint logistics project, a government official here said Friday that a key question is whether it can be operated with stability.Inter-Korean economic cooperation has often been hamstrung by military tensions on the peninsula, noted th...

Updated : 2014.11.21 14:26

Seoul, Tokyo to hold fresh talks on sex slavery next week

South Korea and Japan will hold another round of talks on Japan's sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War II next week in Seoul following a hiatus last month, the foreign ministry said Friday.Lee Sang-deok, Seoul's chief delegate to the talks, will meet with his Japanese counte...

Updated : 2014.11.21 13:33

New book pricing system takes effect

A new book pricing system allowing less discounts on books went into effect on Friday with the aim of helping ease a price war among publishers, the culture ministry said.     The fresh fixed book pricing system calls for scaling down maximum discounts on all books to 15 percent from ...

Updated : 2014.11.21 10:57

Most of S. Korean Ebola team returns home

The majority of a South Korean Ebola response team returned home Friday after visiting Britain and Sierra Leone to conduct a field study on a future dispatch of medical personnel to the African country, the foreign ministry said.Seven of the 12-member team of government officials and civil...

Updated : 2014.11.21 09:54

Part of Korean Ebola team to return home on Friday

President Park Geun-hye asked the parliament Thursday to endorse South Korea's free trade agreements with Australia and Canada as well as a bill meant to reduce the government's growing pension deficit."I need cooperation and assistance in the political community, including the parliament,...

Updated : 2014.11.21 09:25

Lee to release memoir next year

Former President Lee Myung-bak plans to release a memoir on his presidency early next year, his aides said Thursday.The memoir will come to 900 pages, the aides said. Lee left office in February 2013.Lee devoted some 500 pages to diplomatic issues, including South Korea’s free trade agree...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:35

Seoul to host forum on NE Asian nuclear safety

South Korea plans to host an international forum on nuclear safety next week to discuss ways to enhance safety in Northeast Asia, a region packed with nuclear power plants, Seoul’s foreign ministry said Thursday.The symposium, to be held in Seoul on Wednesday, will bring together around 2...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:35

Chief of Sewol firm gets 10 years

A district court on Thursday handed down a prison term of 10 years to Kim Han-shik, chief of Chonghaejin Marine Co., the operator of the sunken ferry Sewol, for neglecting the safety of the vessel.Eight other officials of the marine company were given prison sentences ranging from three to...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:34

Korea ranks 49th in Global Slavery Index

South Korea ranked 49th in the 2014 Global Slavery Index, in terms of people in modern slavery in absolute numbers, among 167 countries released by Australia’s Walk Free Foundation.According to the report, some 93,700 people are estimated to be trapped in modern slavery in the country. Th...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:34

Lack of signal experts raises subway risks

A shortage of signaling experts is raising the risk of accidents in Seoul’s subway system, a city assessment team said Thursday. According to the assessment by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, all eight subway lines operated by state-run companies have an insufficient number of signal e...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:34