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Woman gets suspended jail term for defaming Park

A woman accused of libeling President Park Geun-hye was sentenced to four months in prison with a one-year stay of execution, a Seoul district court said Wednesday, as Korean authorities clamped down on online badmouthing of the Korean leader.The woman, in her 40s and identified only by th...

Updated : 2014.10.01 21:43

Green tech creates smart tables, toy kits

The following is the second in a series of articles on the creative green economy, which focuses on generating new growth engines and was initiated by the Park Geun-hye administration and the Ministry...

Updated : 2014.10.01 21:32

Civic group opposes prosecution's plan for online censorship

 A civic group on Wednesday demanded the prosecution drop its plan to monitor Internet postings for defamatory remarks and false rumors. The Seoul-based People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy made the demand in a letter sent to Prosecutor General Kim Jin-tae. The prosecution ha...

Updated : 2014.10.01 16:10

Sex workers increase despite law revision

This year marks the 10th anniversary of South Korea’s establishment of its antiprostitution law, which criminalizes the buying and selling of sex. In spite of the special law, however, the number of ...

Updated : 2014.09.30 20:52

TV celebrity fined for illegal drug use

Television celebrity Amy, whose real name is Lee Yoon-ji, has been given a fine of 5 million won ($4,800) for habitually consuming zolpidem without a medical prescription.According to the Seoul Centra...

Updated : 2014.09.30 20:37

‘Dogani’ abuse victims lose suit against state

Seven victims of sexual crimes committed by staff members at Gwangju Inhwa School lost a compensation suit against the government. All the victims were hearing impaired. The victims, whose story was portrayed in the 2011 film “Dogani,” filed a suit demanding the state, Gwangju City and t...

Updated : 2014.09.30 20:36

Korean, French firms join hands for dementia treatment

Korean patients with brain diseases including dementia and depression may be able to treat themselves at home using the latest electroencephalography technology starting next year.Mensia Technologies, an emerging French company specializing in real-time monitoring of brain activity, on Tue...

Updated : 2014.09.30 20:30

Cruise ship runs aground off southwest coast, passengers rescued

A cruise ship carrying 104 passengers and five crew members ran aground in waters off a southwestern island on Tuesday but all people on board were rescued, the Coast Guard said.The accident took plac...

Updated : 2014.09.30 10:19

Resident ID system faces overhaul

The government hosted Monday a public hearing to gather suggestions on its plan to revise the resident registration number system.The overhaul comes after a series of data breaches raised concerns abo...

Updated : 2014.09.29 21:28

Part-time jobs to be expanded

The Korean government plans to allow more workers to reduce their working hours from next year, as part of efforts to improve working conditions, increase employment and add flexibility to the nation’...

Updated : 2014.09.29 21:20

Men develop obesity earlier than women

Korean men and women are prone to develop obesity at different ages, according to research organized by the state-run Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.While Korean women in their 60s a...

Updated : 2014.09.29 21:11

Biodiversity convention kicks off

The 12th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity opened at a resort in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, on Monday for 19 days of discussion sessions on sustainable development, under the auspi...

Updated : 2014.09.29 21:11

Korea to build integrated underground safety system

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Monday that it would create a safety management system for underground spaces amid increasing concerns over the occurrence of sinkholes in Seoul and other parts of the country.The ministry will draw up an integrated 3-D map of the cou...

Updated : 2014.09.29 21:03

Mayor promotes Seoul as film site in Hollywood

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon spoke with “Star Trek” producer Jeffrey Chernov in an effort to attract more foreign studios to shoot their films in South Korea’s capital, during his ongoing U.S. tour in...

Updated : 2014.09.29 20:35

Catholicism most trustworthy, influential religion in S. Korea: poll

South Koreans regard Catholicism as the most trustworthy and influential of the major religions in the country, a survey showed Monday.In an annual survey of public opinion on South Korean society, politics and religion, Catholicism placed first with 3.39 points in the category of reliabil...

Updated : 2014.09.29 14:16