NK executed vice premier in July

North Korea has carried out the execution of a vice premier, a Seoul government official said Wednesday, as the North’s leader moves to further strengthen his reign of terror.The official said North Korea executed the 63-year-old...

[HERALD INTERVIEW] US seeks greater aid partnerships with Korea

Driven by technological know-how and shared values, Washington is pushing to step up cooperation with Seoul to help combat poverty in underdeveloped countries in such fields as girls’ empowerment and science and technology, a sen...

Culture minister nominee grilled on policies, qualification

Cho Yoon-sun, nominee for minister of culture, sports and tourism, said during the parliamentary confirmation hearing on Wednesday that she is personally against the removal of a statue representing the victims of Japan’s World W...

Yongsan police runs mobile counseling booth for foreign women

Yongsan Police Department has been running a special counseling program every Friday evening this summer to help foreigners visiting Itaewon, one of the city’s most popular nighttime hangouts, feel safer.Throughout August from 8 ...

Parents abandon children at restaurant after fight

Police said they are looking into a case in which a married couple in their 20s left their young children at a restaurant after a fight, only to take them back after police got involved.The Bundang Police Department in Gyeonggi Pr...

30% of Koreans feel basic rights violated

Three out of 10 surveyed South Koreans said they have been violated of their basic rights protected by the Constitution at least once, a survey showed Wednesday.The Constitutional Court said it surveyed 6,552 citizens to ask wheth...

Mayor unveils Yongsan park plan

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon on Wednesday denounced the central government’s overlapping plan to utilize the land in Yongsan following the scheduled relocation of the US troops next year. He said the city will continue to draw up de...

‘Tackling inequality, partnerships key to new development era’

The international community should continue to capitalize on political will and diversify funding sources through partnerships to achieve inclusive growth going forward, experts said Wednesday. Some 400 policymakers, academics and...

Budget bill feud holds back hearing

The political parties’ feuding over the government’s supplementary budget bill posed setbacks for a series of key parliamentary agendas Wednesday, including a ministerial confirmation hearing.The parliamentary committee for educ...

Most dementia patients are non-drinkers

Heavy drinking has long been considered a major risk factor for dementia, but a new local study has found that almost 90 percent of South Korea’s elderly patients with the disease do not have a history of heavy drinking.The study...

Why some men choose to enlist

PFC Park Ju-won, 31, recalls the day he suited up to serve as a private second class in the Army. His superior had just scolded him for yawning in front of him.“I thought to myself, ‘this guy’s far younger than me and he tells ...

2 arrested for falsely outing sex workers on Instagram

Two women were arrested by police Tuesday for falsely exposing ordinary women and men as sex workers on social media. The Seoul Suseo police said that two women who were behind Instagram accounts Gangnam Patch and Hannam Patch had...

Seoul to focus on inclusiveness, innovation in achieving UN development goals

South Korea will focus on seeking inclusive growth of fragile countries and innovative partnerships with the private sector as Seoul joins the international community's implementation of the United Nations' Sustainable Development...

N. Korea building railway long-range missile launchers on railroad: report

North Korea is building a mobile long-range missile launcher system that can move along the country's railroad tracks, the U.S.-based Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday, citing sources in the communist country.A North Korean resid...

Court again rejects Korean A-bomb victims' suit against gov't

 A Seoul court on Wednesday ruled in favor of the government and dismissed a compensation suit filed by South Koreans who survived the 1945 US atomic bombings in Japan.The Seoul Northern District Court turned down the suit filed ...