Antitrust watchdog fines 17 builders for bid rigging

South Korea's antitrust watchdog slapped a combined 32.9 billion won ($28.1 million) fine on 17 local builders Tuesday for rigging bids for large public infrastructure projects.According to the Fair Trade Commission, the companies...

6 Air Force fighters depart for Alaska to join U.S. air drill

Six South Korean fighter jets departed for Alaska Tuesday to join a U.S.-led air defense drill designed to beef up joint combat capacity, the Air Force said.The six F-16Ds were to arrive at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, later in...

Korea to get extra day off this month

The government has decided to designate Aug. 14 an extra public holiday and offer free access to state-run museums and palaces on the weekend when South Korea celebrates’ the 70th anniversary of the nation’s liberation from Japa...

Gov't decides to designate temporary holiday for liberation celebrations

The government decided to designate the day before next week's National Liberation Day as a temporary holiday, an official said Tuesday, in the latest efforts to boost domestic consumption hit hard by the MERS outbreak.The move co...

S. Korea reports no additional MERS cases for 30th

South Korea reported no additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome for the 30th consecutive day on Tuesday, with the number of people diagnosed with the disease remaining flat at 186.The country's death toll from the dis...

2 soldiers wounded in suspected mine explosion on southern side of DMZ

Two Army staff sergeants were seriously wounded in what is believed to be a landmine explosion in the heavily fortified demilitarized zone, the military said Tuesday.The explosion took place on the southern side of the DMZ in the ...

White House cites Korea's carbon emission cut pledge as sign of growing international momentum

The White House on Monday cited South Korea's commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions as an example that shows international momentum is building on the cause, as President Barack Obama announced a deeper carbon emissions reduc...

U.S. says intelligence activities are for national security needs amid spying allegations against Japan

The United States said Monday its intelligence activities are aimed at meeting its national security needs as well as those of its allies and partners after allegations surfaced that it spied on Japanese officials and firms.The wh...

Only 20 percent of Korean kindergartens offer early morning programs

Only about 20 percent of Korea’s kindergartens offer early morning programs, leaving working parents with limited income the sole option of sending their children to day care centers instead, a study showed Monday. According to...

Korea tops ratio of underpaid workers in major economies

About 1 in 7 workers in South Korea is paid the legal minimum wage or less, the highest rate among OECD member countries, a recent study showed.  According to the annual employment outlook by the Organization for Economic Coopera...

‘Give education back to schools’

GEOCHANG ― Last month, the Education Ministry rolled out an ordinance on promotion of “character building education,” in an apparent attempt to reform the nation’s education that has been stigmatized as fueling excessive compe...

Saenuri lawmaker defects over rape claim

A ruling party lawmaker embroiled in an alleged sexual assault case said Monday that he would leave the party for causing concerns.“Regardless of what the reason may have been, I will leave the Saenuri Party not to put the burden...

Saenuri Party leader stirs the pot in U. S.

Ruling Saenuri Party chief Rep. Kim Moo-sung, appeared to be having a heyday in his stay in the U.S. over the past week, making comments that would have immediately caused backlash back home, but that nonetheless galvanized his co...

English-language patent court to be launched

Patent lawsuits will be allowed in English in Korea as part of the top court’s efforts to better support the legal accessibility of foreigners, sources said Monday. According to the Supreme Court, the authorities agreed to establ...

Japanese opposition leader vows efforts for better Seoul-Tokyo ties

A Japanese opposition leader vowed Monday to make efforts to develop the Seoul-Tokyo relationship into a future-oriented one in a landmark year, despite many challenges such as tension over their shared history.Katsuya Okada, lead...