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    Seoul city to provide 5,000 public housing per year


    Seoul Metropolitan Government is to supply some 5,000 public rental housing -- almost double the amount of the current 2,500 -- annually, in its effort to tackle the ongoing housing crisis in the South Korean capital.  The public rental housing refer...

    Seoul Metropolitan Government is to supply some 5,000 public rental housing -- almost double the amount of the current 2,500 -- annually, in its effort to tackle the ongoing housing crisis in the South Korean capital.  The public rental housing refer to small-size studios and houses that have been purchased by the city government to be rented out to the general public at lower-than market rates.   Earlier this month, the central government also said it would supply 300,000 public homes starting

    [Photo News] Last day of Chuseok holiday


    On the final day of Chuseok holiday, Koreans hit the streets with their families to visit key tourist spots and large shopping districts in Seoul and elsewhere.A large crowd gathered at the Korean Folk Village. Located in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, the...

    On the final day of Chuseok holiday, Koreans hit the streets with their families to visit key tourist spots and large shopping districts in Seoul and elsewhere.A large crowd gathered at the Korean Folk Village. Located in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, the popular tourist attraction offers various traditional cultural events that date back to the late Joseon period. Parents sat on the ground with their children in their laps as they enjoyed the “jultagi,” or acrobatics on a tightrope, performance up

    Dwight School Seoul strives for excellence in education


    As the first and the only fully authorized International Baccalaureate Continuum School in Seoul, Dwight School Seoul values the personal growth of its students and stresses leadership education.   The International Baccalaureate is an international...

    As the first and the only fully authorized International Baccalaureate Continuum School in Seoul, Dwight School Seoul values the personal growth of its students and stresses leadership education.   The International Baccalaureate is an international educational foundation founded in 1968 and headquartered in Geneva.  Students at Dwight School Seoul spend time outdoors as part of their school curriculum. (Dwight School Seoul)  At Dwight School Seoul, students learn to be well-rounded leaders by p

    Cashable assets piling up at Korean firms


    The country’s large companies have been piling up growing amounts of cashable assets as they remain reluctant to expand investments in the face of what they perceive as anti-business policies at home and increasing uncertainty in the global economic...

    The country’s large companies have been piling up growing amounts of cashable assets as they remain reluctant to expand investments in the face of what they perceive as anti-business policies at home and increasing uncertainty in the global economic environment.According to data from the Financial Supervisory Service, Korea’s top 30 companies in terms of turnover had 88.48 trillion won ($79.24 billion) in cashable assets in the first half of this year, up 11.5 percent from a year earlier.Samsung

    Prime Minister Lee pays tribute to late Vietnamese president


    HANOI -- South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon paid tribute to late Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi on Wednesday. Vietnam began a two-day national mourning that day for Quang, who died of illness Friday at age 61. "We Koreans will remember...

    HANOI -- South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon paid tribute to late Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi on Wednesday. Vietnam began a two-day national mourning that day for Quang, who died of illness Friday at age 61. "We Koreans will remember the deceased's extraordinary interest and friendship with Korea and will uphold his will with continuous efforts to advance the friendly relationship between the two countries," Lee said at the state funeral.   (Yonhap)Lee held a meeting earlier

    BTS talks about UN speech, next goal on Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’


    After impressing the world with its heartfelt speech at the UN, BTS made a stop at Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show,” one of the most popular and longest-running nighttime talk shows in the US, to talk about its recent feat and next goal. The show’s...

    After impressing the world with its heartfelt speech at the UN, BTS made a stop at Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show,” one of the most popular and longest-running nighttime talk shows in the US, to talk about its recent feat and next goal. The show’s highly-anticipated episode, aired on Tuesday night in US time, kicked off with BTS members, clad in flamboyant outfits, introducing themselves. RM introduced himself as a translator for the group, while Jin and J-Hope drew out cheers from crowd by callin

    CJ Group chief wins Van Fleet Award


    CJ Group Chairman Sohn Kyung-shik won Van Fleet Award from the Korea Society on his contribution in strengthening ties between South Korea and the United States, the company said Wednesday.The award was accredited to his work on introducing Korean...

    CJ Group Chairman Sohn Kyung-shik won Van Fleet Award from the Korea Society on his contribution in strengthening ties between South Korea and the United States, the company said Wednesday.The award was accredited to his work on introducing Korean culture to the US and bridging the two countries as the former head of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry, it added. CJ Group Chairman Sohn Kyung-shik receives the Van Fleet Award from Korea Society Chairman Thomas Hubbard (left) and Korea Soci

    Top regulator hints at launch of 3rd internet-only bank


    Anticipation for the nation’s third internet-only bank is growing as the authorities move to clear away hurdles affecting nonbanking institutions, including limits on ownership, following positive remarks from South Korea’s top financial regulator...

    Anticipation for the nation’s third internet-only bank is growing as the authorities move to clear away hurdles affecting nonbanking institutions, including limits on ownership, following positive remarks from South Korea’s top financial regulator last week.Choi Jong-ku, chairman of Korea’s financial regulatory body, the Financial Services Commission, mapped out a plan to help the new digital banks to move in tandem with the changing environment in the financial industry landscape, toward greate

    Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance tops H1 global sales


    Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the world’s largest automotive alliance, has topped global sales in the first half by selling 5.53 million units, the company said Wednesday. The Franco-Japanese partnership topped the list again this year for the second...

    Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the world’s largest automotive alliance, has topped global sales in the first half by selling 5.53 million units, the company said Wednesday. The Franco-Japanese partnership topped the list again this year for the second time, with a 5.1 percent increase on-year. It took the top honor last year. The sales growth was driven by increased demand for crossovers, sport utility vehicles and pickups as well as zero-emissions electric and hybrid-electric models, the alliance s

    [Hydrogen Korea] Car from the future: Nexo excels but faces hydrogen indifference


    The Korea Herald is publishing a series of articles on South Korea’s latest measures to support the hydrogen economy, the market drive for hydrogen-powered vehicles and the hurdles that stand in the way. This is the fifth installment. -- Ed.Surrounded...

    The Korea Herald is publishing a series of articles on South Korea’s latest measures to support the hydrogen economy, the market drive for hydrogen-powered vehicles and the hurdles that stand in the way. This is the fifth installment. -- Ed.Surrounded by gasoline cars at the Yongin expressway service area, south of Seoul, a midsized sport utility vehicle with a sleek body and grey matte finish caught the eye of motorists. Looking unfamiliar and futuristic, the new car with its blue license plate

    US, NK gear up for second summit


     With US President Donald Trump officially announcing his plans to hold a second meeting with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, the question is now on when the summit meeting will take place and how much progress can be made.  During his meeting...

     With US President Donald Trump officially announcing his plans to hold a second meeting with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, the question is now on when the summit meeting will take place and how much progress can be made.  During his meeting with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in Monday, Trump said he will meet with Kim “in the not too distant future.” A day later, Moon told Fox News that the Trump-Kim summit could take place before the end of this year.  Preparations are underway between

    iKON’s Ju-ne faces backlash for his Instagram post ahead of group’s comeback


    Now that iKON’s Ju-ne has apologized for the controversy surrounding his Instagram post about a Japanese director, attention is now on whether he will be able to ride out the storm before the group’s imminent return. On Saturday, the iKON member...

    Now that iKON’s Ju-ne has apologized for the controversy surrounding his Instagram post about a Japanese director, attention is now on whether he will be able to ride out the storm before the group’s imminent return. On Saturday, the iKON member posted a now-deleted image of an autograph he received from Japanese movie director and comedian Takeshi Kitano.But the image attracted criticism, as Kitano is known here for his disparaging comments about Korea.  (Dazed)In an effort to protect Ju-ne fro

    BTS’ hanbok from ‘Idol’ MV to be put on display


    Hanbok worn by BTS in its music video for “Idol” will be put on display in Seoul from this week. The Gangnam Tourist Information Center said Tuesday that seven of the Korean traditional garments, one worn by each member, will be displayed at the...

    Hanbok worn by BTS in its music video for “Idol” will be put on display in Seoul from this week. The Gangnam Tourist Information Center said Tuesday that seven of the Korean traditional garments, one worn by each member, will be displayed at the center in Sinsa-dong in Seoul from Sept. 28 to Oct 7, as a part of “2018 Gangnam Festival.”The hanbok exhibition will take place at the center’s outdoor square on its first floor from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors are also able to try on hanbok of the same

    K-pop stars flaunt athletic agility in ‘Idol Star Athletics Championships’


    MBC’s annual “Idol Star Athletics Championships -- Chuseok Special” aired its first episode on Tuesday with many K-pop stars showcasing impressive athletic performances.On the first day of the sports event, K-pop stars competed in various sports...

    MBC’s annual “Idol Star Athletics Championships -- Chuseok Special” aired its first episode on Tuesday with many K-pop stars showcasing impressive athletic performances.On the first day of the sports event, K-pop stars competed in various sports categories: jokgu, archery, bowling, rhythmic gymnastics and track and field. Key events included the semi-final rounds in bowling and archery, final rounds in jokgu and rhythmic gymnastics.  (Screen-captured from MBC’s “Idol Star Atheltcis Championships

    Kim Sa-rang embraces sexy look for Vogue


    Actress Kim Sa-rang showcased her flawless complexion in the stills taken from a recent photo shoot with fashion magazine Vogue. In the photos shared via Kim’s Instagram on Tuesday, the actress looked sexy with sleek jet black hair, glowing skin and...

    Actress Kim Sa-rang showcased her flawless complexion in the stills taken from a recent photo shoot with fashion magazine Vogue. In the photos shared via Kim’s Instagram on Tuesday, the actress looked sexy with sleek jet black hair, glowing skin and sumptuous lips in five different shades of YSL’s newest “Rouge Pur Couture The Slim” matte lipstick.  (Kim Sa-rang's Instagram)Vogue recently posted photos of Kim on its official social media. Along with the shared photos, the actress wished everyone

    Ruling party calls for ratification of revised Korea-US FTA


    South Korea's ruling Democratic Party called on the opposition parties Wednesday to promptly start a parliamentary process to ratify the country's revised free trade agreement with the United States.The two countries signed the revision in New York on...

    South Korea's ruling Democratic Party called on the opposition parties Wednesday to promptly start a parliamentary process to ratify the country's revised free trade agreement with the United States.The two countries signed the revision in New York on Monday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Presidents Moon Jae-in and Donald Trump reaffirmed "the importance of maintaining strong, mutually beneficial trade and economic ties between our peoples in their joint statement.Under the revised

    Paternal leave a luxury mainly for civil servants, conglomerate employees in South Korea


    The vast majority of Korean men who take parental leave are either civil servants or full-time workers at the nation’s large conglomerates, with male employees at small and midsized businesses either unable to take it or choosing not to, a lawmaker’s...

    The vast majority of Korean men who take parental leave are either civil servants or full-time workers at the nation’s large conglomerates, with male employees at small and midsized businesses either unable to take it or choosing not to, a lawmaker’s office revealed Wednesday.  According to Rep. Shin Bo-ra of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party, 70 percent of Korean men who have taken parental leave were either employed in the public sector or at big conglomerates, such as Samsung or Hyundai

    Conglomerates dominate duty-free market


    South Korea’s duty-free shops run by family-controlled conglomerates such as Lotte and Shilla posted some 10 trillion won ($8.95 billion) in combined sales last year, nearly 99 percent of total sales, data showed Wednesday.  (Yonhap)According to Korea...

    South Korea’s duty-free shops run by family-controlled conglomerates such as Lotte and Shilla posted some 10 trillion won ($8.95 billion) in combined sales last year, nearly 99 percent of total sales, data showed Wednesday.  (Yonhap)According to Korea Customs Service data quoted by Rep. Park Young-sun of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea, sales of chaebol duty-free stores -- Lotte, Shilla, SK Walkerhill, Shinsegae, Doota, HDC Shilla and Galleria -- came to 10.6 trillion won in the last year,

    Poinix’s close-proximity method grabs attention


    A senior researcher of local tech company Poinix grabbed attention at the international noise control conference with her study on the close-proximity method, according to the company Wednesday. Kim Hyun-jin, senior researcher at Poinix, presented her...

    A senior researcher of local tech company Poinix grabbed attention at the international noise control conference with her study on the close-proximity method, according to the company Wednesday. Kim Hyun-jin, senior researcher at Poinix, presented her research on comparing measurement on noise reduction of quiet pavement at the International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering that took place from Aug. 26 to 29. Dr. Ulf Sandberg (left), an author of Tyre/Road Noise Reference Boo

    [Herald Interview] ‘Transparency key to Nutrilite’s product safety’


    Illnesses arising from poorly stored or cooked food frequently make headlines worldwide, despite repeated calls for higher sanitation standards.That is why designing and managing traceability systems are critical for producers of not only food but other...

    Illnesses arising from poorly stored or cooked food frequently make headlines worldwide, despite repeated calls for higher sanitation standards.That is why designing and managing traceability systems are critical for producers of not only food but other categories of consumable products, according to Sam Kilgore, Nutrilite quality engineering manager. Sam Kilgore, Nutrilite quality engineering manager, speaks during an interview with The Korea Herald. (Amway Korea)“For dietary supplement product

    Suspected MERS patient in Army tests negative


    An Army recruit suspected of having contracted the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has tested negative and has been released from quarantine, the defense ministry said Wednesday.The soldier, along with several other troops who had come in close contact...

    An Army recruit suspected of having contracted the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has tested negative and has been released from quarantine, the defense ministry said Wednesday.The soldier, along with several other troops who had come in close contact with him, was put into quarantine after he showed cold symptoms on Tuesday night. He recently traveled to the Middle Eastern region before starting his mandatory military service.  (Yonhap)The country's health authorities have been on alert since

    [Newsmaker] Cosby in cuffs: TV star gets 3 to 10 years for sex assault


    NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- At an age when other Hollywood stars are settling into retirement and collecting lifetime-achievement awards, an 81-year-old Bill Cosby was led away to prison in handcuffs Tuesday, sentenced to three to 10 years behind bars in what was...

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- At an age when other Hollywood stars are settling into retirement and collecting lifetime-achievement awards, an 81-year-old Bill Cosby was led away to prison in handcuffs Tuesday, sentenced to three to 10 years behind bars in what was seen by many of his accusers as a reckoning richly deserved and long overdue.The comedian, TV star and breaker of racial barriers became the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison. He was found guilty in April of drugging and sex

    Into the fold? What’s next for Instagram as founders leave


    SAN FRANCISCO — When Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger sold Instagram to Facebook in 2012, the photo-sharing startup’s fiercely loyal fans worried about what would happen to their beloved app under the social media giant’s wings.None of their worst...

    SAN FRANCISCO — When Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger sold Instagram to Facebook in 2012, the photo-sharing startup’s fiercely loyal fans worried about what would happen to their beloved app under the social media giant’s wings.None of their worst fears materialized. But now that its founders have announced they are leaving in a swirl of well wishes and vague explanations, some of the same worries are bubbling up again — and then some. Will Instagram disappear? Get cluttered with ads and status up

    N. Korean media call for Japan's apology, compensation for past wrongdoings


    North Korean media on Wednesday renewed calls for Japan's apology and compensation for the island country's colonial-era misdeeds.The Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, made the calls amid growing talk of a possible summit...

    North Korean media on Wednesday renewed calls for Japan's apology and compensation for the island country's colonial-era misdeeds.The Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, made the calls amid growing talk of a possible summit between Pyongyang and Tokyo aimed at improving bilateral relations."Our people have not forgotten the past sin committed by Japan even for a moment," the newspaper said."Without repentance, apology and compensation for the past sin, (Japan) will

    Suspension of S. Korea-US military drills hurt readiness: USFK chief nominee


    WASHINGTON -- The suspension of joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States last summer caused a "slight degradation" in the readiness of the allied forces, the nominee to head US Forces Korea said Tuesday.US President Donald Trump...

    WASHINGTON -- The suspension of joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States last summer caused a "slight degradation" in the readiness of the allied forces, the nominee to head US Forces Korea said Tuesday.US President Donald Trump announced after his Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in June that some of the exercises would be suspended while negotiations to dismantle the North's nuclear weapons program were under way.Some 28,500 American troops are st

    Moon stresses need for formal end to war, economic cooperation with NK


    NEW YORK -- Declaring a formal end to the Korean War will encourage North Korea to move further down the path toward complete denuclearization, while economic cooperation with the North will keep the communist state from turning back, South Korean...

    NEW YORK -- Declaring a formal end to the Korean War will encourage North Korea to move further down the path toward complete denuclearization, while economic cooperation with the North will keep the communist state from turning back, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday.Speaking before a group of some 200 UN opinion leaders, the South Korean leader insisted that formally ending the 1950-53 war will not affect the South Korea-US alliance."The strongest foundation for peace on the Kore

    Leaders of S. Korea, Japan hold summit on bilateral ties, N. Korea


    NEW YORK -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Tuesday in New York for talks on ways to improve their countries' ties and enhance their joint efforts to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons.The meeting came...

    NEW YORK -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Tuesday in New York for talks on ways to improve their countries' ties and enhance their joint efforts to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons.The meeting came five days after Moon returned from his three-day trip to North Korea, where he and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reaffirmed their commitment to full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.Moon highlighted the importance of improved relations be

    Trump touts 'bold, new push for peace' with N. Korea


    WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump on Tuesday touted his administration's efforts to achieve peace through negotiations to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons program.Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Trump said his...

    WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump on Tuesday touted his administration's efforts to achieve peace through negotiations to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons program.Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Trump said his Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in June was "highly productive."The two leaders agreed that it was in both countries' interest to pursue denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, he said."With support from many countries here

    Opinions on human rights ‘significantly different’ among South Koreans and NK defectors: study


    Almost 75 percent of North Korean defectors currently living in South Korea were unaware of the existence of the term “human rights” while living in the communist state, and they have significantly different views from South Koreans when it comes to...

    Almost 75 percent of North Korean defectors currently living in South Korea were unaware of the existence of the term “human rights” while living in the communist state, and they have significantly different views from South Koreans when it comes to a number of social issues such as conscientious objection, a study showed.  “Our study suggests that many North Korean defectors are either unaware of their rights or reluctant to exercise them, especially when the violation of one’s rights is a resu

    US, NK head toward discussions on nuclear inspections


    With the leaders of US and North Korea expected to meet soon for a second summit, the two countries are set to restart negotiations on nuclear inspections. US President Donald Trump said Monday that the venue of his second summit with North Korean...

    With the leaders of US and North Korea expected to meet soon for a second summit, the two countries are set to restart negotiations on nuclear inspections. US President Donald Trump said Monday that the venue of his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would be announced in “a pretty short period of time.” Trump made the comments after talks with President Moon Jae-in in New York, during which Moon conveyed Kim’s proposals to Trump including the date and location for a second summi

    Japan woman held over keeping baby body in locker ‘for years’


    TOKYO (AFP) --  Tokyo police said Tuesday they had arrested a 49-year-old woman suspected of dumping a stillborn baby‘s body in a coin locker, amid reports she had moved the corpse around for as many as five years. “The suspect... left and...

    TOKYO (AFP) --  Tokyo police said Tuesday they had arrested a 49-year-old woman suspected of dumping a stillborn baby‘s body in a coin locker, amid reports she had moved the corpse around for as many as five years. “The suspect... left and abandoned the body of an infant inside the locker,” near Uguisudani Station, a Tokyo police spokeswoman told AFP, with the latest incident occuring around September 13. People walk in the streets of Shinjuku district of Tokyo (Yonhap) According to local media,

    BTS’ motivational UN speech transcends race and gender identity


    K-pop sensation BTS embraced self-love and encouraged young people around the world to “speak themselves” regardless of their origin, skin color and gender identity, in a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday.Kim...

    K-pop sensation BTS embraced self-love and encouraged young people around the world to “speak themselves” regardless of their origin, skin color and gender identity, in a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday.Kim Nam-joon, better known as RM, said, “No matter who you are, where you are from, your skin color, your gender identity, just speak yourself,” expressing support for sexual minorities. The group’s six-minute speech kicked off the launch of the UN’s new youth

    China says can‘t hold US trade talks with ’knife to the throat‘


    BEIJING (AFP) -- China said on Tuesday it was impossible to hold trade talks with the United States while Washington is imposing tariffs that are like “holding a knife to someone‘s throat”. Speaking a day after Washington activated tariffs on...

    BEIJING (AFP) -- China said on Tuesday it was impossible to hold trade talks with the United States while Washington is imposing tariffs that are like “holding a knife to someone‘s throat”. Speaking a day after Washington activated tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, vice commerce minister Wang Shouwen said China is open to negotiations but that the two sides must treat each other “equally and with respect”. “Now that the US has adopted this type of large-scale trade restrictions, they’re

    South Korean FM meets Ivanka Trump, invites her to Seoul again


    South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has met with Ivanka Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump‘s daughter and a White House adviser, in New York and invited her to visit Seoul again, Seoul’s foreign ministry said Tuesday.  Their meeting was...

    South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has met with Ivanka Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump‘s daughter and a White House adviser, in New York and invited her to visit Seoul again, Seoul’s foreign ministry said Tuesday.  Their meeting was held at the South Korean mission to the United Nations on Monday (New York time), to which Ivanka Trump paid a visit, the ministry said in Facebook and Twitter postings. “Minister Kang expressed thanks (to Ivanka Trump) for coming to the PyeongChang Wint

    Sexism ‘serious problem’ during national holidays in South Korea: study


    More than 80 percent of South Koreans have experienced some form of sexism — including body shaming and women having to cook large meals for male members of the family — during national holidays, such as Lunar New Year and Chuseok, a study...

    More than 80 percent of South Koreans have experienced some form of sexism — including body shaming and women having to cook large meals for male members of the family — during national holidays, such as Lunar New Year and Chuseok, a study showed. The study, compiled by the Seoul Foundation of Women and Family, came to the conclusion after surveying some 1,170 Korean men and women earlier this month. Some 70 percent of the respondents were women, and 90 percent were in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Am

    Instagram co-founders resigning: report


    SAN FRANCISCO, (AFP) -- Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger are leaving the smartphone photo-sharing service bought by Facebook six years ago for a billion dollars, the New York Times reported late Monday citing unnamed...

    SAN FRANCISCO, (AFP) -- Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger are leaving the smartphone photo-sharing service bought by Facebook six years ago for a billion dollars, the New York Times reported late Monday citing unnamed sources. Systrom and Krieger have resigned from their posts as chief executive and chief technology officer respectively, not giving reasons and saying they planned to take time off, according to the Times. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment. FILE

    [Newsmaker] South Korea to review banning English education for preschoolers


    Nine months after proposing a ban on English classes in kindergartens, the government is set to review related policies next month, as parents have complained that the move will only widen the education gap in a market led by pricey private pre-schools...

    Nine months after proposing a ban on English classes in kindergartens, the government is set to review related policies next month, as parents have complained that the move will only widen the education gap in a market led by pricey private pre-schools that teach in English. Last year, the Education Ministry forbid public elementary schools from teaching English to first and second graders during affordable after-school classes. The action was based on a special law on normalizing public educati

    After North Korea, Trump targets Iran with ‘maximum pressure’


    UNITED NATIONS (AFP) -- One year after mobilizing the international community against North Korea, Donald Trump is trying to force another arch enemy to the negotiating table by targeting Iran with a similar campaign of “maximum pressure.” But if...

    UNITED NATIONS (AFP) -- One year after mobilizing the international community against North Korea, Donald Trump is trying to force another arch enemy to the negotiating table by targeting Iran with a similar campaign of “maximum pressure.” But if North Korea‘s leader Kim Jong Un has seen his standing with the US president transformed in the 12 months since Trump’s United Nations debut, theprospects of Hassan Rouhani undergoing a similar transformation appear far from clear. In his debut speech b

    EU announces legal entity to maintain business with Iran


    The European Union said Monday it would set up a legal entity to preserve oil and other business with Iran, in a bid to evade US sanctions after President Donald Trump withdrew from a nuclear agreement. (Yonhap)The European Union and Iran, along with...

    The European Union said Monday it would set up a legal entity to preserve oil and other business with Iran, in a bid to evade US sanctions after President Donald Trump withdrew from a nuclear agreement. (Yonhap)The European Union and Iran, along with Russia and China, said they were determined to “protect the freedom of their economic operators to pursue legitimate business with Iran” in a statement issued after high-level talks at the United Nations. (AFP)

    Samsung Electronics tipped to log record Q3 profits on solid


    Samsung Electronics Co. is expected to post a record operating profit of 17.2 trillion won (US$15.4 billion) in the third quarter, backed by firm demand for memory chips, market sources said Tuesday.  The consensus by major brokerage firms marks an...

    Samsung Electronics Co. is expected to post a record operating profit of 17.2 trillion won (US$15.4 billion) in the third quarter, backed by firm demand for memory chips, market sources said Tuesday.  The consensus by major brokerage firms marks an 18.5 percent on-year increase in the tech behemoth‘s profit for the July-September period. The revenue is forecast at 65.2 trillion won, up 5.1 percent from a year ago.  The company is expected to release its third-quarter earnings preview next Friday

    Seoul-bound traffic jammed as S. Koreans return after Chuseok


    Long lines of vehicles were being formed on South Korea‘s major highways Tuesday as millions of people headed back to Seoul after celebrating the Chuseok holiday with their families in their hometowns.  The Korea Expressway Corp. predicted it would...

    Long lines of vehicles were being formed on South Korea‘s major highways Tuesday as millions of people headed back to Seoul after celebrating the Chuseok holiday with their families in their hometowns.  The Korea Expressway Corp. predicted it would be a 6 hour and 20 minute drive from the southeastern port city of Busan to Seoul if a traveler departed at 9 a.m.  (Yonhap) The estimated time of travel from the southwestern city of Mokpo to Seoul was 6 hours and 10 minutes. The estimates for the Gw

    [Photo News] K-pop boy band BTS at UN


    K-pop boy band BTS at UNKorean pop singers BTS attend the UN Youth Strategy Conference at United Nations headquarters during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York. (Yonhap)(AP-Yonhap)(AFP-Yonhap)(UPI-Yonhap)...

    K-pop boy band BTS at UNKorean pop singers BTS attend the UN Youth Strategy Conference at United Nations headquarters during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York. (Yonhap)(AP-Yonhap)(AFP-Yonhap)(UPI-Yonhap) (Reuters-Yonhap)

    Ivanka invited by minister to visit Seoul again


    WASHINGTON (Yonhap) -- US President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser, Ivanka, has been invited to visit South Korea a second time to promote the two countries' ties, a US spokesperson said Monday.The invitation was extended by South Korean Foreign...

    WASHINGTON (Yonhap) -- US President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser, Ivanka, has been invited to visit South Korea a second time to promote the two countries' ties, a US spokesperson said Monday.The invitation was extended by South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, who, along with Ivanka Trump, is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Ivanka Trump is greeted by President Moon Jae-in in New York on Monday. (Yonhap)"Given the positive reception @IvankaTrump

    BTS at UN: Find your name and voice by speaking about yourself


    Addressing a United Nations session as the first ever South Korean artists, the boy band BTS urged young people to find their own inner voice and see themselves through their own eyes by speaking about themselves.The septet was invited to give a short...

    Addressing a United Nations session as the first ever South Korean artists, the boy band BTS urged young people to find their own inner voice and see themselves through their own eyes by speaking about themselves.The septet was invited to give a short opening speech at an event during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday (New York time) to launch UNICEF's new partnership "Generation Unlimited."K-pop band BTS speaks during a meeting focused on youth issues at the Unit

    Moon seeks int'l support for inter-Korean ties in meeting with UN chief


    NEW YORK (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in sought to rally international support for his efforts to denuclearize North Korea and improve his country's ties with the communist state Monday in a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio...

    NEW YORK (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in sought to rally international support for his efforts to denuclearize North Korea and improve his country's ties with the communist state Monday in a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. "President Moon expressed gratitude to the UN secretary-general for expressing his support and urging international attention every time there is an important change in conditions on the Korean Peninsula, such as an inter-Korean summit, North

    Moon, Trump discuss 'corresponding measures' for NK denucelarization


    NEW YORK (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump on Monday discussed possible ways to reward North Korea for its denuclearization measures that will apparently include a second US-North Korea summit."The leaders...

    NEW YORK (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump on Monday discussed possible ways to reward North Korea for its denuclearization measures that will apparently include a second US-North Korea summit."The leaders agreed to continue communicating closely about corresponding measures," said Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman for South Korea's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.US President Donald Trump speaks to the news media during a bilateral meeting with South Korean

    Leaders of S. Korea, US welcome revision to bilateral FTA


    NEW YORK (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump welcomed the conclusion of negotiations to amend the countries' bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) on Monday, vowing efforts to implement it swiftly. South Korean...

    NEW YORK (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump welcomed the conclusion of negotiations to amend the countries' bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) on Monday, vowing efforts to implement it swiftly. South Korean President Moon Jae-in (left) and US President Donald Trump gesture after signing a revised Korea-US FTA in New York on Monday. (Yonhap)"We, the Presidents of the Republic of Korea and the United States of America, hereby reaffirm our close alliance

    Moon’s approval rating surges after Pyongyang Summit


    President Moon Jae-in’s approval rating in South Korea has jumped into the 60 percent range since the recent inter-Korean Summit in Pyongyang with the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un. According to a local poll conducted by Realmeter on Monday, Moon’s...

    President Moon Jae-in’s approval rating in South Korea has jumped into the 60 percent range since the recent inter-Korean Summit in Pyongyang with the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un. According to a local poll conducted by Realmeter on Monday, Moon’s approval rating was 61.9 percent, up 8.8 percentage points from a week earlier. The weekly surveys involved 2,507 adults and were carried out throughout the nation from Sept. 17 through Friday. (Yonhap)Only 32.3 percent of respondents answered that Moon

    China hikes tariffs on US imports


    BEIJING _ China has raised tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. imports in an escalation of their fight over technology policy following a deadline for President Donald Trump's latest increase.The General Administration of Customs said it started collecting...

    BEIJING _ China has raised tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. imports in an escalation of their fight over technology policy following a deadline for President Donald Trump's latest increase.The General Administration of Customs said it started collecting additional taxes of 5 to 10 percent on a list of thousands of American goods at noon Monday, ratcheting up their fight over Beijing's technology policy. (AP)The increase coincided with the time for Trump's planned tariff hike on $200 billion of Chi

    Two BMW cars catch fire in S. Korea


    Two BMW diesel vehicles on the German automaker’s recall list have caught fire in less than two days in South Korea, authorities said Monday. A BMW 520d caught fire shortly before Monday noon while going up a hill in Pyeongchang, 180 kilometers east of...

    Two BMW diesel vehicles on the German automaker’s recall list have caught fire in less than two days in South Korea, authorities said Monday. A BMW 520d caught fire shortly before Monday noon while going up a hill in Pyeongchang, 180 kilometers east of Seoul, local police and fire authorities said.   (Yonhap)The fire was extinguished within 10 minutes and no casualties were reported as the driver and three other family members had escaped immediately, they noted.On Sunday, another BMW 520d caugh

    Unification minister vows support for separated families


    South Korea’s unification minister said Monday the government will beef up efforts to reconnect families separated for decades since Korean War in various ways in the follow-up negotiations with North Korea. Cho Myung-gyon was speaking to a group of...

    South Korea’s unification minister said Monday the government will beef up efforts to reconnect families separated for decades since Korean War in various ways in the follow-up negotiations with North Korea. Cho Myung-gyon was speaking to a group of divided families who jointly celebrated the Chuseok holiday at Imjingak park in Paju, just south of the demilitarized zone separating two Koreas.  (Yonhap)“For both South and North Korea, the problem of divided families is an urgent task that can’t b

    Holiday season is crime season, lawmaker warns


    Burglary rates tend to increase increase during national holidays, when many homes and farm buildings are empty, said Rep. Son Kum-ju in a recent statement, citing data from the National Police Agency. A total of 5,682 home burglaries took place during...

    Burglary rates tend to increase increase during national holidays, when many homes and farm buildings are empty, said Rep. Son Kum-ju in a recent statement, citing data from the National Police Agency. A total of 5,682 home burglaries took place during the Lunar New Year’s holidays from 2013 through 2018. Another 362 burglaries targeted farms and agricultural goods. (Yonhap)Of all the home burglaries during that timeframe, 1,223 took place in Seoul, the prime target for holiday home burglars. Th

    Dodgers' Ryu Hyun-jin spins another gem vs. Padres


    Los Angeles Dodgers' South Korean starter Ryu Hyun-jin has thrown his second straight gem to take his club closer to the postseason.Ryu blanked the San Diego Padres over six impressive innings, allowing four hits while striking out eight at Dodgers...

    Los Angeles Dodgers' South Korean starter Ryu Hyun-jin has thrown his second straight gem to take his club closer to the postseason.Ryu blanked the San Diego Padres over six impressive innings, allowing four hits while striking out eight at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday (local time). The Dodgers went on to rout the Padres 14-0. (Yonhap)At 87-69, the Dodgers hold a 1.5-game lead over the Colorado Rockies atop the National League (NL) West. They have six games left after Sunday, while t

    Moon, Abe to hold bilateral summit this week


    NEW YORK -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in will hold a bilateral summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week, Moon‘s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Sunday.The Moon-Abe meeting will be held early Tuesday here in New York. South...

    NEW YORK -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in will hold a bilateral summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week, Moon‘s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Sunday.The Moon-Abe meeting will be held early Tuesday here in New York. South Korean President Moon Jae In (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Reuters)Moon arrived here earlier in the day for the UN General Assembly.The South Korea-Japan summit will come one day after Moon meets with US President Donald Trump for

    S. Korea’s Moon arrives in New York for Trump summit, UN meeting


    NEW YORK -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in New York on Sunday for a bilateral summit with US President Donald Trump that is partly aimed at brokering a second US-North Korea summit.The Moon-Trump summit is set to be held Monday, four days...

    NEW YORK -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in New York on Sunday for a bilateral summit with US President Donald Trump that is partly aimed at brokering a second US-North Korea summit.The Moon-Trump summit is set to be held Monday, four days after the South Korean president returned home from a three-day trip to North Korea for talks with leader Kim Jong-un. (Yonhap)Moon has said the North Korean leader hopes to hold a second US-North Korea summit with Trump in the near future, and t

    Second woman accuses Trump court pick of sexual misconduct: New Yorker


    NEW YORK - A second woman has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's embattled nominee for the Supreme Court, The New Yorker said Sunday.Senate Democrats are investigating the bombshell claim...

    NEW YORK - A second woman has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's embattled nominee for the Supreme Court, The New Yorker said Sunday.Senate Democrats are investigating the bombshell claim by Deborah Ramirez, 53, who says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a college party at Yale University in the 1980s, thrust his genitals in her face and caused her to touch them without her consent while pushing them away.Kavanaugh denied th

    [Photo News] Kim Jong-un and his ‘finger heart’


    THE SHAPE OF HIS HEART -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju, along with South Korean officials, pose for cameras with the so-called “finger heart” gesture against the backdrop of Cheonji Lake on top of Mount Paekdu on Sept. 20....

    THE SHAPE OF HIS HEART -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju, along with South Korean officials, pose for cameras with the so-called “finger heart” gesture against the backdrop of Cheonji Lake on top of Mount Paekdu on Sept. 20. The related photos, describing the last day of the inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang last week, were released by Seoul’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae on Sunday. (Cheong Wa Dae)

    Moon leaves for New York to attend UN General Assembly


    President Moon Jae-in on Sunday left for New York on a five-day trip to attend the 73rd United Nations General Assembly and to meet with US counterpart Donald Trump over peninsular developments, including the latest inter-Korean summit held in...

    President Moon Jae-in on Sunday left for New York on a five-day trip to attend the 73rd United Nations General Assembly and to meet with US counterpart Donald Trump over peninsular developments, including the latest inter-Korean summit held in Pyongyang.Moon left the country via Seoul Air Base on Sunday afternoon, and is set to land in New York on Sunday late afternoon, according to Cheong Wa Dae. President Moon Jae-in and First Lade Kim Jung-sook on Sunday board the plane headed for New York, s

    Chuseok exodus in full swing as highways clog with traffic


    Traffic surged on Korea's expressways nationwide Sunday, the second day of the five-day traditional holiday of Chuseok.Hundreds of thousands of cars left Seoul and nearby Gyeonggi Province and bus terminals, train stations and airports were crowded with...

    Traffic surged on Korea's expressways nationwide Sunday, the second day of the five-day traditional holiday of Chuseok.Hundreds of thousands of cars left Seoul and nearby Gyeonggi Province and bus terminals, train stations and airports were crowded with people heading to their hometowns, according to the Korea Expressway Corp.Around 3.86 million vehicles were on the roads across the country on Sunday, with 470,000 leaving Seoul for other parts of the country, the agency said. (Yonhap)Hitting the

    Record number of people give up on job seeking: data


    A record-high number of job-seekers have given up on finding a job, amid a feeble employment market and slowing economic growth, government data showed Sunday.The monthly average number of “discouraged job-seekers” -- referring to those with no signs...

    A record-high number of job-seekers have given up on finding a job, amid a feeble employment market and slowing economic growth, government data showed Sunday.The monthly average number of “discouraged job-seekers” -- referring to those with no signs of job seeking for at least four weeks over the past year -- stood at 510,000 as of end-August, up 5.4 percent from the same period last year, according to Statistics Korea. This was also the highest figure since the government started collecting da

    Illegal immigrants on rise: data


    The number of foreign nationals staying in South Korea illegally increased by nearly 100,000 on-year to surpass 330,000 this year, government data showed Sunday.According to the data by the Ministry of Justice, 330,005 foreigners were staying in the...

    The number of foreign nationals staying in South Korea illegally increased by nearly 100,000 on-year to surpass 330,000 this year, government data showed Sunday.According to the data by the Ministry of Justice, 330,005 foreigners were staying in the country without a valid visa as of July, up 97,834 from 232,171 logged July of last year.The data -- which showed the number of illegal aliens over the past 10 years -- was submitted to the National Assembly.  (Yonhap)The annual average number of rep