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Korean trade unionists 'under threat' as leader is arrested

Seoul - According to the campaign group Labour Start, the administration of President Park, Guen-hye of Korea, since 2013, is seeking to weaken the rights of workers and their unions. For this reason, a petition has been established.

South Korea and Japan agree to end the issue of 'comfort women'

Seoul - South Korea and Japan finally reached an agreement on Monday that will resolve the issue of "comfort women" which has plagued relationships between the two nations.

South Korean forest bulldozed to create ski run for Olympics

South Korea, host of the 2018 Winter Games, has been accused of bulldozing a 500-year-old virgin forest to make room for an Olympic ski slope.

North and South Korea try words instead of saber-rattling

Paju - High-level talks are underway between North and South Korea as the longtime enemies try to avert a military confrontation amid rising hostility between them.

Kim Jong–un makes his own time zone

They say time waits for no one. Unless you're a deified, powerful and ruthless dictator. In which you case you can simply change it. And that is exactly what Kim Jong–un has done, introducing a new time zone — "Pyongyang time."

Seniors commit more crimes than teens in Japan

Police in Japan have dealt with more elderly crime than crime among teenagers this year, according to reports. Violent crimes committed by the elderly have risen as well.

Website for cheaters explodes in South Korea

Seoul - Ashley Madison is a cheating website that allows people to have affairs behind their partners' backs. It was once closed down in South Korea, but it's back.

South Korea signs landmark free trade agreement with China

Seoul - China signed a free trade agreement with South Korea which has the potential to create more than 50,000 jobs for a country currently trying to defeat MERS.

Japan files complaint with WTO over S. Korea food import bans

Tokyo - Japan is challenging South Korea's import bans and increased restrictions on foods from Japan after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. On Thursday, the central government filed a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization.

South Korea: North Korea has 6,000-strong 'cyber army'

Seoul - South Korea officials warned on Tuesday that rival North Korea has a 6,000-member cyber army tasked with attacking and disrupting its democratic neighbor's military and government computer networks.

Three nuclear power plant workers in South Korea die on job

Three workers died Friday at a Nuclear power plant construction site in Ulsan, South Korea. They had difficulty breathing and fell unconscious and were rushed to hospital where they died. It is believed that they inhaled a toxic gas.

Only one Kim Jong-un in North Korea, rest made to change name

South Korea’s KBS TV station has obtained a North Korean state document that was a directive for officials to go forth and force everyone named Kim Jong-un to change their name to something else. It was in anticipation of Kim Jong-un becoming leader.

Over half of population feel unsafe living in South Korea

A biennial survey released on Thursday in South Korea revealed that over half the population does not feel safe living in their own country. The most cited reason given for people's feelings of insecurity was man-made disasters.

First complete fossil of small dinosaur found in South Korea

Hadong - A fisherman in Hadong County, southern South Korea, discovered a fossilized skeleton of a small carnivorous dinosaur complete with a skull and a jaw. This is the first such discovery of its kind, a state-run think tank reported Monday.

North Korea threatens nuclear force against South Korea

In a Korean Central News Agency article published on Sunday, North Korea threatened the use of nuclear force against South Korea's President Park Geun-hye. This latest threat is just one of eight articles published since Nov. 22.

Captain of sunken South Korean ferry gets 36-year sentence

Gwangju - Gasps and screams filled a Gwangju courtroom Tuesday after the captain of a passenger ferry that killed more than 300 -- mostly high school students -- when it sank off South Korea last year was sentenced to 36 years in prison for negligence.

North and South Korea to hold high level talks

Pyongyang - After senior North Korean officials made a surprise visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremonies of the Asian Games, Hwang Pyong-so, regarded as the second most powerful person in the North, met with South Korea's Reunification Minister.

Two members of female K-Pop group killed in auto accident

Seoul - Two members of South Korean K-Pop group Ladies' Code were killed in an auto accident near Seoul, South Korea. Go Eun-bi, 22, died shortly after the crash Wednesday while Kwon Ri-sae, 23, succumbed to her injuries Sunday morning.

Op-Ed: Continuing aftermath of the Sewol ferry disaster

A solution must be found, and quickly, if there is to be any peace for the grieving parents and the country that mourns alongside them.

South Korea's only astronaut quits and ends their space program

Yi So-yeon quit her job as an astronaut to focus on interactions between science and business. As South Korea's first and only astronaut this ends the program for the country at this time.

Body found in South Korea identified as owner of sunken ferry

Suncheon - A body found in southern South Korea last month is that of the missing owner of the ferry that capsized in April, killing more than 300 and sparking a national outrage that still threatens the government in Seoul.

South Korean officials allow workers to take a nap on the job

Seoul - City workers in Seoul now have a chance to get a bit of extra rest. Between 13:00 and 18:00 they are allowed to take a nap while at work.

Dozens who survived South Korea ferry disaster return to school

Ansan - South Korean schoolkids who survived last April's catastrophic ferry sinking that killed 250 classmates returned to class Wednesday pledging to remember their lost friends and teachers.

Child draws on dad's passport, dad can't leave South Korea

Seoul - A four-year-old Chinese boy managed to get hold of his father's passport, and apparently thought it needed an artist's touch. Unfortunately for the father, the budding Rembrandt has left him stranded in South Korea for unrecognizable documentation.

Korean ferry disaster death toll and survivor list revised again

South Korean authorities have revised the data on the missing and rescued people from the SEWOL maritime tragedy again. This is the seventh time in three weeks since the ferry capsized off the coast of Jindo island, South Korea.

Diver dies while searching sunken South Korean ferry for victims

Jindo - A diver searching the sunken ferry Sewol for bodies lost in last month's disaster off South Korea died Tuesday when a communication line broke, authorities said.

China, Japan and S. Korea to collaborate on environmental issues

In a rare moment of mutual commitment, environmental ministers from China, Japan and South Korea, meeting in Daegu, S. Korea on Tuesday, issued a joint statement, agreeing to unite in addressing environmental issues, particularly PM2.5 pollutants.

Ferry that sank off South Korea was overloaded

Incheon - The ferry that sank off South Korea last week, killing as many as 300 passengers, was carrying three times as much cargo as recommended and might have been dangerously unstable.

Ferry crew desertion like murder, South Korea's president says

South Korea's president said Monday that the captain and some crew members who escaped a ferry that sank with hundreds of vacationers had committed acts "tantamount to murder."

Death toll rises to 61 as searchers enter capsized ferry

Ansan - Divers recovered more than a dozen bodies Sunday from a sunken ferry believed to still contain more than 250 passengers, mostly South Korean high school students on vacation who died Wednesday when the boat they were riding in capsized in the Yellow Sea.
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