<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio]]]> 15 en <![CDATA[Local Gas Prices Fall Below 1,700 won for the 1st Time in 5 Weeks]]> The average prices of gasoline and diesel at local gas stations have dropped this week. According to Opinet, the Korea National Oil Corporation's online price tracker, the national average price of gasoline stood at one-thousand-691 won per liter during the fourth week of May, down 11-point-nine won from a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 25 May 2024 16:09:02 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Gov't Completes Development of L-SAM Capable of Shooting Down N. Korean Missiles at Higher Altitude]]> The government has completed development of its long-range surface-to-air missile(L-SAM) system, capable of shooting down North Korean missiles at a higher altitude. According to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration(DAPA) on Saturday, the L-SAM was recently assessed as combat-suitable as it ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 25 May 2024 16:01:14 +0900 Science
<![CDATA[ICJ Orders Israel to Immediately Halt Military Offensive in Rafah]]> The International Court of Justice(ICJ), the United Nations' highest court, has ordered Israel to immediately halt its military offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, acting on a request for such an emergency order from South Africa. Presiding judge Nawaf Salam read the court's ruling on Friday, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 25 May 2024 15:58:02 +0900 International
<![CDATA[RFA: US Exports to N. Korea Supposedly Resume after 7 Yrs.]]> U.S. exports to North Korea have reportedly resumed after seven years. Citing data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Radio Free Asia(RFA) said Friday that products worth around 120-thousand U.S. dollars were exported to the North last November. The shipments, which resumed for the first time since ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 25 May 2024 15:43:17 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Yomiuri: S. Korea-Japan-China Summit Draft Declaration Says Denuclearization on Korean Peninsula is Common Goal ]]> A draft of the joint declaration for the trilateral summit between South Korea, Japan and China starting on Sunday states that a complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the three sides' common goal, according to a Japanese daily. The Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Saturday that the draft ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 25 May 2024 15:33:29 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Record-High 3,418 Entries Submitted to 28th Bucheon Int'l Fantastic Film Festival]]> A record-high number of entries have been submitted to the 28th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival(BIFAN) set to open in July. According to festival organizers, a total of three-thousand-418 entries have been submitted over the course of four months since January, up 20 percent from last ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 25 May 2024 14:08:58 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Kremlin: Preparations for Putin's visit to N. Korea Under Way]]> Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly preparing to make a trip to North Korea amid the two countries' increasing military cooperation. Speaking to the state-run RIA Novosti news agency on Friday, local time, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the Russian leader has a valid invitation ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 25 May 2024 13:58:58 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Yoon Hosts Dinner for Press Corps, Pledges More Communication Amid Criticism]]> President Yoon Suk Yeol hosted a dinner gathering on Friday for more than 200 members of the press corps on the front lawn of the Yongsan presidential office in Seoul. Speaking towards the end of two-hour dinner where the president served food along with his aides, he said he and other politicians are ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 25 May 2024 12:49:02 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Singer Kim Ho-joong over DUI Hit-and-Run]]> A Seoul court on Friday issued a warrant to arrest singer Kim Ho-joong over allegations of driving under the influence in a hit-and-run accident. The warrant was issued by the Seoul Central District Court for the 32-year-old singer on charges of reckless driving resulting in injury and flight in violation ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 25 May 2024 12:07:21 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[S. Korean Judoka Kim Min-jong Wins Gold in IJF World Championships]]> South Korean judoka Kim Min-jong claimed his first world title after grabbing a gold medal at the International Judo Federation(IJF) World Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Kim defeated Olympic silver medalist Guram Tushishvili of Georgia in the men’s +100 kilogram weight class at the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 18:51:19 +0900 Sports
<![CDATA[Military Spots Signs of N. Korea Preparing to Launch 2nd Military Reconnaissance Satellite]]> South Korea’s military is said to have spotted signs that North Korea is preparing to launch its second military reconnaissance satellite.  A military official said Friday that such signs have been detected in Tongchang-ri lately, adding that South Korean and U.S. intelligence authorities are closely ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 18:27:40 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Medical Professors Urge Supreme Court to Exercise Power to Stop Quota Expansion]]> The Medical Professors Association of Korea has called on the Supreme Court to exercise its power to swiftly deliberate a lawsuit as the top court reviews the association’s request to suspend the execution of the government’s plan to expand medical schools’ admissions quota. In a petition submitted to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 18:25:22 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Small Public Facilities to be Required to Ensure Accessibility for People with Disabilities]]> Small public facilities, such as medical clinics and cram schools, will be required to make accommodations to ensure that the facilities are accessible for seniors, pregnant women and people with disabilities. The health ministry on Friday issued an advance legislation notice of such revisions to a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 16:42:30 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Medical School Admissions Quota Hiked for 1st Time in 27 Years]]> South Korea's medical school admissions quota will rise for the first time in 27 years with the council of universities approving the expansion of the incoming freshmen class for the 2025 academic year. The Korean Council for University Education approved the admissions plans submitted by ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 16:20:56 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Diplomatic Academy Chief: 3-way Summit to Serve as Platform to Ease Tensions]]> Korea National Diplomatic Academy Chancellor Park Cheol-hee says he believes the upcoming three-way summit between South Korea, Japan and China will serve as a platform to ease tensions between Washington and Beijing. Park made the assessment in an article titled, “Korea’s Role as a Facilitator of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 16:03:41 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[S. Korea and Japan Slap Sanctions over Russia-N. Korea Military Collaboration]]> Anchor: South Korea and Japan have slapped independent sanctions on individuals, organizations and ships involved in raising illegal funds and facilitating arms transfers between North Korea and Russia. Seoul's foreign ministry says the latest sanctions will tighten the international community's ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 15:55:54 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[KOSPI Ends Friday Down 1.26%]]> The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) dipped 34-point-21 points, or one-point-26 percent on Friday to close at two-thousand-687-point-6. The tech-heavy KOSDAQ slid seven-point-17 points, or zero-point-85 percent, to close at 839-point-41. On the foreign exchange, the local currency ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 15:48:18 +0900 Economy
<![CDATA[S. Korea, Mongolia Sign MOU to Modernize Mongolia's Address System Based on S. Korean System]]> South Korea and Mongolia have signed a memorandum of understanding(MOU) for a project to modernize Mongolia's address system based on a system used in South Korea. According to Seoul's interior ministry on Friday, the MOU signing was preceded by its introduction of the country's address ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 15:26:24 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Court Orders Ex-Gov. Ahn, Provincial Gov't to Compensate Sexual Assault Victim]]> A Seoul court ordered former South Chungcheong Province Governor Ahn Hee-jung and the provincial government to pay damages to Kim Ji-eun, Ahn's former assistant and victim of sexual assault. During a civil trial on Friday, the Seoul Central District Court ordered Ahn to pay 30 million won, or around ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 15:21:32 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Singer Kim Ho-joong Awaits Judge's Decision on Detention Warrant in DUI Hit-and-Run Case]]> Singer Kim Ho-joong, who is being investigated over a suspected DUI hit-and-run accident earlier this month, is currently in police custody awaiting a court decision on whether to grant a pretrial detention warrant. The Seoul Central District Court held a hearing for about 50 minutes from 12:30 p.m. on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 15:04:14 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Medical Professors Say Trainee Doctors, Students Will Not Return Without Change in Gov't Attitude]]> The country's medical professors said trainee doctors and medical students who have taken collective action in protest of the state-led medical school admissions quota hike will not return to their duties unless the government changes its attitude on the matter. At a press conference on Friday, an ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 14:36:08 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Nurses' Group Stages Rally Calling For Nursing Act Enactment under 21st National Assembly ]]> A group representing the nation's nurses staged a rally in front of the presidential office on Friday, urging President Yoon Suk Yeol to push for the enactment of the Nursing Act under the 21st National Assembly. An estimated one-thousand members of the Korean Nursing Association(KNA) called on the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 14:18:01 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Gallup: Yoon's Approval Rating Stays in Mid-20% Range for Over 1 Month]]> President Yoon Suk Yeol's approval rating has stayed in the mid-20-percent range for over a month. According to Gallup Korea's survey of one-thousand-one adults nationwide between Tuesday and Thursday, 24 percent of the respondents positively assessed the president's handling of state affairs while 67 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 13:38:39 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[King Sejong Institute Foundation to Conduct 5th Korean Language Assessment from Saturday]]> The state-run King Sejong Institute Foundation overseeing Korean language education abroad announced that it will conduct the fifth Sejong Korean Language Assessment(SKA) for nine days from Saturday through June 2. The SKA for proficiency in the Korean language developed by the foundation is a comprehensive ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 13:31:48 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Parties Clash Over Direction, Handling of National Pension Reforms]]> Rival political parties clashed over the direction and handling of national pension reforms, with only five days left before the end of the current 21st National Assembly. Ruling People Power Party(PPP) floor leader Choo Kyung-ho on Friday accused the main opposition Democratic Party(DP) of having a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 13:16:41 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Japan Imposes Sanctions over Russia’s North Korean Arms Procurement ]]> The Japanese government has decided to impose sanctions on eleven organizations and one individual involved in Russia’s procurement of weapons from North Korea.   Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi announced the decision in a press conference on Friday, saying that Tokyo decided to freeze ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 11:44:59 +0900 International
<![CDATA[S. Korea to Hold Taegeuk Military Drills Next Week]]> The South Korean military will hold next week the annual computer-simulated Taegeuk exercise intended to enhance its unilateral operational command capabilities. The Joint Chiefs of Staff(JCS) said on Friday that the three-day drills starting on Monday will  include various training scenarios reflecting ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 11:02:54 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[S. Korea Slaps Sanctions on Individuals, Vessels over N. Korea-Russia Arms Transfers]]> The government has imposed independent sanctions on seven North Korean individuals and two Russian vessels involved in arms transfers between North Korea and Russia in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.  The foreign ministry announced the sanctions on Friday, saying the targeted designees were ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 10:52:03 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Pastor Hit with Travel Ban, Again Summoned for Questioning in Luxury Bag Probe]]> The prosecution will question again next week the Korean American pastor who gave a luxury handbag to First Lady Kim Keon-hee in 2022. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office has summoned Choi Jae-yong to appear for questioning as a suspect at 9:30 a.m. next Friday on charges of violating the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 10:17:50 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Medical School Quota Hike to be Finalized Friday]]> The first increase of the country’s medical school admissions quota in 27 years will be finalized on Friday. The Korean Council for University Education is set to hold a college admissions committee meeting on Friday afternoon to review and approve admissions plans submitted by universities for the 2025 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 09:43:23 +0900 Domestic