<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio]]]> 15 en <![CDATA[PPP Election Committee Co-Chair Steps Down amid Controversy over Past Remarks]]> Roh Jae-seung, a co-chair of the main opposition People Power Party(PPP)’s election committee, has stepped down amid a controversy over his past remarks.  Roh announced the move in a press conference on Thursday while apologizing to those who may have been hurt by his comments.  He said he should ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 19:31:39 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Survey: Nearly Half of Newly Married Couples Have No Child]]> A new survey shows that nearly half of the couples in South Korea who got married in the last five years don't have any children .  According to data released on Thursday by Statistics Korea, among the newlyweds, or those who registered their marriage less than five years ago, 55-point-five percent ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 19:26:12 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Court Suspends Validity of Answer to Controversial CSAT Question ]]> The court has accepted a students’ appeal to suspend the validity of the state-given answer to one of the questions in the national college entrance exam until a verdict is made on it.  The Seoul Administrative Court on Thursday ruled in favor of a group of 92 students who filed a petition regarding ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 19:14:59 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea Sees 1st on-Year Decline in Tax Revenue This Year in Oct. ]]> South Korea posted an on-year decline in tax revenue for the first time this year in October due in part to a temporary tax waiver for small businesses financially burdened by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Ministry of Economy and Finance on Thursday, tax revenue during the first ten months of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 18:57:54 +0900 Economy
<![CDATA[Daily COVID-19 Infections Could Surpass 10,000 Mark by Year End]]> The government projects daily COVID-19 infections could soar to up to 12-thousand during the winter holiday season from the end of this year to the beginning of next year. According to a report by the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters, daily new cases could rise to eight or ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 15:58:00 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[KOSPI Ends Thursday Up 0.93%]]> The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) rose 27-point-77 points, or zero-point-93 percent, on Thursday, closing the day at three-thousand-29-point-57. The tech-heavy KOSDAQ also rose, gaining 16-point-83 points, or one-point-67 percent, to close at one-thousand-22-point-87. On the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 15:41:54 +0900 Economy
<![CDATA[KDCA Strongly Recommends Vaccinations for Adolescents ]]> The government has once again urged adolescents to get vaccinated, citing growing infection risks. Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA) Commissioner Jeong Eun-kyeong, stressed during a COVID-19 briefing on Thursday that vaccine efficacy has been confirmed to be high among 12 to 17 year olds ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 15:40:58 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[FM Hong: Population Could Climb after COVID-19 Recovery]]> Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said the population projection released by the government today was largely affected by short-term factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Statistics Korea, the country's total population, including foreign residents, is projected to decline for the first time this ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 15:27:47 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[BOK: Slowdown in Household Debt May Not Last ]]> The Bank of Korea(BOK) said it is hard to predict if the recent slowdown in household debt will last through next year and the months after. The central bank expressed concerns of a possible rise in market volatility as major economies' fiscal policies quickly shift to normalization from austerity ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 15:08:42 +0900 Economy
<![CDATA[Gov’t to Recognize Overseas Vaccination Records from Foreign Nationals]]> Starting from Thursday, the government will now accept overseas vaccination records for all foreign nationals as part of efforts to encourage more people to get booster shots. Foreign residents can register at a public health center with proof of identification, such as a foreign registration card or ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 14:59:19 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea, US Hold First Meeting of Semiconductor Partnership]]> South Korea and the U.S. launched a new bilateral dialogue platform Thursday for the semiconductor sector, discussing ways to boost cooperation in the chip supply chain. The two nations formed the Semiconductor Partnership Dialogue as a follow-up to the South Korea-U.S. summit held in May, and aims to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 14:40:12 +0900 Economy
<![CDATA[Former MLB All-Star Signs $1 Mln Deal with Kiwoom Heroes]]> Former major league All-Star Yasiel Puig, nicknamed “The Wild Horse,” has signed with the Korea Baseball Organization(KBO). The Kiwoon Heroes announced Thursday that they signed a one-year deal with the Cuban outfielder for one million U.S. dollars, the maximum amount allowed for first-year foreign ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 14:23:47 +0900 Sports
<![CDATA[Key Subjects in This Year's CSAT Far More Difficult than Previous Year]]> The key subjects of Korean language, mathematics and English on this year’s College Scholastic Ability Test(CSAT) were considered far more difficult compared to last year. The Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation on Thursday announced the score results from the November 18 CSAT that determines ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 13:25:28 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Statistics Agency Sees Nation's Population Decline to 37 Mln by 2070]]> A South Korean agency has forecast the nation's population to drop to around 37 million by 2070, after peaking last year. According to Statistics Korea's median estimation of changes in population over the next 50 years on Thursday, the population, which stood at 51-point-84 million in 2020, is projected ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 13:08:44 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Pentagon Official: New SPG Aimed at Countering N. Korean Threats, Other Challenges]]> South Korea and the U.S. have updated their wartime contingency plans in a bid to counter the threat from North Korea and other regional challenges, according to a senior U.S. defense official.  U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl made the remark on Wednesday during a virtual meeting ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 11:45:29 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA['Squid Game' Ranks in Top 10 Google, Google Korea Searches of 2021]]> Mega hit Netflix series "Squid Game" ranked among the top ten searches in 2021 on both Google and Google Korea. According to Google Korea on Thursday, "Squid Game" was the third most searched phrase on its platform.  Metaverse-based online game "Roblox" topped the list by the South Korean unit of Google, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 11:40:53 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Book Promo Events Related to Presidential Candidates Prohibited from Thursday]]> With 90 days left until the nation’s 20th presidential election, events marking the publication of books related to presidential candidates will not be allowed from Thursday.  The National Election Commission added that the advertisement of books, plays, films or photographs exhibiting the name of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 11:31:04 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Asiana Airlines Postpones Resumption of Flights to Guam amid Omicron Concerns]]> Flagship carrier Asiana Airlines has postponed flights to Guam originally slated to resume this month, in response to the emergence of the new omicron variant of COVID-19 and travel restrictions. Asiana said on Wednesday that it will resume flights connecting Incheon and Guam twice a week on January 30 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 11:21:10 +0900 Economy
<![CDATA[Japan's Ruling Party Launches Task Force on Response to Dokdo Visit]]> Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party(DP) has launched a task force in protest of a recent visit to the Dokdo islets by South Korea's police commissioner. The task force held its first meeting on Wednesday and discussed key issues concerning Seoul and Tokyo.  Senior official Kenji Yamada said the task ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 10:56:06 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA['S. Korea Plans to Play Role of Previous Olympics Host']]> First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun said South Korea plans to play the role of a previous host of the Olympics in regard to government officials attending the 2022 Winter Olympics Games in Beijing. Choi made the remark on Thursday on a radio program, saying it’s significant that the most recent ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 10:46:15 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Beyond Parallel: Thermal Imagery Shows Clear Evidence of Yongbyon Reactor in Operation]]> A U.S. think tank said on Wednesday that satellite imagery of North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear site provides conclusive evidence that the five-megawatt reactor is in operation.     Beyond Parallel, a project of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies(CSIS), presented the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 10:34:33 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Daily COVID-19 Cases at 7,102, Critical Patients Hit New High]]> Health authorities reported more than seven-thousand new COVID-19 cases for the second straight day on Thursday, with the number of critically ill patients hitting a new high. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA) said Thursday that seven-thousand-102 new infections were confirmed ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 10:12:12 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[President Moon to Attend Biden's Summit of Democracy on Thurs. ]]> President Moon Jae-in will attend the virtual Summit for Democracy to be hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday.  Moon will reportedly speak about South Korea's achievements in promoting democracy and human rights. He is also expected to stress the need for international cooperation in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 09:49:17 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Ends with 60 Nations Making New Pledges]]> The UN Peacekeeping Ministerial conference hosted by South Korea concluded on Wednesday with some 60 countries making new pledges for UN peacekeeping operations.  Seoul's foreign ministry said representatives of 75 countries, the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization participated in the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 09:43:38 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Top Diplomats of S. Korea, Hungary Hold Talks on Enhancing Cooperation]]> The top diplomats of South Korea and Hungary held talks on Wednesday on ways to boost cooperation and exchanges between the two countries. According to Seoul's foreign ministry, Minister Chung Eui-yong held phone talks with his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto and agreed to seek comprehensive ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 09:23:09 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[S. Korea Expands Entry Bans to Ghana, Zambia]]> South Korea has expanded its entry ban to Ghana and Zambia to contain the spread of the omicron COVID-19 variant. Quarantine authorities said the government made the decision on Wednesday in a task force meeting.   Starting Friday to next Thursday, foreign arrivals for short-term stays from the two African ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 09:15:06 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[More Allies Join US Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympics]]> Britain and Canada have joined the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the diplomatic boycott on Wednesday. This was followed shortly after by a similar announcement from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Both ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 09:10:31 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Pfizer-BioNTech: Third Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Appears Effective against Omicron]]> Global pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech reportedly said on Wednesday that their COVID-19 vaccine appears to protect against the new omicron variant in lab tests under a three-dose regime. Reuters and other media reported that the U.S. and German companies released the preliminary results of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Dec 2021 08:32:33 +0900 Science
<![CDATA[Ministry Official Cites Misunderstanding after US Lawmakers Oppose War-end Declaration]]> Seoul's foreign ministry said there may have been some misunderstanding that prompted a group of 35 U.S. Republican lawmakers to send a joint letter to the White House opposing a declaration to end the Korean War without commitment of denuclearization from North Korea. A ministry official said on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 08 Dec 2021 19:13:35 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Ministerial Talks with Hungary Called off after Delegate Tests Positive for COVID-19]]> Foreign ministerial talks between South Korea and Hungary scheduled to be held in Seoul on Wednesday have been canceled after a COVID-19 infection was confirmed among the Hungarian delegation. Seoul's foreign ministry said delegates from the European nation were placed in isolation after taking a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 08 Dec 2021 19:05:50 +0900 International