<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Domestic]]> 15 en <![CDATA[38% of S. Koreans Say Current Tax Policy Favors Rich People]]> Nearly four out of 10 South Korean adults think the country’s current tax policy favors the have over the have-nots.  The Economic Reform Research Institute on Monday announced the result of a quarterly survey that showed 38 percent of respondents felt the wealthy benefited the most from the tax ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:30:18 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea's Conscription Agency Responds to Court Decision on Korean-American Singer]]> South Korea’s military recruitment agency says it will continuously crackdown on attempts to evade compulsory military service. The Military Manpower Administration(MMA)’s deputy spokesperson Jeong Seong-deuk relayed this stance on a KBS radio show when asked about recent developments regarding Korean ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:04:24 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Unidentified Person at Naval Base Found to be One of its Own]]> A suspicious individual reported inside the Navy's Second Fleet Command in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province on July fourth has been identified as a soldier.  A Defense Ministry team looking into the case made the confirmation Saturday.  The individual was on guard with a fellow serviceman at the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 13 Jul 2019 13:28:43 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Police to Book Official on Duty for Cable Car Accident at Seoul Attraction]]> The police investigating a cable car accident that took place at N Seoul Tower on Friday will book an employee who was in charge of the operations control at the time.   The Namdaemun Police Station said the individual will be taken into custody on charges of professional negligence resulting in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 13 Jul 2019 13:12:51 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Busan Subway Workers End Strike after Wage Deal]]> Unionized subway workers in the southern coastal city of Busan returned to work on Friday, ending a two-day strike after reaching a wage deal with management. The Busan Metro labor union met with management for three hours Thursday evening and the two sides agreed on a point-nine percent pay raise and the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 12 Jul 2019 09:15:14 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Commission Votes to Raise 2020 Minimum Wage by 2.9%]]> A trilateral commission has voted to raise the minimum wage for next year by two-point-nine percent, which would bring the hourly wage to eight-thousand-590 won. The Minimum Wage Commission, a 27-member panel consisting of labor and business representatives as well as government-picked policy experts, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 12 Jul 2019 08:26:57 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea's Top Court Rules Against Entry Ban for Korean-American Singer]]> Anchor: Korean-American singer and actor Yoo Seung-joon may soon get to enter South Korea for the first time since 2002. The country's top court ruled that is was illegal for Seoul to reject Yoo’s visa application because he acquired U.S. citizenship in an apparent bid to dodge conscription. Choi You ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 11 Jul 2019 15:03:11 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[LKP Rep. Choi Kyung-hwan Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison]]> Representative Choi Kyung-hwan of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party has been sentenced to five years in prison for receiving 100 million won in bribes from the National Intelligence Service(NIS).  The Supreme Court issued the ruling for Choi on Thursday, upholding previous rulings which also fined ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 11 Jul 2019 14:03:42 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Police Seek Arrest Warrant for Actor Over Sexual Assault Allegations]]> Police are seeking an arrest warrant for South Korean actor Kang Ji-hwan, who is being accused of sexually assaulting a woman and molesting another, both of whom are employees of his agency's outsourcing company. The Gyeonggi Gwangju Police Station on Thursday requested an arrest warrant for the 42-year-old ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 11 Jul 2019 13:58:00 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Police Raid Incheon Waterworks HQ as Part of Water Crisis Probe]]> Police have raided Incheon city’s Waterworks Headquarters and a filtration plant as part of an ongoing probe into a massive water crisis that has plagued many parts of the city with discolored tap water since late May.  The Incheon Metropolitan Police Agency sent some 20 investigators to the two ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 11 Jul 2019 12:05:55 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Supreme Court Says Limiting Singer's Entry to S. Korea Unlawful]]> The Supreme Court has ruled that the government’s move to bar singer and actor Yoo Seung-joon’s entry to South Korea is against the law.  The top court on Thursday overturned a lower court ruling that had ruled against Yoo, sending the case back to the Seoul High Court. Yoo had filed a suit against ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 11 Jul 2019 11:52:26 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Busan Subway Workers Go on Strike]]> Unionized Busan city subway workers have gone on strike following a breakdown in wage negotiations with management. The Busan Metro labor union said the strike began at five a.m. on Wednesday and included some two-thousand-400 of its three-thousand-42 members. Subway drivers, station employees and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 10 Jul 2019 13:20:32 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korean Actor Kang Ji-hwan Detained for Alleged Sexual Assault]]> South Korean actor Kang Ji-hwan has been detained on allegations of sexual assault and harassment. Local police say they apprehended the 42-year-old at his residence near the outskirts of Seoul around 10:50 p.m. Tuesday.  Kang is accused of sexually assaulting a woman and harassing another while the two ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 10 Jul 2019 10:30:05 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korean College Activists Rally Before Mitsubishi's Local Office over Forced Labor]]> Police detained dozens of local student activists on Tuesday after they staged an unregistered rally in front of the South Korean office of a Japanese company implicated in Japan’s wartime forced labor.  According to Namdaemun Police Station in Seoul, 25 members of the Korean university students’ ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 09 Jul 2019 18:44:13 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[7 People Booked over Deadly Building Collapse in Southern Seoul]]> Police have booked around a half a dozen people allegedly connected to a deadly collapse of a building in southern Seoul.  According to Seoul Seocho Police Station on Tuesday, out of 13 people probed over the accident, seven, including the building’s owner, the supervisor and the head of the demolition ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 09 Jul 2019 17:06:27 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korean Man Accused of Assaulting Vietnamese Wife Arrested]]> Anchor: A South Korean man who was recorded beating his Vietnamese wife last week has been arrested and authorities have pledged not only to thoroughly investigate the case but to improve the human rights of Vietnamese nationals residing in South Korea. Choi You Sun reports. Report: The Gwangju District ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 09 Jul 2019 15:45:08 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[State Health Insurance to Become Mandatory for Foreigners in Korea 6 Months or Longer ]]> Foreign nationals residing in South Korea for six months or longer will be obligated to register for state health insurance beginning next week. The Health Ministry said Tuesday that the change will go into effect July 16th following Cabinet approval of revisions to the National Health Insurance ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 09 Jul 2019 13:32:31 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Eight Private High Schools in Seoul to Lose Autonomous Status]]> Eight autonomous private high schools in Seoul will lose their independent licenses and become conventional private high schools after failing an assessment by the city’s education office. The office announced on Tuesday that it will rescind autonomous private high school licenses for eight institutions ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 09 Jul 2019 11:31:13 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[PM Lee Expresses Regret over Domestic Abuse Case Involving Vietnamese Woman]]> South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon has expressed regret over the recent assault on a Vietnamese woman by her South Korean husband.  He shared his feelings about the case in a meeting with Vietnam’s Public Security Minister To Lam at the government complex in Seoul on Monday.  Lee said South ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 08 Jul 2019 18:59:16 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Financial Industry Union Declares Breakdown in Talks with Employers ]]> The Korean Financial Industry Union announced Monday that wage negotiations with the employers association have fallen apart. The union said the employers' side is responsible for the ruptured talks which took place Sunday. During negotiations, unionized financial workers proposed a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 08 Jul 2019 16:37:57 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Frm. News Anchor Resigns Amid Allegations He Secretly Photographed Woman]]> A senior journalist of local broadcaster SBS has resigned over allegations he secretly took a photo of a woman at a subway station. The broadcaster said on Monday that it accepted a resignation letter from Kim Sung-joon, an editorial writer who formerly served as its chief news anchor. According to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 08 Jul 2019 15:44:21 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Police Arrest S. Korean Man Who Beat Vietnamese Wife]]> South Korean police arrested a man who beat his Vietnamese wife in the presence of their two-year-old son after a court issued a warrant on Monday. Police in Yeongam, South Jeolla Province, had sought a warrant for the 36-year-old man, surnamed Kim, for aggravated battery and violation of the child welfare ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:49:33 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[College Entrance Exam to be Held November 14th]]> This year's college entrance exams will be held on November14th. The Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation on Sunday announced its plans for the College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) for the academic year 2020. The institute said that about 70 percent of the CSAT questions will be based ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 07 Jul 2019 12:55:27 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[One Remains Missing as Another S. Korean Victim Identified in Hungary Boat Sinking]]> A body recovered from the Danube River in Hungary on Friday has been confirmed to be that of a South Korean missing from the deadly sinking of a tour boat in May. According to a South Korean response team on Saturday, the body, retrieved 66 kilometers downstream from the accident site, was confirmed to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 07 Jul 2019 12:27:42 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Sweltering Heat Peaks on Saturday ]]> Temperatures have risen to around 35 degrees Celsius nationwide with the sweltering heat wave at its peak. The mercury in Seoul on Saturday was higher than a day earlier when it reached 35 degrees, the highest for early July in 54 years.   Heat wave warnings have been issued for the second day in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 06 Jul 2019 14:37:40 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Non-Regular Public Employees End Three-Day Strike, Will Return to Work]]> An alliance of non-regular public employees affiliated with the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions ended their three-day general strike on Friday and plan to return to work next week. The alliance, mostly made up of school workers, said it decided to have faith in a pledge made by education authorities ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 05 Jul 2019 17:05:21 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Unionized Postal Workers, Korea Post Fail to Narrow Differences]]> The Korean Postal Workers' Union and Korea Post, the country's national postal service, have failed to narrow differences over the union’s demands for better working conditions. The two sides held negotiations for more than two hours early Friday, but unionized postal workers later announced the talks had ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 05 Jul 2019 16:40:46 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korean Soldier Caught Allegedly Trying to Join ISIS]]> Anchor: The government has confirmed a South Korean soldier is under investigation for trying to join the Islamic State terrorist group and preparing a terrorist attack in South Korea. If the allegations turn out to be true, it could be the first known case of a so-called "lone wolf" terrorist attempting an ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 05 Jul 2019 11:44:28 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Strike to Force 1,500 Schools to Suspend Lunch Meals Friday]]> Non-regular workers in the public sector continued a three-day walkout on Friday, disrupting meal and child care services at schools around the country. According to the Education Ministry, about 15-hundred schools will suspend lunch services on Friday, the last day of the walkout. This is down from over ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 05 Jul 2019 08:38:45 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea's First Heat Wave Warning of 2019 Due on Friday]]> This year’s first heat wave warning will be issued on Friday in Seoul as well as Gyeonggi and Gangwon Provinces.  According to the Korea Meteorological Administration(KMA) on Thursday, a heat wave advisory is already in place in the capital, eight cities and counties in Gyeonggi and four cities and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 04 Jul 2019 17:52:48 +0900 Domestic