<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Domestic]]> 15 en <![CDATA[S. Korea's Total Fertility Rate Expected to Drop Below One This Year]]> South Korea's total fertility rate, or the number of babies that a woman is projected to have during her lifetime is expected to fall below one this year.   Kang Shin-woo, Commissioner of Statistics Korea, presented the projection on Sunday during an interview with Yonhap News, saying that the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 18 Nov 2018 13:39:43 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140886
<![CDATA[Patriotic Martyrs Day Marked in Ceremony]]> The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs held a ceremony Saturday to mark the 79th Patriotic Martyrs Day. Some one thousand guests including veterans and bereaved families attended the event held at Seodaemun Prison History Museum in downtown Seoul. One-hundred-28 individuals who patriotically ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:16:41 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140879
<![CDATA[Labor Minister Stresses Zero-Tolerance Policy on Hiring Irregularities]]> Employment and Labor Minister Lee Jae-kap has declared a zero-tolerance policy against unfair employment and other corrupt practices at the ministry and its affiliate agencies.  Lee held a meeting with the heads of labor-related public agencies in Seoul on Friday and pointed to growing public ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 16 Nov 2018 19:05:17 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140869
<![CDATA[BTS' Management Agency Apologizes to Korean Victims of A-Bombing]]> K-pop sensation BTS's management agency has apologized to South Korean victims of the 1945 atomic bombings in Japan for a shirt worn by one of the band's members depicting the historical event.  An official of Big Hit Entertainment met with around ten victims living in Hapcheon, South ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:12:50 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140864
<![CDATA[Top Office Says There is Consensus on Need to Adjust Age of Criminal Reponsibility]]> Presidential Secretary for legal affairs, Kim Hyeong-yeon says there is widespread consensus on the need to adjust the nation's age of criminal responsibility. Currently, the minimum age at which a child can be criminally prosecuted and punished is 14, as established back in 1953. Kim cites an ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:55:19 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140859
<![CDATA[Prosecutors to Now Handle Case of Controversial Businessman ]]> The power abuse case surrounding controversial businessman Yang Jin-ho will now be handled by prosecutors.   The Southern Gyeonggi Province Police Agency handed over Yang's case to the prosecution on Friday and in the process, recommended that Yang be indicted on charges of assault, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:44:00 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140855
<![CDATA[S. Korean, Japanese Fishing Boats Collide in East Sea]]> A South Korean fishing boat collided with a Japanese boat on Thursday in a joint fishing area in the East Sea, but no casualties were reported.  According to the Korea Coast Guard, the accident between the 48-ton Munchang-ho from South Korea and the 164-ton Seitokumaru from Japan occurred 333 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:50:24 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140832
<![CDATA[Pangyo Event Showcases Latest Self-driving Technologies ]]> An event showcasing new technologies regarding autonomous driving is being held in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province.  The second Pangyo Autonomous Motor Show kicked off in Pangyo Techno Valley on Thursday for a three-day run.  Hosted by the provincial government, the motor show will display ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:51:28 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140830
<![CDATA[Stronger Anti-Smoking Warnings to be Introduced Next Month]]> The government will introduce tougher anti-smoking warnings next month.  The Ministry of Health and Welfare said Thursday that tobacco companies will have to insert new warnings on the packaging of cigarettes starting from December 23rd. It is in accordance with the public health promotion act, which ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:24:03 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140822
<![CDATA[Police to Recommend Prosecution to Indict Gapjil Businessman]]> Police will transfer the power abuse case of controversial businessman Yang Jin-ho to the prosecution on Friday.  Ahead of handing over the case, the Southern Gyeonggi Province Police Agency said Thursday it will recommend the prosecution to indict Yang on charges of assault, coercion, as well as, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:52:00 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140815
<![CDATA[Difficulty of 2018 College Entrance Exam Similar to Last Year]]> The overall difficulty of this year's college entrance exam is likely similar to that of previous years.   Lee Kang-rae, the chief test writer of the College Scholastic Ability Test(CSAT), said on Thursday during a news briefing that they tried to keep the difficulty of the test at the same level as last ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 15 Nov 2018 10:25:01 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140813
<![CDATA[595,000 Students to Take College Entrance Exam ]]> The annual College Scholastic Ability Test(CSAT) is set to be held at one-thousand-190 test sites across the nation on Thursday, with some 595-thousand students taking this year’s college entrance exam.  The CSAT will begin with the Korean language exam at 8:40 a.m. It will be followed by the math, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 15 Nov 2018 08:50:47 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140808
<![CDATA[Emergency Measures Cut Fine Dust Emissions in Capital Region by 4.7%]]> Emergency measures implemented earlier this month to mitigate fine dust in the Seoul metropolitan area reportedly helped reduce fine dust emissions in the region by nearly five percent.  The Ministry of Environment said thanks to last Wednesday’s emergency measures, fine dust production was cut by ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:49:49 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140802
<![CDATA[Prosecution to Summon Ex-Supreme Court Justice over Power Abuse Scandal]]> The prosecution plans to interrogate former Supreme Court justice Park Byeong-dae next week over allegations of judicial power abuse under the former Park Geun-hye administration.   The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office said on Wednesday that Park, who formerly served as chief of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:06:18 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140798
<![CDATA[Umbrella Labor Union Protests Expanding Flexible Working System]]> One of South Korea’s major umbrella labor unions has called on the government to scrap its plan to expand the flexible work hour system.  The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU) held a press conference in front of the presidential office on Wednesday in protest of the government’s ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:47:28 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140795
<![CDATA[Gov't Considering 36-Month Prison Service as Alternative Military Service]]> The government is considering a 36-month service at correctional facilities as an alternative military service for conscientious objectors.  The Defense Ministry unveiled on Wednesday that it is leaning toward that idea, saying that the 36-month duration period is deemed to be appropriate to prevent ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:09:08 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140789
<![CDATA[S. Korea to Test Engine for 1st Homegrown Space Vehicle]]> South Korea plans to conduct a test flight of its locally-developed booster engine later this month, as part of its project to produce its first homegrown space vehicle.  The Ministry of Science and ICT and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute say the flight is scheduled for November 28th, weather ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:23:43 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140769
<![CDATA[Foreign Military Attaches Visit S. Korean Island near N. Korea]]> The Defense Ministry say about 30 international military attaches and staff visited Baengnyeong Island near the inter-Korean maritime border in the Yellow Sea Tuesday. They visited the South Korean Marine Corps’ Sixth Brigade and were  briefed about ongoing efforts to implement inter-Korean ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:02:48 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140766
<![CDATA[Farmers Groups Hold Rally Demanding Farming Reform ]]> Farmers groups held a major rally in Seoul Tuesday, calling for government reform in agricultural affairs. They want higher rice prices and a postponement in introducing the positive list system on pesticide use. Some 25-hundred members of three farmers organizations, including the Korean Advanced ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:01:09 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140765
<![CDATA[Ex-Court Administration Official to Be Indicted over Power Abuse Scandal]]> Prosecutors plan to indict former vice director of the National Court Administration(NCA) Im Jong-heon this week in connection with alleged judicial power abuses under the former Park Geun-hye administration.   His indictment is expected Wednesday or Thursday, making him the first person ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:58:11 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140764
<![CDATA[Gov't Announces Stronger Anti-Drinking Measures ]]> The government is again seeking to designate no-drinking zones in an effort to help reduce alcohol consumption and related offenses.  The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced measures to discourage drinking on Tuesday.  The plans include a ban on the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks at ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:51:36 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140755
<![CDATA[Japanese Fans Stand by BTS Despite T-shirt Controversy ]]> Anchor: K-Pop sensation BTS are once again making headlines around the globe, but this time it’s due to a Japanese TV station’s cancellation of their appearance on one of their music programs last week.  Alannah Hill has the story.  Report: Japan’s TV Asahi decided to cancel K-Pop phenomenon BTS’ ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:03:51 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140753
<![CDATA[Police Raid Daycare Center Association on Bribery Allegations ]]> Police raided a major association of Korean daycare centers Thursday. The Korea Edu-care Association is suspected of funneling illegal funds to lawmakers.  Association chief Kim Yong-hee is accused of collecting donations worth 47 million won from daycare center principals and illegally providing ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 13 Nov 2018 13:29:40 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140751
<![CDATA[Aircraft's Landing and Departure to be Restricted for 35 Minutes on CSAT Day]]> All aircraft will be banned from landing or taking off during a 35-minute period on Thursday afternoon while some 595-thousand students across the nation take the standardized College Scholastic Ability Test. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Tuesday that such restriction will be put ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:44:00 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140749
<![CDATA[Air Force's First Aerial Refueling Tanker Arrives in S. Korea]]> The first aerial refueling tanker for South Korea's Air Force arrived in the country on Monday. The tanker aircraft is anticipated to drastically increase the operational radius of Korean fighter jets.  An Air Force official said the first tanker arrived at Gimhae Air Base at around 2 p.m. ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:01:18 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140732
<![CDATA[Seoul City to Increase Public Transportation on College Entrance Exam Day]]> South Korea's all-important nationwide college entrance exams are Thursday, and special measures are in place to ensure students get to their testing venues on time.    The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to increase public transportation and dispatch 790 emergency transportation vehicles. Morning ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 12 Nov 2018 15:52:08 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140726
<![CDATA[S. Korean Abducted in Libya in July in Good Health]]> Anchor: Some 130 days have passed since a South Korean was abducted by armed forces in Libya. The abductors have yet to make any demands, raising questions about their motives. The Foreign Ministry on Monday revealed that the man is reported to be in good health.  Our Bae Joo-yon has ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:53:53 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140720
<![CDATA[Police Hand over Case on Leak of Exam Papers to Prosecutors ]]> Police probing allegations that a teacher leaked exam questions for his twin daughters have handed over the case to the prosecution.  The Suseo Police Station announced on Monday that it forwarded the case involving the teacher, identified only by his surname Hyun, who was arrested last week. He will face ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:53:54 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140718
<![CDATA[Transport of Exam Papers for College Scholastic Ability Test Begins]]> With just three days left until the annual college entrance exam, distribution of the exam papers and answer sheets started nationwide on Monday. The Education Ministry said that the exam papers and answer sheets will be transported to all 86 districts across the nation, and will be moved to about ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:20:02 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140717
<![CDATA[Watchdog to Strengthen Drive to Deregulate TV Commercials]]> South Korea’s broadcasting watchdog is beefing up efforts to ease regulations on TV commercials, including allowing commercial breaks for t​errestrial broadcasters.  The Korea Communications Commission said on Friday that it will begin the process of revising related ordinances so that bans ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 09 Nov 2018 18:53:13 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=140689