<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Domestic]]> 15 en <![CDATA[Justice Ministry Announces Revisions to Permanent Residency Rules ]]> Foreigners will be restricted from obtaining permanent residency in Korea if less than three years have passed since they received a fine and paid the penalty.    The Justice Ministry said Thursday that a revised immigration control act specifying foreigners' eligibility for permanent ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:01:10 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139495
<![CDATA[Supreme Court Chief Justice to Scrap Nat'l Court Administration]]> Supreme Court Chief Justice Kim Myeong-su says he will scrap the National Court Administration(NCA) which has been at the center of judicial power abuse allegations. On the top court’s internal communication network Thursday, Kim said he will eliminate the controversial office, while setting up a judicial ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:49:46 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139486
<![CDATA[Theater Director Sentenced to 6 Yrs for Sexual Assault Charges]]> A famous local theater director has been sentenced to six years in prison on sexual assault charges.  The Seoul Central District Court handed down the verdict for Lee Youn-taek, convicting him on multiple charges of sexual crimes.  The court also ordered him to complete an 80-hour sexual ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:52:20 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139466
<![CDATA[Cancer Leading Cause of Death in S. Korea in 2017]]> Cancer was the leading cause of death in South Korea last year, accounting for nearly 28 percent of all fatalities. According to data released by Statistics Korea on Wednesday, lung cancer was the biggest killer, followed by liver, colorectal, stomach and pancreatic cancers. Men were found to be ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:49:53 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139458
<![CDATA[MERS Patient Removed from Isolation After Full Recovery]]> A 61-year-old man who tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome(MERS) ten days ago has fully recovered from the virus. The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced on Tuesday that the patient was assessed to have fully recovered after testing negative for MERS in two rounds of tests on Sunday and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:13:04 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139429
<![CDATA[Chuseok Exodus to Peak Sunday]]> With the Chuseok Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, the nation's highways are expected to see heavy traffic congestion on Sunday morning and Monday afternoon, as many people travel to celebrate the annual holiday with their family and friends.   According to a survey conducted by the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:42:33 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139421
<![CDATA[Seoul Mayor Unveils Plan on Ad-free Subway Stations]]> Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon has laid out a plan to remove advertisements and instead display art at all subway stations in the capital city. Park unveiled the plan while giving a keynote speech at the 2018 Social Problem Solving Design Forum held at Seoul City Hall on Monday. Taking the example of the Ui ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:41:49 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139398
<![CDATA[No Additional Case of MERS for 10th Day]]> Anchor: Monday marks the tenth day since South Korea reported its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in three years. No additional cases have been reported and suspected patients have all tested negative. Seoul will cooperate with the Kuwaiti government and the World Health Organization to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:44:44 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139395
<![CDATA[Seoul Conducts Citizen Survey on Plastic Straw Ban]]> In the pursuit of environmental protection, the Seoul Metropolitan Government is carrying out a citizen survey on whether plastic straws should be banned in restaurants and cafes.  The Seoul city government said Monday that it is carrying out the poll on its online platform (democracy.seoul.go.kr) ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:56:52 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139393
<![CDATA[Joint Probe Team Tentatively Concludes Parts Defect Caused Marine Chopper Crash]]> A team of civilian, government and military experts has tentatively concluded defects in the rotor mast caused the July crash of a marine chopper that killed five troops. Sources close to the joint probe said Monday, investigators apparently believe cracks were created in the rotor mast due to a flawed heat ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:54:52 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139388
<![CDATA[Prosecutors Obtain Evidence of Ex-Pres. Lee's Online Rigging Conspiracy]]> Prosecutors have obtained an audio file of former President Lee Myung-bak ordering online opinion rigging by the spy agency, the military and the police during his presidency. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said Monday its investigators have secured evidence, including an audio file of the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 17 Sep 2018 10:48:46 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139382
<![CDATA[Civic Groups Hold Rallies in Support of, Against Refugees]]> Two rallies expressing clashing views on refugees were held in downtown Seoul on Sunday.  Civic groups supporting the rights of refugees held a rally at 2 p.m. in front of the Bosingak Pavilion in Jongro, condemning irrational hatred and fears.  They also called on the government to adopt a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 17 Sep 2018 09:58:47 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139380
<![CDATA[No Additional Cases on 9th Day of MERS Outbreak]]> Health authorities said Sunday that no additional cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome have been reported since the country's first case in three years was reported last Saturday.   The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said 14 people who came in contact with the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 16 Sep 2018 13:02:35 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139372
<![CDATA[7 Out of 10 Part-time Workers to Work During Chuseok ]]> More than seven out of ten part-time workers in South Korea will be working during the Chuseok holiday. Local job search portal "Albamon" surveyed over a thousand part-time workers and released results Saturday showing that over 72 percent will be working during the Korean thanksgiving ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 15 Sep 2018 13:51:09 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139367
<![CDATA[Insurance Coverage for Single Hospital Room Fees from July]]> Fees for single sickrooms at general hospitals will sharply decrease through health insurance coverage. The Health and Welfare Ministry said Saturday the new rule will be introduced from July next year as part of the government's push to lower hospital admission fees and expand insurance coverage, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 15 Sep 2018 13:29:51 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139365
<![CDATA[21 People Who Came in Close Contact with MERS Patient Test Negative]]> The 21 people who came in close contact with a man confirmed last weekend to have Middle East Respiratory Syndrome(MERS) have all tested negative for the highly infectious disease.  The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the announcement in a briefing on Friday, or seven days after ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:44:56 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139345
<![CDATA[23 Yemeni Asylum Seekers Granted Humanitarian Stay Permits]]> The Justice Ministry’s immigration office on Jeju Island says it has decided to allow 23 Yemini nationals seeking asylum to remain in the country on humanitarian grounds. The office said Friday those who were granted permission to stay include families with children, pregnant women, minors, and those with ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 14 Sep 2018 13:17:33 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139339
<![CDATA[No Additional Case of MERS for 6th Day]]> No additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome(MERS) have occurred in South Korea since the first confirmed case reported six days ago. According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday, the number of people who came in close contact with the 61-year-old male who has ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:57:43 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139312
<![CDATA[Fears over MERS Subsiding Amid No New Cases]]> Anchor: Fears over another possible outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome(MERS) appear to have subsided after no further cases have emerged since the first case in over three years was reported five days ago. However, health authorities are still on alert as they have yet to find some ten people who ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 12 Sep 2018 14:13:58 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139280
<![CDATA[Prosecutors Summon Current, Former Judges Involved in Judicial Abuse Scandal]]> Prosecutors investigating the judicial abuse scandal surrounding former Supreme Court Chief Justice Yang Sung-tae have summoned a number of current and former senior judges for questioning. The National Court Administration's former Planning and Coordination Director Lee Min-geol is suspected of having a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:14:10 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139276
<![CDATA[10 Suspected MERS Cases Test Negative]]> Ten people who had shown symptoms of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome(MERS) tested negative for the disease. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(KCDC) said Wednesday that one person who came into close contact with the recently confirmed MERS patient and nine people who had "ordinary" ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 12 Sep 2018 09:22:52 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139270
<![CDATA[Korean Air Chief to be Questioned Over Use of Company Money for Home Security]]> Police will summon Korean Air Chairman Cho Yang-ho on Wednesday for questioning over allegations that he used company money to pay for security services at his home. Cho has been asked to appear at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency at 2 p.m. Police plan to question him as a suspect on charges of breach ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 12 Sep 2018 09:11:35 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139269
<![CDATA[19 S. Koreans in Kuwait Test Negative for MERS]]> Nineteen South Koreans in Kuwait who worked alongside a man recently discovered to have contracted MERS have tested negative for the disease. A Foreign Ministry official in Seoul said Tuesday that Kuwaiti health authorities analyzed samples taken from the 19 South Koreans who came in contact with the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 12 Sep 2018 08:59:23 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139266
<![CDATA[Prosecution Searching Office of Former Supreme Court Researcher]]> Investigators for the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office probing judicial power abuse by the Supreme Court under former chief justice Yang Sung-tae are searching the office of a former chief researcher at the top court on Tuesday.  Yoo Hae-yong, the former chief judicial researcher, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:44:26 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139237
<![CDATA[Authorities Fail to Track Down 50 Foreigners who Had Indirect Contact with MERS Patient]]> South Korean health authorities are working to track down 50 of 115 foreigners who traveled to Seoul on the same flight as a newly confirmed MERS patient last Friday.  Currently, health authorities have been unable to track down about 50 of the foreigners on the list of people who had "ordinary" contact ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 11 Sep 2018 09:48:35 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139235
<![CDATA[19 S. Koreans in Kuwait Examined for MERS]]> Nineteen South Koreans who worked alongside a man recently discovered to have contracted MERS have been given medical checkups in Kuwait, with test results due on Wednesday. A Foreign Ministry official in Seoul said Tuesday that Kuwaiti health authorities are analyzing samples taken from the 19 South ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 11 Sep 2018 09:29:55 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139232
<![CDATA[Cause of Fatal Marine Chopper Crash to Be Announced Next Week]]> The South Korean military plans to announce next week the result of its investigation into a recent fatal crash involving a Marine helicopter.  An official from the Marine Corps revealed the plan on Monday, adding Defense Minister Song Young-moo will be briefed on it in advance this ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:52:32 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139225
<![CDATA[21 People Under Quarantine After Close Contact with MERS Patient]]> Anchor: Since South Korea confirmed its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS in over three years on Saturday, the patient, as well as 21 people who came into close contact with him have been placed under quarantine. The central and local governments, in cooperation with health ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 10 Sep 2018 15:09:46 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139218
<![CDATA[Public Urged to Call 1339 When Possible MERS Symptoms Occur ]]> Anchor: Public fears over MERS have popped up again in South Korea following confirmation of the country's first MERS case in three years. Bae Joo-yon reports that if you suspect you may have been infected, health authorities advise you to wear a face mask and visit your nearest clinic right ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 10 Sep 2018 14:51:42 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139216
<![CDATA[Gov't Aims to Put End to MERS Fears Before Chuseok]]> South Korea's Ministry of the Interior and Safety has convened a video conference to discuss ways to prevent the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome(MERS). Monday's conference was attended by the deputy heads of the nation’s 17 cities and provinces and officials from the Korea ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 10 Sep 2018 14:31:35 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139215