<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Domestic]]> 15 en <![CDATA[Over 400 SNU Medical Professors to Suspend Treatment on Monday]]> The medical community is expected to launch a collective action next week in protest of the government's medical reforms, starting with an indefinite suspension of treatment by Seoul National University(SNU) medical professors on Monday. An emergency committee of SNU medical professors said in a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 15 Jun 2024 14:36:54 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[KMA Says Will Reconsider Walkout Plan If Gov't Makes Progressive Change in Stance on Medical Reform]]> The Korean Medical Association(KMA) says it will reconsider its plan to stage a one-day walkout next Tuesday if the government makes a progressive change in its stance on medical reform by this weekend.  The association made the announcement in a briefing on Thursday after holding a joint meeting with the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 13 Jun 2024 17:43:58 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Doctors at 'Big Five' Hospitals to Join KMA 1-Day Walkout ]]> Doctors at the so-called “Big Five” hospitals in the capital region plan to join the one-day strike on Tuesday planned by the Korea Medical Association(KMA), with medical professors at two of the hospitals deciding to hold an indefinite suspension of services.  The emergency committee of medical ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 13 Jun 2024 11:03:33 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Professors at Severance Hospitals to Suspend Services from June 27]]> Professors affiliated with the Yonsei University Health System have decided to indefinitely suspend outpatient treatment and non-emergency surgeries from June 27 in protest of the government's medical reforms, including the medical school admissions quota hike. An emergency committee of medical professors ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 12 Jun 2024 14:24:43 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Nuclear Safety Agency: No Impact on Reactor Operations]]> The four-point-eight magnitude earthquake that occurred in the North Jeolla county of Buan Wednesday morning has had no impact on the operation of the country’s nuclear power plants. The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission, stated that it had confirmed that there were no issues with the safety of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 12 Jun 2024 13:36:34 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Schools Report No Casualties, Suspend Classes after Quake]]> Some schools either suspended classes or reduced class hours after a four-point-eight magnitude earthquake struck the North Jeolla county of Buan Wednesday morning. According to the education ministry, as of 9:30 a.m., four schools in the provinces of North Chungcheong, South Chungcheong, North Jeolla and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 12 Jun 2024 13:33:48 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Prosecution to Continue Probe on Luxury Bag Scandal as Scheduled]]> The prosecution said it plans to continue as scheduled its probe into allegations that First Lady Kim Keon-hee accepted a luxury bag as a gift from a pastor in 2022, regardless of the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission’s(ACRC) decision to close its investigation into the same ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 11 Jun 2024 17:26:09 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Gov't to Respond to Planned Doctors' Group Collective Action with Administrative Orders]]> Anchor: The government has decided to issue an order for doctors in private practice to operate their clinics next Tuesday when the Korean Medical Association (KMA) plans to launch an all-out collective action. As for the KMA, the government plans to conduct a legal review to determine whether the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:51:31 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Gov't Orders Private Practitioners to Continue to Work and Report Planned Clinic Closures]]> In light of the Korean Medical Association’s(KMA) announcement of an all-out strike next Tuesday, the government has ordered private practitioners to continue to work and to report any planned clinic closures to the government in advance. Deputy Health Minister Jun Byung-wang said on Monday that the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 10 Jun 2024 16:02:25 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[KMA: Year's 1st Heat Wave Advisories Issued for Parts of Southeastern Region]]> The year's first heat wave advisories were issued for parts of the country's southeastern region on Monday. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration(KMA), heat wave advisories were issued effective 10 a.m. for Daegu, western Ulsan, North Gyeongsang Province's Yeongcheon, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 10 Jun 2024 13:35:40 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Doctors to Launch Full-Scale Strike, Rally on June 18]]> The Korean Medical Association(KMA), the country’s largest doctors’ group, announced its plan to launch a strike next Tuesday in protest of the country’s medical reform policies.  The KMA announced the plan on Sunday in a meeting at its office in Seoul.  The organization plans to launch a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 10 Jun 2024 09:23:40 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea's Gender Equality Index Slightly Rises On-Yr. to 65.7 Points in 2022]]> South Korea's gender equality index slightly rose in 2022 compared to a year earlier. According to the gender equality ministry on Friday, the country scored 65-point-seven points on the index in 2022, up point-two from the previous year. The national gender equality index is a figure from gender ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 07 Jun 2024 18:38:18 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Professor Group to Determine Suspension after Outcome of KMA Collective Action Vote]]> As the Korean Medical Association(KMA) is set to conduct a vote on collective action through midnight Friday, an emergency committee of medical professors said it would decide on fully suspending medical services in accordance with the outcome of the vote. Choi Chang-min, head of the professors' ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 07 Jun 2024 15:42:28 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Survey: S. Korea's Children Obesity Rate Surged Over Fourfold in 5 Years]]> The rate of obesity among children in South Korea has surged more than fourfold over the past five years, according to new data. The health ministry on Thursday revealed such findings from its comprehensive survey on five-thousand-753 children aged under 18 conducted between last September and December. It ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 06 Jun 2024 14:05:54 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Med School Students and Trainee Doctors to File Suit Against President and Nation for Compensatory Damages]]> A group of trainee doctors, medical school students and professors plan to file a suit against the president, prime minister and the health minister for compensatory damages of more than 100 billion won sustained from the government’s plan to expand medical schools’ admissions quota.  Lee Byung-chul, a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 05 Jun 2024 17:48:51 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea, US Hold Joint River-Crossing Drills]]> South Korea and the United States are conducting combined river-crossing drills in Gyeonggi Province this week.  According to South Korea’s Army on Wednesday, its 7th Engineer Brigade and a multirole bridge company under the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division/ROK-U.S. Combined Division have been holding the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 05 Jun 2024 11:21:02 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Health Minister Allows Hospitals to Accept Resignations of Trainee Doctors]]> Three months after trainee doctors walked out of hospitals in protest of the government’s medical school quota hike, health minister Cho Kyoo-hong announced that the ministry is withdrawing its order prohibiting hospitals from accepting their resignation letters. The announcement was made on Tuesday ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 04 Jun 2024 15:43:04 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Study: Early Deaths from Ultrafine Dust at Current Levels to Triple by 2050]]> The forecast was made by a research team led by Pohang University of Science and Technology(POSTECH) Environmental Science and Engineering Division Assistant Professor Lee Hyung-joo, in consideration of the nation’s fine dust levels and aging society. The average ultrafine dust density in the country ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 04 Jun 2024 14:36:21 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Gov't Says Medical Licensing Exam Will be Held as Scheduled from Sept. 2]]> The government has announced the Korean Medical Licensing Examination(KLME) will be held as scheduled from September 2. Deputy Health Minister Jun Byung-wang revealed the plan on Monday during a government response meeting on the collective action taken by trainee doctors in protest of the government's ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 03 Jun 2024 18:12:54 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Police Request Warrant for Prosecution Investigator Suspected of Being First to Leak Info on Late Actor Lee Sun-kyun]]> Police have requested a warrant for the pretrial detention of a prosecution investigator who is suspected of being the first figure to leak information on a drug probe into late actor Lee Sun-kyun.  The Gyeonggi Nambu Provincial Police said Monday that it requested the warrant last Thursday for the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 03 Jun 2024 17:30:46 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Seoul City to Expand Public Transportation Operations during Korea-Africa Summit]]> The Seoul Metropolitan Government will expand the operation of public transportation in preparation for the city's hosting of the 2024 Korea-Africa Summit from Tuesday to Wednesday. According to city officials on Monday, morning rush hour subway and intra-city bus operations will be extended by an ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 03 Jun 2024 16:04:39 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[No. of Drug Offenders Caught by Prosecution Surges 62%]]> The number of drug offenders caught by the prosecution has surged by more than 60 percent since the prosecution regained its authority to directly investigate drug crimes.  According to the Justice Ministry on Sunday, the prosecution caught one-thousand-127 drug offenders for about a year since September ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 02 Jun 2024 14:17:36 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[No. of Maternity Clinics Delivering Babies Plunges 34% over Past Decade]]> The number of obstetrics and gynecology clinics in the country that can deliver babies has plunged by over 30 percent over the past decade. According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare on Sunday, there were 463 obstetrics and gynecology clinics providing childbirth at the end of last year, down ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 02 Jun 2024 13:57:18 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[More Than 1 in 5 Dual-Income Families in Seoul Report Experiencing Depression]]> More than one-fifth of dual-income families in Seoul have reported experiencing depression. Such a finding was part of data based on surveys and analysis by The Seoul Institute involving 555 dual-income parents in Seoul with children aged up to nine years. Twenty-three-point-six percent of the respondents ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 01 Jun 2024 15:58:08 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Police Refer Alleged Gyeongbok Palace Graffiti Mastermind, Teen Vandals to Prosecution]]> Police have referred to the prosecution teens who sprayed graffiti on the walls of the historic Gyeongbok Palace in central Seoul last December, as well as a man in his 30s who allegedly convinced the teens to commit the crime. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said on Friday that the 30-year-old ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 31 May 2024 15:48:45 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Major Traffic Congestion Expected on Saturday in Central Seoul due to Queer Festival, Marine Report Probe Rally]]> Major traffic congestion is expected in central Seoul on the weekend during a planned queer festival and large-scale rally calling for a special counsel investigation into a military report on the death of a Marine last year. Organizers of the 25th Seoul Queer Culture Festival earlier announced that the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 31 May 2024 14:05:25 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Doctors' Group to Hold Candlelight Vigils at 6 Locations Thurs.]]> The Korean Medical Association(KMA) will hold candlelight vigils at six locations in the nation on Thursday to protest the government’s plan to expand medical schools’ admissions quota.  Association members in Seoul and surrounding areas will gather at the Daehan Gate of Deoksu Palace at 9 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 30 May 2024 17:06:08 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Total Fertility Rate Drops to Record Low of 0.76 for Q1]]> South Korea's total fertility rate, or the average number of children born to a woman over her lifetime, in the first quarter dropped to an all-time low of zero-point-76 for the three-month period. According to Statistics Korea on Wednesday, 19-thousand-669 babies were born in March, down ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 29 May 2024 13:39:51 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Alleged Mastermind Behind Palace Vandalism Flees During Probe, Caught in 2 Hrs]]> A suspect in his 30s who was arrested on charges of commissioning teenagers to paint graffiti on the walls of a historic palace in central Seoul last year fled while being investigated, only to be caught within two hours. The suspect was being questioned at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency's Cyber ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 28 May 2024 16:01:47 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Agency Forecasts Seoul Population to Tumble Below 8 Mln by 2052]]> The state statistical agency forecasts Seoul’s population to dwindle to seven-point-93 million in 2052. According to Statistics Korea’s population forecast from 2022 to 2052 on Tuesday, those in the central administrative city of Sejong and Gyeonggi Province in the capital region will grow, while those ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 28 May 2024 14:05:45 +0900 Domestic