News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Domestic 15The latest news from home and abroad, with a close eye on Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula in particular en <![CDATA[Research: 65% of Former Comfort Women Suffer from PTSD]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136424 A study found that most of Korean victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery are still suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after 70 years.   A team led by Professor Lee So-young at the Department of Psychiatry at Soon Chun Hyang University Bucheon Hospital issued the findings on Wednesday ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 23 May 2018 10:55:29 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136424
<![CDATA[Trial over ex-Pres. Lee's Corruption Charges to Begin on Wed. ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136413 Former President Lee Myung-bak's trial on corruption charges is set to begin on Wednesday at the Seoul Central District Court. The session is expected to begin at 2 p.m. and last about six hours. He was indicted last month on 16 charges, including bribery, abuse of power, embezzlement, breach of trust and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 May 2018 14:20:23 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136413
<![CDATA[Buddhists Wish for Inter-Korean Peace on Budda's Birthday ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136411 Buddhist temples across the nation hosted events on Wednesday marking the two-thousand-562nd birthday of the Buddha.  An event held at Jogye Temple in downtown Seoul brought together around ten-thousand Buddhist monks and lay members, including the the Most Venerable Jinje, who is the supreme patriarch ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 May 2018 14:06:55 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136411
<![CDATA[Protesters against Minimum Wage Revision Arrested for Trespassing ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136403 Police have arrested a dozen labor activists for trespassing during a protest against a minimum wage revision bill at the National Assembly. The Yeongdeungpo Police Station said on Monday that the 12, all participants in a rally held earlier in the day by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU), were ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 18:41:02 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136403
<![CDATA[Study: Single-member Households to Account for 36% by 2045]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136400 A recent study estimates one in every three households in South Korea will be single-member households by 2045. In its latest report on Monday, the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements projected that 36-point-three percent of the country's households will be led by single members ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 17:39:13 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136400
<![CDATA[Suspected Smuggled Goods Found in Raid of Korean Air's Supplier ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136397 Customs authorities investigating alleged smuggling and tax evasion by the owner of Hanjin Group's family have found two-and-a-half tons of goods that are believed to have been smuggled into the country. The Korea Customs Service said that around 30 investigators were dispatched Monday morning to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 16:59:48 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136397
<![CDATA[4 to 5 Yr Jail Term Sought for Former Aides to Ex-Pres. Park]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136395 The prosecution is seeking a three- to four-year jail term for three former close aides to ex-President Park Geun-hye on charges of helping her receive bribes from the nation’s spy agency before she was removed from office.  In the final trial on the case against the three, dubbed the doorknob trio, at ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 16:53:22 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136395
<![CDATA[Police to Withdraw All Security Personnel for 2 Ex-Presidents]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136387 Police have decided to completely withdraw all security personnel assigned to former presidents Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo.  Korea National Police Agency Commissioner General Lee Chul-sung announced in a news briefing on Monday that police will slash its security personnel for the two ex-presidents by ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 14:19:05 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136387
<![CDATA[Doctors Hold Rally Against 'Moon Jae-In Care']]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136382 South Korean doctors held a massive rally on Sunday to protest the government's plan to extend national medical insurance coverage.  A police estimate of 13-thousand doctors from the Korean Medical Association(KMA) gathered in Seoul, following the first KMA rally which was held last December. The KMA, the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 11:26:01 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136382
<![CDATA[Gov't Mulls Allowing Soldiers to Use Cell Phones After Daily Duties]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136380 The Defense Ministry is considering whether to allow soldiers to use their cell phones and go outside military barracks after their daily duties, starting from next year.  An official said Sunday that the ministry has allowed the use of cell phones on a trial basis for soldiers in four units, including the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 11:06:50 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136380
<![CDATA[Korean Air Chief's Wife Summoned for Questioning]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136378 Korean Air Chairman Cho Yang-ho’s wife has been summoned for questioning next week for alleged physical and verbal abuse.  The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said on Monday that they asked Lee Myung-hee, director of the Ilwoo Foundation, to appear for questioning by 10 a.m. next Monday on assault ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 09:43:02 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136378
<![CDATA[Ex-Aides of Pres. Park Freed on Bail]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136363 Former presidential aides who were confidants of ousted President Park Geun-hye have been released on bail 199 days after their arrest in November.  The Seoul Central District Court on Saturday accepted the bail request for Ahn Bong-geun and Lee Jae-man. The deadline for their detention was due to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 19 May 2018 14:47:36 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136363
<![CDATA[Legal Panel Opts Against Indicting Prosecutors Implicated in Kangwon Land Case]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136362 A legal advisory panel to the prosecution has decided not to indict two senior prosecution officials who are suspected of exerting pressure on an investigation into alleged unfair hiring practices at casino operator Kangwon Land. The panel said Saturday that it reached the opinion not to refer to trial ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 19 May 2018 14:41:07 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136362
<![CDATA[Arrest Warrant Sought for LKP Lawmaker in Kangwon Land Probe]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136356 Prosecutors investigating alleged unfair hiring practices at casino operator Kangwon Land have requested an arrest warrant for main opposition Liberty Korea Party lawmaker Kweon Seong-dong.  Investigators said Saturday they filed for Kweon’s warrant on charges of bribery and obstruction of business. The ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 19 May 2018 13:07:15 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136356
<![CDATA[S. Korean Court Acknowledges Surrogate Mother, Not Biological Mother]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136350 A court has ruled that a surrogate mother of a newborn baby has the mother’s right, not the baby’s biological mother.  The Seoul Family Court recently handed down its ruling in a lawsuit brought by a local man against a district office in Seoul.  The man and his wife had difficulty with natural ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 May 2018 17:40:51 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136350
<![CDATA[Consumer Groups Call For Gov't Measures on Radon-Carrying Mattresses]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136348 Consumer groups in the country have called on the government to come up with measures in the aftermath of the discovery of radon gas in the mattresses manufactured by local bed-maker Daijin Bed. In a statement on Friday, the Korea National Council of Consumer Organizations strongly criticized the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 May 2018 17:18:27 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136348
<![CDATA[S. Korea Commemorates 38th Anniversary of Gwangju Democratization Movement]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136332 South Korea has commemorated the 38th anniversary of the May 18th Democratization Movement.  About five-thousand people attended the memorial on Friday morning, which took place at the May 18th National Cemetery in Gwangju, South Jeolla Province, under the theme "Gwangju's May Holds Up Justice."  The ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 May 2018 11:01:47 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136332
<![CDATA[[Exclusive] 'Druking' Attempts Deal with Prosecution over Fmr DP Lawmaker's Involvement]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136328 The influential blogger at the center of an opinion rigging scandal has tried to broker a deal with the prosecution in efforts to stop the ongoing investigations of him and his blog.  KBS has learned that the blogger, identified by the surname Kim and known by the username "druking," has proposed that he ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 May 2018 09:41:31 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136328
<![CDATA[No. of Reported Dating Violence Cases on Rise in S. Korea ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136323 The number of reported cases of "dating violence" is increasing sharply in South Korea.  The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said Thursday that three-thousand-903 cases were reported in the January-to-April period through its Women Emergency Call Center. That's more than double the number of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 May 2018 19:07:54 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136323
<![CDATA[Sales of EV in S. Korea Already More than Last Year]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136319 The number of electric vehicles sold in South Korea so far this year is already more than double the sales recorded for the whole of last year.  According to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, electric vehicle sales rose from five-thousand-900 units in 2016 to 13-thousand-800 last year. It says ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 May 2018 17:46:25 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136319
<![CDATA[Ex-Pres. Lee to Give Opening Remarks in Court Trial]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136312 Former President Lee Myung-bak is expected to give an opening statement at his corruption trial that starts next Wednesday. After concluding preparatory procedures for the trial, his defense team said Thursday that Lee will speak for about ten minutes during the opening remarks. The lawyers said the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 May 2018 16:51:50 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136312
<![CDATA[Druking Accomplice Says Rigging Also Conducted Prior to Presidential Race]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136300 Prosecutors say a key accomplice of the influential blogger at the center of an opinion rigging scandal testified that he and the blogger manipulated online opinions from prior to last year’s presidential election.  The prosecution said that the accomplice, identified only by his surname Park, gave the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 May 2018 13:18:23 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136300
<![CDATA[Sales of 'Heat-Not-Burn' E-Cigarettes on Rise in S. Korea]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136280 Sales of "heat-not-burn" electronic cigarettes are rising fast in South Korea.  According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Ministry of Strategy and Finance and the cigarette industry on Wednesday, 160 million packs have been sold since the launch of the first brand of its kind in the nation, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 16 May 2018 17:47:39 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136280
<![CDATA[Tax Investigation Launched into 50 Large Companies]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136278 The government has launched a nationwide tax inspection into conglomerates and the superrich who are suspected of tax evasion.  The National Tax Service said on Wednesday that it will conduct an investigation into 50 large companies suspected of evading inheritance and gift taxes.  The tax agency said ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 16 May 2018 17:07:57 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136278
<![CDATA[Court Acquits 4 Conscientious Objectors ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136274 A local court has acquitted four conscientious objectors indicted for refusing to partake in the mandatory military service.  The Suwon District Court said on Wednesday that Judge Lee Seung-hoon on Monday found a 21-year-old Jehovah’s Witness innocent. The man living in Pyeongtaek in Gyeonggi Province ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 16 May 2018 16:38:39 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136274
<![CDATA[[Exclusive] Fmr US Detainee: N. Korean Human Rights Issue Remains to be Addressed]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136268 Anchor: The recent release of three U.S. citizens of Korean descent and the upcoming North Korea-U.S. summit next month, have many people wondering if peace will finally make its way to the peninsula. However, speaking to KBS World Radio on Tuesday, Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American who spent two years in North ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 16 May 2018 14:02:58 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136268
<![CDATA[Top Prosecutor Rejects Allegations of Exerting Undue Pressure on Hiring Scandal]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136259 Prosecutor General Moon Moo-il has rejected allegations that he exerted undue pressure on investigators looking into a hiring scandal linked to an opposition lawmaker.  Regarding the allegations, Moon told reporters on Wednesday that he was performing legitimate acts of duty as the prosecutor general, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 16 May 2018 10:38:04 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136259
<![CDATA["Prosecutor General Blocked Attempt to Arrest Lawmaker over Kangwon Land Case"]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136250 Prosecutors looking into a case surrounding unlawful employment practices at a public firm say Prosecutor General Moon Moo-il blocked their attempt to arrest a prosecutor-turned-lawmaker implicated in it.  The investigation team on Kangwon Land, led by the head of the Gwangju District Prosecutors’ ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 15 May 2018 19:27:55 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136250
<![CDATA[Mercury Rises above 30 Degrees in Many S. Korean Regions]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136247 Many people in South Korea experienced early summer-like weather on Tuesday with the mercury hovering around 30 degrees Celsius across much of the country.   According to the Korea Meteorological Administration(KMA), the afternoon high peaked at 32-point-seven degrees Celsius in Gunwi County in North ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 15 May 2018 18:22:55 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136247
<![CDATA[Fmr Spy Chief Indicted over Secret Investigations into Ex-Presidents]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136241 Former director of the National Intelligence Service(NIS) Won Sei-hoon has been referred to trial over allegations he used spy agency funds to conduct secret investigations into two former liberal presidents.  The Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office on Tuesday said it has indicted the former spy ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 15 May 2018 16:55:07 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=136241