<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Domestic]]> 15 en <![CDATA[Court Orders Sewol Ferry Operator's Family to Pay 170 Bln Won in Indemnities]]> A Seoul court has ordered three children of the operator of the ill-fated Sewol ferry to cover 70 percent of recovery costs incurred by the state related to the ferry's sinking. The Seoul Central District Court on Friday ruled that the children of Yoo Byeong-eun, the late owner of Chonghaejin Marine, should ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:42:12 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Prosecutors Raid Nat'l Police Agency as Part of Probe into Election Meddling Allegations]]> Prosecutors are raiding the head office of the National Police Agency as part of their probe into allegations that the presidential office meddled in the 2018 Ulsan mayoral election and unlawfully influenced a police probe into corruption allegations surrounding former Ulsan Mayor Kim Gi-hyeon. The Seoul ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:52:05 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Rep. Lee Jung-hyun First to be Found Guilty of Violating Broadcast Act]]> The Supreme Court has upheld a ruling against independent lawmaker Lee Jung-hyun who was indicted without detention for interfering in news coverage of the 2014 Sewol ferry sinking. The top court on Thursday rejected an appeal by Lee and upheld a lower court ruling that had fined Lee ten million won for ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:05:46 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Army to Decide Fate of Non-commissioned Officer after Sex Change]]> The Army will determine whether to discharge a non-commissioned officer who underwent gender reassignment surgery while on furlough. According to Army officials on Thursday, the officer, serving at a base in northern Gyeonggi Province, went overseas last year for the operation. While the officer has ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:06:14 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Singer Kim Gun-mo Questioned on Sexual Assault Allegations]]> Popular singer Kim Gun-mo returned home on Wednesday after being questioned for about 12 hours on sexual assault allegations.  Questioning began at the Gangnam Police Station in Seoul after Kim arrived around 10:20 a.m. Wednesday with his lawyer present. After the questioning, Kim told reporters that he ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:41:19 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Seoul City to Extend Public Transit Hours During Lunar New Year Holiday]]> The Seoul city will extend public transit service hours later this month to accommodate passengers traveling to their hometowns for the Lunar New Year holiday. The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced on Wednesday a set of measures regarding public safety and transportation ahead of the major holiday ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:36:35 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Popular Singer Grilled on Sexual Assault Allegations]]> Police are grilling popular singer Kim Gun-mo on suspicions of sexual assault.  Kim entered the Gangnam Police Station in Seoul at around 10:20 a.m. Wednesday with his lawyer without answering questions from reporters.  Police summoned Kim for questioning for the first time after questioning last month ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 15 Jan 2020 13:20:55 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Inequality in Health Status Remains Serious in S. Korea]]> A new report finds that health status inequality continues to be serious in South Korea.   According to a report published Wednesday in the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs’ journal on health and welfare, the inequality in health status among South Koreans was consistent in line with ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 15 Jan 2020 13:17:18 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Justice Ministry Announces Reorganization to Reduce Prosecution's Direct Investigative Power]]> The Justice Ministry on Monday unveiled a plan to reorganize the prosecution following the parliamentary passage of bills aimed at transferring key investigative rights from the prosecution to police.  The ministry has decided to remove 13 divisions at the prosecution which have carried out investigations ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:49:14 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Arrest Warrant Rejected for Seungri]]> A local court has again rejected an arrest warrant for disgraced K-pop singer Seungri, who is accused of overseas gambling and procuring prostitutes for investors. The Seoul Central District Court on Monday dismissed the prosecution's request to detain Seungri, saying that it's hard to recognize ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 14 Jan 2020 09:53:54 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Instructor Stirs Controversy for Showing Students Clip of Human Flesh Removal ]]> A controversial online video clip an instructor in Sejong City showed to a group of young students at a private language institute was part of a BBC documentary. According to local police and the instructor's legal representatives on Monday, the Canadian native played YouTube video clips showing the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 13 Jan 2020 16:41:54 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Environment Chief, Regional Heads Discuss Fine Dust]]> Environment Minister Cho Myung-rae held policy talks with the mayors of four cities on Monday and discussed cooperation regarding response measures to the fine dust air pollution. The mayors of Pyeongtaek, Yeoju, Dangjin and Seosan visited the Environment Ministry in Sejong City for the meeting on behalf ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 13 Jan 2020 16:36:19 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[3 Dead Boars Found Infected with ASF in Hwacheon]]> Three wild boars found dead in Hwacheon, Gangwon Province near the inter-Korean border have been confirmed to be infected with African swine fever(ASF). The National Institute of Environmental Research confirmed the detection of the ASF virus in the three pigs whose carcasses were discovered by ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 13 Jan 2020 16:17:20 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Korean American Named New NASA Astronaut Eligible for Moon, Mars Missions]]> NASA has selected a Korean American doctor as a new astronaut eligible for future assignments to the Moon and Mars. On its website Sunday, NASA announced Jonny Kim and ten others were the first graduates of the agency's Artemis program. A celebratory ceremony took place at the Johnson Space Center in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 13 Jan 2020 15:08:14 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Seungri Appears for Arrest Warrant Hearing over Alleged Gambling, Prostitution]]> Seungri, a former member of K-pop group Big Bang, appeared for an arrest warrant hearing over suspected illegal gambling and procurement of prostitutes. The 29-year-old, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, arrived at the Seoul Central District Court just past 10 a.m. on Monday. Prosecutors suspect Lee, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 13 Jan 2020 13:26:19 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Survey Suggests S. Koreans Split on Reshuffle of Senior Prosecutors]]> A new survey finds that the public is closely divided over Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae’s recent major reshuffling of senior prosecutors. Pollster Realmeter said Monday that it asked 502 adults what they thought about the previous Wednesday's overhaul. The survey found that 47 percent of respondents ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 13 Jan 2020 12:10:46 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Court Finds Ex-Supreme Court Judge Not Guilty of Role in Power Abuse Scandal]]> A former Supreme Court judge indicted for suspected involvement in the judiciary power abuse scandal under impeached President Park Geun-hye was found not guilty. The Seoul Central District Court on Monday found former senior judge Yoo Hae-yong not guilty of abuse of authority and obstruction of the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 13 Jan 2020 12:00:34 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea's 2019 Population Growth Lowest Since 2008]]> South Korea's registered population stood at 51-point-84 million as of the end of last year, posting the little growth of point-05 percent from a year earlier.   According to data by the Ministry of the Interior and Safety on Sunday, as of the end of last year, the country's registered ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 12 Jan 2020 13:27:03 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Suspicious Pneumonia Case Confirmed Unrelated to Chinese Outbreak ]]> The suspicious case of pneumonia reported in South Korea was confirmed unrelated to the mysterious pneumonia outbreak in China.   The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) revealed negative test results of the "new type" of coronavirus on the suspected patient on Saturday.    The ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 11 Jan 2020 15:11:20 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Over 100 Civic Groups Oppose Sending Troops to Strait of Hormuz]]> More than 100 South Korean civic groups have urged the government not to dispatch troops to the Strait of Hormuz and criticized the U.S. killing of Iran's top general Qassem Soleimani. In a news conference outside the U.S. Embassy in Seoul on Friday, one-hundred-and-seven civic groups gathered ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 10 Jan 2020 17:17:51 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Govt to Run Cyber Security Situation Room As Microsoft Ends Windows 7 Support]]> The Ministry of the Interior and Safety says it will set up a cyber security situation room for public agencies as Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs with Windows 7 from next week. The situation room will be charged with dealing with any security threats that might emerge ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:20:54 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Court Orders Prison Sentences for Accomplices of Ex-Minister's Brother]]> A Seoul court ordered prison sentences for accomplices of former Justice Minister Cho Kuk's brother, who received bribes on the brother's behalf in the hiring process of a teaching position at the Cho family-run Ungdong School. The Seoul Central District Court on Friday ordered an 18 month and one year ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 10 Jan 2020 13:21:24 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Prosecution Seeks Arrest Warrant for Seungri]]> The prosecution has sought an arrest warrant for K-pop singer Seungri over his alleged involvement in the Burning Sun nightclub scandal.  The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said on Friday that they filed for the warrant for Seungri on charges of arranging prostitution, habitual gambling and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 10 Jan 2020 10:17:43 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[N. Korean Defector Arrested on DUI Charges after DMZ Escape]]> A former North Korean soldier who risked his life to cross the inter-Korean border in 2017 has been arrested for drunk driving.  Police in the Geumcheon District of Seoul said on Thursday that it handed over Oh Chong-song to the prosecution calling for indictment on DUI charges.  Oh defected to the South ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Jan 2020 18:36:27 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea's Top Court Remands 2-Year Sentence against Ex-Prosecutor on Power Abuse Case]]> South Korea's top court has remanded a lower court ruling that found a former senior prosecutor guilty of unfairly disadvantaging a female junior prosecutor after she raised sexual misconduct allegations against him. The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected and remanded the two-year prison sentence for Ahn ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Jan 2020 11:19:19 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korean Top Diplomats Discuss Countermeasures over Tensions in Middle East]]> Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has held a series of video conferences with Seoul’s top diplomatic envoys in the Middle East to get a grasp on the developing situations in the region amid heightened tension between the U.S. and Iran.  Kang on Wednesday was briefed by the officials on the safety and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 08 Jan 2020 19:20:33 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Justice Ministry, Prosecution Clash over Planned Reshuffle]]> The Justice Ministry and the prosecution have clashed over a scheduled reshuffle of senior prosecutors.  The ministry, led by new Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae, is seeking a swift reorganization and asked the prosecution to give its opinions on the matter by Wednesday afternoon.  The justice minister ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 08 Jan 2020 18:55:41 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Gov't Launches Joint Crackdown on Irregular Property Transactions]]> The government has launched a fresh round of crackdowns on irregular property transactions as part of efforts to stabilize the real estate market.   The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said on Wednesday that a joint inspection with other related government agencies will be carried out ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 08 Jan 2020 18:17:49 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea's Prosecution Demands 23-Year Sentence for Ex-Pres. Lee on Corruption Charges]]> Prosecutors on Wednesday demanded a 23-year prison sentence for former President Lee Myung-bak on embezzlement and bribery charges. During an appellate trial, the prosecution sought a 17-year prison sentence, 25 billion won in fines and a forfeiture of 16-point-three billion won on the bribery charges, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 08 Jan 2020 15:27:04 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[KEPCO to Begin Compensating Victims of 2019 Gangwon Wildfires ]]> South Korea’s state-run electricity provider has started a process to compensate victims of massive mountain fires that ravaged the country's eastern Gangwon Province in April of last year.  The move on Monday came a week after the Korea Electric Power Corporation(KEPCO) reached an agreement on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 06 Jan 2020 18:42:39 +0900 Domestic