<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Domestic]]> 15 en <![CDATA[Special Counsel Denies Notifying Summons to Late Lawmaker ]]> A special probe team investigating an online opinion rigging scandal says it never notified a summons to the deceased opposition lawmaker Roh Hoe-chan, who committed suicide on Monday. Roh, the floor leader of the progressive Justice Party, had been under investigation into suspicions that he accepted ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Jul 2018 16:54:54 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=138038
<![CDATA[S. Korea Battling Historic Temperatures]]> Anchor: With a heat wave warning in place for 14 straight days, the nation is battling record breaking temperatures and it appears that there will be no relief in the coming days.  Alannah Hill has more.  Report: South Korea is in the midst of one of the hottest summers since the nation's ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Jul 2018 16:09:33 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=138037
<![CDATA[Defense, Justice Ministries to Form Joint Probe Team on Martial Law Plans]]> The Defense Ministry and the Justice Ministry will form a joint probe team to investigate the Defense Security Command’s(DSC) paper that reviewed the possible declaration of martial law last year during the candlelight vigils held against then-President Park Geun-hye. The Defense Ministry confirmed ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Jul 2018 12:10:29 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=138025
<![CDATA[Government to Designate Heat Waves as Natural Disasters]]> The government is expected to designate heat waves as natural disasters to reinforce the state’s response to the weather phenomenon. According to the Ministry of the Interior and Safety on Sunday, there is an internal consensus on including heat waves on the government's list of natural ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:37:59 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=138023
<![CDATA[Funeral for Marines Killed in Chopper Crash to be Held Monday ]]> A joint funeral will be held on Monday for the five marines who were killed in a helicopter crash on Tuesday. The Marine Corps and the bereaved families announced the decision on Saturday. In the statement, the two sides said that procedures will begin Saturday to hold the funeral with the utmost ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 21 Jul 2018 14:11:54 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=138004
<![CDATA[Heat Wave Breaks Another Day Time High Record]]> Friday has set another day time high record in South Korea but the heat wave gripping the nation is expected only to worsen.  According to the Korea Meteorological Administration(KMA), temperatures as of 4 p.m. hovered above 35 Celsius degrees in inland areas in Gyeongsang Provinces.   The ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:55:39 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137995
<![CDATA[Defense Ministry to Draft Alternative Military Service Plan by Late Aug. ]]> Defense Minister Song Young-moo says a plan regarding alternative military service for conscientious objectors will be complete by late next month.  Song made the remark at the National Assembly’s Legislation and Judiciary Committee meeting on Friday, adding the ministry will create a related ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 Jul 2018 17:23:28 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137990
<![CDATA[Ex-Pres. Park Handed 8 Yr. Prison Term for Pocketing NIS Funds, Political Interference]]> A Seoul court has sentenced former President Park Geun-hye to eight years in prison on charges of pocketing special funds from the state spy agency and interfering in elections during her term in office.  The Seoul Central District Court on Friday handed Park a six-year prison term and a fine of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 Jul 2018 15:37:36 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137983
<![CDATA[Ex-Pres. Park Sentenced to 8 Yrs. in Prison on 2 Charges]]> A Seoul court has sentenced former President Park Geun-hye to eight years in prison on charges of pocketing special funds from the state spy agency and interfering in elections during her term in office.  The Seoul Central District Court on Friday handed the impeached president a six-year prison term ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 Jul 2018 15:10:35 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137980
<![CDATA[Prosecutors Repeat Demand for 30-Year Prison Sentence for Ex-Pres. Park]]> Prosecutors repeated to an appeals court on Friday their demand for a 30-year prison sentence for former President Park Geun-hye for her role in a massive corruption scandal that led to her removal from office.  The prosecution’s request to the Seoul High Court has not changed from the previous ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:23:18 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137973
<![CDATA[Moon Expresses Condolences to Victims of Fatal Helicopter Crash]]> President Moon Jae-in has expressed his condolences to the victims and the bereaved families of this week's fatal Marine helicopter crash.  Presidential Spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said the president extended his heartfelt sympathy during a meeting on Thursday with new Naval Chief of Naval ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:40:09 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137959
<![CDATA[Heat Wave Leads to Record High Power Demand for 3rd Day in Row]]> Electricity demand in South Korea has soared to a record high amid the prolonged heat wave gripping the nation.     The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said on Thursday that the average power demand between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. stood at around 87-point-6 million kilowatts. It surpassed ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:25:50 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137958
<![CDATA[Drivers on Highways to Be Informed of Approaching Fire Trucks]]> People driving on highways in South Korea will be informed of nearby emergency vehicles heading to the site of a fire or a car accident from next week.  The National Fire Agency said on Thursday that the 119 Emergency Dispatch Notification Service will be put in place from Monday.  The agency ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:43:05 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137955
<![CDATA[S. Korean Gov't Beefing up Measures against Heat Wave]]> With the heat wave expected to linger in South Korea for many days, the government is stepping up efforts to combat its potential threats to the public and infrastructure.  The presidential office and related government agencies held an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss measures to minimize ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:33:13 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137954
<![CDATA['Gov't Restricting Passport Issuance for N. Korean Defectors']]> A civic group claims that the government has restricted the issuance of passports for North Korean female restaurant workers in China who defected to South Korea in 2016. An official at the Lawyers for a Democratic Society who has been following the case said Thursday that only Ho Kang-il, the male manager ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:54:43 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137951
<![CDATA[Gov't to Ease Public Concern on Yemeni Refugees]]> Justice Minister Park Sang-ki has said the government will seek ways to ease public concern about Yemeni asylum seekers on Jeju Island while also fulfilling global responsibility as a signatory to the UN convention on refugees.  The minister stressed the approach while speaking to lawmakers during a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:03:57 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137950
<![CDATA[Ex-Aide of South Gyeongsang Governor Appears for Questioning on 'Druking' Case]]> The special team probing the opinion rigging scandal centered around the blogger "druking" has summoned a former aide to South Gyeongsang Province Governor Kim Kyoung-soo for questioning on Thursday.  The aide, surnamed Han, is suspected of receiving five million won in cash from two of "druking's" ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:06:03 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137947
<![CDATA[DSC Reform Committee to Discuss Future of Military Intelligence Unit]]> The head of a committee tasked with revamping the Defense Ministry's intelligence unit says it is now a crucial point to determine whether to reform or to disband the unit. Ahead of a meeting Thursday, Defense Security Command(DSC) reform task force chief Chang Young-dal also said most of the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 Jul 2018 14:47:00 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137946
<![CDATA[Chopper Crash Investigators to Focus on Possible Mechanical Defects ]]> Marine Corps investigators probing the fatal crash of a chopper will focus on whether the accident was caused by possible defects with the aircraft or its designs.  The investigation team believes that the Marineon helicopter crashed four to five seconds after takeoff after its main rotor blades completely ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:52:52 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137940
<![CDATA[Court Recognizes State Liability for Sewol Ferry Disaster]]> Anchor: A Seoul court has ordered the state to compensate families of victims of the 2014 Sewol ferry sinking in its first recognition of the state's liability of the case. While ordering the defendants to provide 200 million won to each victim, the court blamed the government's failure to ensure ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:56:14 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137938
<![CDATA[Marine Corps Releases Video Footage of Fatal Helicopter Crash]]> Marine Corps investigators, looking into the crash of a unit chopper, have unveiled video of Tuesday’s fatal incident.  The closed-circuit television footage released on Wednesday showed the ill-fated helicopter falling after its rotor blades separated from the fuselage four to five seconds ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:27:04 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137928
<![CDATA[Marine Corps Investigates Fatal Helicopter Crash ]]> The Marine Corps has launched an official investigation into a fatal Marine helicopter crash on Tuesday that killed five of the six marines aboard.  An official of the Marine Corps said Wednesday that the investigation is being led by a joint committee consisting of the five military branches, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:48:08 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137920
<![CDATA[Special Prosecution Seeks Arrest Warrant for Close Associate to "Druking"]]> The independent counsel team probing an opinion rigging scandal centered around the blogger "druking" on Wednesday sought a court warrant to arrest a key figure involved in the case.  The special prosecution led by Independent Counsel Huh Ik-bum said that it requested the Seoul Central District Court to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:08:17 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137918
<![CDATA[Prolonged Heat Wave Leads to Rise in Heat-Related Illness, Livestock Deaths]]> Anchor: The sweltering heat wave continued to blanket the nation Wednesday with daytime highs reaching 36 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country. The prolonged high temperatures have led to a sudden increase in the number of people suffering heat-related illnesses and deaths of livestock. Choi You Sun ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:34:04 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137916
<![CDATA[Team Probes Illegal Political Funds involving Opposition Lawmaker]]> The independent counsel team probing an opinion rigging scandal centered around the blogger "druking" is looking into allegations that the blogger gave illegal political funds to the office of Rep. Roh Hoe-chan of the minor opposition Justice Party. The team led by prosecutor Huh Ik-bum said that ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:54:35 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137908
<![CDATA[Supreme Court to Create New Administrative Council]]> The Supreme Court is likely to abolish its controversial National Court Administration(NCA) and create a more independent body to oversee the court's administration.  A judicial reform committee under the top court said on Tuesday that it adopted a recommendation to revise the Court Organizational Act to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:31:27 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137905
<![CDATA[Marine Helicopter Crashes, Killing 5 Soldiers Aboard]]> A Marine helicopter crashed within a military unit in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province on Tuesday, killing five soldiers onboard.  The Marineon transport utility helicopter is known to have crashed immediately after taking off for a test run at 4:45PM. The helicopter exploded upon hitting the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:20:53 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137897
<![CDATA[Probe Team Raids Home of Kim Kyoung-soo's Ex-aide]]> The special team probing the opinion rigging scandal centered around the blogger "druking" has raided the home of a former aide to South Gyeongsang Province Governor Kim Kyoung-soo.  The team said it raided the home and car of the former aide, identified only by his surname Han, on Tuesday morning.  An ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:00:18 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137884
<![CDATA[Animal Rights Groups Call for Ban on Consumption of Dog Meat ]]> A local animal rights activist group has called for a ban on the consumption of dog meat in South Korea.   The group Kara delivered the request in a news conference held in front of the presidential office on Tuesday, which marks the first of the three hottest days of the summer on the lunar calendar and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:10:42 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137880
<![CDATA[Special Probe Team Summons DSC Officials for Martial Law Allegations ]]> A special probe team has summoned current officials of the Defense Security Command(DSC) as part of its investigation into allegations that the military prepared for a possible declaration of martial law during last year’s candlelight rallies against then-President Park Geun-hye.  The investigation team ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:48:03 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=137879