<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Domestic]]> 15 en <![CDATA[S. Korea Adds 1,716 COVID-19 Cases]]> Authorities reported one-thousand-716 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday after the Chuseok holiday, remaining in the 17-hundreds for a third straight day.   The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA) said that the new infections detected throughout the previous day raised the total caseload to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 23 Sep 2021 09:42:30 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Study: 23% of S. Koreans in High Risk Group for Smartphone Addiction]]> Government data has shown that one in four South Koreans are overly dependent on their smartphones.  According to data from the Ministry of Science and ICT released by People Power Party lawmaker Park Sung-joong on Wednesday, 23-point-three percent of South Koreans fell into the high risk group for ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 22 Sep 2021 15:09:03 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[KDCA Reports 1,729 New Covid-19 Cases; 71% Receive First Vaccine]]> Another 17-hundred-29 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Tuesday for the previous day, marking the highest figure ever for a Monday.  The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA) said Tuesday that of the infections detected throughout Monday, one-thousand-697 were locally transmitted while 32 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 21 Sep 2021 10:31:23 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Magnitude 2.2 Quake Hits South Jeolla Province]]> A two-point-two magnitude earthquake struck South Korea's South Jeolla Province on Monday, the 20th largest earthquake to hit the peninsula this year alone. The Korea Meteorological Administration(KMA) said that the earthquake occurred at around 6:58 a.m. Monday, 20 kilometers northeast of Boseong ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 20 Sep 2021 14:26:21 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Highways Congested as People Travel to Hometowns for Chuseok]]> Highways in South Korea continue to be congested as last-minute travelers hit the highways to travel to their hometowns one day prior to the Chuseok holiday. The Korea Expressway Corporation said as of 1 p.m. Monday, it was expected to take four hours and 50 minutes to drive from Seoul to Busan, three ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 20 Sep 2021 14:00:12 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[New COVID-19 Cases Stand above 1,600 in Fresh Sunday High]]> Daily new COVID-19 cases in South Korea stood above one-thousand-600, logging a fresh record for a Sunday tally.  The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA) said Monday that one-thousand-605 additional people had tested positive throughout Sunday, raising the cumulative total to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 20 Sep 2021 12:38:22 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Major Highways See Congestion on Second Day of Chuseok Holiday]]> Traffic congestion is seen on both southbound and northbound freeways across the nation on the second day of the five-day Chuseok holiday. Korea Expressway Corporation said on Sunday that as of 1 p.m., it will take an estimated five hours and 30 minutes to get from Seoul to Busan, four-and-a-half hours to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 19 Sep 2021 14:17:59 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Capital Region Accounts for Nearly 80% of Daily Local COVID-19 Cases Last Week ]]> The capital region accounted for nearly 80 percent of daily new local COVID-19 cases last week. Interior and Safety Minister Jeon Hae-cheol said on Sunday in a government meeting that daily new infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi Province and Incheon came to one-thousand-384 on average last ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 19 Sep 2021 13:42:44 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea Adds 1,910 COVID-19 Cases]]> South Korea added more than 19-hundred COVID-19 cases on Sunday amid concerns over a further spike during the Chuseok holiday. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said Sunday that one-thousand-910 new infections were detected throughout Saturday, raising the country's total caseload to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 19 Sep 2021 10:09:12 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[9 Out of 10 Receive Relief Payouts in 12 Days]]> Nine out of ten people eligible for COVID-19 relief payouts have received the money in the 12 days since the roll out began. The Interior and Safety Ministry said Saturday that nearly 39 million people have applied and some nine-point-seven trillion won has been paid out through Friday. This amounts to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 18 Sep 2021 13:05:43 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Moon Thanks Public as Speedy Vaccination Goal Reached ahead of Chuseok]]> President Moon Jae-in has extended his thanks to the general public, as he shared via social media the government's realization of its goal to vaccinate 70 percent of the population before the official start of the Chuseok holiday.  The president swiftly shared health authorities’ announcement that over ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Sep 2021 18:27:07 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea's 1st-Shot COVID-19 Vaccination Rate Tops 70%]]> South Korea’s first-dose vaccination rate against COVID-19 has surpassed 70 percent of its population in under seven months since the nation began inoculation.  According to the state vaccination task force on Friday, 36 million and four-thousand-101 people received at least their first-shot of the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Sep 2021 18:27:03 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Typhoon Alerts Lifted as Chanthu's Sphere of Influence Exits S. Korea]]> Typhoon Chanthu is on its way out of Korean territory, causing no major damage to regions beyond Jeju Island.  The Busan office of the Korea Meteorological Administration(KMA) said on Friday that it lifted a typhoon advisory for the southern port city at 5 p.m., although a strong wind advisory remains in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Sep 2021 18:26:57 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Highways Increasingly Jammed with Chuseok Travelers]]> Traffic congestion is aggravating on expressways in many parts of the nation as people are hitting the pavement to enjoy the extended Chuseok holiday at their hometowns and beyond.  The Korea Expressway Corporation estimated that some five-point-41 million vehicles will hit the roads on Friday, including ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Sep 2021 18:26:51 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Typhoon Chanthu Drops 1,200mm of Rain on Jeju Island over 5 Days]]> Typhoon Chanthu has unleashed a massive amount of rain on Jeju, inciting flood damage in the early hours of Friday when the storm was closest to the island. Over five days, Mount Halla saw more than 12-hundred millimeters of precipitation, while Jeju and Seogwipo cities also received 300 and 500 millimeters ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Sep 2021 16:11:22 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[PM Appeals for Vigilance amid Increased Chuseok Holiday Travel ]]> Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum has urged vigilance for people traveling during Chuseok, particularly those moving into non-capital areas amid the continuing fourth pandemic wave.   In a virus response meeting on Friday, Kim noted nearly 80 percent of domestic cases are concentrated in the capital region, and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Sep 2021 15:17:09 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[COVID-19 Compensation to be Limited to Biz Directly Hit by Social Distancing]]> State compensation for businesses struck by COVID-19 social distancing will be limited to those that were subject to shutdown orders and operation restrictions. According to revisions to a relevant enforcement ordinance that passed the Cabinet on Friday, those eligible will not need to submit an application ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Sep 2021 14:00:33 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Memorial Up for Small Biz Owners Who Committed Suicide amid COVID-19 Woes]]> Members of the public are paying respects at a joint memorial altar for small business owners who took their own lives after facing financial losses due to prolonged social distancing. According to an emergency response committee representing small business owners on Friday, more than 200 people have ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Sep 2021 13:52:36 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Ex-Spy Chief Sentenced to 9 Yrs in Prison by High Court]]> A high court has sentenced former National Intelligence Service(NIS) chief Won Sei-hoon to nine years in prison for corruption in a retrial ordered by the Supreme Court. In issuing the verdict on Friday, the Seoul High Court also barred Won from working for the government, running for office and voting ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Sep 2021 11:36:43 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Daily COVID-19 Cases Surpass 2,000 Again ahead of Chuseok]]> Daily COVID-19 cases surpassed two-thousand once again amid concerns over a further spike during the upcoming Chuseok holiday.  The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA) reported on Friday that two-thousand-eight cases were confirmed throughout the previous day, bringing the country's ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Sep 2021 09:46:24 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Typhoon Chanthu Causes Flooding, Damage in Jeju Island]]> Typhoon Chanthu is approaching Jeju Island, flooding roads and causing damage to the area.  According to the local weather agency, parts of the island were seeing heavy downpours of 50 millimeters per hour at 6 a.m. Friday, with strong winds of 30 to 40 meters per second. Local authorities received 16 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Sep 2021 08:50:46 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Prosecution Begins Probe into Political Meddling Allegation involving Ex-Chief]]> The prosecution has reportedly launched a formal investigation into a political meddling scandal surrounding former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl.  According to sources within the legal community on Thursday, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office began a probe on the case two days after a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Sep 2021 19:01:11 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Nat'l Assembly Approves Motion to Appoint Oh Kyung-mi as Supreme Court Justice]]> The National Assembly has approved the appointment of Oh Kyung-mi as a Supreme Court justice . Parliament passed the motion on Oh's appointment in a 184 to 19 vote on Thursday.  Oh served as a judge at the Seoul High Court and Gwangju High Court after working at the Supreme Court Library and the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Sep 2021 16:32:11 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Leftover Vaccine Appointments to Be Allowed for 2nd Shots from Fri.]]> Starting from Friday, people will be able to receive not only their first but also second COVID-19 vaccine shots with leftover vaccines.  The state vaccine task force said Thursday that appointments can be made via the real-time search system that helps people find and receive leftover vaccines or ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Sep 2021 15:58:14 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Proportion of Women in High-Level Government Positions Nears 10% ]]> The number of high-ranking female officials at central government agencies exceeded 130 last year, setting a new record for the second straight year.  According to an annual government report, the number of women in top government posts rose to 132 from 122 the year before, taking up nine-point-three ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Sep 2021 15:54:49 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Prosecutors Indict Ex-Vice Justice Minister on Assault Charges]]> Former Vice Justice Minister Lee Yong-gu will go on trial for assault for allegedly manhandling a taxi driver prior to his appointment late last year. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office said Thursday that it indicted Lee without physical detention on charges of assault and inciting evidence ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Sep 2021 15:46:31 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Vaccination Reservations to Open on Sept. 18 for 5 Mln Unvaccinated over 18]]> People who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine but missed the chance to book a reservation will have another opportunity next month. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA) said in a briefing on Thursday that vaccinations for some five million people over the age of 18 who haven’t received ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Sep 2021 15:29:38 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Int'l Human Rights Groups Urge Seoul to Reject Media Amendment Bill ]]> Global human rights groups have urged the South Korean government to abandon its proposed amendments of the media arbitration bill, saying they undermine free speech and freedom of the media. In a letter to President Moon Jae-in and the National Assembly, the groups, including Human Rights Watch, argued ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Sep 2021 15:18:33 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea to Launch Solid-Fuel Space Rocket by 2024]]> South Korea plans to launch a domestically developed solid-fuel space rocket by 2024, officials said Thursday, and becoming one of just seven nations in the world with full launch capabilities. According to the Defense Ministry, the state-run Agency for Defense Development(ADD) conducted a successful ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Sep 2021 14:35:54 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Court Dismisses Appeal of 20-Yr. Prison Term for Sister of Girl Found Dead in Gumi]]> The Daegu appellate court dismissed an appeal of a 20-year prison term for a young woman convicted of abandoning a three-year-old girl in a house in the southeastern city of Gumi, causing her death. The Daegu High Court on Thursday rejected appeals by both the 22-year-old woman, identified by her surname ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Sep 2021 13:19:23 +0900 Domestic