News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/rss/rss_news.htm?lang=e&id=Dm 15The latest news from home and abroad, with a close eye on Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula in particular en <![CDATA[S. Korean Killed by Gunmen in Philippines ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134220 A 41-year-old South Korean was shot to death in the Philippines' Cebu island. According to local Korean residents on Saturday, the victim was driving Friday evening in Mandaue near Cebu City when he was shot by two assailants riding a motorbike at around 10 p.m. He was rushed to the hospital but did not ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:17:14 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134220
<![CDATA[Families of Cheonan Victims Urge Government to Scrap N. Korean Official's Visit]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134218 Bereaved family members of the victims of the 2010 sinking of a Navy corvette held a news conference Saturday to protest the planned visit by a senior North Korean official suspected of having orchestrated the attack. Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of the Central Committee of the North's ruling Workers' ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:42:11 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134218
<![CDATA[Govt' to Announce Measures to Root out Sexual Misconduct ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134211 The government is gearing up to announce comprehensive measures next month to counter incidents of sexual misconduct, as allegations of harassment and assault against high-profile cultural figures are rocking the nation. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said it is beefing up consultations with ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:19:59 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134211
<![CDATA[Seoul Issues Ultrafine Dust Advisory ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134204 The Seoul Metropolitan Government on Friday issued an ultrafine dust advisory as the level of microscopic particles remains high throughout the capital city. The advisory was upgraded as of 1 p.m. as ultrafine dust levels stayed above the 90-microgram-per-cubic-meter threshold for more than two hours. A ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:30:11 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134204
<![CDATA[Exclusive: Park's Presidential Office Mobilized Ministries to Interfere with Sewol Probe Panel]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134189 The presidential office under former President Park Gun-hye has been found to have mobilized major ministries to interfere with an independent panel's investigation into the sinking of the Sewol ferry in 2014. KBS found that vice chiefs of the Finance Ministry, Ministry of Government Administration and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:19:05 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134189
<![CDATA[Arrest Warrants Sought for 2 Prosecutors on Charges of Leaking Investigation Info]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134177 The prosecution is seeking arrest warrants for two prosecutors accused of leaking the details of investigations to suspects.  The Seoul High Prosecutors’ Office said on Thursday that the two prosecutors, identified only by their surnames, Chu and Choi, are being held without warrant while being ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:41:20 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134177
<![CDATA[Social Cost of Obesity Doubles in a Decade]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134168 The socioeconomic cost of obesity in South Korea is over nine trillion won a year. A new study shows the extremely obese are as much as four-point-eight times more likely to develop diabetes and nearly three times more likely to suffer high blood pressure. This is according to a report by a policy think ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:51:52 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134168
<![CDATA[Gov't to Toughen Punishment for Stalking]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134151 The government has decided to toughen punishments for stalking. The government went over measures to prevent stalking and dating violence and finalized the decision during a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon on Thursday. The government plans to seek the legislation of a law penalizing stalking ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:54:49 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134151
<![CDATA[Prosecution Concludes Ex-President Lee is Real Owner of DAS]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134144 The prosecution has concluded that former President Lee Myung-bak is the owner of auto parts company DAS and a large plot of land in southern Seoul. A probe team at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office reportedly stated the conclusion in its arrest warrant request for Cheonggye Foundation ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:49:13 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134144
<![CDATA[Military to Ease Restrictions on Private Lives of Cadets, Soldiers]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134139 The Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that it is easing restrictions on military personnel regarding their personal life outside the barracks.  Under the move, it will abolish the requirement that cadets must report their romantic affairs. They will also do away with restrictions on where soldiers stay ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:47:39 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134139
<![CDATA[More Public Officials to Work Less Hours During Pregnancy, Child-Rearing]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134134 Pregnant public officials in South Korea will soon be able to work two hours less each day throughout their pregnancy. The Ministry of Personnel Management said that on Thursday it will issue advance public notice about a revised set of work-related rules for public officials, including the expanded ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:26:13 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134134
<![CDATA[Senior Prosecutor Indicted over Sexual Misconduct Against Coworkers]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134132 The prosecution has indicted a senior prosecutor who was arrested for sexual misconduct against other members of the organization.  A task force created to investigate sexual misbehavior allegations within the prosecution said on Wednesday that he was indicted on charges of sexually harassing two female ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:12:24 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134132
<![CDATA[Venomous Fire Ant Found Again, This Time at Incheon Port]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134128 A tropical red fire ant has been found at Incheon Port several months after the poisonous stinging insect was first seen in the southern port city Busan.  The Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency said on Wednesday that what was suspected to be a venomous fire ant was discovered on Monday on a rubber tree ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:47:50 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134128
<![CDATA['Molar Father' Receives Death Sentence for Murdering Teenage Girl]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134124 A thirty-five year old man accused of sexually molesting and murdering his teenage daughter's friend was sentenced to death at a lower court hearing on Wednesday. Seoul Northern District Court handed the sentence to Lee Young-hak, saying it was difficult to even imagine the pain suffered by the 14-year old ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:38:08 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134124
<![CDATA[Exclusive: Samsung Pays for DAS Lawsuit at Ex-President Lee's Request]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134118 KBS has found that a former senior presidential secretary for administrative affairs told prosecutors recently that Samsung covered the costs for the lawsuit of auto parts maker DAS, upon the instruction of former president Lee Myung-bak. Kim Paik-joon is one of the closest aides to Lee and is considered ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:05:14 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134118
<![CDATA[Efforts Begin to Set Sewol Ferry Upright ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134114 Efforts began on Wednesday to set the Sewol ferry upright. It is currently lying on its side at a dock in Mokpo New Port in South Jeolla Province.  The ferry inspection committee said the efforts began at 8 a.m. Wednesday, starting with bringing in 364 module transporters to the lower part of the ship in a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:45:37 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134114
<![CDATA[Last of Ex-Pres. Lee's Asset Managers Arrested]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134086 All of the people accused of having managed former President Lee Myung-bak's assets under borrowed names have now been put behind bars, with the arrest of Lee Young-bae on Tuesday.  Lee Young-bae is said to have largely admitted breach of trust and embezzlement charges against him, but denied that the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:33:56 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134086
<![CDATA[Severe Drought Causes Forest Fire Damage Across S. Korea]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134062 A prolonged drought that has plagued South Korea's southern provinces this winter has spread to other regions in the nation. The Ministry of the Interior and Safety said on Monday that drought advisories and warnings have been issued in most parts of the country, including Seoul, Daegu and throughout ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:18:05 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134062
<![CDATA[Minister Urges Responsible Military Safety Inspections]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134057 Defense Minister Song Young-moo has urged stronger responsibility from officials conducting safety inspections of military-wide facilities that will continue through the end of March. Visiting the Armed Forces Daejeon Hospital in Daejeon city on Monday, Song said the names of the inspectors should be ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:47:13 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134057
<![CDATA[Ex-President's Aide Contacted US Law Firm Representing Samsung to Pay Fees]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134042 KBS has found that a former aide to ex-President Lee Myung-bak contacted a U.S. law firm representing Samsung Group to get the conglomerate to pay pricey litigation fees for a company linked to Lee. Kim Paik-joon, who served as senior secretary for administrative affairs to the former president, was found ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:46:11 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134042
<![CDATA[Theater Director Apologizes over Sexual Harassment Allegations]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134040 As more women have been speaking out against sexual harassment in South Korea, renowned theater director Lee Yoon-taek issued a public apology after being accused of sexual harassment.  In a news conference in Seoul on Monday, Lee said he is deeply sorry to the victims and is really ashamed.  The ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:52:27 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134040
<![CDATA[8 New Cases of Norovirus Confirmed in Olympic Host Cities Sunday ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134034 Eight new cases of norovirus were reported in the Olympic host cities of Pyeongchang and Gangneung on Sunday.  The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(KCDC) said that a total of 283 cases have been confirmed as of Sunday, as eight additional people were found to have been affected by the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:39:07 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134034
<![CDATA[Return Traffic Congests Highways after Lunar New Year Holiday]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134024 On the last day of the Lunar New Year holiday, South Korea's major expressways are being contested with travelers returning home from their trips around the country. ​ The Korea Expressway Corporation expects that the roads bound for Seoul will be busiest between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. ​ The ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:22:10 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134024
<![CDATA[Court Orders Gov't to Compensate for Poor Response to MERS Outbreak]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134023 A court has ordered the government to pay ten million won for damages from its poor initial response to the outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2015. ​ The Seoul Central District Court recently ruled in favor of a MERS patient, only identified by the surname Lee. ​ The ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:16:14 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134023
<![CDATA[S. Korea's Universities, Colleges to Abolish Admission Fees by 2022]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134022 South Korea's universities and colleges will abolish admission fees in phases beginning this year. ​ The Education Ministry said on Sunday that the nation's national and private universities and 330 vocational colleges presented their plans to do away with admission fees. ​ According to the plans, 92 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:09:58 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134022
<![CDATA[Ex-Pres. Lee's Asset Manager Arrested over Destruction of Evidence]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=133995 A Seoul court has issued an arrest warrant for Lee Byung-mo, who is known to have long managed the assets and property of former President Lee Myung-bak. With Lee’s arrest, the prosecution’s probe into the former president is expected to gain momentum.  The Seoul Central District Court issued the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:36:45 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=133995
<![CDATA[No. of Foreign Spouses in S. Korea Tops 150,000]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=133991 The number of foreigners married to South Koreans rose to more than 150-thousand last year. According to the Ministry of Justice on Thursday, the number of spouses residing in South Korea with foreign citizenship stood at 153-thousand-648 at the end of last year. Chinese spouses outnumbered all other ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:45:54 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=133991
<![CDATA[Former Samsung Executive Summoned over Alleged Bribery ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=133990 A former vice chairman of Samsung Electronics has appeared before the prosecution for alleged bribery involving former President Lee Myung-bak.   The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Thursday morning summoned Lee Hak-soo as a suspect in the bribery scandal.    The former vice chairman ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:21:57 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=133990
<![CDATA[Choi Soon-sil Challenges 20-Year Prison Sentence]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=133978 Former President Park Geun-hye’s longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil has challenged the Seoul Central District Court's ruling that found her guilty of massive corruption and influence peddling.  According to the court, Choi’s legal representatives filed an appeal on Wednesday, a day after she was ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:32:30 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=133978
<![CDATA[No. of Newborns Estimated to Have Fallen 12% in 2017]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=133974 The number of newborns in South Korea is estimated to have fallen by 12 percent last year. According to combined data from Statistics Korea and Korea Population, Health and Welfare Association, a tentatively estimated 358-thousand-384 children were born in 2017. The figure is down 48-thousand births ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:47:23 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=133974