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[ed] FIFA's unfair decision
FIFAs Ethics Committee last week banned Chung Mong-joon, former FIFA vice president and candidate for the top football job, from all football-related activities for six years. The committee also handed a 90-day provisional suspension to FIFA Pres..

[ed] Kim Jong-un hypocrisy
North Korea staged a massive military parade Saturday, involving 20,000 soldiers and displaying its latest weaponry to mark the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers Party. It's fortunate that Pyongyang did not conduct a nuclear test or fire a lon..

[ed] Guilty as charged
The reopened case of the so-called Itaewon Burger King murder poses a challenge to one of key principles that underpin the criminal law - one should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

[ed] Housing crisis deepens
These are hellish days for Korea's working-class urban families who do not own their homes. Key money for a long-term lease that forgoes monthly payments, called "jeonse," have approached - even exceeded in some parts of Seoul - the properties' val..

[ed] Coping with drought
An extreme drought is gripping the Korean Peninsula, particularly the central region. South Chungcheong Province has introduced strict water rationing in eight cities and counties. If the situation continues, Seoul will likely have to do the same n..

[ed] Row over history books
The ruling camp appears to have decided to return to the publication of state-authored history textbooks. The Ministry of Education allegedly plans to make an announcement to that effect next week after the National Assembly audit of government age..

[ed] Dirty cooking oil
A truth game is under way over meals served at the cafeteria of Choongam High School, a private school in western Seoul. The school vehemently denies any wrongdoing, threatening to sue the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education for disclosing its i..

[ed] Operations Plan 5015
Military leaders and lawmakers on the National Assembly Defense Committee have been quarreling for nearly a month over making public the new Korea-U.S. military operational plan.

[ed] Nobel prize and Korea
Japan is in a festive mood, buoyed by its scientists' winning the Nobel Prize in physics for two years in a row and two Nobel prizes in science this year. China also produced its first Nobel laureate in the sciences.

[ed] TPP outlier
When the trade ministers of 12 nations reached an agreement on the U.S.-led multilateral trade pact in Atlanta, Ga., Monday, Trade, Industry and Energy Minister Yoon Sang-jick was not among them.

[ed] Ousting underperformers
The government has stepped up efforts to kick out underperforming employees from the public sector. This move seems positive, considering that it could deprive public officials of their long-standing "iron rice bowls," but it remains to be seen if ..

[ed] Frivolous ex-spy chief
Its no secret that former intelligence agents should remain tightlipped about classified information they obtained while performing their duties. This obligation is all the greater for a retired spymaster.

[ed] Gun control far too lax
One of the reasons Korea is regarded as a relatively safe country in which to live is its extremely restricted access to firearms. What happened in Busan on Saturday shows that such a belief can be risky. A man in his 20s with a handgun and 19 bull..

[ed] UN chief for President?
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon must be the best-known Korean in the international community seen and heard frequently on global media outlets. As leader of the world's largest organization, Bans sincerity and humility have won him a big fan b..

[ed] Grading English scores
College entrance system in Korea has changed, almost along with each administration. The incumbent administration has recently come up with its own: Starting in the 2018 academic year, the government will switch to an absolute grading system of Eng..

[ed] Park's boss politics
Combine President Park Geun-hyes high popularity and her strong hold on the ruling majority Saenuri Party with the weak main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy and it makes for one persons dominance that defies the democratic rule o..

[ed] Flowing water on Mars
Are Martians as hostile as those in Tim Burtons 1996 movie Mars Attacks? Is the red planet as desolate a no mans land as the one facing Matt Damons Mark Watney, the stranded astronaut, in Ridley Scotts latest release, The Martian?

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