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[ed] Nonpartisan cooperation
The new floor leaders of the ruling and opposition parties on Sunday agreed to convene an extraordinary session of the National Assembly this month to discuss follow-up measures of a deadly ferry sinking and how to run the second half of the parlia..

[ed] Fallout from disaster
The economic fallout from the sinking of the ferry Sewol seems more serious and far-reaching than was initially thought. According to a report submitted by the finance ministry to a meeting chaired by President Park Geun-hye Friday, sales at depart..

[ed] Picking up the pieces
Nearly one month into one of the worst maritime disaster, Koreans' grief and frustrations are increasingly turning into anger - mainly toward their government. There is nothing strange about that, considering the Park Geun-hye administration's utte..

[ed] TV subscription fee
Korean viewers have long ceased to expect much sense of journalistic mission or politically neutral news delivery by public broadcasters. Case in point: Ineffective and lopsided coverage of the ongoing ferry-sinking tragedy by the Korea Broadcastin..

[ed] Lopsided investigation
"We could not be 100 percent sure scientifically, but reached this conclusion based on 'the rules of experience' and 'indirect facts.'" So said the prosecution Wednesday, wrapping up months of investigation and "effectively" confirming a 12-year-ol..

[ed] Strong Korean currency
As domestic demand remains depressed in the aftermath of the country's worst maritime disaster in decades, the local currency is falling at a rapid pace, casting a pall over the nation's export front. The won bounced back a little Thursday in react..

[ed] Crucial local polls
Local elections are less than a month away but the national atmosphere is too calm and staid to indicate this. That will likely change somewhat next week when political parties select their candidates for governors and mayors. The quadrennial polls..

[ed] Diver's death
As was feared, a diver died early Tuesday morning while working at the scene of the sunken ferry Sewol off the southwestern coast. It's horrible to witness another tragedy because of the failure to observe safety rules at the very place where a cat..

[ed] A rude awakening
President Park Geun-hye reiterated her apology for the ferry disaster and her pledge to carry out an overhaul of social systems while attending a Buddhist ceremony Tuesday. On Sunday, Park visited the shipwreck site for the second time, comforting ..

[ed] Danger lurks everywhere
Citizens of Seoul, still in shock after the tragic ferry disaster, had to calm their pounding hearts Friday. The collision of two subway trains, which left hundreds injured but no fatalities, showed - yet again - that Koreans are living in the "Rep..

[ed] Abe's wrong path
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's perception of history revealed during his recent interview with a German newspaper is hardly surprising, given his well-known revisionist inclination. Nevertheless, it's still disheartening. He told the Frankfur..

[ed] Consumer protection bill
The government's plan to create an agency to protect consumers of financial services is hitting a snag due to a tug of war between the ruling camp and the main opposition party. A relevant bill failed to pass even a subcommittee during the just-end..

[ed] New safety division
President Park Geun-hye has unveiled a plan to create a new safety unit as a national control tower in the wake of the ferry Sewol disaster that left more than 300 people, including high school students, dead or missing. Details about the plan have..

[ed] Stagnating Korea Inc.
Are alarm bells ringing loudly for Korean businesses following the ferry disaster? Two reports released by the central bank earlier this week may offer an answer to that question.

[ed] What is Coast Guard for?
Despite the nationwide grief and self-rebuking, the biggest targets of popular criticism are the captain and a dozen other crew members of the sunken ferry Sewol. Coming next should be the Coast Guard, according to video clips which show the initia..

[ed] Looming economic woes
Strategy and Finance Minister Hyun Oh-seok has decided to skip this year's meeting of the Asian Development Bank to be held in Kazakhstan later this week. The finance ministry cited the ferry disaster and other domestic affairs as reasons for the m..

[ed] President's apology
Nearly two weeks after the sinking of the ferry Sewol, President Park Geun-hye apologized for the tragic accident and her administration's poor response to it.

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