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Gov't to scrap high school vocational training programs
The government will scrap on-site high school vocational training programs after numerous accidents and labor abuses, including the death of student trainee Lee Min-ho, 17. Education Minister Kim Sang-kon on Friday discussed ways to move the program away from “labor” towards “education.” To do so, the ministry will limit the specialized high schools from operating training pr...
Stranded Korean tourists in Bali to return home
Korean flights have been sent to Bali, Thursday, to bring back hundreds of Korean tourists stranded on the Indonesian island in the aftermath of a volcanic eruption. More than 700 Korean tourists have been stranded there after Mount Agung spewed smoke and ash resulting in hundreds of flights having to be grounded and airports to be shut down for more than two days. Korean Air announced it sent a plane capable of carrying 276 passengers to the island. It took off from Incheon International Airport for Bali at 5:51 a.m. It is expected to return to Incheon by 8:55 p.m. Thursday.
Seoul to run ads in Times Square
Images of Seoul will be advertised in the most populous parts of New York City, including Times Square, Soho and Fifth Avenue. The Seoul city government, Asiana Airlines and New York City's tourism bureau signed an agreement Friday to promote exchanges between the two cities. Seoul has produced three images showing Gyeongbok Palace, Gwanghwamun Square and Dongdaemun Design Plaza, to be displayed in New York from Dec. 18 to Jan. 14.
New art committee to decide on Park Chung-hee statue installation
A new committee overseeing decisions on art installations in Seoul kicked off with an appointment ceremony at City Hall, Wednesday. The committee, established to reflect various opinions of experts and citizens, is drawing attention as it is expected to deliberate over the installation of a highly controversial statue of Park Chung-hee, who took power in a military coup in 1961 and held the title of president from 1963 to 1979.
Korean students performing worse in Korean, math
Annual assessment shows more students falling behind in math and Korean, fewer in English By You Soo-sun Korea’s middle and high school students are increasingly struggling in math and the Korean language, according to this year’s nationwide achievement test results released Wednesday. In this year’s assessment, more students failed to meet basic academic levels in Korean and math compared to the previous year. On the contrary, a smaller share was falling behind in English as a subject. In 2016, two and five percent of middle school students were struggling to meet basic ac...
China partially lifts travel ban on Korea
China partially lifted its travel ban on group tours to Korea, Tuesday, the first major step taken by Beijing to restore ties with Seoul since the two struck a deal last month to end the diplomatic row over the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system here. Chinese authorities at the National Tourism Administration decided to allow offline travel agencies in Beijing and Sh...
Probe of former presidential aide to expand
The prosecution searched GS Home Shopping's headquarters in Yeongdeungpo-gu, southwest Seoul, Tuesday, as part of its ongoing investigation of former presidential secretary Jun Byung-hun who faces bribery charges. The local home shopping channel is suspected of “donating” 100 million won ($92,293) to the Korea e-Sports Association, which Jun once headed, in 2015. It is the second local home shopping channel to be investigated after Lotte Home Shopping, which donated 330 million won to the same sports association in 2013.
Chung Yoo-ra attacker undergoes questioning
Police questioned a robbery suspect who allegedly targeted Chung Yoo-ra - the daughter of Choi Soon-sil, a central figure behind the influence-peddling scandal that led to the ouster of former President Park Geun-hye - Monday. The Seoul Central District Court will decide whether to approve an arrest warrant for the 44-year-old suspect, surnamed Lee, who broke into Chung’s hom...
Rights commission begins clampdown on sexual harassment
The National Human Rights Commission will look into sexual harassment allegations surrounding a public corporation, the Korea Land and Geospatial Information Corporation (LX), the commission announced Monday. This is part of the commission's drive to combat sexual harassment involving abuse of power, an issue that has been gaining attention in Korea and abroad as more victims...
[People] Surgeon finds true meaning of life in Ethiopia
In search for meaning, Kim Tae-hoon, 43, left his profession as a surgeon in Korea and went to Ethiopia with his wife and three little boys. Although the decision has taken him away from one of the most revered jobs in the country and from one of its largest hospitals, Kim says the heart of his work in Ethiopia is still the same: saving lives. “It was not so much about leavin...
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