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Gov't to allow onetime English name change on passport
The government wants to allow adults a onetime change to their names in English on passports issued when they were minors, the foreign ministry said Sunday. The ministry heralded a revision of the current ordinance in the Passport Act. It aims to lower barriers for those over 18 who want to change their names on English-language passports, the spelling of which was usually decided by their parents or guardians when they were young. The change may take place by next June, considering the revision process could take up to six months.
LKP abandons former President Park
The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) asked former President Park Geun-hye and two of her loyalists to leave the party, Friday. If Park does not leave voluntarily, the party can expel her in 10 days, according to the party’s regulations. The two loyalists, Reps. Suh Chung-won and Choi Kyung-hwan, can remain in the party, because according to the party rules an incumbe...
Foreign Minister Kang visits Europe
Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has left on a five-day visit to Belgium and France, the foreign ministry said Thursday. She will hold talks with her counterparts and seek their cooperation on resolving the North Korean nuclear issue, ministry spokesman Roh Kyu-deok said during a regular briefing. This is her first visit to Europe since taking office in June. Kang is expected ...
USFK firing drills raise residents' eyebrows
The sound of multiple gunshots from a supply depot of the U.S. Forces Korea resounded through part of the southeastern city of Busan every evening for three days from June 20 to 22. Residents, petrified by the unexpected noise, made frantic calls to the police to figure out what was going on, but to no avail as the police had no idea either. Only later did the police figure o...
Ex-President's trial boycott draws ire
Former President Park Geun-hye has come under harsh criticism Tuesday for indicating she would boycott her bribery and corruption trial, dismissing it as political revenge. With the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) silent over her comment, liberal parties came together to denounce her, saying she is denying the judicial process and evading legal responsibility for di...
'US prefers peaceful resolution on North Korea'
Korean Ambassador to the U.S. Ahn Ho-Young said Tuesday that the Donald Trump administration is ultimately seeking a peaceful solution to the North Korea issue while heightening pressure and sanctions against the regime. The remark was made during a National Assembly audit of the Korean embassy in Washington D.C. “The goal of the Trump administration’s sanctions and pressure ...
65 percent support probe of ex-Presidents
Two out of three South Koreans support investigations into the suspicions surrounding former Presidents Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye, according to a poll released Monday. A Realmeter poll, conducted with 511 respondents on Friday, showed that 65 percent of them backed the Moon Jae-in government’s ongoing move to look into alleged irregularities under the Lee and Park administrations, described as a campaign to “eradicate deep-rooted evils.” By contrast, only 26.3 percent of the respondents opposed the investigation, seeing it as “political retaliation” against the former conservative pres...
Constitutional talks may lose steam
Doubts are growing over whether the National Assembly could hold a referendum on a constitutional revision in tandem with local elections slated for June next year as the Moon Jae-in government pledged. The National Assembly’s special committee to discuss a constitutional revision announced Wednesday it plans to draft a revision bill by February next year and put it up for a vote in the National Assembly by May, a timeline aimed to call a referendum in June in tandem with the local elections.
Sewol document forgery faces new probe
The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) plans to push for a National Assembly investigation into the presidential office over its revelation that documents about the Sewol ferry disaster were illegally changed under the Park Geun-hye government. Its move Friday comes a day after Cheong Wa Dae disclosed that documents showing the presidential office under Park changed th...
Acid attack survivor offers counseling for victims
A 35-year-old counselor for victims of violent crimes, Park Seon-young, says she never tells her clients they should overcome the trauma. “I know for sure it is impossible. What happened to you is something you can only bury inside so you can live your life ahead,” she told The Korea Times, Tuesday. “Focusing on your future is the only way to survive.” Her advice must carry w...
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