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High court upholds 3-year jail sentence for confidant of Park Geun-hye
A confidant of ousted President Park Geun-hye who was found guilty of abusing her close ties with Park to solicit academic favors for her daughter had her three-year prison sentence upheld Tuesday. The Seoul High Court approved a lower court verdict delivered in late June against Choi Soon-sil, Park’s longtime friend and secret adviser, who is on trial on charges of having played a central role in the major corruption scandal that led to the impeachment and later arrest of Park. Among the numerous corruption charges Choi faces, one was for using her influence to get her 21-year-old daughter,...
Last ex-spy agency chief under Park Geun-hye questioned
A former chief of the state spy agency National Intelligence Service (NIS) underwent questioning Monday over allegations the agency funneled its off-book funds to former President Park Geun-hye and her close aides. Lee Byung-kee, 70, is the last of the agency’s three ex-chiefs to have been summoned for alleged involvement in the bribery scandal under Park. They are suspected of paying 4 billion won ($3.6 million) of the agency’s special funds to Park’s former presidential secretaries - Ahn Bong-geun, Lee Jae-man and Jeong Ho-seong.
UN to promote peace during PyeongChang Olympics
The United Nations will put forward a resolution promoting peace on the Korean Peninsula during the PyeongChang Olympics at its 72nd General Assembly in New York, Monday (local time). The “Olympic Truce Resolution for PyeongChang” will request U.N. member states to refrain from committing any hostile acts around the Olympics period, from seven days prior to its opening to seven days after the closing. This is also part of a wider resolution: “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal,” meant to uphold peace not just on the Korean Peninsula, but in all of East A...
Hospital hit for forcing nurses to dance
A private hospital came under fire after its nurses claimed they were forced to put on a sexually suggestive dance performance at a company event. Nurses at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Hallym University claimed they were forced to dance in front of around 1,000 co-workers and hospital officials during an annual sports competition in October. During the performance, they were...
Seoul cab drivers to wear uniforms
Taxi drivers in Seoul will be required to wear uniforms from today, according to the Seoul city government. Drivers affiliated with taxi companies in the city will now wear designated uniforms - bright blue striped shirts and black vests - for the first time in six years. This applies to 35,000 drivers working for 255 cab companies operating in the Seoul metropolitan area. Se...
Artists, activists to promote peace in Cheongju
An international event will bring 500 cultural activists to Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, Friday. Under the theme “Designing a Culture of Empathy, Culture of Peace,” artists, experts and activists representing 50 countries including the U.S., Yemen, Japan, Rwanda and France will gather for the three-day event, Better Together 2017. The event is being run by World Cult...
Vita500 wins water footprint certification
Kwangdong Pharmaceutical’s beverage product won the water footprint certification from Korea’s Ministry of Environment. The ministry certified 10 products on Oct. 25., including “Vita500,” Kwangdong’s beverage product containing 500 milligrams of Vitamin C. The water footprint is an environmental indicator which estimates the amount of water consumed by the product over the course of its lifecycle, from production through use, and disposal.
Woman behind Trump's state dinner
Of many things that gained attention during U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit in Korea, one was the state dinner served at the presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae. On Tuesday, Cheong Wa Dae presented an array of Korean dishes including shrimp, porridge and beef made with 360-year-old soy sauce. The soy sauce, used for the beef ribs with gravy, is the product of Madam Ki Soon...
Trump returns Moon's welcome with tweets
U.S. President Donald Trump returned South Korea’s wide welcome by tweeting throughout his two-day state visit in Korea, which began Tuesday. His first tweet was at 4:39 p.m., Tuesday, at his first official location, Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul. He wrote, “It was my great honor to have lunch with our INCREDIBLE U.S. and ROK troops at Camp Humphreys, in South Korea,” and with it posted a 50-second video in which he delivered a speech addressing the soldiers and President Moon Jae-in who made a surprise visit to the military base.
IEEA to recruit students for U.S. universities
International Education Exchange Association (IEEA) Global Campus will hold orientation for students wishing to pursue studies in the United States. Its study abroad program, “Education Abroad,” provides students the opportunity to apply and prepare for its partner state universities across the U.S. Orientation will take place on Nov. 11, Nov. 18, and Nov. 19; students can pa...
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