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South Korea confirmed its commitment to reduce greenhouse gases at the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23), the government said Sunday.The latest gathering of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that ended on Friday in Bonn, Germany, was attended by some 25,000 policymakers, researchers, and representatives from businesses and civic groups.Seoul was represented by Minister of Environment Kim Eun-kyung as well as officials from the finance, indust
A local civic group launched a campaign to commemorate the fighters who strived to bring freedom to Korea, the group’s official said Sunday.Under the theme of “Korean Liberation Activists Who Change the World,” the nongovernmental organization Voluntary Agency Network of Korea will publish 6,000 copies of the map both in Korean and English. (Voluntary Agency Network of Korea)Historical sites located in overseas countries and Korea are pinpointed on the map, VANK said. Included in the 16 must-vi
Earthquakes strike suddenly and without warning at any time of year, day or night. Supplies should be kept in an easy-to-carry emergency kit that you can either use at home or take with you if you have to evacuate.
A mechanic has died after getting his body stuck between an elevator car and the shaft.The incident occurred around 6 p.m., Saturday at a department store in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province.The 44-year-old worker was working alongside four other mechanics. After they were done for the day, the man reportedly went back to the elevator alone telling the others that he had unfinished work to do.The incident happened while he was in the elevator shaft on his own. It is still unknown how his body ended u
The chief of South Korea’s Red Cross said he hopes to visit the North to discuss ways to resume reunions of war-torn families and extend humanitarian aid, when frayed ties between the two countries improve.Park Kyung-seo, new president of the Korean Red Cross, also said that he wants to give priority to health care in assistance to the impoverished country.“When conditions are met, I would like to visit Pyongyang. I want to meet with my North Korean counterpart and others to discuss issues, incl
Lawmakers on Sunday struggled to adopt a confirmation hearing motion for the venture minister nominee, Hong Jong-haak, the deadline for which is Monday. Should they fail to pass the motion in time, President Moon Jae-in is likely to push ahead with his appointment, as he has done in cases of other Cabinet members. As of Sunday afternoon, the lawmakers had yet to agree on convening parliamentary sessions to discuss the matter. A ministerial appointment does not require parliamentary approval.
Despite its agreement with Japan to share military intelligence last year, South Korea has limited the scope of information-sharing to only those related to North Korea’s nuclear and missile program, a Japanese newspaper said on Sunday. Citing anonymous military sources, Asahi Shimbun reported that the Moon Jae-in administration has refused to provide Japan with military intelligence outside of its own analysis about North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launches. Seoul and Tokyo signed a
A Thai woman threw her new born baby from the 17th floor of her apartment building saying she was not ready for a child after her Korean boyfriend, who was married to a Korean women at the time, left her while pregnant. The man, surnamed Kim, 40, had a two-year affair with Netchanok Nokyungtong, 20, during which she became pregnant. (Screenshot of www.elitereaders.com)When Nokyungtong informed him of her pregnancy, Kim urged her to abort the baby and left Thailand. Nokyungtong went into labor i
A 5.4 magnitude earthquake and a series of aftershocks that struck off the southeastern city of Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, last week had damaged some 2,000 private homes and injured dozens as of Sunday, according to the Ministry of Interior and Safety.Officials from the Korea Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources look into sudden appearance of sands on a rice paddy in the southeastern coastal region around the port city of Pohang that was biy by the 5.4 magnitude quake last week
(Shot by Park Ju-young / Edited by Park Ju-young)The sharing economy is all the rage across the globe, and of everything that is being be shared, bikes are of particular interest for city officials seeking to make their cities more sustainable with public transportation. Bicycles are seen that belong to Seoul's bike-sharing system, Ttareungyi. YonhapSeoul, with an eye on becoming a green city and upgrading its mass transit system, rolled out a citywide bike rental system in 2015. Seoul Public Bi
Some 2,000 houses have been damaged by a series of earthquakes as strong as 5.4 magnitude that hit the southeastern city of Pohang last week, the Ministry of Interior and Safety said Sunday. According to the ministry's National Disaster and Safety Control Center, 2,165 private properties have been reported to have been affected as of 5 a.m. Sunday by the earthquakes, of which 1,988 are private houses.The most frequent damage was done to roofs, with 1,789 cases being filed. The number of houses a
The South Korean government said Saturday the avian influenza (AI) virus has been detected at a poultry farm operated by a local conglomerate located in the southern part of the country. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said the H5 strain of the bird flu was discovered from the farm with around 12,300 ducks in Gochang, 296 kilometers southwest of Seoul. The government said it is currently carrying out epidemiological investigations, while slaughtering the livestock as a pr
A memorial and exhibition hall for Korean women forced into sexual slavery for Japanese troops during World War II opened near Seoul on Saturday after nearly two years of construction, officials said. The two-story hall with a space of 1,300 square meters has been built on the compound of the House of Sharing, a shelter for sexual slavery victims, euphemistically called "comfort women," in Gwangju, about 40 km southeast of Seoul.A group of activists protests outside the Japanese Embassy in cen
Families of five missing victims of the 2014 ferry sinking held a joint funeral service on Saturday after their bodies could not be recovered despite months-long search. The memorial service for the missing victims including two high school students and a teacher was held at a port in Mokpo, some 410 kilometer south of Seoul, where the hull of the suken Sewol ferry sits after being retrieved from the sea earlier this year. The 6,800-ton Sewol ferry that sank on April 16, 2014, in waters off
The number of victims injured by a 5.4-magnitude earthquake that hit South Korea's southeast earlier this week rose to 80, authorities said Saturday. The quake struck the port city of Pohang on Wednesday afternoon, with the tremors felt as far afield as Seoul, 360 kilometers away. It was the second-strongest earthquake recorded in the country, after last year's 5.8-magnitude quake in nearby Gyeongju.(Yonhap) The National Disaster and Safety Control Center said the number of injured people in