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Typhoon Danas, which battered the southern provinces over the weekend, left one dead, one injured and nine displaced, authorities said Sunday.In latest reported fatality, a man, 62, was found dead after he was reported missing in a swollen stream in Geochang, South Gyeongsang Province. A rescue team comprising some 80 fire fighters and police officials searched the area after report was at filed 9:42 a.m. Sunday.Other casualties include a fisherman, also in his 60s, who was injured Friday night
An internal audit has found failings in the police investigation of a woman’s alleged murder of her ex-husband in May on Jeju Island, the National Police Agency said Sunday.Police said internal auditors filed a report with the investigation bureau listing inadequacies in the investigation of the murder of a 36-year-old Jeju man surnamed Kang. His former wife Koh Yu-jeong is accused in his murder.The police agency formed a fact-finding committee on July 2 to review the investigation as publ
A 3.9 magnitude earthquake struck the central South Korean city of Sangju, North Gyeongsang Province, on Sunday, with no damage or injuries reported, the weather agency said.The quake occurred at 11:04 a.m. in Sangju, 270 kilometers southeast of Seoul, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration."No damage is expected but many people might have felt the tremor," said a KMA official. Tremors from Sunday's quake were felt across the country, with 279 emergency calls report
The financial damage caused by cryptocurrency-related crimes reached nearly 2.7 trillion ($2.3 billion) over the past two years, government data showed Sunday. The financial loss of scams and fraud involving cryptocurrencies came to 2.69 trillion won between July 2017 and June 2019, according to the data from the justice ministry. The ministry said 132 cryptocurrency-related criminals and fraudsters have been indicted and detained, with another 288 indicted without physical detention over the ci
A tour agency specializing in trips to North Korea has launched the sale of a tour package to Pyongyang for a rare World Cup qualification soccer match between South and North Korea, its website showed Saturday.In a recent draw, the two Koreas were placed in the same group for the second round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification.South Korea is to play North Korea in an away match in October and expectations are growing that the game could take place in the North's capital of Pyongyang.
South Korea was set to remain on alert Saturday for any remaining impact of Typhoon Danas, though it appears to by dying down, government officials said.The central government and local administrative bodies are maintaining their emergency response systems and are taking steps to minimize damage from the typhoon, small in scale though it may be."There could be some damage in mountainous areas of Jeju Island and other southern parts of the country until tomorrow from heavy rain and strong wi
A Seoul court on Saturday again rejected an arrest warrant for the head of Samsung BioLogics Co., who is under suspicion of orchestrating accounting fraud.The Seoul Central District Court said "there is room for dispute" over Samsung BioLogics CEO Kim Tae-han's alleged role in pushing the company to intentionally violate the country's accounting rules by inflating the value of its subsidiary, Samsung Bioepis, ahead of BioLogics' 2016 initial public offering. He is also accused of embez
An Angolan family that has been stranded for seven months in Incheon Airport’s transit zone will file for a petition with the high court to see whether the government’s decision to deny them the chance to make a refugee application is constitutional, their lawyer said Friday. The immigration office in January denied the entry of Nkuka Lulendo, his wife and four children aged under 10 into the country on grounds that the Angolans had “no clear reason” to seek asylum.
Free film screenings, including renowned film director Bong Joon-ho’s movies, will be held under three bridges across the Han River and a park in Seoul on Saturday evenings. As part of the annual Han River Under the Bridge Film Festival, 23 movies spanning five themes will be screened free of charge at 8 p.m. on Saturdays from July 20 to Aug. 17, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Government. The four locations are Cheonho Bridge in Gwangnaru; Cheongdam Bridge in Ttukseom; Wonhyo Br
The man who set fire to a vehicle outside the Japanese Embassy in Seoul died from wounds sustained in the incident, police said Friday. The man, whose identity has not been disclosed, set fire to a van and himself in front of the Japanese Embassy in central Seoul at around 3:20 a.m. Friday.According to police and fire authorities, the man stopped his car on the sidewalk outside the entrance of the embassy building, and set fire to the inside of the vehicle. Flammable sub
South Korea was on high alert Friday for the arrival of a typhoon that is forecast to churn through southern parts of the country with heavy rain and strong winds this weekend.Jeju Island and other southern provinces, already hit by this week's seasonal downpours, issued heavy rain and high seas alerts for many areas of the regions, as Typhoon Danas is expected to make landfall on Saturday morning. The season's fifth typhoon is likely to unleash up to 50 millimeters of rain per hour through
A man in his 70s suffered burns all over his body after setting fire to his car as it was parked in front of a building housing the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Friday, police said.The man maneuvered his car onto the sidewalk in front of the entrance of the building and set fire to the inside of the vehicle around 3:24 a.m. according to police. Inside the car inflammable materials including butane gas were found. The fire was extinguished in 10 minutes and the man, who had suffered severe burns,
With an aim to nurture startups and create an environment where startups can thrive, Seoul Metropolitan Government established Seoul Startup Hub in 2017. It’s designed as a place where investors, conglomerates, startups and consumers can interact and build networks. Seoul Startup Hub has since become a platform to help Koreans make their dreams of launching startups come true -- from planning to implementing their ideas -- as it provides professional consulting, lectures and prog
Using National Health Insurance information that is not your own to receive medical care will be met with heftier punishment starting October. The National Health Insurance Service said Thursday using another person’s personal information to receive medical services could lead to a maximum penalty of two years in jail or a fine of 20 million won ($16,975) from Oct. 24. This is double the current penalty of a 1-year jail term or 10 million-won fine.The measure is aimed at preventing those w