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Phone calls to N. Korea world's most expensive
Calls to North Korea are the world’s most expensive, according to the Voice of America (VOA), a U.S. government-funded broadcaster. Global mobile messenger provider Viber recently set the charge for a seven-minute call to North Korea at $4.99. The same fee is good for a 263-minute call to South Korea. Giant U.S. mobile carrier Verizon Wireless has set the cost of a one-minute...
Pagoda Academy CEO confirmed guilty of embezzlement and breach of trust
The Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed the guilty verdict against PAGODA Academy CEO Park Kyung-sil, dealing a blow to her leadership of one of South Korea’s biggest foreign language institutes. The top court upheld the appellate court’s 30-month jail term imposed on Park, 62, with the term suspended for three years. Park was accused in 2013 of embezzlement and breach of trus...
Defense Ministry developing shooting game
Korea’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) is reportedly developing its first video game to promote military service. The research, which took place last year from Apr. 8 to Sep. 7, was done by Kwangwoon University Industry-Academic Collaboration Foundation. It focused on developing a first-person-shooting training game called “Train-ment.”
World renowned DJ taunts Korean comedian for ripping off his track
Clubbers at the world-rated Octagon club were astounded on Saturday when they heard Hardwell, a world-renowned Netherland DJ, during a performance by Park Myeong-su, a leading Korean comedian who freelances as a DJ with the stage name G-park. Although the music apparently part of a podcast show was immediately turned off, clubbers heard it, and a video of the incident was pos...
[Crime Scene] Prank caller, drunken public worker face courts
A man was sent to trial on Thursday after calling police and pretending to be a sobbing woman in dire need of help. According to police, the man, surnamed Kim, 20, disguised his voice and called the police hotline around 9 p.m. Tuesday. “Save me, save me, I think I am located on a mountain,” said Kim, sobbing in a woman’s tone, before hanging up.
Populism flourishes as election clock ticks down
As Korea’s presidential poll clock ticks down, populist campaign pledges from contenders are flooding the media. But many experts have branded the promises from conservative and progressive parties unrealistic.
Japan blasts S. Korea's plan for 'comfort women' statue on Dokdo
Japan’s Foreign Minister called South Korea’s easternmost island of Dokdo a “Japanese territory” on Tuesday, in an angry reaction to a provincial council’s move to erect a controversial “comfort women” statue on the island. "Takeshima is Japanese territory," Kishida Fumio said, referring to Dokdo's Japanese name, during a meeting with reporters. The remark comes a day after t...
Want a can of Beijing air?
Ever thought of buying a can of smog so contaminated that a day of inhaling and exhaling can give you the same experience as smoking 30 cigarettes? If you have, it is now possible. Dominic Johnson-Hill, a creative clothes shop owner in Beijing, is selling cans of “Beijing Air” that offers an authentic dust-inhaling experience for $4 worldwide.
Yuhan-Kimberly wet wipes recalled over toxic chemical
Ten wet wipe brands from South Korea’s Yuhan-Kimberly were taken off shelves on Friday after they were found to be contaminated with a toxic chemical, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) said. The brands are HUGGIES PURE BABY WIPES, HUGGIES PREMIER BABY WIPES, GREEN FINGER NATURAL MOISTURE, HUGGIES NATURE MADE BABY WIPES, HUGGIES PREMIER, HUGGIES PURE, GREEN FINGER MO...
Special prosecutor zeros in on SK Group chairman over 'suspicious' pardon
The special prosecution team investigating Korean President Park Geun-hye’s corruption scandal has set its sights on SK Group, which allegedly financially supported Park's confidant Choi Soon-sil in return for pardoning group Chairman Chey Tae-won. The prosecutors are investigating a taped conversation between Chey and the conglomerate’s vice CEO Kim Young-tae in a prison in ...