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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Mon, December 4, 2023 | 16:00
Court ruling lets two Russian men seek refugee status in Korea
A A local court on Tuesday ordered the Incheon Immigration Office to review refugee applications submitted by two Russian men who landed in Incheon International Airport last year after fleeing the military draft in their home country. The Incheon District Court ruled in favor of the Russian men who filed complaints against the immigration authority, but dismissed a complaint...
Doctors threaten strike over possible legislation of Nursing Act
Doctors have warned they will stage a strike in protest of the proposed legislation of the Nursing Act - a new set of laws that stipulate the roles and duties of licensed nurses - as they view it may cause confusion in the public healthcare system if passed.
Korean team rescues 3 additional survivors in Turkey
A Korean rescue team deployed in quake-hit Turkey rescued three more survivors from the rubble on Saturday (local time), raising the number it has saved to eight. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Korea Disaster Relief Team (KDRT) has managed to pull out two family members - a 17-year-old boy and his 51-year-old mother from the ruins of a building in Antakya, at around...
Illegal 'room cafes' spark debate on teen sex
A growing number of “room cafes” that do not comply with regulations has sparked debate on teenagers' sexual activities - a taboo subject in Korea - after the government vowed to crackdown on these facilities where underage students were found to be having sex.
Korean team rescues 5 survivors in quake-hit Turkey
Members of Korea's rescue team deployed in quake-stricken areas of Turkey have managed to save five people from the rubble on Thursday morning (local time), according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Debate heats up over raising cut-off age of senior citizens
A debate has erupted over raising the cut-off age of senior citizens after several local governments revealed plans to raise the eligibility age for free subway rides. The cutoff point for old age currently stands at 65 in Korea. Discussions on redefining the start of old age are expected to gain traction as the government is reviewing extending the subscription period of the...
Korea could resume issuing short-term visas to Chinese visitors soon
Korea is mulling the resumption of issuing short-terms visas to Chinese nationals earlier than late February, according to Korea Disease Control Prevention Agency (KDCA) Commissioner Jee Young-mee. Her remarks came as Seoul and Beijing are engaged in a tit-for-tat involving travel restrictions triggered by a resurgence of coronavirus infections in China. Since Jan. 2, authori...
Finance ministry, Seoul city at odds over free subway rides for seniors
The Seoul Metropolitan Government is at loggerheads with the Ministry of Economy and Finance over sharing the burden of the snowballing deficit regarding Seoul Metro, the capital's subway operator. The city government is demanding that the ministry partially cover the financial deficit incurred due mainly to the free senior travel scheme - a welfare policy adopted by the cent...
Discussions on raising age for free subway rides gain momentum
The government and the ruling party will review changing the eligible age for free subway ridership - possibly to 70 from the current 65 - in a bid to stem the snowballing deficit caused by the welfare policy offered to senior citizens.
Too many emergency text alerts? Gov't to halt daily COVID-19 notifications
It's no exaggeration to say that emergency text alerts have become a part of daily life in Korea since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the early stages of the pandemic, local governments notified residents on a daily basis of the number of new cases in their area as well as contact tracing information on virus carriers.