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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Thu, December 8, 2022 | 08:51
Gender ministry backtracks on plan to legally recognize alternative families
The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family is backtracking on its plan to embrace diverse forms of families - such as unmarried cohabitating couples - as formal legal households, drawing criticism from civic groups, which support the move.
[ANALYSIS] Why COVID-19 spread continues despite 97% antibody rate among population
While a recent government study found that almost all Koreans have developed antibodies against the coronavirus either by vaccination or natural infection, this finding does not mean that the population has achieved herd immunity, according to health officials. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) unveiled on Friday the results of its latest study, which sho...
KDCA faces possible flurry of legal cases over vaccine side effects
A recent court ruling ordering the government to compensate a man suffering from COVID-19 vaccine side effects has put the health authority in a difficult position, amid growing calls to recognize deaths and illnesses following vaccination more actively. The Seoul Administrative Court ruled in favor of the man, who is in his 30s, in a lawsuit filed against the Korea Disease C...
Gender minister in hot seat over remarks on stalking murder
Minister of Gender Equality and Family Kim Hyun-sook has come under fire for her inappropriate remarks on a recent stalking murder crime, which she views “is not a misogynistic hate crime.”
No men allowed: Women-only spaces increasing in Korea
Jeong Ye-ji, a 31-year-old female office worker living in Gwanak District, Seoul, switched her gym to a women-only fitness center two months ago, which has made her workout routines more satisfying. “For one thing, I became more confident since I don't have to worry about getting unwanted stares from men. I can wear tight outfits such as leggings, cycling pants and tank tops ...
Typhoon Nanmadol to bring powerful winds, rains from Sunday
Typhoon Nanmadol, the 14th tropical storm of this year, is expected approach the Korean Peninsula this Sunday, bringing powerful winds and rainfall to the southern areas of South Gyeongsang Province and Jeju Island, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA).
Public outraged by yet another stalking murder
A murder case of a female subway worker by a male ex-colleague, which was committed one day before he was to be sentenced on charges of stalking the victim, has triggered public fury over the government's poor response to repeated stalking murders. The 31-year-old former Seoul Metro employee, identified only by his surname Jeon, allegedly stabbed the 28-year-old woman multipl...
Doctors call for protection from rising violence in ERs
Doctors are urging the government to step up efforts to stem workplace violence as assault cases against emergency room staff by patients and their guardians are increasing to an alarming level. Unlike other hospital departments where patients need to schedule an appointment to see a doctor, ER workers have to see everyone who walks through the door, which leaves them more pr...
When will Korea remove indoor face mask rule?
After nearly two years since the indoor mask mandate was first implemented in Korea, experts are debating whether the government should review lifting the requirement, as a number of countries have lifted or eased the mandate. To help curb the spread of the coronavirus, the government required mask wearing both outdoors and indoors starting from Oct. 13, 2020. The outdoor mas...
Drug trafficking thrives on dark web
Three men in their 30s were arrested on Aug. 21 for alleged drug use at a camping site in the southeastern port city of Ulsan. Surveillance camera footage showed one men, half-naked, tumbling down into the bushes and then slapping himself on the face, while the other two attempted to drive a car with the doors open. They were found to be on Lysergic acid diethylamide, commonl...
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