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Reporter : Jun Ji-hye
Mon, February 6, 2023 | 20:42
Appellate court rules in favor of asylum seeker
An appellate court in Seoul ruled in favor of an asylum seeker, saying it was illegal for the Korean government to reject his refugee application simply because Korea was not his final destination but a transfer point. The Seoul High Court issued the ruling Wednesday as the man, whose nationality was not revealed, had filed a lawsuit against the Ministry of Justice.
Eastar Jet founder faces arrest over embezzlement
The National Assembly voted for a motion, Wednesday, to allow prosecutors to arrest independent lawmaker Lee Sang-jik, the founder of cash-strapped Eastar Jet, who has been under investigation on charges of breach of trust and embezzling around 50 billion won (45 million). The motion was passed in a 206-38 vote at a plenary session of the Assembly, with 11 abstentions.
Jeju Olle Route 7 among hikers' most popular courses
Hiking and walking trips have become one of the trending activities in the continued COVID-19 pandemic globally. According to a survey conducted by the World Trail Network, with respondents in 10 countries, 75 percent of the trails that responded have seen an increase in new trail users, such as families and young people, during the various stages of lockdowns.
Ex-SNU dog breeder gets suspended sentence for fatal abuse of cloned dog
A former dog breeder who worked for Seoul National University (SNU) has been sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years, for mistreating 20 dogs, including a retired cloned sniffer dog, which were used in experiments carried out by the university's veterinary medicine college. The Seoul Central District Court said Monday it found the 25-year-old guilty of viol...
Legal loophole allows sex doll shops to open around schools
The recent opening of sex doll experience shops near local schools is reigniting controversy over life-size sex objects, with many parents of students voicing concern over the adverse impact such facilities would have on their children. While objectors are even referring to the facilities as a “new form of sex trafficking,” police and education officials are facing difficulti...
Korean firms making slow progress in developing COVID-19 treatments
Korean pharmaceutical companies have been making slow progress in developing treatments for COVID-19 due mainly to difficulties in recruiting patients for their clinical trials. According to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, Sunday, clinical trials of a total of 13 potential COVID-19 treatments from domestic drug companies are currently underway following the ministry's a...
Delivery workers refuse door-to-door service following residents' unilateral action
Delivery workers have decided to discontinue door-to-door parcel services for a large apartment complex of 5,000 households located in Gangdong District in southeastern Seoul, following what they claimed was the resident representatives' unilateral decision to ban the workers from driving on aboveground roads of the complex. The workers' action began Wednesday, following the ...
COVID-19 infections likely to spike further; gov't set to raise social distancing level
New daily COVID-19 cases have stayed at around 700 for two days in a row here, while medical experts warn ...
6 local accommodation recommendations for 'forest bathers'
An increasing number of tourists are seeking to enjoy “forest bathing” - or simply being in nature - to relax at quiet and less-crowded spots amid the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. In the Future of Travel survey conducted by on 1,000 Korean travelers last year, 56 percent of the respondents said they are seeking out more rural, off-the-beaten-track experiences for ...
Hotels prepare for ban on use of disposable products next year
Local hotels are rushing to make preparations for the Ministry of Environment's regulation that will ban accommodations with more than 50 guest rooms from offering disposable products to guests, beginning next year. Most hotels here seem to agree with the need to reduce the use of single-use plastic products, given that hotel amenities made of and packaged in plastic contribu...