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State audit agency grilled at Assembly over fisheries official's death
The National Assembly's audit of the Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI) continued on Tuesday with rival parties clashing over issues surrounding the state agency's probe into the previous government's handling of the killing of a South Korean fisheries official by the North Korean military. The session came to a halt less than 10 minutes after it kicked off as lawmakers of t...
Laws restricting family members from criminal liability face calls for revision
A set of laws exempting individuals from being held criminally responsible for property crimes such as theft, fraud and embezzlement against their family members is facing calls for revision, in accordance with changes in family structures in modern society. Under Article 328 of the Criminal Act, property crimes are not punishable if committed against close family members - s...
Adoption agency denies fabricating documents of Danish adoptees
Adoption agency Holt International has denied allegations that it had forged adoption documents, in response to claims made by a group of Danish adoptees who said their adoption proceedings involved irregularities by Korean agencies.
Harvard to rectify Korean history distortion in course book
A professor of Harvard Business School, who co-authored a textbook on Korean politics and history, said he plans to make editorial changes to rectify historical distortions in the book, which a local civic group pointed out.
Experts warn of imminent 'twindemic'
Korea should brace for an imminent “twindemic” of seasonal influenza and the coronavirus, according to medical experts, who worry that the possible double whammy of viral infections may strain the country's medical system. While the country had avoided harsh flu seasons in the past two years thanks to COVID-19-induced precautions, an active flu season has been anticipated thi...
Gender equality ministry to be scrapped as promised
The government is materializing its plan to abolish the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, despite criticisms from women's rights groups and opposition parties who worry that the move will undermine gender equality efforts.
[INTERVIEW] Danish adoptees demand Korean gov't to probe dark past of exporting babies
Peter Moller, 48, who was adopted to Denmark from South Korea in 1974, reached out to Korean adoption agency Holt International for the first time in 2011 to search for his roots. Holt initially told the Danish adoptee that he was born in Seoul. But in subsequent letters, the adoption agency said he was actually born in Daejeon. Moller was then told that his biological mother...
Korean government pressed to lift indoor mask rules
Calls are growing for the government to ease indoor mask rules in Korea, as it remains the only OECD member country requiring masks to be worn in all indoor settings. Other countries such as Denmark, Israel, Italy and Germany have eased their rules somewhat, obligating people to wear masks in certain spaces and situations, most critically in medical institutions and nursing h...
Seoul mayor's proposal to hire foreign babysitters unrealistic: experts
A recent proposal made by Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon to allow foreign nationals to work as babysitters seems unrealistic considering the country's wage system, according to immigration experts. The mayor shared the proposal on social media. “Parenting should now be respected in society. And there should be a system enabling mothers and fathers to raise their children together,” O...
Mask manufacturers feel pinch amid eased rules
Korea grappled with a severe shortage of masks in early spring 2020, when face masks seemed to be the best protection against the coronavirus before the arrival of vaccines and treatments. People had to line up at pharmacies and retail stores to buy face masks amid explosive demand and limited supply, while the government came up with a public distribution method - a five-day...
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