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Abortion remains stuck in legal gray area in Korea
Despite a 2019 landmark ruling by the Constitutional Court decriminalizing abortion, legal abortion in Korea remains a controversial issue with no simple answers. Without detailed laws, women seeking the termination of pregnancy are walking a fine line between legal and illegal in a country where over 3,000 “legal” surgical abortions are performed every year according to gove...
Why this fall is unusually warm
With the unseasonably warm weather continuing in recent weeks, it's hard to believe that winter is just around the corner. Cold weather typically starts here in mid-November, but the country is seeing the warmest November in a decade.
Korean Bar asks former Supreme Court justice to withdraw lawyer license application
Former Supreme Court justice Kwon Soon-il has drawn strong backlash from the Korean Bar Association over his application for a lawyer license. The association viewed it inappropriate for the retired justice, who is undergoing probes linked with a previous verdict in favor of opposition party leader Lee Jae-myung.
DPK leader under pressure as probe zeroes in on him
Rep. Lee Jae-myung, leader of the Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), has come under mounting pressure as corruption investigations surrounding him are intensifying following the arrests of his close aides. With the probe zeroing in on Lee, ruling party lawmakers are pressuring him to step down, while some DPK lawmakers are demanding official explanations from the party leader.
Gov't offers incentives to bivalent vaccine recipients
Starting Monday, people who receive an updated COVID-19 vaccine will be offered free tickets to traditional palaces as an incentive offered by the government to individuals getting a booster shot ahead of a possible surge in infections this winter.
Standing passenger ban on Gyeonggi buses frustrates commuters
A 30-year-old office worker surnamed Kim who travels from Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, to downtown Seoul on her morning commute, left home half an hour earlier than usual on Friday. Having heard that intercity buses would no longer accept standing passengers, she was nervous that she might be late for work.
Opposition party leader entangled in multiple corruption allegations
Rep. Lee Jae-myung, chief of the Democratic Party of Korea, gestures as he speaks during a media briefing at the National Assembly on Yeouido, Seoul, Oct. 21. Korea Times photo by Oh Dae-geun Prosecutors' investigations corner Lee Jae-myung after his key aid...
Itaewon tragedy probe in limbo
Two weeks have passed since the launch of a police investigation into the Oct. 29 Itaewon crowd crush, but little progress has been made so far. Criticism is mounting as the probe is targeting frontline police officers, rather than high-ranking decision-makers, such as police chiefs or the interior minister. As a special investigation team set up by the National Police Agency...
Class action suit targets gov't negligence in Itaewon crowd disaster
Bereaved families of victims of the Itaewon crowd crush on Oct. 29 are moving to take class action against the government, seeking compensation over its botched prevention and response to the disaster.
How can overcrowding on Seoul's subways be resolved?
Notifying passengers about the density levels of each subway car and limiting the influx of passengers at the gate could be some feasible ways to resolve Seoul's extremely crowded subways during rush hour, according to experts, as the government scrambles to ease overcrowding on public transportation in the wake of the Itaewon crowd crush. Potential dangers in crammed subways...
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