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Household Debt Soars to W1,400 Trillion

Korea's household debt has surpassed W1,400 trillion for the first time ever, but at least the increase is slower than last year . The Bank of Korea on Wednesday said household debt at the end of the third quarter of this year stood at W1,419 trillion, up 2.2 percent from the second qua...

Choi Soon-sil Crony Sentenced to 3 Years for Extortion

The Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday sentenced Choi Soon-sil's drinking buddy Cha Eun-taek to three years behind bars for strong-arming KT into contracting an advertising company owned by Choi. Cha, an undistinguished commercial director who rose to baffling prominence under the Park ...

Won Goes from Strength to Strength

The won keeps strengthening against the U.S. dollar, closing at W1,089.1 on Wednesday, up W6.7 from a day earlier and the highest since May 2015. The strengthening won has raised alarm bells among exporters because it makes their products more expensive overseas. But forex authorities have few ...

U.S. Threatens Huge Tariffs on Samsung, LG Washing Machines

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday recommended a 50-percent tariff on washing machines from Samsung and LG. More than 90 percent of washing machines imported into the U.S. are Korean. The move is part of U.S. President Donald Trump's "America first" policy of protecting domestic ...

Ice Rink at Seoul Plaza to Open Next Month

The outdoor ice rink at Seoul Plaza in front of City Hall will reopen this winter, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said Wednesday. The seasonal ice rink was closed last year due to massive candlelight protests calling for the ouster of President Park Geun-hye.Skaters will be able to access the ...

Angola Kicks out N.Korean Laborers

Angola has expelled 154 North Korean laborers under UN sanctions against North Korea, Angolan state TV reported Tuesday.Angolan Foreign Minister Manuel Augusto said the laborers, who had been working on construction projects, left Angola on Sunday and Monday. He promised that the African country ...

N.Korean Soldier Recovering Quickly

The North Korean soldier who was gravely wounded during his frantic defection from the North last week has regained consciousness and is now able to communicate with medical staff. According to Ajou University Hospital, the soldier has recovered enough to make light conversation with hospital staff ...

Air China Suspends Flights to N.Korea

Chinese flag carrier Air China has indefinitely suspended flights between Beijing and Pyongyang since Monday, AP reported Wednesday.AP quoted an Air China spokesman as attributing the suspension to "poor demand" and declining to comment when flights could resume. Air China also suspended the route ...

Yoon Kye-sang to Celebrate Success of His Latest Film with Fans

Actor Yoon Kye-sang will have a feast with fans next month to celebrate the success of his latest film.At the time of the release of crime flick "The Outlaws" in early October, he made a promise that he would throw a dinner party if the film drew more than 5 million viewers.In the film, which deals ...

Bangtan Boys Win World Record for Retweets

Boy band Bangtan Boys, also called BTS, have set a Guinness World Record as the music group with the most Twitter engagement. The group gathered an average of 152,112 retweets per tweet as of May 11, their agency said on Wednesday. Harry Styles of One Direction won the record for male musician with ...

Seismographs Set up at College Entrance Exam Venues

This year's college entrance exam is being held at 1,180 schools across the nation on Thursday, a week later than scheduled due to the earthquake that rattled Pohang last week. The Education Ministry briefed venue supervisors on safety and evacuation procedures in case of further seismic activity ...

N.Korean Soldiers Violated Armistice When Chasing Defector

The UN Command on Wednesday released video footage of a North Korean defector making a mad dash toward the South Korean side of the Joint Security Area last week. The footage makes it clear that North Korean soldiers violated the armistice that halted the Korean War by crossing over to the South ...

Kremlin Vows to Defend Russian Oligarch Who Is Under Arrest in France

Russia said Wednesday it will make every effort to defend Russian billionaire businessman and Senator Suleiman Kerimov, who was arrested in France Monday in connection with a tax evasion case.A public prosecutor said in Nice Wednesday Kerimov would appear in court to be formally placed under ...

U.S. Navy Plane with 11 Aboard Crashes into Pacific; 8 Found

Eight people were rescued and three are missing after a U.S. Navy transport plane crashed Wednesday into the western Pacific Ocean.The Navy said the twin-propeller C2-A Greyhound aircraft plummeted into the sea about 925 kilometers southeast of Okinawa while it was on a routine mission taking ...

Uber Reveals Cover-up of Hack Affecting 57 Million Riders, Drivers

Uber is coming clean about its cover-up of a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about more than 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing service's customers and drivers.So far, there's no evidence that the data taken has been misused, according to a Tuesday blog post by ...

Zimbabwe's Incoming President Returns from Exile

Zimbabwe's incoming president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, returned to the country Wednesday after spending about two weeks in exile. His ascendance follows the resignation Tuesday of longtime President Robert Mugabe.Zimbabwe's parliament speaker said Mnangagwa would be sworn in as president on Friday. The ...

To remove dust from Velcro fasteners on a winter jacket

To remove dust from Velcro fasteners on a winter jacket, brush them with a toothbrush.

Today's Photo: November 23, 2017

 

Today's Photo: November 23, 2017

N.Korea Is Nothing More Than a Terrorist State

The U.S. on Monday designated North Korea once again as a state sponsor of terrorism. The Senate had passed a bill urging the administration to do that after American student Otto Warmbier died after being imprisoned and tortured by the North Korean regime.For North Korea, terrorism is daily ...

Many 40-Somethings Have Diabetes, High Blood Pressure

People in their 40s are now the largest group with fresh diagnoses of diabetes and high blood pressure after recent medical examinations carried out by the government. Men in their 40s also smoke the most and are the second-most obese. Among 13.71 million people who underwent the public medical ...

Chinese Smartphone Makers Taking World by Storm

Chinese smartphone makers are ready to bring about a seismic shake-up of the global market with their latest releases. Huawei's latest flagship Mate 10 Pro has earned rave reviews since it came out last month. "Huawei Technologies, the new smartphone's creator, thinks the world is ready to pay top ...

Apple to Open 1st Store in Korea

Apple plans to open its first fully owned and branded Korean store in trendy Garosu-gil in Seoul's Gangnam next month. The 1,297 sq.m shop will sell Apple merchandise and local SIM cards. The builders said Tuesday that major work has been completed and exterior and interior finishing is in ...

Overseas Credit Card Spending Hits New Record

Koreans spent a record amount of money overseas in their summer holidays this year. The Bank of Korea said Tuesday that Koreans spent US$4.39 billion overseas in the third quarter from July to September, up 15.9 percent from the same period of 2016 and 4.9 percent from the second quarter. But at ...

Terminally Ill Patient Refuses Life Support in Pilot Program

A terminally ill patient has chosen death for the first time since a trial run of end-of-life care was launched before a law letting terminally ill patients refuse life-support takes effect in February.This is the first such case since the Supreme Court in 2009 allowed the family of a woman who had ...

N.Korea Steps up Verbal Attacks on Trump

North Korea's verbal attacks against the U.S. have intensified after Washington's decision Monday to put the North back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism. Pyongyang's state-run media have focused their florid verbal attacks on U.S. President Donald Trump.The Rodong Sinmun on Tuesday ...

Olympic Goose Down Jackets Sell Like Hotcakes

Official goose down jackets for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have become hugely popular and are set for their second release on Thursday. The first batch of jackets sold out immediately after word spread that they were high quality and inexpensive at W149,000 . A total of 30,0...

Bangtan Boys Take Over American Music Awards

Boy band Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, stole the spotlight at the annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California last week.They became the first K-pop act to ever perform at the show televised throughout the U.S.Over 9 million American viewers watched the show, which was aired live by ...

85 Korean Tourists Refused Entry by U.S. Immigration

A group of 85 Korean tourists were denied entry into the U.S. at an airport in Georgia on Sunday and sent back to Seoul, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. The ministry said the Korean Consulate General in Atlanta was notified. The travelers arrived on two separate flights, and all of them obta...

N.Korean Soldier Regains Consciousness

A North Korean soldier who fled through a hail of bullets across the border regained consciousness on Tuesday and told doctors his name and age. The 25-year-old has recovered enough to ask for food and to watch TV. But he is scheduled to undergo a third round of surgery on Wednesday and needs more ...

Park Shin-hye Donates W50 Million to Help Earthquake Victims

Actress Park Shin-hye donated W50 million won to a relief organization to help children in the earthquake-stricken city of Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province on Thursday. "Park has participated in various campaigns for people in need. This time, she sent us W50 million for children in Pohang," ...

UN Warns N.Korean Women Are Vulnerable to Sexual Violence

A UN body has expressed concerns about North Korean women being vulnerable to domestic and sexual violence.The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in a recommendation for North Korea called for an improvement of women's status in the country. The committee pointed out ...

Naver, Kakao Launch AI-Supported Speakers

Korea's largest portal site Naver launched a new voice-controlled speaker last month, and it is now selling over 10,000 units per day.Equipped with Artificial Intelligence-supported voice recognition, the speaker is able to execute a wide variety of voice orders. It not only recommends a music ...

German Police Retrieve 100 Stolen John Lennon Items

A cigarette case, a handwritten musical score, three diaries and two pairs of John Lennon's signature metal-rimmed glasses were among stolen goods belonging to the Beatles' star that have been recovered in Germany.Berlin police spokesman Winfrid Wenzel on Tuesday called the recovery of the trove of ...

U.S. Sues to Stop AT&T's Takeover of Time Warner

The U.S. Justice Department is suing to stop AT&T's multi-billion dollar bid to take over another communications giant, Time Warner, calling it illegal and likening it to extortion. "The $108 billion acquisition would substantially lessen competition, resulting in higher prices and less ...

Suu Kyi Hopes for Rohingya Agreement with Bangladesh

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi expressed hope Tuesday for reaching an agreement with Bangladesh on the return of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh in the past three months. More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have left Myanmar's Rakhine State since August 25, after insurgents ...

FIFA Bans 3 Soccer Officials for Life for Taking Bribes

Three soccer officials who pleaded guilty in American courts to accepting bribes were banned for life by the FIFA ethics committee on Tuesday.They include former FIFA audit committee member Richard Lai of Guam, who testified in federal court that the source of his bribe money was Olympic ...

Amsterdam, Paris Picked to Host EU Agencies After Brexit

The European Union went back to its roots Monday by picking cities from two of its founding nations -- France and the Netherlands -- to host key agencies that will have move once Britain leaves the bloc in 2019.During voting so tight they were both decided by a lucky draw, EU members except Britain ...

To remove minor scratches from a phone

To remove minor scratches from a phone, rub it with a soft cloth dabbed in toothpaste and wipe it clean with a dry cloth.

Today's Photo: November 22, 2017

 

Test-Takers Face Bitter Cold for College Entrance Exam

A cold snap will hit the country on Thursday when students across the country take the college entrance exam.Temperatures will be normal on Tuesday and Wednesday. But on Thursday the mercury is expected to drop around six degrees, the Korea Meteorological Administration said Monday. Test-takers ...

Seoul Approves Visit to Pyongyang by Defector's Son

The Unification Ministry on Monday approved a request by Choi In-guk to visit Pyongyang for a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the death of his mother, Ryu Mi-yong.Ryu was a chairwoman of the Chondoist Chongu Party, a quasi-religious utopian peasant movement that has co-existed in an ...

Memorial Service Brings Closure for Ferry Victims' Families

The last memorial service for victims of the 2014 ferry disaster was held in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province on Monday, bringing the closure of the disaster which claimed 304 victims.The service officially ends their quest for the remains after the families of five victims who remain missing last week ...

Top N.Korean Apparatchik 'Purging Rivals'

Top North Korean apparatchik Choe Ryong-hae has been put in charge of a clean-out of the Army Politburo, where he is apparently purging rivals. The National Intelligence Service here believes that Choe, a comeback kid, who is now vice chairman of the Workers Party's Central Committee, punished Army ...

Youth Unemployment Soars Despite Gov't Efforts

Six months have passed since President Moon Jae-in came to power vowing to fight youth unemployment, but there has been almost no progress. Job growth is stuck at around 200,000-300,000, and the youth unemployment rate scales fresh records every month. Critics fear the worst has yet to come when ...

Park's Trial to Resume Next Week

The trial of ex-President Park Geun-hye will resume next Monday now that a new team of court-appointed lawyers have had time to get on top of the mountain of evidence against her. The trial was halted on Oct. 16 when her lawyers resigned en masse in protest at the court's decision to extend Park's ...

Pohang Declared Special Disaster Zone

The government on Monday declared the southeastern port city of Pohang as a special disaster zone after an earthquake made more than 1,300 people homeless.The decision came in a meeting of President Moon Jae-in and his chief secretaries. "The government will do all it can to swiftly repair the ...

Chinese Envoy Leaves N.Korea Without Meeting Kim Jong-un

Chinese President Xi Jinping's top envoy returned to Beijing on Monday after a four-day visit to Pyongyang but seems to have been snubbed by leader Kim Jong-un. It would be a serious snub to Song Tao, who is also head of the Chinese Communist Party's International Liaison Department. China's ...

U.S. Beef Tops 50% of Korea's Import Market

U.S. beef has claimed more than 50 percent of Korea's imported beef market for the first time since 2003.U.S. beef imports stood at US$989 million by October this year, accounting for 50.7 percent of the total imports and leading the market here, the Korea International Trade Association said on ...

Park Sung-hyun Wraps up Record-Breaking Rookie Season

Park Sung-hyun wrapped up one of the best-ever seasons by an LPGA rookie on Sunday.With a joint 6th-place finish at the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida, Park finished at 12-under 276, three strokes behind the winner, Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, to share the honor of the Rolex ...