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Medical experts, drug ministry divided over abortion pill

Medical experts, drug ministry divided over abortion pill

Medical experts and the drug ministry are sharply divided over Mifegymiso, an abortion pill regimen which has been under regulatory review for market approval in Korea, making it unlikely for the drug to hit the shelves this year. If approved, it will become the first legal abortion pill in the country, following the landmark ruling of the Constitutional Court in April 2019 that found the ban on abortion was unconstitutional because prohibiting it in the early stages of pregnancy was a violation of a woman's right to self-determination In March of this year, local drug firm Hyundai Pharmaceutical signed an exclusive agreement with the U.K.-based drug maker Linepharma International to sell the product in Korea under the local name, Mifegymiso.

  • 320215
Korea's total population to fall for first time this year: agency

Korea's total population to fall for first time this year: agency

South Korea's total population is expected to record its first decline this year, the statistics agency said Thursday, a grim assessment of its demographic situations amid the country's chronically low birthrate, rapid aging and a decline in incoming foreigners during the pandemic.

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Hyundai E&C slammed for 'backpedaling' on coal exit

Hyundai E&C slammed for 'backpedaling' on coal exit

Hyundai Engineering & Construction (E&C), one of Korea's major construction companies, has been under growing criticism for “backpedaling” on the global campaign to phase out coal, as it is pushing ahead with a controversial coal-fired power plant project in Vietnam. The company has been hit with massive protests from both international and domestic environmental groups after winning a contract worth 948 billion won ($800 million) in mid-June to build a 1,200MW coal-fired power plant in Huyen Quang Trach County in Quang Binh Province in central Vietnam.

  • 320136
Urban regeneration projects turn derelict facilities into scenic attractions

Urban regeneration projects turn derelict facilities into scenic attractions

Urban regeneration is the process of transforming old buildings and facilities to give them a new form and use. It adds new value to forgotten sites and aims to take an eco-friendly approach to preserving the sites' historical identity and creating a new harmony with its surroundings. For those who are interested in protecting the environment and learning about the country's modern history, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) recommends these urban regeneration project sites as places to visit.

  • 320205
[INTERVIEW] Rediscovered cache of color photos gives life to ordinary people of postwar Korea

[INTERVIEW] Rediscovered cache of color photos gives life to ordinary people of postwar Korea

In December 1902, 102 people flocked to Wolmi Island to climb aboard a ship en route to Hawaii, a land of new hopes and possibilities, marking the start of the first wave of Korean immigrants to America (Hawaii was annexed as an American territory in 1898). As they toiled in sugarcane plantations under the grueling heat, the majority of these migrant workers - who initially hoped to return to their homeland with a hefty sum after a few years - eventually began to settle down.

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DGB chief urged to resign after alleged bribery in Cambodia

DGB chief urged to resign after alleged bribery in Cambodia

DGB Financial Group Chairman Kim Tae-oh is facing growing calls from the bank's union and civic groups to step down. He was indicted without detention Monday for allegedly giving $3.5 million to a Cambodian broker last year to enable DGB's subsidiary, Daegu Bank, obtain a commercial banking license from the Southeast Asian country's financial authorities.

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