DNA analysis technology leads to finding suspect in Korea's worst serial murder case
An advancement in DNA analysis technology has served as the key driver in identifying the prime suspect in South Korea's worst serial murder case for the first time in about 30 years. A 56-year-old-man, now in jail, is suspected of involvement in at least three of the deaths of 10 women who were raped and brutally killed in Hwaseong, some 60 kilometers south of Seoul, between 1986 and 1991, police said Thursday. The killing of the women whose ages ranged from 13 to 71 shook the country at that time due to the cruel manner of the crime.
North Korea-themed pub? A risky business idea in Seoul
You may have thought that a North Korea-themed cafe or restaurant would be a hit in South Korea. But putting that business idea into action may get you into serious trouble. Earlier this week, the owner of a North Korea-themed pub in Seoul's Hongdae area removed a North Korean flag and portraits of the country's late leaders - Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il - from the building's exterior after police warned him. The owner of the Pyongyang Pub, which is still under construction, said he came up with the idea to promote his business, not the regime.
Coming-of-age film looks back on male-dominated, competitive Korea in 1990s
There's something about the coming-of-age film “House of Hummingbird” - it offers a feel-good narrative, though the story centers on a teenage girl's personal struggle in a male-dominated, volatile society.
US, NK should never lose golden chance for talks: unification chief
The United States and North Korea “should never lose their golden chance for peace talks,” even if both sides are still facing a tough road ahead to end decades of hostility and distrust, South Korea's unification minister said Thursday.
'Garden-fresh, less protein' - Dutch chef's motto for 2-Michelin-starred French restaurant
Comfort zone and hidebound are not the terms to describe chef Richard Ekkebus of the two-Michelin-starred restaurant Amber in Hong Kong. Starting with an apprenticeship under chefs at Michelin-starred restaurants in Holland, the Dutch chef built up an international reputation before settling in Hong Kong under the condition of freely carving his own path in French fine dining at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
[INTERVIEW] K-pop hot in Brazil, but Korean music labels are ignorant of the country
SAO PAULO - Brazil has been dubbed a hub of Korean culture or hallyu in South America, thanks to a growing number of local supporters. The total number of hallyu fans in Brazil is estimated to be 300,000, according to Kwon Young-sang, chief of the Korean Cultural Center in Sao Paulo.
Fed rate cut gives BOK more room to maneuver
The 25 basis point key rate cut by the U.S. Federal Reserve, Wednesday (local time), will allow Bank of Korea (BOK) to have more discretion in its monetary policy, the central bank head said Thursday.
Job data distort economic reality
The latest employment data showed an improvement in the job market here but experts said that such data are not mirroring economic reality as job creation still remains sluggish in the manufacturing sector, particularly for those in their 30s and 40s.
Separated families age, diminish fast
The number of remaining members of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War is dwindling at an alarming level, as nearly 60 percent of those previously registered with the government are dead, according to the latest data.
Digitization forces brokerages to shut down branches
Domestic securities firms are downsizing the number of their branches since an increasing number of customers now prefer non-face-to-face stock trading via smartphones, but some brokerages are rather opening more branches to strengthen their wealth management (WM) businesses.
Gwanghwamun Square expansion plan likely to be delayed
Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon hinted Thursday that he will postpone his plan to revamp Gwanghwamun Square by 2021 amid increasing criticism of the project.
Fall picnic to Mount Paektu in North Korea [PHOTOS]
In a photo taken on Sept. 11, 2019, North Korean students pose for photos in Chonji lake, or "heaven lake," as they visit the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. Mount Paektu has long been considered the spiritual birthplace of the Korean nation and is a place of pilgrimage for tens of thousands of North Koreans every year.
Professors rally against Cho's appointment
More than 3,000 professors across the country have called on Justice Minister Cho Kuk to step down, saying his appointment amid various corruption allegations challenges social justice and ethical morality.
Busan companies in quandary over foreign workers' ever-increasing paychecks
The average per-capita monthly income of foreign workers in Busan was 2.46 million won ($2,059), data showed on Wednesday.
Rain, Kim Tae-hee welcome second child
Top singer Rain and his actress wife Kim Tae-hee have had a second child. Kim gave birth to her second daughter Tuesday morning at a hospital in Seoul, according to her agency, Story J Company. The actress and her baby are “in good health,” it said.
Korea still has many unknown tourist spots
Despite a growing number of Koreans traveling to local attractions, there are still unfrequented places in Korea, a recent survey has found. According to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the average number of domestic trips per person increased from 5.5 a year in 2016 to 6.9 in 2018.
'Korea's advanced customs service will help Turkey'
Aliye Ozturk, a deputy regional director at Turkey's trade ministry said Thursday she was excited to return home to help her country implement Korea's artificial intelligence-based customs services.
'A dumb thing to do': Trudeau apologizes for brownface
Canadian leader Justin Trudeau's campaign was hit Wednesday by the publication of a yearbook photo showing him in brownface makeup at a 2001 costume party. The prime minister apologized and said ``it was a dumb thing to do.'' Time magazine posted the photo, which it says was published in the yearbook from the West Point Grey Academy, a private school in British Columbia where Trudeau worked as a teacher before entering politics. It depicts the then 29-year-old Trudeau wearing a turban and robe, with dark makeup on his hands, face and neck.
US is actively engaged to help resolve Korea-Japan row: official
The United States is actively engaged in efforts to resolve the current trade and historical row between South Korea and Japan, and will continue to encourage both sides to find "positive solutions," a top U.S. official said Wednesday. David Stilwell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, made the remark at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, saying that he has spent a "considerable" amount of time on the issue in his two and a half months in office.
Symphonic poem on Sejong heads to New York in November
Korea's new administrative capital Sejong City is named after King Sejong, the fourth king of the 1392-1910 Joseon Kingdom who invented the Korean alphabet, Hangeul. The city's cultural foundation sheds light on the musical achievements of Sejong by composing a symphony dedicated to the great king. "Last year was the 600th anniversary of the enthronement of King Sejong. We embarked on a project last October looking into Sejong as a music expert and cultural producer," Lin Byung-taik, CEO of the Sejong Cultural Foundation, said at a press conference, Wednesday. "Sejong City needs cultural content worthy of its name, so we commissioned Lee Shin-uh to compose orchestral music inspired by King Sejong."
Trump names hostage envoy O'Brien national security adviser
President Donald Trump on Wednesday named Robert O'Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser. O'Brien, the fourth person in two years to hold the job, becomes the administration's point person on national security amid rising tensions with Iran following the weekend attack on Saudi oil installations and fresh uncertainty in Afghanistan after the halt in peace talks with the Taliban.
Convicted rapper MC Mong to stage October concerts
Rapper MC Mong, who has been mired in a draft-dodging scandal since 2010, will hold solo concerts Oct. 25-26 at YES24 Live Hall in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul.
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