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Number of insect companies on rise in S. Korea

Number of insect companies on rise in S. Korea

The number of South Korean companies raising or processing insects for foodstuffs, pets and other purposes grew threefold in 2018 from three years earlier, data showed Tuesday. According to the data compiled by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the number of insect companies in the country came to 2,318 as of last […]

U.N. grants sanctions exemption for UNICEF’s aid projects in N. Korea

U.N. grants sanctions exemption for UNICEF’s aid projects in N. Korea

The U.N. Security Council has granted a sanctions exemption to allow the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to carry out aid programs in North Korea to improve the health and nutrition of people in the impoverished country, according to the U.N. website. The exemption, granted on April 11, paves the way for UNICEF to import items […]

60 pct of female N. Korean defectors in China trafficked into sex trade: report

60 pct of female N. Korean defectors in China trafficked into sex trade: report

About 60 percent of female North Korean defectors in China are believed to be trafficked for sexual exploitation, a London-based civic group said in a report, urging South Korea and China to take action to protect the women and girls. Of the victims, nearly half were forced into prostitution, over 30 percent were sold into […]

World forum on air quality improvement to open in Seoul this week

World forum on air quality improvement to open in Seoul this week

Officials of global cities battling air pollution and environmental experts will gather in Seoul this week to discuss concerted efforts and measures to reduce fine dust particles, the Seoul government said Tuesday. The Seoul International Forum on Air Quality Improvement 2019 will take place at Seoul City Hall on Wednesday and Thursday under the theme […]

LG Electronics aims to halve carbon emissions by 2030

LG Electronics aims to halve carbon emissions by 2030

LG Electronics Inc. said Monday it will halve carbon emissions by 2030 compared with 2017 levels by the increasing use of renewable energy and energy-efficient management systems. The electronics maker said its goal is aimed at having a “zero carbon” footprint by reducing CO2 emissions and increasing renewable energy sources to offset its carbon emissions. […]

Seoul to take steps to stabilize market over volatility

Seoul to take steps to stabilize market over volatility

South Korea will take “appropriate” steps to stabilize its financial markets in case of increased volatility, signaling Seoul’s possible intervention in the foreign-exchange market. Hong Nam-ki, the minister of economy and finance, said South Korea will strengthen the monitoring of financial markets and take preemptive actions against a risk factor amid the escalating trade frictions […]

Moonlit nocturnal stroll at UNESCO-recognized royal palace in Seoul

Moonlit nocturnal stroll at UNESCO-recognized royal palace in Seoul

A nocturnal stroll under a full moon at Changdeok Palace, the only UNESCO-recognized royal palace of the five from Korea’s last kingdom of Joseon, provides the kind of experience a Joseon king would have savored in the lavish palatial compound. The royal palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, usually opens itself up to nighttime visitors […]

Moon to meet former U.S. President Bush this week

Moon to meet former U.S. President Bush this week

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will greet former U.S. President George W. Bush at Cheong Wa Dae later this week, Moon’s office announced Sunday. Moon is scheduled to meet Bush on Thursday morning, as the former president plans to attend a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of former President Roh Moo-hyun’s death. It’s to […]

Mobile weather apps gain popularity amid fine dust concerns

Mobile weather apps gain popularity amid fine dust concerns

Mobile applications providing weather information are gaining huge popularity in South Korea as more people seek to monitor the fine dust air pollution that often blankets the country, industry data showed Thursday. The number of downloads of weather mobile apps at Google Play jumped to 2.8 million in the country during the first quarter of […]

LG’s home appliance biz in full swing amid mobile slump

LG’s home appliance biz in full swing amid mobile slump

LG Electronics Inc. is swinging its home appliance business into high gear to focus on what it is good at and provide a buffer against its sluggish mobile business amid toughening global competition, market watchers said Thursday. When it comes to brand image, South Korea’s No. 2 electronics maker is a trendsetter in the TV […]

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