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South Korea: over 700 cases of workplace sexual harassment reported in 1 year

South Korea: over 700 cases of workplace sexual harassment reported in 1 year

Workplace sexual harassment is still prevalent in Korea despite measures to increase awareness of sexual crimes and the #MeToo movement, with insufficient measures to properly discipline the offenders, according to recent government data. The Ministry of Employment and Labor said Thursday it had received 717 reports of sexual harassment at workplaces in the one year since […]

Trans-peninsula DMZ hiking trail to open in 2022

Trans-peninsula DMZ hiking trail to open in 2022

The government said Tuesday it will create a coast-to-coast hiking trail along the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates South and North Korea by 2022. The newly envisioned route, tentatively named East-West Crossing Route of DMZ Peace Trail, will be 501 kilometers in length and pass through 10 local autonomous districts from Ganghwa on the west […]

New language model for advanced Korean-based AI service developed

New language model for advanced Korean-based AI service developed

A new Korean language model that can advance artificial intelligence (AI) services and searches have been developed for a wide range of applications, a state-run electronics institute said Tuesday. The system has an average 4.5 percent better processing and understanding capability compared with Google Inc.’s widely used Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers (BERT) deep language […]

7 South Koreans killed, 19 missing in Hungary cruise sinking: foreign ministry

7 South Koreans killed, 19 missing in Hungary cruise sinking: foreign ministry

Seven South Koreans were killed and 19 others went missing after a tourist boat sank in Hungary’s Danube River, the foreign ministry here said Thursday. A total of 33 Koreans and two Hungarian crew members were aboard the cruise when it collided with another vessel and sank in the river in Budapest at around 9 […]

N. Korea closely monitoring Seoul’s DMZ demining, excavation work

N. Korea closely monitoring Seoul’s DMZ demining, excavation work

North Korea built a small observation post inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to closely monitor the demining and war remains excavation work under way south of the border, officers said Wednesday. Since April, the South Korean military has been carrying out the project to remove land mines and recover war remains on Arrowhead Ridge, a […]

S. Korea, U.N. aid agencies discuss how to spend Seoul’s promised donation for N. Korea

S. Korea, U.N. aid agencies discuss how to spend Seoul’s promised donation for N. Korea

South Korea has launched discussions with international aid agencies on how to spend its recently promised donation aimed at helping North Korean people in need, a unification ministry official said Thursday. Last week, Seoul pledged to donate US$8 million to the World Food Programme and UNICEF to support their projects aimed at helping pregnant women […]

Unification minister to visit inter-Korean liaison office this week

Unification minister to visit inter-Korean liaison office this week

Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul will visit the inter-Korean liaison office in North Korea’s border town of Kaesong this week in his first trip to the North since taking office last month, a ministry official said Tuesday. Kim plans to cross the border via the western land route on Wednesday morning to meet South Korean officials […]

S. Korea to conduct testing of video reunion facilities for 2 weeks

S. Korea to conduct testing of video reunion facilities for 2 weeks

South Korea plans to conduct tests for about two weeks on video conferencing facilities overhauled in preparation for a round of video reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, the unification ministry said Tuesday. South Korea is pushing to hold video reunions with North Korea for war-torn families and started renovations on 13 […]

N.K. media urges South to push for inter-Korean cooperation independently of U.S.

N.K. media urges South to push for inter-Korean cooperation independently of U.S.

North Korean propaganda outlets called on South Korea on Friday to deal with inter-Korean issues free from intervention by the United States, accusing Washington of hindering cross-border cooperation. The North’s media has made a series of such appeals in recent months, as joint projects agreed between the two sides have made little headway amid a […]

Kim says Korean Peninsula peace entirely depends on Washington’s future attitude

Kim says Korean Peninsula peace entirely depends on Washington’s future attitude

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said peace and security on the Korean Peninsula will entirely depend on Washington’s future attitude during his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, state media said Friday. In the summit held in Russia’s Far East city of Vladivostok on Thursday, Kim blamed Washington’s “unilateral” attitude for the breakdown of […]

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