China's influence on North Korea grows
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's latest visit to China suggests Beijing's growing influence on the denuclearization talks, analysts said Wednesday. Kim made a two-day visit to China from Tuesday to Wednesday and met Chinese President Xi Jinping. It was his third trip to the longtime ally in three months; while the Chinese president has not yet visited Pyongyang. Kim's two earlier visits were made before his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as if he and Xi had strategic get-togethers about the denuclearization deal with the U.S.
Multicultural children still face discrimination at schools
Children with multicultural backgrounds still face discrimination at school, according to experts and schoolteachers. Kim Hye-young, 32, a Korean language teacher at Guro Middle School, says multicultural children at her school often face discrimination from classmates.
Koreans buying more shares of Amazon, Facebook
More Koreans are opening global accounts with domestic brokerages to buy foreign stocks, providing a lucrative source of income for securities firms.
Jeju offers work for Yemeni refugees
Many Yemeni asylum seekers see Jeju Island as something close to the last beacon of hope in their tiring journey for survival and a new life. Esmail Alqublani, 36, is now on Jeju after leaving the Yemini city of Ibb for Malaysia, where he bought a one-way ticket to Korea. “I left Yemen after receiving phone calls from someone threatening to kidnap and assault me,” he said.
Korea's major crypto exchange Bithumb hacked; coins worth $32 million stolen
South Korea’s major cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb was hacked and an estimated 35 billion won ($31.51 million) worth of coins were stolen, the Seoul-based exchange said on Wednesday. The company said the cyberattack took place between Tuesday night and early Wednesday. It has suspended all services, including coin deposits and withdrawals. The suspension will continue until it issues a notice of resuming services.
Pernod Ricard suffers from labor-management distrust
Pernod Ricard Korea (PRK) is facing worsening labor-management relations, amid the slump in the nation's Scotch whisky market. Since the PRK union alleged earlier this month that a company executive verbally abused and sexually harassed his subordinates, the management has apparently shown no signs of attempting to resolve the dispute. According to industry officials, Wednesday, PRK CEO Jean Touboul, who has been criticized for his attitude toward the union, has been embroiled in another controversy for his friendly relations with the allegedly abusive executive.
Moon seeks three-way economic cooperation with NK, Russia
Inter-Korean economic cooperation, when a peace regime is established, will need to include Russia for peace and co-prosperity in Eurasia, President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday. He also said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un also agrees on the three-party economic cooperation, in an interview with Russian media, including Tass Russian News Agency.
Will US halt other joint drills?
With South Korea and the United States suspending a large-scale joint air drill, attention is being drawn to whether they will take the same steps for other planned military exercises this year. Seoul and Washington decided Tuesday to suspend the Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) joint drills scheduled for August in response to North Korea's pledge for denuclearization.
NK defector sings songs of hope for daughter
Han Ok-joung, a North Korean defector and a singer, recently revealed her story as the mother of a 20-year-old daughter who was born in China. Han was 21 years old when she left North Korea in 1998.
KFC Korea hit for 'free-riding' on World Cup fever
KFC Korea, which lacks a sponsorship agreement with FIFA, has apparently exploited World Cup fever, as it used the term “Russia World Cup” on its official blog to promote its new value meal named “World Party Bucket.” According to FIFA regulations, non-sponsors cannot use the wordmark “World Cup,” including its equivalent in all languages and scripts, because the wordmark is protected as intellectual property. FIFA has strictly prohibited such marketing activity, citing, “It puts FIFA's commercial programs directly at risk by trying to devalue official sponsorship.”
Thailand carries out first execution since 2009
Thailand carried out its first execution in nine years, putting to death a man who killed a teenager for his mobile phone, in a move that has drawn condemnation from rights groups.
Hyundai partners with Audi for fuel cell EVs
Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) has forged a multi-year strategic partnership with Audi, covering a broad range of fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) components and technologies, the automaker said Wednesday.
3 new Supreme Court justices to be appointed
A recommendation committee started personnel screenings at the Supreme Court, Wednesday, to select three Supreme Court justices to replace judges Ko Young-han, Kim Chang-seok and Kim Shin whose terms end Aug. 1.
General Electric to drop out of Dow Jones index
A decade and a half ago GE was the world's most valuable public company. But it foundered in several key industrial markets in recent years, and a diversion into financial services steered it into the eye of the global financial crisis in 2008.
Jin Air CEO quits over alleged concealment of engine problem
The head of Jin Air Co. has quit over allegations that he forced a pilot to go ahead with a flight last year despite an engine problem. The budget carrier unit of Korean Air Lines said Kwon Hyuk-min resigned on Tuesday for personal reasons.
[INTERVIEW] 'Diversification key for Hanon Systems' success'
Korea's automotive industry has gone through a few tough years, culminating in the closure of GM's factory in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province, and following the lingering retaliation from China over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system here. Despite these, Hanon Systems has made significant progress amid other unfavorable market conditions, winning a record number of orders last year in its 32-year history. Min Sung, vice president of the manufacturer of air conditioning and heating systems for vehicles, attributed his company's achievements to its diversification of clients beyond domestic carmakers.
Veteran comedian under fire for insulting disabled, women
During the KBS morning show last Thursday, comedian Eom Yong-soo, 64, said he didn't care how much he is paid and always accepts offers to appear at festivals or on shows.
TB scare: 322 at Gangnam hagwon to be tested
A student at one of the biggest hagwon (private learning institute) chains in Gangnam has been diagnosed with tuberculosis. According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) on Tuesday, the student, 19, was diagnosed on June 12 during a health check at a hospital. The student had been attending classes at the Kangnam Daesung Hagwon.
4 in 10 marriage immigrants suffer domestic violence
About four out of 10 female marriage immigrants in South Korea have experienced domestic violence, according to a government report released Wednesday. The report, compiled by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea on the basis of a poll of 920 foreign women married to Korean men, also found that about 70 percent of them have experience of being sexually abused.
Scalpers use macros to grab bulk of K-pop gig tickets
Scalpers who sweep tickets for K-pop singers' concerts using macro programs and then sell them for a huge premium are sparking controversy.
North Korea to return war dead remains to US 'very soon'
The American military command in South Korea is preparing for the North Koreans to turn over the remains of an unknown number of U.S. or allied service members who have been missing since the Korean War, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
30% of Jeju restaurants hire unqualified foreigners: survey
The ratio went up to 40.9 percent among small restaurants with floor sizes of less than 100 square meters. This indicates that these restaurants tend to hire unqualified foreigners to save money, people involved in the survey said.
Former Miss Korea to head judging panel for 2018 pageant
Kim Sung-ryung, winner of the 1988 Miss Korea Pageant and now a successful actress, will head the judging panel for this year's final in Seoul on July 4. It is the first time a former Miss Korea has been given the job.
Happy ever after: Celebs lead trend of marriage to foreigners
International marriages have become common. Last year, 20,835 couples were hitched in international marriages, accounting for 7.9 percent of all weddings. And celebrities are leading that trend.
Charitable BTS aims to help eradicate violence against kids
A fundraising campaign Billboard chart-topping K-pop boy band BTS and its agency Big Hit Entertainment began last November with a donation of half a billion won ($440,000). The “LOVE MYSELF” project total has hit 1 billion won in just five months.
Korea's oldest pagoda unveiled after 20 yrs of restoration
A 20-year restoration effort for South Korea's oldest and biggest stone pagoda, Mireuksaji Seoktap, has nearly been completed, the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) said Wednesday.
Korean students set to cross America for 'comfort women' campaign
Two South Korean college students will set out on a trans-American bicycle ride this week, seeking to boost global awareness of Korean women forced into sexual slavery for Japanese troops during World War II.