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  • Parties fail to pass resolution to pressure US over defense cost-sharing
    Political parties failed to pass a resolution in the National Assembly regarding U.S. President Donald Trump's widely rumored demand for Seoul to pay a whopping $5 billion in defense-sharing costs as the parties said the "request" was far from “fair, reasonable and equitable.”
  • Free Wi-Fi service available on buses in Seoul
    Seoul Metropolitan Government said Wednesday that it is now providing free Wi-Fi on almost all buses running in the capital, even small green local district buses. According to Seoul City, it installed free Wi-Fi systems on all 1,499 of these buses on 235 district routes across Seoul.
  • Korea's Kim Hyun-chong dilemma
    With the expiration of a military-intelligence sharing pact between Seoul and Tokyo only days away, the U.S. is intensifying its pressure on South Korea to maintain the agreement for security cooperation. More Koreans are concerned Cheong Wa Dae's August announcement of its intention to end the General Security of Information Agreement (GSOMIA) in response to […]
  • Firefighters to gain national public official status next year
    All firefighters will become national public servants directly hired by the central government starting next April in a bid to improve their working conditions and wages, following the National Assembly's passage of the relevant bill, Tuesday.
  • 2 South Koreans captured by Houthi rebels freed
    Two South Koreans captured by Yemen's Houthi rebels were released, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, Wednesday.
  • Over 2,000 elderly Seoulites may die annually from air pollution annually by 2030
    More than 2,000 elderly people in Seoul could die prematurely each year just by 2030 due to the effects of ultrafine dust, research showed, Wednesday. The policy report by the Seoul Institute estimated 2,133 people over 65 may die earlier compared to those not exposed to air pollution.
  • Head of world's honorary consuls check on preparation for Seoul's 2021 gathering
    Aykut Eken, president of the World Federation of Consuls, visited Korea from Nov. 17 to 20 to discuss the country's first hosting of the World Congress of Consuls in 2021. Held every three years, the congress is governed by the U.N.-recognized federation comprised of about 90 countries.
  • Lawmakers head for Washington on defense cost issue
    Floor leaders of the major political parties headed to Washington D.C., Wednesday (KST), for scheduled meetings with senior officials on Capitol Hill and high-ranking U.S. government personnel after negotiations between Seoul and Washington over the cost-sharing for stationing U.S. troops here were broken off.
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  • Rail workers go on indefinite strike
    Unionized rail workers began an indefinite strike Wednesday, calling on the state-run railway operator to raise wages and hire more staff.