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Korea to start study on accepting transgender soldiers
The military plans to begin a comprehensive policy review and study about the issue of whether to allow transgender people to serve in the armed forces. The move comes after a local court ruled posthumously in favor of deceased Staff Sergeant Byun Hee-soo who was forcibly discharged after undergoing gender-reassignment surgery - a decision which rights groups say will set mil...
Rapper NO:EL faces prison term for 2nd drunk driving violation
Rapper Chang Yong-jun, 21, better known as NO:EL, is likely to be sentenced to prison after being caught drunk driving while being under a suspended jail sentence for the same offense about two years ago. Seocho Police said, Wednesday, they are investigating the rapper on suspicions of driving without a license, drunk driving, refusing to undergo a sobriety test and obstructi...
Seoul to provide one-stop support to attract foreign investment
Several Korean administrations have long sought to turn Seoul into an Asian financial hub, but the capital has been losing its attractiveness as an investment destination due to a wide range of factors, including strict regulations, an unattractive tax regime and the inflexible labor market. Feeling a sense of urgency to shift strategies, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, who took offi...
'Financial competitiveness is Seoul's key growth factor'
One of the major goals of Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon is to restore the capital's urban competitiveness, and he said that this is an impossible goal without achieving financial competitiveness. “Financial competitiveness is a basic strength of a city or country, and an important economic growth factor that induces investment,” Oh said. “You can see it from the recent expansion of ...
Korea moving to introduce state-run health insurance for pets
Lee Seog-jae, a 65-year-old resident of Songpa District, Seoul, has been raising a Yorkshire terrier named Aree for 14 years. Because of her old age, Aree has been suffering from cataracts, so Lee has to take her to the vet often. “Every time I take Aree to the vet to renew her prescription for eye medicine, I have to pay 25,000 won,” Lee said.
Hijab question in job interview discriminatory: rights watchdog
It is a discriminatory act in recruitment to ask an applicant about whether she will wear a hijab while working, when the work has nothing to do with the head covering, the country's human rights watchdog said Monday. The National Human Rights Commission accepted a petition from a woman, who applied for an intern position as a translator at a nongovernmental organization here...
College admissions test for art majors
Applicants for art and design majors take painting tests at Sahmyook University in northern Seoul, Sunday. Dozens of universities across the country held written or other tests over the weekend for irregular admissions. Yonhap
Children, parents weigh side effects, bullying with choice to get vaccinated
Students get tested for the coronavirus at a high school in Seoul, Tuesday. YonhapBy Bahk Eun-jiConcerns are growing among parents as children aged 12 to 17 will be allowed to get COVID-19 vaccines starting next month. Their main concerns are related to possible side effects, but they are also worried about the social disadvantages caused by not being vaccinated. According to...
Dog meat ban gaining momentum
Following President Moon Jae-in's reference to a possible ban on the sale of dog meat, the country is likely to jump on the bandwagon of ending the yearslong debate over the practice of eating meat from the animals, with presidential contenders approving it. In Korea, the number of pet owners stands at nearly 15 million, so presidential hopefuls are keen to court those voters...
Controversy rises over palm tree photo zone on Gyeongpo Beach
Controversy is brewing over palm trees planted by Gangneung City on Gyeongpo Beach for the purpose of providing a unique tourist experience. The city government of Gangneung in Gangwon Province said Thursday that it had planted the 46 palm trees, including Washington filifera and Phoenix canariensis, around Gyeongpo Beach and the Gangneung KTX Station to provide a unique attr...
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